Thursday 7th May 2015 ‘Tumbling Dice


View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1972, The Rolling Stones released the second album on their own label, ‘Exile on Main Street’ featuring two hit singles, ‘Tumbling Dice’ and ‘Happy’

The weather was nice and I went down to meet Smithy at his hotel in Benidorm. We hadn’t seen Smithy for 30 years and those years dissipated the minute we got together. We had a really nice walk along Poniente chatting about old times. Smithy had a ginormous English Breakfast and I settled for a cup of coffee!

We came back to meet Anne at our house and it is her birthday. This is a really nice way to celebrate her special day and we really enjoyed remembering old times and the friends we all knew together. Around 2.30 pm I had a meeting with a Parent/Teacher group in La Nucia at the primary school and then I had to rush off to El Bressol for my Spanish class. We all met up again after my class and we drove over to Altea to show Smithy the mirador and the church. Next, we drove to Altea front to enjoy a meal together at Diferens. We rushed back to speak with my student from St. Petersburg and found the electricity had gone off. It came back around 9 pm.


My sister, Mary, runs a health website and has suggested we put the following information on offer. I have added a link at the bottom of the article to take you to her website.

For healthy eyes, antioxidants are vital. Vitamins A, C and E are the three most important ingredients in your diet for eye health.

Vitamin A – This vitamin is important for healthy cells in the retina and is essential to eye care. Vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of night blindness and it plays an important role in preventing cataracts and Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

Best sources for Vitamin A: Liver, beef, chicken, egg yolk, milk products, yellow and orange fruit and vegetables such as carrots, mangoes and sweet potatoes

Vitamin C – This truly is the wonder vitamin. Not only does it help with keeping your immune system strong, it also does wonders for your eyes. As with vitamin A, it assists in delaying the onset of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and cataracts. More importantly, it assists in the prevention of glaucoma and pressure relief for glaucoma sufferers.

Best sources for Vitamin C: Citrus fruit, sweet peppers, broccoli, strawberries

Vitamin E – Apart from being good to prevent heart diseases, vitamin E also aids in the prevention of cataract formation and growth.

Best sources for Vitamin E: Raw nuts, sunflower seeds and oil, wheat germ oil

Apart from these three very important vitamins, your eyes will also benefit from the following:

  • Selenium and Zinc that assist in antioxidant absorption. Nuts, yeast, seafood and wheat are good sources of Selenium and Zinc
  • Lutein and Zeaxanthin, found in leafy green vegetables or yellow and orange fruits and vegetables have been proven to reduce cataracts.  Source



Events 7th May

1429 – The English siege of Orleans was broken by Joan of Arc. Legendary

1525 – The German peasants’ revolt was crushed by the ruling class and church.Typical

1663 – The first Theatre Royal was opened in London.

1763 – Indian chief Pontiac began all out war on the British in New York.I can’t say I blame him

1912 – The first airplane equipped with a machine gun flew over College Park, MD.Bad news for those down below

1915 – The Lusitania, a civilian ship, was sunk by a German submarine. 1,198 people were killed. Terrible

1926 – A U.S. report showed that one-third of the nation’s exports were motors.Ford no doubt?

1937 – The German Condor Legion arrived in Spain to assist Franco’s forces. The Germans were his allies

1940 – Winston Churchill became British Prime Minister. Thank God

1942 – In the Battle of the Coral Sea, Japanese and American navies attacked each other with carrier planes. It was the first time in the history of naval warfare where two enemy fleets fought without seeing each other. Must have been surreal!

1945 – Germany signed unconditional surrender ending World War II. It would take effect the next day.Thank God

1946 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corp. was founded. The company was later renamed Sony.Cunning!

1951 – Russia was admitted to participate in the 1952 Olympic Games by the International Olympic Committee. Good

1954 – The United States and the United Kingdom rejected the Soviet Union’s bid to join NATO. Why?

1958 – Howard Johnson set an aircraft altitude record in F-104.Did his nose bleed?

1960 – Leonid Brezhnev became president of the Soviet Union.

1975 – U.S. President Ford declared an end to the Vietnam War.Good

1997 – A report released by the U.S. government said that Switzerland provided Nazi Germany with equipment and credit during World War II. Germany exchanged for gold what had been plundered or stolen. Switzerland did not comply with postwar agreements to return the gold. Crafty swines!

