1962, John Lennon married Cynthia Powell at Liverpool's Mount Pleasant register office. He then played a gig that night with The Beatles at Liverpool's Riverpark Ballroom. 1963, The Rolling Stones appeared on UK TV show Ready, Steady, Go! for the first time, performing their debut single 'Come On.' The group made a total of 20 appearances on the show between 1963 and 1966.
1966, On their final tour of America, The Beatles performed at Shea Stadium in New York City, New York. Unlike the previous year's performance, which had sold out, there were 11,000 empty seats in the 55,600 seat stadium. The Beatles earn more than the previous year, receiving $189,000 for their performance.
1967, Joni Mitchell played her first ever UK show when she opened for The Piccadilly Line at The Marquee Club in London. 1968, During a North American tour The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at Singer Bowl, Flushing Meadow Park, New York. Also on the bill Soft Machine and Big Brother and the Holding Company. 1969, Johnny Cash started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Johnny Cash At San Quentin'. 1969, The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Honky Tonk Women' the group's fifth US No.1. Also No.1 in the UK. 1969, During a UK tour Queen appeared at Bolton's Octagon Theatre in Bolton, Lancashire. 1970, Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground performed together for the last time at the New York Club 'Max's Kansas City'. Reed worked as a typist for his father for the next two years, at $40 per week. 1971, Diana Ross was at No.1 on the UK singles chart 'I'm Still Waiting', the singers first solo UK No.1. The song which spent four weeks at the top of the charts was released after BBC Radio 1 DJ Tony Blackburn featured it heavily on his morning programme. 1971, During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth Texas. 1975, Hamilton Joe Franks And Reynolds went to No.1 on the US singles chart with, 'Fallin' In Love', their only US No.1, it made No.33 in the UK. 1975, Joy Division singer Ian Curtis married Deborah Woodruff, whom he met while still at school, when he was 19 and she was 18. They remained married until his death when he hanged himself in the kitchen of his house in Macclesfield, England at the age of 23. 1980, David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Ashes To Ashes' his second UK No.1. Taken from the Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album, the song continued the story of Major Tom from Bowie's 'Space Oddity'. The video for 'Ashes to Ashes' was one of the most iconic of the 1980s and costing £250,000, it was at the time the most expensive music video ever made.
1985, Aerosmith played at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin, the first night on their 89 date Done With Mirrors Tour. 1986, Jamaican singer Boris Gardiner started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Want to Wake Up with You'. 1986, Sigue Sigue Sputnik came up with an idea to sell advertising space between the tracks on their forthcoming new album. It was a non-starter. 1991, The re-formed Dire Straits kicked off a two year 300 date world tour in Dublin, Ireland.
1997, Texas went to No.1 on the UK album chart for the second time with 'White On Blonde'.
2003, Lee Ryan of boy band Blue was banned from driving for 18 months after admitting drink-driving. Ryan was also ordered to pay a £2250 fine at Tower Bridge magistrate's court London. 2003, Metallica System Of A Down, Sum 41, Primal Scream and Good Charlotte all appeared at this years UK Carling Reading weekend festival. 2004, Queen, became the first UK rock band to receive official approval in Iran, where Western music was strictly prohibited. Lead singer, Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991, was of Iranian ancestry and bootlegged albums had been available for years.
2007, Comedy writer Buddy Sheffield, sued Disney alleging that he originally came up with the idea for Hannah Montana but was never compensated by Disney. In the lawsuit, Sheffield claimed that he pitched an idea for a TV series with the name of 'Rock and Roland' to Disney Channel in 2001 with the plot of a junior high student who lived a secret double life as a rock star. 2008, Madonna kicked off her 86-date Sticky & Sweet Tour at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff Wales. It became the highest grossing tour by a solo artist, breaking the previous record Madonna achieved with her 2006 Confessions Tour. Madonna's first venture with Live Nation, was estimated to have grossed $280 million. 2009, Calvin Harris went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Ready For The Weekend' the Scottish singers second album. August 23rd: Born on this day 1938, Born on this day, Mike Burt, Chas & Dave, (1982 UK No.2 single 'Ain't No Pleasing You'). 1942, Born on this day, Roger Greenaway, singer, songwriter, member of Blue Mink, (1970 UK No.3 single 'Melting Pot'). With Roger Cook he wrote hits for Andy Williams, Deep Purple, Cilla Black, The Fortunes, The Hollies and Gene Pitney. The pair also co-wrote 'I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing' which was recorded as a Coca-Cola radio commercial, with the lyric 'I'd like to buy the world a Coke and keep it company.' First aired on American radio in 1970.
1949, Born on this day, Rick Springfield, US singer, songwriter, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.43 single 'Jessie's Girl'). 1951, Born on this day, Jimi Jamison, Survivor, (1982 US & UK No.1 single 'Eye Of The Tiger').
