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On This Day – Stones In Harrow & The Beatles On US TV

Tweet On this day in 1964 two British bands were on the up. The Beatles made their first appearance on american TV. The Jack Paar Show aired film taken from a BBC film ‘The mersey Sound’ that showed the Fab Four playing ‘She Loves You’. Jack Paar was patronising and commented, negatively, on the Beatles’ […]

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On This Day – The First UK Band To Have a US Number 1

Tweet On this day, 22nd December 1962 a British band had the first ever US number 1. Who was it? It is one those irritating music trivia questions that most of us would get wrong. It was Telstar by The Tonados (known as The Tonadoes in the USA). They have another first to their name. […]

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On This Day – Dusty Deported! 15th December 1964

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 […]

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On This Day – Quite a week for The Beatles

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 […]

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On This Day – No Filth Here!

Tweet On this day in 1976 The Pistols were banned from Playing at Lancaster Poly in the UK.  A Lancaster council statement said “We don’t want that sort of filth (The Sex Pistols) in the town limits.” Two things occur to me, firstly, this was before the infamous Grundy interview in 1st December of the […]

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Born on This day – Tina Weymouth

Tweet Yes Tina ‘The Burp’ from Talking Heads was born on this day in 1950 (does not seem possible that she is older than me…..). A fine bass player who always exhibited the typical burp that many bass players display as they play.  She has produced the Happy Mondays, worked with The Gorillaz and others.  […]

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On This Day – Joe Hill Dies

Tweet On this day in 1915, Joe Hill was executed for a murder that he probably did not commit in Utah USA.  Joe Hill was an itinerant worker,and member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).  As a socialist he was an enemy of  The State.  (Remember in the USA to this day being […]

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On This Day – Elvis Hits 3,000,000!

Tweet On this day in 1958 “Hound Dog” by Elvis exceeded 3 million sales in the US alone. His was the 3rd record to sell more than 3 million copies in the States. Any Idea of what the other 2 were? While you think about it here a clip of Elvis. Worked it out yet? […]

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Wanna be in The Beatles?

Tweet There is a letter going to be actioned that shows that The Beatles were looking for a drummer who would have replaced Pete Best. In 1960 a drummer placed an advert in the Liverpool Echo the advert said “Drummer-Young-Free.” McCartney replied and the letter that going to auction is his reply; It is interesting […]

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On This Day – Elvis Slapped and Fights Back!

Tweet “I’ll regret this day as long as I live. I guess lots of people were waiting for this kind of thing to happen. It’s getting where I can’t even leave the house without something happening to me.” (The New York Post, October 19, 1956) So said Elvis after having an altercation with a Petrol […]

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