1998 – Residents of London voted to elect their own mayor for the first time in history. The vote would take place in May 2000. Dick Whittingham returns

2003 – Roger Moore collapsed during a matinee performance of the Broadway comedy “The Play What I Wrote.” He finished the show after a 10-minute break. He was fitted with a pacemaker the following day. I like Sir Roge


Music Events May 7th

1964, The Searchers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Don’t Throw Your Love Away’. The group’s third and last No.1.Frank Allen has appeared on my show

1966, Johnny Cash appeared live at the Empire, Liverpool, England.I can’t believe I missed this

1966, The Mamas and the Papas started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Monday Monday’, it made No.3 in the UK. The group was reported, as saying they all hated the song except for its writer John Phillips. I loved the song

1967, Jimi Hendrix played two shows at London’s Saville Theatre. Ringo Starr, Brian Jones and members of The Beach Boys and The Moody Blues were in the audience. I’ll bet that was a good night
1972, Reginald Dwight changed his name by Deed poll to Elton Hercules John.What happened to Hercules?

1972, The Rolling Stones released the second album on their own label, ‘Exile on Main Street’ featuring two hit singles, ‘Tumbling Dice’ and ‘Happy’.Good album
1977, Former backing singer with Stevie Wonder, Deniece Williams was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Free’, her only UK No.1 hit.Good song

1977, The Eagles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hotel California’, the group’s fourth US No.1, a No.8 hit in the UK.Was this really only no 8?

1978, 90,000 tickets were sold in eight hours for Bob Dylan’s forthcoming London dates at Earls Court. 10.000 per hour-not bad, eh?

1988, Terence Trent D’arby went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Wishing Well’, a No.4 hit in the UK. Good song

1989, Ron Wilson, drummer with US Surf group The Surfaris died of a brain anueryism. (1963 US No.2 & UK No.3 single ‘Wipe Out’).Sad

1991, Wilson Pickett was arrested after running into an 86 year old man and yelling death threats whilst driving his car over the mayor’s front lawn in Englewood, New Jersey. Pickett was charged with driving with open bottles of alcohol in his car. He should have known better
1992, A leather Jacket worn by John Lennon during 1960-1963, was sold at Christies, London, England for £24,200.Wow
1994, British house music performer Tony Di Bart scored his only UK No.1 single with ‘The Real Thing’. I like this

1998, Eddie Rabbitt, US singer, songwriter died of lung cancer aged 56. During his career, he scored over 20 No.1′s on Billboard’s country singles chart including 1981 ‘I Love A Rainy Night’. Elvis Presley, Dr Hook, Tom Jones, Kenny Rogers, Crystal Gayle and Lynn Anderson all recorded his songs.Very underrated

2000, Britney Spears went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Oops!… I Did It Again’. Written and produced by hit-makers Max Martin and Rami Yacoub, who had previously collaborated with Spears on ‘…Baby One More Time’.Quite good
2004, A planning inquiry hearing Madonna’s appeal to ban ramblers from parts of her £9m country estate heard details of the land’s make-up. The pop star claimed 100 acres of land at the 1,200-acre Ashcombe House estate had been inaccurately classified as open country. Madonna was appealing against the classification in a hearing. Under the act, people would have the right to access any land registered on the final map as open country-mountain, moor, heath or down. She had a cheek to come to the UK and ban ramblers….


Born on this day

1939,  Jimmy Ruffin, (1974 UK No.4 single ‘What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted’).

1942,Derek Taylor press officer for The Beatles also worked with Beach Boys and The Byrds. Taylor died on 10th September 1997.
1943,  Rick Westwood, guitarist, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, (1967 UK No.1 & US No.11 single ‘Silence Is Golden’). 1943, Born on this day, Thelma Houston, US soul singer, (1977 US No.1 & UK No.13 single ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’).

1945,  Christy Moore, Irish singer, songwriter, Planxty, solo, 1946, Born on this day, Bill Kreutzmann, drums, The Grateful Dead, (1970 UK No.69 and US No.127 album, ‘Workingman’s Dead’).

1948,  Pete Wingfield, singer, Pianist and producer, (1975 UK No.7 and US No.15 single ‘Eighteen With A Bullet’)

1949, Keith, (James Keefer), US singer, (1967 US No.7 and UK No.24 single ’98.6′).

1960, Anne Dudley, Art Of Noise, (1988 UK No.5 single with Tom Jones ‘Kiss’).

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Wednesday 6th May 2015 ‘Satisfaction’,


View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1965, In their Clearwater, Florida hotel room, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards worked out the opening guitar riff of ‘Satisfaction’, following Richard’s purchase of a Gibson fuzz-box earlier that day.

