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May 3rd: On this Day
1965, The Beatles spent the day
filming for their forthcoming film Help! on Salisbury Plain, England, with the
British Army's Third Tank Division.
1967, Pink Floyd appeared at The
Moulin Rouge, Ainsdale, Southport, England. The promotion flyers for the club
said: 'The Moulin Rouge night club. Wine, Dine, Dance! And have a gay time'.
1968, The Beach Boys opened their US
tour on which the co-headliner was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The second half of the
concert which featured the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, lectured the audience on
"spiritual regeneration." The reaction was so negative, more than half of the
remaining tour dates were cancelled.
1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience
recorded 'Voodoo Chile.' It was featured on the 'Electric Ladyland' double album
and became a UK No.1 single on 21st November 1970 two months after the
guitarist's death. Hendrix's solo on the track was named the 11th greatest solo
of all-time in Guitar World's 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.
1971, Led Zeppelin kicked off a
European tour at K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark in front of 4,000 fans. The
set list included the only known performance of Four Sticks and the debut live
performance of Misty Mountain Hop.
1972, Les Harvey guitarist with Stone
The Crows died after being electrocuted on stage during a gig at Swansea
University, Wales. He was the brother of Scottish singer Alex Harvey and a
member of the Alex Harvey Soul Band.
1975, Chicago started a two week run
at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Chicago VIII', the group's third US No.1.
1975, Dawn started a three week run
at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'He Don't Love You, (Like I Love You)', the
group's third US No.1.
1975, The Bay City Rollers started a
three-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their second album 'Once Upon A
1976, David Bowie played the first of
six sold out nights at Wembley, his first UK gig in three years.
1976, Paul McCartney made his first
concert appearance in America in almost ten years when Wings kicked off their
31-date 'Wings Over America' tour at the Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort
Worth, Texas.
1980, Bob Seger & The Silver
Bullet Band started a six week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Against
The Wind'.
1980, Dexy's Midnight Runners were at
No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Geno', a song written about US soul singer
Geno Washington.
1986, Robert Palmer went to No.1 on
the US singles chart with 'Addicted To Love', it made No.5 in the UK. Palmer
originally recorded the song as a duet with Chaka Khan but due to contractual
problems her voice was removed.
1997, Katrina And The Waves won the
Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin with the song 'Love Shine A Light', making
them the first UK winners since Bucks Fizz in 1981.
1997, Michael Jackson went to No.1 on
the UK singles chart with 'Blood On The Dance Floor'. The singers 7th UK No.1
peaked at No.42 on the US charts.
1997, The Notorious B.I.G. started a
three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with his posthumous hit
'Hypnotize', a No.10 hit in the UK, the rapper was gunned down and killed on
March 9th, 1997.
2001, London based bank Coutts And
Co. turned down applications from members of Oasis to open accounts on the
grounds of the bands bad behaviour.
2004, The US Supreme Court rejected
an appeal by two musicians who claimed they were owed royalties from Ozzy
Osbourne. Bassist Robert Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake had fought a
long-running battle since 1997 with the Osbourne family claiming they were
entitled to money from the albums ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and ‘Diary of a Madman.’
Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy's wife and manager, said that the pair had "harassed" her
family and had had their contributions removed from the albums because of their
"abusive and unjust behaviour".
2004, Morrissey played the first of
five nights at The Apollo Theatre, New York City during his You Are The Quarry
US tour.
2006, The first Bob Dylan radio
program was aired on XM Satellite Radio. Tracks played on his show included
Blur, Prince, Billy Bragg, Wilco, Mary Gauthier, L.L. Cool J and The Streets.
2008, Rap star Sean 'Diddy' Combs was
honoured with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. The 38-year-old dedicated the
star to his father, who was shot dead in 1972.
2008, Mariah Carey was at No.1 on the
US album chart with her eleventh studio album 'E=MC?'
2009, Bob Dylan went to No.1 on the
UK album chart with ‘Together Through Life’ his seventh UK No.1 album. It was
the singer, songwriter’s 33rd studio album, he last topped the UK chart with
‘New Morning’ in 1970. His first No.1 in 1964, was ‘The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan'.
Dylan now held the record, (previously held by Tom Jones), for the longest gap
between solo number one albums.
May 3rd: Born on this day
1919, Born on this day, Pete Seeger,
US folk singer, wrote 'Turn Turn Turn', for The Byrds. 'If I Had A Hammer', hit
for Peter Paul and Mary.
1933, Born on this day, James Brown,
'Soul Brother No.1', (1966 US No.8 and UK No.13 single 'It's A Man's World',
1986 UK No.5 single 'Living In America', 1963 album 'Live At The Apollo'). Brown
demanded extreme discipline from his musicians and dancers, and had the practice
of assessing fines on members of his band who broke his rules, such as wearing
unshined shoes, dancing out of sync or showing up late on stage. Brown died on
25th Dec 2006 at the age of 73 after being diagnosed with severe pneumonia.
1937, Born on this day, Frankie
Valli, singer, The Four Seasons, (1976 UK & US No.1 single 'December, 1963,
Oh What A Night', solo 1978 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Grease')
1944, Born on this day, Pete Staples,
The Troggs, (1966 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Wild Thing').
1948, Born on this day, John
Richardson, The Rubettes, (1974 UK No.1 single 'Sugar Baby Love').
1950, Born on this day, Mary Hopkin,
(1968 UK No.1 and US No.2 single 'Those Were The Days', released on The Beatles
Apple label and produced by Paul McCartney, winner of TV Talent show
'Opportunity Knocks.
1951, Born on this day, Christopher
Cross, singer, songwriter, (1981 US No.1 single 'Arthur's Theme', a No.7 UK hit
in 1982).
1953, Born on this day, Bruce Hall,
REO Speedwagon, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.7 single 'Keep On Loving You').
1955, Born on this day, Steve Jones,
Sex Pistols guitarist, (1977 UK No.2 single 'God Save The Queen' and 1977 UK
No.1 album 'Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols').
1959, Born on this day, David Ball,
Soft Cell, (1981 UK No.1 single 'Tainted Love').
1965, Born on this day, Simon Smith,
drums, The Wedding Present, (during 1992, they released one single every month
giving them twelve top 30 hits, making them the only group to score more than
ten new hits in one year).
1969, Born on this day, Jay
Darlington, Kula Shaker, (1996 UK No.2 single 'Hey Dude').
1972, Born on this day, Josey Scott,
lead singer, Saliva. Scott sang 'Hero' with Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, which
was used as the theme song to the 2002 film Spider-Man.
1979, Born on this day, Danny Foster,
Hear'Say, (2001 UK No.1 single 'Pure And Simple').
1981, Born on this day, Farrah
Franklin, singer, actress and model. Joined Destiny's Child in 2000, along with
Michelle Williams replacing original members LeToya Luckett and LaTavia
Roberson. Left Destiny's Child after five months.

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