Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link. 2003, The oldest working musician in Britain Conrad Leonard died aged 104. Composer and pianist Leonard had worked with Cole Porter, Petula Clark and at the BBC during his career. Until the age of 103 years, he played the piano every Thursday at lunchtime in the Plantation Cafe at Squire’s Garden Centre in Twickenham
We had another wonderful day with clear blue skies and very hot temperatures. Yesterday was a day of rest with our son John spending some quality time with us. I just had time for a little light training and then it was time to go and play my guitar at our Bollywood night with Irene Luna at the Mayra Indian Restaurante in La Nucia. Here are some photos from a very pleasant evening in La Nucia.
Saturday is my podcast day with Don Woods and here will be our topics under discussion. Don sent the following ….
” Britain’s Got Talent is back…..now I KNOW it is very popular (which shows the mentality of the masses)…but WHY subject us to idiots who are happy to ridicule themselves on national TV?…and WHY Ant and Dec?….heaven knows we’ve seen enough of them over the last six months…can’t see the point of them on this show….and WHY the same old format with talentless “judges” playing God and the same old sob stories from the contestants which have NOTHING to do with their act…….bring back Opportunity Knocks I say…at least we were looking at genuine contestants.
Great to see Nigel Evans fighting back…the guy was dragged through court … was TOTALLY cleared of any offences…and ended up 130 grand out of pocket….he is starting to kick up a fuss and good on him….he says the CPS should reimburse the cases they lose….and so say all of us !!!!
.Now we have had a few weeks of nice weather…you’d think we’d all be happy…what with no storms and no floods etc…NOT A CHANCE….the media are straight on to their usual scare tactics….”there’s a hole in the ozone layer which means the sun will be much stronger and we are all going to get burnt…even when the sun isn’t out”….and “scientists” have discovered new creatures from overseas which are a threat to humanity…they EAT our plants…not forgetting the KILLER CRABS who have arrived in the Thames on the hulls of boats…these monsters burrow into the river bank…HELP!!! our country is being eaten away…and all because we have had a bit of sunshine….there will be a hosepipe ban any day now….somebody call Bruce Willis !!!!
To add to the tripe on Television which consists mainly of rubbish soaps we are now being subjected to a programme which films sewer workers at their daily tasks….very nice when you are having your supper…this together with “Embarrasing Bodies” where we can see the obese having bits sliced off them makes a good case for listening to the radio…..is Radio Luxemburg still going?
And finally….to lighten the mood…I had to laugh at the front page news of Cameron being stung by a jellyfish on his holidays….I would think they will be searching for the said jellyfish to give it a rabies jab….and a little two year old was playing about with his dad’s phone and accidentally phoned the police…..when he cut the call short the police went round to the house and found a load of cannabis plants…OOPS !!..classic stuff…and lastly they have been talking about the fact that kids do not know the true meaning of Easter….they asked a little 4 year old and she said “You have to believe in the Easter Bunny…the more you believe the more eggs you get”…..she’ll go far. Podcast
The Guardia Civil traffic department has launched a mini campaign to check number plates on vehicles, paying particular attention to ensuring that the details of the registration are clearly visible in the event of being snapped by a traffic law enforcement device.
The move is thought to be in preparation for the new traffic laws which come into force in May, whereas not only will radar detectors be banned, but officers will no longer have to stop a vehicle in order to issue a fine.
By ensuring that the number plate details are correct, this will ensure that anybody breaking the law can be brought to justice quicker.
Although some of the techniques are nothing but urban myths, the officers will also be checking for any signs that a driver may have tried to camouflage a number plate, by suing such things as spray or stickers. One such range of stickers, which are coming from Russia, are hardly visible to the naked eye as the number plate looks normal, but renders the letters and numbers invisible to traffic cameras. Other stickers on the market are designed to increase the reflective flash of a camera, thus theoretically whitewashing the photograph and making the number plate unreadable.
When the new legislation comes into force on the 9th of May, there will be a 200 euro fine for using a radar detector, as well as the loss of points, with the exception of those devices that warn of fixed cameras, the information which is already published by the Dgt.
The Guardia Civil have also said that they will continue to monitor social network sites for warnings of their presence, moving to a new location should drivers become aware that they are there. SpanishVida
World Events 19th April
1587 – English admiral Sir Francis Drake entered Cadiz harbour and sank the Spanish fleet.Bit of a cheek
1764 – The English Parliament banned the American colonies from printing paper money. How could they stop them?
1770 – Captain James Cook discovered New South Wales, Australia. Cook originally named the land Point Hicks.Why?
1782 – The Netherlands recognized the new United States. Isn’t that the USA?
1802 – The Spanish reopened the New Orleans port to American merchants. You see, the Spanish are friendly like that
1839 – The Kingdom of Belgium was recognized by all the states of Europe when the Treaty of London was signed. Which is why we would be eventually drawn into a war with Germany
1897 – The first annual Boston Marathon was held. It was the first of its type in the U.S. Has it really been going that long? A second cousin of mine has won the Boston marathon
1938 – General Francisco Franco declared victory in the Spanish Civil War. This led to the Franco years in Spain
1943 – The Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazi rule began. The Jews were able to fight off the Germans for 28 days. I’ve seen the DVD and it is rivoting
1951 – General Douglas MacArthur gave his “Old Soldiers” speech before the U.S. Congress. In the address General MacArthur said that “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” Without old soldiers we would not be here
1951 – Shigeki Tanaka won the Boston Marathon. Tanaka had survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima, Japan during World War II. A wonderful story
1956 – Actress Grace Kelly became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The civil ceremony took place on April 18. The world was starstruck taking Grace to their hearts
1967 – Surveyor 3 landed on the moon and began sending photos back to the U.S.Great achievement but what next?