It’s Anne’s birthday today. My best friend and my soul mate says not to go overboard so I must respect her wishes. We have been together for about ** years and we rarely have a major argument. Of course we have differences of opinion. Part of the reason we’ve stayed together is that we have a good idea of how we think about things.  Most of the time we consider each other’s point of view and see how we can accommodate any differences. People who know us realise we each have strong opinions but we don’t enforce our views on each other. We tend to listen and develop understanding. Now that I’ve written this down we’ll probably have a major row! C’est la vie.

Yesterday was nice enough but became a bit muggy and sticky later on. We had a few difficult phone calls to field early on and it took a while for us to get down to Poniente Beach at Benidorm for a really nice walk. The Prom was packed solid and there were many areas where people were gathered on the sands to sing or dance together. It was nice to see and we walked for abouta n hour before coming back to have a bite to eat at Martin’s restaurant next door to the old Yago, He deserves to be busy as he is so good with his customers. He is Bulgarian and the more I see of him and his staff the more I like their restaurant. Apart from hiw own language he speaks English and Spanish fluently and probably speaks other languages. If our life in Spain has taught us anything it is the value of speaking several languages.

We got back around 2 pm and I had all my Spanish homework to do. I got that finished and then had a little rest before we went off to have a meal with our friends to celebrate Anne’s birthday. We enjoyed a really nice meal at Mastraioni’s in Albir and then went on to watch Real Madrid lose to Juventus in the semi-final of the Champion’s League.

List of Top Puns for the Thinking Person

1. The fattest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference.  He acquired his size from too much pi.

2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian .

3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a
weapon of math disruption.

5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.

6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blown apart.

8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

9. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.

10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other:
“You stay here; I’ll go on a head.’

13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: ‘Keep off the Grass.’

15. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

16. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

17. A backward poet writes inverse.

18. In a democracy it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism it’s your count that votes.

19. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

20. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you’d be in Seine .

21. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks
at him and says, ‘I’m sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.’

22. Two fish swim into a concrete wall.   One turns to the other and says, ‘Dam!’

23. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.

24. Two hydrogen atoms meet.   One says, ‘I’ve lost my electron.’ The other says,
‘Are you sure?’ The first replies, ‘Yes, I’m positive.’

25. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal:transcend dental medication.

26. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one
of the puns would make them laugh.   No pun in ten did 


Events 6th May

1527 – German troops began sacking Rome, bringing about the end of the Renaissance.Sad

1682 – King Louis XIV moved his court to Versailles, France.Nice building

1840 – The first adhesive postage stamps went on sale in Great Britain. Save a space on the envelope

1851 – Linus Yale patented the clock-type lock. They’ve been around for a while

1889 – The Universal Exposition opened in Paris, France, marking the dedication of the Eiffel Tower. Also at the exposition was the first automobile in Paris, the Mercedes-Benz. Two great points of reference

1910 – Kind Edward VII of England died. He was succeeded by his second son, George V. Keep it in the family

1937 – The German airship Hindenburg crashed and burned in Lakehurst, NJ. Thirty-six people (of the 97 on board) were killed. Sad

1941 – Joseph Stalin assumed the Soviet premiership.

1954 – British runner Roger Banister broke the four minute mile. He was the first in the world to do this and aided and abetted by Chris Brasher. He is a doctor

1959 – The Pablo Picasso painting of a Dutch girl was sold for $154,000 in London. It was the highest price paid (at the time) for a painting by a living artist.Mucho dinero

1960 – Britain’s Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong Jones. They were divorced in 1978. 18 years was giving it a ‘g0′

1960 – U.S. President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960. It was needed

1962 – The first nuclear warhead was fired from the Polaris submarine.Ugh!

1994 – The Chunnel officially opened. The tunnel under the English Channel links England and France.Exciting times and a major reason for Brits to travel to Europe

1994 – Former Arkansas state worker Paula Jones filed suit against U.S. President Clinton. The case alleged that he had sexually harassed her in 1991.Come on, Bill, spill the beans

1997 – Four health-care companies agreed to a settlement of $600 million to hemophiliacs who had contracted AIDS from tainted blood between 1978-1985.Terribly worrying times for those concerned

1999 – Britain’s Labour Party won the largest number of seats in the first elections for Scotland’s new Parliament and Wales’ new Assembly.So there!

