Category Archives: On This Day

On This day – Cream Rises to The Top.

Tweet On this day in 1966, or as clsoe to today in 1966 as to not to matter, Cream came into existence. Formed by Eric Clapton (late of the Yardbirds and John Mayall) and Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce (both late of the Graham Bond organisation) Cream had a huge influence on popular music. In […]

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On This Day – The Who Take US By Storm (not really)

Tweet 1967 and The Who start their first US tour, supporting Herman’s Hermits! It is hard to believe that Herman’s Hermits once rivaled the Beatles as the UK’s biggest band.  Child actor Peter Noone (ex Coronation Street) was the lead singer and they had several large (and remarkably dreadful) hit singles. In 1967 The Who […]

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On This Day – Live Aid 1985

Tweet Rock came out in force It Wembly UK, and Philadelphia USA to raise money to end the famine in Ethiopia. 18 Hours of continuous music by the likes of Quo, The Who, Jagger, Bowie, Queen, Lionel Ritchie, Lou Reed raised millions of pounds for humanitarian aid. All very good and laudable, 25 years on, […]

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On This Day – John Denver

Tweet John Denver was charged with drunk driving in 1997.  On July13th the jury returned a hung verdict, they were evenly split. John Denver’s lawyers had argued that he had a thyroid condition that distorted the blood alcohol tests. A thyroid condition was known as ‘bad glands’ in my family from the time that my […]

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The Dead’s Last Gig

Tweet On this day in 1995 The Grateful Dead gave their last concert before the death of Jerry Garcia at Chicago’s Soldier Field.  Jerry was dead a month later  of a heart attack.  He was staying ata drug rehab clinic at the time. Jerry Garcia was, for many, the heart of the band.  He was […]

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Little Feat’s Lowell George Died on this Day 1979

Tweet Lowell George died of a heart attack on this day in 1979. George founded Little Feat at the suggestion of Frank Zappa in 1969 after Zappa heard some of George’s songs. George was in the Mothers at the time and he took Roy Estrada Zappa’s bass player into Little Feat. The line up for […]

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That Brought a Smile to their Faces

Tweet What’s in a name?  The band Smile was just not cutting it, perhaps a new name? After much deliberation they decided on the new name and in 1970 gigged with it  for the first time.  Queen was the name, and it seemed to work for them – or it might have had more to […]

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Rocked Around the Clock

Tweet In 1955 on this day Decca Records (remember them?) announced that Billey Hailey had sold More than 3 million records, in just 13 months. These days, when new sensation follows new sensation, it would be unusual for the sale of a single to continue for so long, or to sell so many copies.  Formats […]

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High Heels, Legwarmers, Bikini Pants – Yes Its Prince.

Tweet On this day in 1984 the person that used to like to be known as an artist who once had a name before going a bit strange released a successful album.  Purple Rain was the first album that acknowledged the band and called them the Revolution and supported the film. Why the band was […]

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EC beats Kiss hands down

Tweet EC sold 100 of his guitars to raise money for his drug rehab clinic on this day in 1999.  He raised almost $5,000,000 Kiss sold off some of their memorabilia on this day a year later in 2000.  They raised $876,000. (first day of a 2 day sale). I am no fan of EC […]

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