1954, Born on this day, Mark Avsec, keyboardist, songwriter, Donnie Iris & the Cruisers, Wild Cherry, (1976 US No.1 & UK No.7 single 'Play That Funky Music'). 1959, Born on this day, Edwyn Collins, singer, songwriter, producer, Orange Juice, (1983 UK No.8 single 'Rip It Up'), solo, (1995 UK No.4 single 'A Girl Like You'). 1961, Born on this day, Dean Deleo, guitar, Stone Temple Pilots, (1993 UK No.23 single 'Plush'). 1962, Born on this day, Shaun Ryder, vocals, Happy Mondays, (1990 UK No.5 single 'Step On'), Black Grape, (1995 UK No.8 single 'In The Name Of The Father'). 1967, Born on this day, Cedella Marley, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, (1988 UK No.22 single 'Tomorrow People'). 1974, Born on this day, Shifty Shellshock (real name Seth Brooks Binzer) front man of Crazy Town. 2001 US No.1 single 'Butterfly'. 1978, Born on this day, Julian Casablancas, guitar, vocals, The Strokes, (2001 UK No. 14 single 'Last Nite' 2001 UK No.2 album 'Is This It'). 1979, Born on this day, Richard Neville vocals, Five, (1998 UK No.2 single 'Everybody Get Up', 1999 UK No.1 single 'Keep On Movin'). 1981, Born on this day, Natalie Horler, singer, Cascada, German dance group. 2007 hit 'Everytime We Touch' won them a World Music Award in 2007. 2009 UK No.1 single 'Evacuate the Dancefloor'.
miércoles, 24 de agosto de 2011
August 23rd: On this Day In Music History
1965, Security guards at a Manchester TV studio hosed down 200 Rolling Stones fans after they broke down barriers while waiting for the band to arrive for a performance.
1966, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the double a sided 'Yellow Submarine - Eleanor Rigby'. The group's eleventh No.1.
1967, During a North American tour Herman's Hermits supported by The Who appeared at Atwood Stadium, Flint in Michigan.
1980, The Heatwave Festival in Toronto, Canada took place with Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, The B-52's, The Pretenders, Rockpile and The Rumour. Tickets cost $30, with only 50,000 people attending the festival lost over $1 million.
1991, Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth, Pop Will Eat Itself, Dinosaur Jr, Chapterhouse, Nirvana, Silverfish, Babes in Toyland, James, The Fall, De La Soul, Blur, Teenage Fanclub, Flowered Up, The Fat Lady Sings, Kingmaker, Mercury Rev, Sisters of Mercy and Neds Atomic Dustbin all appeared at this year's three day Reading Festival in England.
2002, The Strokes, Foo Fighters, Prodigy, Offspring, Muse, Sum 41, Janes Addiction, The Dandy Warhols, Jimmy Eat World, Incubus, Pulp, The White Stripes, Feeder and Cornershop all appeared at the UK Carling Leeds-Reading Weekend Festival in England.
1947, Born on this day, Keith Moon, drums, The Who, (1965 UK No.2 single 'My Generation' plus over 20 other Top 40 hits, 1967 US No.9 single 'I Can See For Miles' and rock opera albums 'Tommy' & 'Quadrophenia'). Moon died on 7th September 1978.
1953, Born on this day, Bobby G, vocals, Bucks Fizz, (1981 UK No.1 single 'Making Your Mind Up', plus 12 other UK top 40 singles').
martes, 23 de agosto de 2011
|1955: Tras conseguir un moderado éxito con el single Cry, Cry Cry / Hey, Porter el novel guitarrista Johnny Cash y sus Tennessee Two ofrecen una serie de conciertos en Arkansas, Mississippi y Tennessee, compartiendo el escenario con otros nombres emergentes de la disquera Sun Records como Elvis Presley o Carl Perkins. Animado por las 100.000 copias vendidas, Cash vuelve al estudio el 30 de Julio para registrar un nuevo sencillo, el cual ascendería hasta convertirse en el primer clásico de su hoy colosal discografía: Folsom Prison Blues.|
Inspirada en las duras condiciones penales retratadas por la cinta Inside The Walls Of Folsom Prison – que el músico descubre mientras realiza su servicio militar en Alemania hacia 1952 -, la canción entrelaza dos elementos comunes a las futuras letras de Cash, como son los trenes y las cárceles: Escuchando el silbato del ferrocarril, los presos recuerdan sus crímenes e imaginan una vida más allá de esos muros que los confinan a la soledad; un retrato melancólico de la mitología urbana que se alza en la postguerra.
Menos meritoria –aunque igualmente efectiva – resulta en lo musical, dadas sus evidentes deudas con la composición de Gordon Jenkins Cresent City Blues (1953). Cash reproduce incluso algunos versos sin reconocer a Jenkis en los créditos, asunto que finalmente se zanja en 1968.
|Lanzado el 15 de Diciembre de 1955, el corte alcanza el cuarto lugar en las listas de música country y le permite abandonar su trabajo como vendedor para dedicarse en pleno a su carrera musical; una decisión también respaldada por la plaza que obtiene en el show radiofónico Louisiana Hayride.|
Ironías del destino, los siguientes años le acercan aún más al mundo carcelario luego que varios conflictos con la ley que terminaran con su arresto en El Paso (Texas), tras esconder anfetaminas en el estuche de su guitarra. Ayudado por su amiga – y más tarde esposa – June Carter, Johnny Cash recobra la senda para rematar la década con un inusual disco en vivo.
At Folsom Prison registra el concierto de Cash y su grupo en la prisión estatal de Folsom (California), logrando un suceso nacional al estrenarse en 1968. Presentando a June Carter y Carl Perkins - fichado como guitarrista para ayudarlo económicamente -, el álbum ofrece memorables pasajes donde destaca Greystone Chapel, escrita por el recluso Glen Sherley e incluida por Johnny a último momento; además, varias canciones se editaron para encajar en el vinilo y debieron añadirse gritos, pues los convictos atendieron el recital con silencioso respeto.
Constantemente reeditado con material perdido, el disco fue uno de los 50 escogidos por la Librería del congreso de Estados Unidos para integrar su registro nacional el 2003. Un documento honesto que revela la mejor faceta del trovador errante.
"Este concierto está siendo grabado para hacer un álbum en Columbia Records y no pueden decir infiernos o mierda ni nada por el estilo". - Johnny CashAtte.- Gonxalo Oyanedel
lunes, 22 de agosto de 2011
August 22nd: On this Day In Music History