2002 – “Spider-Man” became the first movie to make more than $100 million in its first weekend.Mucho dinero


Music Events May 6th

1965, Marianne Faithfull married artist John Dunbar at Cambridge register office in England.She was a girlfriend of Mick Jagger

1965, In their Clearwater, Florida hotel room, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards worked out the opening guitar riff of ‘Satisfaction’, following Richard’s purchase of a Gibson fuzz-box earlier that day. Great pop story

1967, Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens all appeared at the Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire, England.Great show
1972, The Tyrannosaurus Rex double album ‘Prophets, Seers And Sages And The Angels Of The Ages / My People Were Fair And Had Sky In Their Hair But Now Their Content To Wear Stars On Their Brows’ went to No.1 in the UK. The longest title of an album ever at the time! Who thought that one up!

1973, Paul Simon set out on his first tour without partner Art Garfunkel, using The Jesse Dixon Singers as a back- up group on stage. Simon’s tour of America and Europe was recorded and released as ‘Live Rhymin’. He is a great act
1978, The soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever started an 18 week run at No.1 on the UK album chart, also No.1 in the US. The album, which features seven Bee Gee songs, went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide. This show really was the BeeGees
1982, Former manager of The Bay City Rollers Tam Paton, was convicted on a charge of gross indecency with boys and was sentenced to three years in jail.Horrible
1989, Former Frankie goes To Hollywood singer Holly Johnson went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut solo album ‘Blast’. I didn’t hear any songs from this album

1995, Oasis scored their first UK No.1 single when ‘Some Might Say’ went to the top of the UK charts. It was the first single to be released from the Manchester bands second album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? And the last Oasis track to feature original drummer Tony McCarroll. Happy Days for the band

2001, Geri Halliwell scored her fourth UK No.1 single with her version of the Weather Girls 1984 hit ‘It’s Raining Men.’Quite a good version

2002, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen was voted the UK’s favourite single of all time in a poll by the Guinness Hit Singles book. ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon was voted in at No.2 and ‘Hey Jude’, The Beatles No.3, ‘Dancing Queen’ by Abba was fourth and Madonna ‘Like A Prayer’ was in fifth place. I thoroughly agree with all the first four but not Madonna.

2002, American songwriter and producer Otis Blackwell died from a heart attack. He wrote the classic songs ‘All Shook Up’, ‘Return To Sender’, ‘Don’t Be Cruel’, ‘Great Balls Of Fire’ and ‘Fever.’ Over the years, Blackwell’s songs have sold more than 185 million copies.What a fantastic pedigree

2004, A sale at Christie’s in London, England became the most successful pop auction in the company’s history after Beatles memorabilia sold for a record £788,643. The auction included a leather collar worn by John Lennon which sold for £117,250. A signed copy of a management deal with The Beatles and manager Brian Epstein sold for £122,850. A Vox Kensington guitar used by Lennon and Harrison went for £100,000. Also sold – a coloured felt-pen drawing by Lennon (£10,000), a letter with his signature (£5,500), and a pen-and-ink drawing called Happy Fish (£9,500).I wonder how much of the sale was foreign money? The Beatles are still an enormous draw with punters around the world

2005, US coffee shop chain Starbucks banned the sale of Bruce Springsteen’s latest album Devils and Dust over concerns about its adult content. The retailer – which stocked CDs at its branches in the US – said it would be promoting other albums instead. I think it’s good to see a semblance of social conscience
2006, During a UK tour, Morrissey played at The Apollo Manchester on the first of three nights at three different venues in his home city of Manchester. The singer then appeared at Manchester Opera House the following night and then at Manchester Bridgewater Hall on the 8th May.I think he liked Manchester

2008, Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty was released from Wormwood Scrubs prison in west London after serving 29 days of a 14-week sentence for breaching the terms of his probation. The singer told reporters that he was glad to be out and was looking forward to having a drink and spending some time with his pet cats.He helps me understand the meaning of the word twit!

2008, Cher played the first of 78 shows at the Las Vegas Coliseum, Las Vegas, Nevada. The singer had signed-up for 200 shows over a three year period.Well done Cher

2009, A former publicist for Michael Jackson was suing the singer for $44m (£29m) for his alleged failure to pay her for her services. Raymone Bain said Mr Jackson had agreed to give her 10% of any business deals arranged with her assistance. Ms Bain acted as Mr Jackson’s publicist during his 2005 trial for child abuse.Stick the boot in…..


Born on this day

1927, Ronnie Hilton, UK singer, (1956 UK No.1 single ‘No Other Love’ plus 21 other Top 40 hits). He died on 20th February 2001.

1942,  Colin Earl, Mungo Jerry, (1970 UK No.1 & US No.3 single ‘In The Summertime’).

