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Category Archives: On This Day
Tweet On this day in 1969 Paul McCartney said officially that he was not dead, unless the statement was issued by William Campbell after the surgery. There had been persistent rumours that Paul had died in a car accident and that he had been replaced with a look-a-like called William Campbell. The story begins on […]
Tweet On this day in 1957 The Everley Brothers reached the top of the charts in the USA with “Wake Up Little Susie”. That inspite of it being banned by some radio stations because of the suggestive lyrics. I have always said that it is a dirty little song, a threat to the morals of […]
Tweet On this day in 1955 Chrysler introduces a high fidelity record player that was to be available in some of their 1956 Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge, and Plymouth models. The unit played 7 inch discs played at 45rpm as well as the relatively new 16 2/3 rpm. It was some 4 inches high and a […]
Tweet John Winston Lennon joined this world today in 1940. As part of the Beatles he helped shape modern music writing some iconic songs. He worked for peace and against the Vietnam War. He was threatened with deportation from the USA by the Nixon administration, investigated by the FBI. He was murdered on 8th December […]
Tweet This day in 1887 was one of the great days of popular music. Emile Berliner who emigrated from Germany to the USA when he was 26 applied for a patent for his invention, the gramophone. This was the first machine to play discs and not the wax cylinders. He solved the problem of getting […]
Tweet On this day, 15th December 1964, Dusty Springfield was deported from South Africa. Her crime was to insist on playing to mix race audience outside of Cape Town. This angered the white apartheid government. The evil regime had her put on a plane back to the UK. The regime was, regarded as legitimate by […]
Tweet On this day, 11th December 1964 Sam Cooke, the popular R&B singer was shot dead and later a verdict of justifiable homicide was recorded. He was shot dead by Berth Franklin who was working late night reception at a $3 an hour hotel frequented by prostitutes. He was shot after attacking Franklin who feared […]
Tweet In this week in this1961 The Beetles, still with Pete Best, had quite a week. On the 9th they played in Aldershot to just 18 people. Their then manager, Sam Bleach had forgotten to book any advert in the local paper….. Back in Liverpool, the next day – a trip of some notes350 miles […]
Tweet On this day in 1976 John Lennon got his green card that would allow him to settle in the USA after a long drawn out court battle. The background to this story lies in Lennon’s left wing activism and the US government’s paranoia. Lennon supported various left wing causes; He was anti Vietnam War, […]
Tweet On this day in 1964 The Rolling Stones played the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, UK and the show ended in a riot. In Response the council banned The Stones from ever playing there again. The Stones in 1964 was not the all conquering band that we all came to know and love a few […]