Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link. 1979, The UK Christmas album chart at Our Price Records, Michael Jackson’s ‘Off The Wall’, £3.74. The Police, ‘Regatta De Blanc’, £3.49, and the No.1 album Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’, £6.45
The weather was nice but I had things to do early in the day. Anne went out socialising and I fought a battle with a lighting unit which was to go under the kitchen cabinet. The units are not ultra expensive but are supposed to be easyfit. After a reasonable battle fought with my head upside down straining to see where my screwdriver was attempting to penetrate I decided that necessity was once again proving to be the Mother of Invention. Job done and I’m sworn to secrecy regarding my methodolgy!
From this battle I venured outside to scrape a wall which will evenually be painted white and I then decided to complete a small job involving trunking. With the sun shining powerfully I found a sheltered spot and decided to complete my deberes or Christmas Spanish homework to you. I felt the morning had not been wasted.
Leter in the afternoon we went out gigging. We had a lovely party of Dutch people who really appreciated our music and this made the gig really worthwhile. We did a great guitar/vocal set and then we did a rock ‘n’ roll set for good measure.
I have written about the drug Ritilin and how horrified I was to see how widespread the drug had become ten years ago. This day two years ago, I read the following in the Sun online
“A staggering 714,000 prescriptions for Ritalin — used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder — were written by GPs last year. That is more than 50,000 up on 2010 and a five-fold increase since 1999. The drug is said to help calm kids with learning and behavioural problems caused by ADHD, a condition said to affect one in ten UK youngsters, mostly boys. But critics fear Ritalin, which costs the NHS £27million a year, is given too readily and its long-term effects aren’t yet known.
At least 13 users have died in the UK since the drug became available 20 years ago. Some committed suicide while others suffered fatal heart trouble and other conditions. There is no proof Ritalin was to blame, but a five-year study is under way.
ADHD charity Addiss believes it is safe and has helped thousands of kids to improve at school. Its head Andrea Bilbow said: “I am more worried about children who need it not managing to get it.”
The drug’s maker Novartis said: “Ritalin is the most prescribed and most widely-researched medication to treat ADHD.” Source
However, let’s be honest about one thing. Are kids ever diagnosed as being naughty? I know there are parents who are happy for their child to get the drug and for the family to get the supplementary benefit if it applies. In the meantime society is kidded all kids need the drug and the pharmaceutical company grows its profits. I have neither seen nor heard nothing about the progress of this product during the last year.
On a bitterly cold winter’s morning a husband and wife in Glasgow were listening to the radio during breakfast. They heard the announcer say, “We are going to have 8 to 10 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the even-numbered side of the street, so the Snow ploughs can get through”. So the good wife went out and moved her car as instructed.
A week later while they are eating breakfast again, the radio announcer said, “We are expecting 10 to 12 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the odd-numbered side of the street, so the snow ploughs can get through”. The good wife went out and moved her car again.
The next week they are again having breakfast when the radio announcer says, “We are expecting 12 to 14 inches of snow today. You must park…….” Then the power went off. The good wife was very upset, and with a worried look on her face she said, “I don’t know what to do. Which side of the street do I need to park on so the snow ploughs can get through?”
Then, with all the love and understanding in his voice, that men who are married to blondes always exhibit, the husband replied, “Why don’t you just leave the bloody car in the garage this time?
1606 – The “Susan Constant,” “Godspeed” and “Discovery” set sail from London. Their landing at Jamestown, VA, was the start of the first permanent English settlement in America. Amazing people.Very brave
1699 – Peter the Great ordered that the Russian New Year be changed from September 1 to January 1.That makes sense to me
1790 – The first successful cotton mill in the United States began operating
1803 – The United States Senate ratified a treaty that included the Louisiana Territories from France for $15 million. This is why there’s such a strong French influence there…
1820 – The state of Missouri enacted legislation to tax bachelors between the ages of 21-50 for being unmarried. The tax was $1 a year.How weird was this?
1892 – Alexander T. Brown and George Stillman patented the pneumatic tyre. Two names unknown to most of us but we have a debt of gratitude to them.
