Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link. 1993, Catholic churches in San Juan, Puerto Rico asked residents to tie black ribbons on trees in protest against Madonna’s first live appearance in the country
It’s still very hot and it is quite draining. I would say we were around 30 degrees yesterday although the evening temperatures were more reasonable. We had no internet or landline yesterday until around 10 pm. It had been very frustrating to say ‘hello’ to Don but not to be able to record the podcast. We had a birthday party to sing at from 6pm to 9 pm and we saw Liverpool’s game against Hull whilst we were there. During our second part of the evening I found myself singing in front of a big screen showing Real Madrid beat Barcelona by 3-1. I didn’t mind watching that game with the return of Luis Suarez adding little bite to the Barcelona attack. I needed a good siesta before the gig and I felt like needed a longr siesta by the time I got back.
IN THIS DAY AND AGE NOTHING WOULD SURPRISE ME !!-Thanks Tom Rawcliffe who is due back to the Costa Blanca around this date….
Reported in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle U.K. recently:
Be sure and cancel your credit cards before you die! This is priceless and so easy to see happening – customer service, being what it is today!
A lady died this past September and MBNA bank billed her in October and November for their annual service charges on her credit card and then in December added late fees and interest on the monthly charge. The balance that had been £0.00; now is somewhere around £60.00. A family member placed a call to the MBNA Bank:Family Member: ‘I am calling to tell you that my grandma died in September.’
MBNA: ‘But the account was never closed and so the late fees and
charges still apply.’
Family Member: ‘Maybe, you should turn it over to your collections section.’
MBNA: ‘Since it is two months over due, it already has been.’
Family Member: So, what will they do when they find out she is dead?’
MBNA: ‘Either report her account to the Frauds Department or report
her to The Credit bureau, maybe both!’
Family Member: ‘Do you think God will be mad at her?’
MBNA: ‘Excuse me?’
Family Member: ‘Did you just get what I was telling you . The part
about her being dead?’
MBNA: ‘Sir, you’ll have to speak to my supervisor.’ Supervisor gets on the phone:
Family Member: ‘I’m calling to tell you, she died in September.’
MBNA: ‘But the account was never closed and the late fees and charges
Family Member: ‘You mean you want to collect from her estate?’
MBNA: (Stammer) ‘Are you her solicitor?’
Family Member: ‘No, I’m her grandson.’
MBNA: ‘Could you fax us a death certificate?’
Family Member: ‘Sure.’
( fax number is given )
After they get the fax:
MBNA: ‘Our system just isn’t set up for death. I don’t know what more
I can do to help.’
Family Member: ‘Well, if you figure it out, great! If not, you could just keep billing her. I don’t think she will care.’
MBNA: ‘Well, the late fees and charges will still apply.’
Family Member: Would you like her new billing address?’
MBNA: ‘That would help.’
Family Member: ‘ Plot 1049.’ Heaton Cemetery, Heaton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne.
MBNA: ‘But, that’s a cemetery!’
Family Member: ‘Well, what the *** do you do with dead people on your planet?’
The MBNA were not available for comment when a reporter from the
Newcastle Evening Chronicle rang them.
World Events 26th October
1825 – The Erie Canal opened in upstate New York. The 363-mile canal connected Lake Erie and the Hudson River at a cost of $7,602,000. …I bet it was eerie when it was under construction..
1858 – H.E. Smith patented the rotary-motion washing machine…..another name to remember. I’ll bet his head was spinning trying to remember how he’d done it!
1881 – The “Gunfight at the OK Corral” took place in Tombstone, AZ. The fight was between Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and Doc Holiday and the Ike Clanton Gang…I think many of us played this gunfight out when we were young.
1905 – Norway gained independence from Sweden.
1944 – During World War II, the Battle of Leyte Gulf ended. The battle was won by American forces and brought the end of the Pacific phase of World War II into sight.
1949 – U.S. President Harry Truman raised the minimum wage from 40 to 75 cents an hour…a blow for common cents!
1951 – Winston Churchill became the prime minister of Great Britain….We owe him a great debt.
1958 – Pan American Airways flew its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York City to Paris.
1962 – The Soviet Union made an offer to end the Cuban Missile Crisis by taking their missile bases out of Cuba if the U.S. agreed to not invade Cuba and would remove Jupiter missiles in Turkey.
1967 – The Shah of Iran crowned himself and his Queen after 26 years on the Peacock Throne.
1975 – Anwar Sadat became the first Egyptian president to officially visit to the United States.
1977 – The experimental space shuttle Enterprise successfully landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California…I’ve driven past this place and it’s massive..
1980 – Israeli President Yitzhak Navon became the first Israeli head of state to visit Egypt.
1985 – Approximately 110,000 people marched past the U.S. and Soviet embassies in London to pressure the two countries to end their arms race. Evidence that it’s not just me who hates war. However, without armies and soldiers we would not be able to write our thoughts and live in freedom.
1988 – Roussel Uclaf, a French pharmaceutical company, announced it was halting the worldwide distribution of RU-486. The pill is used to induce abortions. The French government made the company reverse itself two days later.
1988 – Two whales were freed by Soviet and American icebreakers. The whales had been trapped for nearly 3 weeks in an Arctic ice pack. The whole world watched and cheered when these two wonderful animals were freed.
1990 – The U.S. State Department issued a warning that terrorists could be planning an attack on a passenger ship or aircraft.