1971 – Russia launched the Salyut into orbit around Earth. It was the first space station. Great achievement, great expense, what for?
1975 – India launched its first satellite with aid from the USSR. With masses living in poverty
1982 – NASA named Sally Ride to be first woman astronaut. Any link to Mustang Sally?
1982 – The U.S. announced a ban on U.S. tourist and business traval to Cuba. The U.S. charged the Cuban government with subversion in Central America. Anyone smoking Cuban cigars would be punished….
1987 – In Phoenix, AZ, skydiver Gregory Robertson went into a 200-mph free-fall to save an unconscious colleague 3,500 feet from the ground. Great bravery
1989 – A gun turret exploded aboard the USS Iowa. 47 sailors were killed.Horrible
1989 – A giant asteroid passed within 500,000 miles of Earth.Phew!
1993 – The Branch-Davidian’s compound in Waco, TX, burned to the ground. It was the end of a 51-day standoff between the cult and U.S. federal agents. 86 people were killed including 17 children. Nine of the Branch Davidians escaped the fire. Bizarre
1994 – A Los Angeles jury awarded $3.8 million to Rodney King for violation of his civil rights.How is this compensation reached?
1995 – The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, was destroyed by a bomb. It was the worst bombing on U.S. territory. 168 people were killed including 19 children, and 500 were injured. Timothy McVeigh was found guilty of the bombing on June 2, 1997. Words fail me
2000 – In the Philippines, Air Philippines GAP 541 crashed while preparing to land. 131 people were killed. Tragic
1965, The film T.A.M.I. (Teen-Age Music International) Show featuring The Rolling Stones, Supremes Four Tops, James Brown, The Beach Boys and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles opened in London, England under the title Teenage Command Performance. Was it a musical?
1965, The Beatles single ‘Ticket to Ride’ was released on Capitol records in the US. The single’s label stated that the song was from the upcoming movie “Eight Arms to Hold You” (the original name for the movie “Help!”)’.‘Help’ was easier to remember
1967, Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens, played two shows at The Odeon, Birmingham, England. I would have ebjoyed this
1968, John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives left the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India two weeks before their study was complete. Ringo and Paul had already left.He couldn’t completely fool the scousers!
1970, Eurovision Song Contest winner Dana was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘All Kinds Of Everything’. the Irish singers only UK No.1 hit.She was a very pretty face
1975, The Stylistics started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with ‘The Best Of’ album. I bought this album and played it to death
1980, Blondie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Call Me’, featured in the Richard Gere movie ‘American Gigolo’, the track was also a No.1 in the UK. Great single
1980, 32 year old English singer with Geordie Brian Johnson joined Australian group AC/DC, replacing Bon Scott who died after a drinks binge.
1980, For the first time ever the Top five artists on the US country chart were all female, Crystal Gayle who was at No.1, with Dottie West, Debbie Boone, Emmylou Harris and Tammy Wynette making up the rest of the Top 5.There are some fabulous female singers
1986, George Michael was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Different Corner’, the singers second solo No.1. Michael became the first solo act in the history of the UK chart to reach No.1 with his first two releases. The song was also credited with being the second No.1 (after ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’ by Stevie Wonder) which was written, sung, played, arranged and produced by the same person. He is a talent
1986, Prince started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Kiss.’ Prince also had the No.2 song ‘Manic Monday’, by The Bangles, which he wrote under the pseudonym ‘Christopher.’...with a bag over his head
1988, Former singer and one half of Sonny and Cher; Sonny Bono was inaugurated as the Mayor of Palm Springs.Here’s a picture of me, Berks and Sonny Bono
1990, On this weeks BBC- TV’s ‘French and Saunders’ show, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Lemmy, Mark King (Level 42), and Gary Moore all appeared in a comedy courthouse sketch. The sketch ended with all the guitarist’s jamming together.That had to be seen to be believed
2000, Phil Collins won £250,000 in a high court case over royalties with two former members of his band. The judge ruled that they had been overpaid in error but because the two musicians had no other income they would not have to pay it back.This does really not make complete sense
2003, The oldest working musician in Britain Conrad Leonard died aged 104. Composer and pianist Leonard had worked with Cole Porter, Petula Clark and at the BBC during his career. Until the age of 103 years, he played the piano every Thursday at lunchtime in the Plantation Cafe at Squire’s Garden Centre in Twickenham.This man was fantastic…phenomenal!
2005, It was announced that two 30-second television commercials designed to attract vacationing families to Graceland to experience the “real” Elvis Presley would air nationally in the US starting in April 2006. It was the first time in the history of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. that the company has used television advertising to promote Graceland tourism.I wonder how Elvis would have reacted to this
2006, BBC TV in the UK aired The McCartneys v The Fur Trade a program following the couple’s anti-fur trade protests. I think it’s good for leading musicians to throw their weight behind worthwhile causes.
2008, US country singer George Strait was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Troubadour.’
Born on this day
1928, Alexis Korner, blues singer, musician. Major force behind the UK R&B scene, formed Blues Incorporated with Charlie Watts, had hits with CCS, (1971 UK No.5 single ‘Tap Turns On The Water’). Writer and radio presenter. Korner died on January 1st 1984.
1942, Alan Price, keyboards, The Animals, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘House Of The Rising Sun’). And solo, (1967 UK No.4 single ‘Simon Smith and his Amazing Dancing Bear’).
1943, Eve Graham, (Evelyn May Beatson), singer, The New Seekers, (1972 UK No.1 and US No.7 single ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing’).
1947, Mark Volman, The Turtles, (1967 US No.1 single ‘Happy Together’, 1967 UK No.4 single ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’).