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PostSubject: May 31   17.11.08 23:04

Births
1938 Peter Yarrow, Peter Paul and Mary, (1969 US No.1 & 1970 UK No.1 single 'Leaving On A Jet Plane').

1947 Junior Campbell, Marmalade, (1969 UK No.1 single 'Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da').

1948 John Bonham, drummer, Led Zeppelin, (1969 US No.4 single ‘Whole Lotta Love’. The bands fourth album released in 1971 featuring the rock classic 'Stairway To Heaven', has sold over 11 million copies). Bonham died on October 25th 1980 after choking on his own vomit.

1952 Karl Bartos, Kraftwerk, (1975 US No.25 single 'Autobahn', 1982 UK No.1 single 'Computer Love / The Model').

1959 Danny Pearson, bass, American Music Club, (1993 album 'Mercury').

1963 Wendy Smith, guitar, vocals, Prefab Sprout, (1988 UKNo.7 single with 'The King Of Rock 'N' Roll').

1964 MC Darryl 'D' McDaniels, Run-DMC. (1986 UK No.8 single with Aerosmith 'Walk This Way', 1998 UK No.1 single 'It's Like That').

1965 Steve White, drums, The Style Council, (1983 UK No.3 single 'Long Hot Summer' plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles).

1980 Andrew John Hurley, drummer, Fall Out Boy, (2007 US No.1 album ‘Infinity on High’).


Events
1917 The first jazz record, "Dark Town Strutters' Ball," was released.

1941 The first issue of "Parade: The Weekly Picture Newspaper" went on sale.

1956 Buddy Holly was inspired to write "That'll Be the Day" after he saw the John Wayne movie "The Searchers."

1958 Dick Dale performed "Let's Go Trippin'" at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa, CA.

1961 Chuck Berry opened Berry Park, a 30 acre amusement park in Wentzville, MO.

1964 The Dave Clark Five appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" for the first of 11 appearances.

1965 Marianne Faithfull became a resident guest on BBC2 TV's 'Gadzooks! It's The In Crowd'.

1966 Filming began on The Monkees first TV series.

1969 The Plastic Ono Band recorded 'Give Peace A Chance' during a 'bed-in' at the Hotel La Reine in Montreal, Canada.

1969 Jimi Hendrix was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents.

1969 Stevie Wonder’s "My Cherie Amour" was released.

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded "Give Peace a Chance" during their Montreal bed-in.

1969 The Rolling Stones recorded "Honky Tonk Women."

1971 36 Grateful Dead fans were medically treated after unknowingly drinking L.S.D. laced cider, at a gig in the US.

1975 The Eagles released "One Of These Nights."

1975 Freddy Fender went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Before The Next Teardrop Falls', his only US No.1.

1975 During a press conference held at the 5th Avenue Hotel in New York City to announce The Rolling Stones forthcoming American tour, the Stones themselves came down the street playing live from the back of a flat-bed truck.

1976 The Who played at the Charlton Athletic Grounds in England and make the Guinness Book of World Records as the loudest rock band ever. Their set measured 76,000 watts and 120 decibels.

1977 Emerson, Lake & Palmer began an American tour accompanied by a 70-piece orchestra.

1977 The Patti Smith group started a nine night residency at New York's CBGB's.

1977 The BBC announced a ban on the new *** Pistols single 'God Save The Queen' saying its, "in gross bad taste". And the IBA issued a warning to all radio stations saying the playing the single would be in breach of Section 4:1:A of the Broadcasting act. The single reached No.2 on the UK chart.

1979 In New York City, the restored Radio City Music Hall was reopened.

1980 Lipps Inc went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Funkytown', a UK No.2 hit.

1980 Paul McCartney went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'McCartney II'.

1980 The Theme From M*A*S*H* (Suicide Is Painless), by Mash was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, 10 years after it was first recorded.

1982 The Clash released the album "Combat Rock."

1982 Survivor released the single "Eye of the Tiger."

1982 The Rolling Stones played at the 100 Club, Oxford St, London, to a sold out crowd of 400 people.

1982 R.E.M. signed a five-album deal with I.R.S. Records, an independent label based in California.

1986 Peter Gabriel scored his second solo UK No.1 album with 'So' featuring the singles 'Sledgehammer' and a duet with Kate Bush 'Don't Give Up'.

1986 The Notting Hillbillies made their live debut when they appeared at The Grove in Leeds. The group featured Mark Knopfler, Steve Phillips and Brendan Crocker who were each paid ?22.

1988 Bob Dylan released the album "Down in the Groove."

1989 The first International Rock Awards ceremony was held.

1989 David Bowie's Tin Machine made their live debut at the International Music Awards, New York.

1995 Bob Dole singled out Time Warner for "the marketing of evil" in movies and music. Dole later admitted that he had not seen or heard much of what he had been criticizing.

1997 Lee Ann Womack made her Grand Ole Opry debut.

1997 In England, Bob Dylan left the hospital after receiving treatment for histoplasmosis.

1997 Eternal started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Wanna Be The Only One'.

1998 Simply Red went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Blue', their fifth consecutive No.1 album.

1998 The Tamperen went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Feel It'.

1998 Geri Halliwell, also known as "Ginger Spice" of the Spice Girls, confirmed she was leaving the group.

1999 VH1's "Behind the Music" began airing nightly. The premiere show was "The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Behind the Music."

2000 Janet Jackson announced that she was getting a divorce from dancer Rene Elizondo. The marriage had been kept secret for nine years.

2003 UK police announced that thousands of people at this years pop festivals would be subjected to a computerised drug test. Fans would be asked to provide swab samples from their hands, which would be inserted into a drug detection machine. It was to be a voluntary test but Anti-drug officers could search anyone refusing.

2005 Former East 17 singer Brian Harvey was in a critical condition in a London hospital after he fell under the wheels of his Mercedes convertible. The accident happened outside his home in Walthamstow when Harvey was reversing from an access road into the street. The singer suffered a broken leg, pelvis and a crushed abdomen and ribs.
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