1991 – Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry arrived at a federal correctional institution in Petersburg, VA, to begin serving a six-month sentence for cocaine possession. Yes. You read that right-the mayor!
1992 – General Motors Corp. Chairman Robert Stempel resigned after the company recorded its highest losses in history.
1994 – Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Prime Minister Abdel Salam Majali of Jordan signed a peace treaty.
1995 – Alec Baldwin got into a fight with a paparazzi in front of his home when he and his wife Kim Bassinger were bringing their first baby home from the hospital. The paparazzi do tend to get a bit over excited…
1998 – A French lab found a nerve agent on an Iraqi missile warhead.
2001 – It was announced that Fort Worth’s Lockheed Martin won a defense contract for $200 billion over 40 years. The contract, for the “joint strike fighter,” was the largest defense contract in history.
The Day’s Music Events 26th October
1958, Bill Haley and his Comets played the first rock ‘n’ roll concert in Germany. Over 7,000 rock ‘n’ roll fans turned the show into a riot…..He certainly knew how to work a crowd and he came to the UK to do the same. Mind you the music had been relatively bland up til then
1962, The Rolling Stones, (known as The Rollin’ Stones), and consisting of Keith Richard, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, pianist Ian Stewart and drummer Tony Chapman recorded their first demo tape at Curly Clayton Studios in Highbury, London….I loved the early Rolling Stones. We had great rhythm and blues bands in Liverpool so I knew a lot of the songs…
1963, Bob Dylan played a sell out concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City….This guy must havde had a phenomenal memory for the words to his songs. He was a master wordsmith
1965, Queen Elizabeth II invests The Beatles with their MBEs at Buckingham Palace, London. According to an account by John Lennon, the group smoked marijuana in one of the palace bathrooms to calm their nerves…..I can imagine this happening….
1966, English singer Alma Cogan died of stomach cancer aged 34. Scored the 1955 UK No.1 single ‘Dreamboat’, plus 20 other UK Top 40 hits. In the 50’s Cogan was the most consistently successful female singer in the UK and the youngest female act to top the charts during the 50′s…..Every day my mum would do her housework singing these type of songs. I did like dreamboat as it is a very upbeat number and there is a nice echo production on her voice.
1974, Dionne Warwick and the Spinners went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Then Came You.’ I liked this number and had a promo copy sent to me which I played on my Radio Merseyside Show.
1984, 19-year-old John D. McCollum killed himself with a .22 caliber handgun after spending the day listening to Ozzy Osbourne records. One year later, McCollum’s parents took court action against Ozzy and CBS Records, alleging that the song “Suicide Solution” from the album Blizzard of Ozz contributed to their son’s death. The case was eventually thrown out of court……There is a warning here. If you can use music for hypnotherapy and certainly words are used in what is now an accepted practice then pop music will have a subliminal effect. I think the words cannot be blamed on the singer or composer for a misuse but there should be warnings when harmful words are around.
1985, George BensonNo.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Love Songs Collection.’
[1985, Whitney Houston No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Saving All My Love For You’, also a No.1 in the UK.
1991, Erasure scored their third UK No.1 album with ‘Chorus
1993, Catholic churches in San Juan, Puerto Rico asked residents to tie black ribbons on trees in protest against Madonna’s first live appearance in the country….I don’t think she particularly cares who she offends as long as she sells records or concert tickets….
1996, The Spice Girls had their second UK No.1 single when ‘Say You’ll Be There’ started a two-week run at the top of the charts. The song included a harmonica solo, played by Judd Lander who also played the harmonica solo on Culture Club’s 1984 hit ‘Karma Chameleon’….as a harmonica player I have to admire these inputs to the overall music
2004, Elvis Presley came top of a list of the highest-earning dead celebrities. Forbes.com listed the Top 5 dead music earners; 1. Elvis Presley $40m (£22m), 2. John Lennon $21m (£11m), 3. George Harrison $7m (£3.8m), 4. Bob Marley $7m and at 5. George and Ira Gershwin $6m…..I will be surprised to see who heads the list 20 years from now…..maybe the same people as class lasts!
2004, Apple launched the U2 Special Edition iPod as part of a partnership between Apple, U2 and Universal Music Group. The new U2 iPod held up to 5,000 songs and featured a red Click Wheel and custom engraving of U2 band member signatures. The iPod was being introduced as the band released their new album ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.’…..This group has been led by awareness of politics and has kept up with technology. These are signs of another class act. I think they could well be on the above list at the appropriate time.
2006, Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor quit the band during the US leg of their world tour. A statement on behalf of the group described the relationship with Andy Taylor as unworkable and one that could not be resolved…….Is there something we should know?
2007, Pete Doherty was given a suspended prison term for drugs and motoring offences after admitting driving while uninsured, having no MOT and while in possession of crack cocaine, heroin, ketamine and cannabis. The Babyshambles singer was sentenced to four-months in jail, suspended for two years at West London Magistrates’ Court. He was also given an 18-month supervision order and a 12-month drug rehabilitation order and ordered to pay a £475 fine for driving without insurance or an MOT…..Behaviour like this helps me understand words like prat…I’m surprised the judge was so lenient.
2008, Girls Aloud went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Promise’, their 4th UK No.1.
Birthday Boys and Girls
1946, Keith Hopwood, guitar, Herman’s Hermits
1951, Bootsy Collins, bass player, James Brown, Parliament, Funkadelic, Bootsy’s Rubber Band
1952, , David Was, Was Not Was