1946 – In Indochina (Vietnam), full-scale guerrilla warfare between Vietnam partisans and French troops began. It’s easy to forget that France was a major colonial power
1962 – A world indoor pole-vault record was set by Don Meyers when he cleared 16 feet, 11/4 inches. Brilliant
1963 – The Berlin Wall was opened for the first time to West Berliners. It was only for the holiday season. It closed again on January 6, 1964.Sad
1973 – The Spanish premier Carrero Blanco was assassinated in Madrid. Spain is still a very young democracy
1994 – Ivan Lendl retired after a 17-year tennis career. He was a pleasure to watch
1995 – An American Airlines Boeing 757 en route to Cali, Colombia, crashed into a mountain, killing all but four of the 163 people aboard.Dreadful
2001 – The U.S. Congress passed a $20 billion package to finance the war against terrorism taking place in Afghanistan.I can’t understand this commitment to Afghanistan
1958, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison appeared as The Quarry Men at the wedding reception of George’s older brother, Harry. The event was held at the Harrison family home at 25 Upton Green, Speke, Liverpool.This was probably a very informal gig and the family would have loved them whatever they did.
1959, Emile Ford and the Checkmates were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For.’ I am chuffed Emile is a friend.
1962, The Osmonds appeared for the first time on the NBS-TV Andy Williams show. The brothers performed ‘I’m A Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas’. I think they were always going to be good weren’t they?
1967, Folk singer Joan Baez was sentenced to 45 days in prison after being arrested during an anti-war demonstration.She stood up for her principles.
1968, Glen Campbell went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Wichita Lineman’. Nice singer.
1969, Peter Paul and Mary went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Leavin’ On A Jet Plane’.Gentle stuff
1969, Rolf Harris was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Two Little Boys’, (the song was written in 1902). The Christmas No.1 of 1969 and the last No.1 of the 60s. Not a great song but it did become a classic.
1969, The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their 10th release ‘Let It Bleed’, featuring ‘Midnight Rambler’, and ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want.’
1973, American singer Bobby Darin died aged 37. One of the first teen idols, he had the 1959 No.1 with ‘Dream Lover’ plus 20 other US Top 40 hits during the 60′s including ‘Mack the Knife’-traveled with Robert Kennedy and worked on the latter’s 1968 presidential campaign. I hadn’t realised he was so close to Kennedy
1974, Former James Gang guitarist Joe Walsh officially replaced Bernie Leadon in The Eagles.Good guitarist
1979, The UK Christmas album chart at Our Price Records, Michael Jackson’s ‘Off The Wall’, £3.74. The Police, ‘Regatta De Blanc’, £3.49, and the No.1 album Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’, £6.45. Great line-up
1980, Twelve days after John Lennon was shot dead in New York City, (Just Like) Starting Over gave the former Beatle his first ever UK solo No.1 single.Unbelievable….
1986, The Bangles US No.1 with ‘Walk Like An Egyptian’. Good trac
1986, The Housemartins were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of The Isley Brothers ‘Caravan Of Love.’ Good track.
1992, American blues singer and guitarist, Albert King died from a heart attack in Memphis, Tennessee. He recorded dozens of influential songs, such as ‘Crosscut Saw’ and ‘As The Years Go Passing By’, and the 1967 album, ‘Born Under a Bad Sign.’ I had a great STAX singlewith both tracks Born Under a Bad Sign and ‘Crosscut Saw’
1999, Readers of UK Guitar magazine voted Noel Gallagher the most overrated guitarist of the millennium. Jimi Hendrix was voted guitarist of the millennium with Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ winning best album.In the light of modern guitarists I could think of tons better
1999, Canadian Country singer Hank Snow died. ‘The Singing Ranger’ released over 100 albums and scored more than seventy singles on the Billboard country charts from 1950 until 1980. A regular at the Grand Ole Opry, in 1954 Snow persuaded the directors to allow a new singer by the name of Elvis Presley to appear at the Grand Ole Opry.
2006, Matthew Fisher, a founding member of Procol Harum, won a High Court battle over who wrote their song A Whiter Shade of Pale. He played organ on the 1967 hit and argued he wrote the distinctive organ melody.This must have been very difficult to know the real truth
1944, Bobby Colomby, drums, Blood Sweat & Tears
1948 Stevie Wright, The Easybeats
1948, Alan Parsons, British studio audio engineer, musician, and record producer. He was involved with the production of The Beatles’ Abbey Road and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon for which Pink Floyd credit him as an important contributor. Parsons’ own group, The Alan Parsons Project released several albums.
1957, Anita Ward, singer, (1979 US & UK No.1 single ‘Ring My Bell’).
1957, Billy Bragg, UK singer, songwriter, wrote ‘New England’ 1985 hit for Kirsty MacColl,