1945,Bob Seger, US singer, songwriter, (1987 US No.1 single ‘Shakedown’, from the film ‘Beverly Hills Cop II’, 1995 UK No.22 single ‘We’ve Got Tonight’).
1948, Mary MacGregor, (1977 US No.1 and UK No.4 single ‘Torn Between Two Lovers’).

1950,  Robbie McIntosh, Average White Band, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Pick Up The Pieces). He died on 23rd August 1974.

1960,  Larry Steinbachek, Bronski Beat, (1984 UK No.3 single ‘Smalltown Boy’).

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Tuesday 5th May 2015 ‘Heartbreak Hotel’


View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1956, Elvis Presley scored his first US No.1 single and album when ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ went to the top of the charts. His debut album also went to No.1

I had lots to do in my studio yesterday morning. The weather was fine but I really didn’t get the chance to enjoy any sun as I had commitments.

I had a very good friend called Peter  Brooker who died last year. I played rugby for several years with Peter and he used to come along to many of my gigs. Peter visited us in Cornwall having rode down on his motor bike and I appreciated his efforts.  Peter also visited us here in Spain and had told me he was dying of cancer. I communicated with him until he died and it seems surreal he has gone from this planet. I wanted to show my appreciation for his friendship by creating a new podcast of the music he had chosen and sent to me on CDs. Here is that podcast.

I managed to get a swim around 3 pm. It had gone a little cooler and it was a little nippy. However, I enjoyed the exercise. I managed a little relaxation and then I went to give my English class in La Nucia. The students were really good and the time flew by. I then called in to see the little people on the way home.


Australian Prime Minister -this time two year’s ago!!
This woman should be appointed Queen of the World….Truer words have never been spoken.

The then Prime Minister Julia Gillard- Australia
Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks…..

Separately, Gillard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying she supported spy agencies monitoring the nation’s mosques. Quote:

I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.’

‘This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom’

‘We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society … Learn the language!’

‘Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political  push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.’

‘We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.’

‘This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, ‘THE RIGHT TO LEAVE’.’
‘If you aren’t happy here then LEAVE. We didn’t force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.’


A man was walking down the street when he was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked him for a couple of dollars for dinner.

The man took out his wallet, extracted ten dollars and asked, “If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead of dinner?”

“No, I had to stop drinking years ago,” the homeless man replied.

“Will you use it to go fishing instead of buying food?” the man asked.

“No, I don’t waste time fishing,” the homeless man said. “I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive.”

“Will you spend this on greens’ fees at a golf course instead of food?” the man asked.

“Are you NUTS!” replied the homeless man. “I haven’t played golf in 20 years!”

“Will you spend the money on a woman in the red light district instead of food?” the man asked.

“What disease would I get for ten lousy bucks?” exclaimed the homeless man.

“Well,” said the man, “I’m not going to give you the money. Instead, I’m going to take you home for a terrific dinner cooked by my wife.”

The homeless man was astounded. “Won’t your wife be furious with you for doing that? I know I’m dirty and I probably smell pretty disgusting.”

The man replied, “That’s okay. It’s important for her to see what a man looks like after he has given up beer, fishing, golf and sex.”


CIMG7317Events 5th May

1494 – Christopher Columbus sighted Jamaica on his second trip to the Western Hemisphere. He named the island Santa Gloria. I wonder if he heard any reggae music?

1809 – Mary Kies was awarded the first patent to go to a woman. It was for technique for weaving straw with silk and thread. Muy bien

1814 – The British attacked the American forces at Ft. Ontario, Oswego, NY.Troublemakers

1821 – Napoleon Bonaparte died on the island of St. Helena, where he had been in exile.Certainly not tonight, Josephine

1834 – The first mainland railway line opened in Belgium.My neighbours are Belgian. I bet they didn’t know this fact

1862 – The Battle of Puebla took place. It is celebrated as Cinco de Mayo Day.Es mañana

1901 – The first Catholic mass for night workers was held at the Church of St. Andrew in New York City.Nice

1912 – Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda began publishing.

1917 – Eugene Jacques Bullard becomes the first African-American aviator when he earned his flying certificate with the French Air Service.Well done

1925 – John T. Scopes, a biology teacher in Dayton, TN, was arrested for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution. Disgraceful treatment of an academic

1936 – Edward Ravenscroft received a patent for the screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip……then along came Newcastle Brown

1945 – The Netherlands and Denmark were liberated from Nazi control.Good

1956 – Jim Bailey became the first runner to break the four-minute mile in the U.S.He was clocked at 3:58.5. Bannister beat him to the barrier

1961 – Alan Shepard became the first American in space when he made a 15 minute suborbital flight.Does one naturally follow the other?

1981 – Irish Republican Army hunger-striker Bobby Sands died at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland. It was his 66th day without food. Anyone who is prepared to fast this long for any cause has my admiration

1994 – Michael Fay was caned in Singapore for vandalism. He received four lashes.Maybe we all need rules like these?


Music Events May 5th

1956, Elvis Presley scored his first US No.1 single and album when ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ went to the top of the charts. His debut album also went to No.1.Start as you mean to go on!

1962, The Shirelles started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Soldier Boy’, it made No.23 in the UK.Not as good as Will you still love me tomorrow

1962, The soundtrack to West Side Story went to No.1 on the US album chart. It went on to spend a total of 54 weeks at the No.1 position.Owed much to the popularity of the film

1963, On a recommendation by George Harrison, Dick Rowe Head of A&R at Decca records, (and the man who turned down The Beatles), went to see The Rolling Stones play at Crawdaddy Club, London. The band were signed to the label within a week.That’s a nice fact with Beatle George showing respect for the Stones’ music
1966, Manfred Mann were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Pretty Flamingo‘.I liked this band

1968, Buffalo Springfield split up. Richie Fury formed Poco and Stephen Stills teamed up with David Crosby and Graham Nash in Crosby Stills & Nash.Good band

1969, The Beatles single ‘Get Back’ was released in the US.Good rif
1972, Blind blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis died of a heart attack aged 76. His unique finger-picking style influenced many other artists.I’d never heard of him before

1972, The first day of the three day Bickershaw Festival, Wigan, England, with The Grateful Dead, Dr John, Donovan, The Kinks, Captain Beefheart, Hawkwind, America, Family, Country Joe MacDonald, Wishbone Ash, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Brinsley Schwarz and the Flamin Groovies.What a great line-up

1973, David Bowie scored his first UK No.1 album when ‘Aladdin Sane’ started a five-week run at the top, featuring the single ‘Drive In Saturday’. He’s a very inventive artiste
1973, Elvis Presley went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite’.Yes ma’am

. 1979, Peaches and Herb started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Reunited’, it made No.4 in the UK.Good song

1983, The Stranglers ‘Golden Brown’ was named most performed work of 1982 at the 28th Ivor Novello Awards. The single had become a UK hit after the comparatively conservative BBC Radio Two made it ‘single of the week’, a surprising step considering the band were almost as notorious as Sex Pistols only a few short years before.I love this track

. 1984, Duran Duran were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Reflex’, the group’s second and last No.1Good single

1987, Over 130 girls fainted during a gig by Curiosity Killed The Cat in Liverpool, England.My cat wants to know why this happened

1990, The John Lennon tribute concert was held at the Pier Head Arena in Merseyside, featuring Lenny Kravitz, Al Green, Joe Cocker, The Christians, Kylie Minogue, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Deacon Blue, Lou Reed, Joe Walsh and Wet Wet Wet.What a show. What a tribute

1996, Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan received both a public apology and a donation of £7,500 ($12,750) to the Warchild charity from The Sport newspaper after they ran a story claiming she had performed a gig in Hamburg without wearing any underwear.Why do these newspapers bother?

2000, Rod Stewart had a one-hour throat operation at Cedar Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles to remove a growth on his thyroid. The growth turns out to be benign.Good. I like Rod

2002, Australian actress & singer Holly Valance went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Kiss Kiss.’ The third “Neighbours” TV star to score a UK No 1.Probably the best of the lot

2002, Two disc jockeys from Denver’s KRFX-FM, Rick Lewis and Michael Floorwax, stopped a live radio interview with Detroit rocker Ted Nugent after he used derogatory racial terms for Asians and Blacks. The station received dozens of complaints. I’m glad they had the sense to stop the interview

2003, UK Holiday camp operator Butlins introduced a new system of rhyming slang at bingo halls in an attempt to bring the game up-to-date. Pop stars Jennifer Lopez and Gareth Gates became new catchphrases for the callers, ‘Gareth Gates’ (8) and ‘J-Lo’s bum’ (71). Other additions include ‘stroppy teen’ (15) and ‘feng shui’ (53).Words fail me


Born on this day

1942,  Tammy Wynette, US Country singer, 1968 US No.19 and 1975 UK No.1 single ‘Stand By Your Man’. Known as the first lady of country music. Had the 1991 hit with The KLF ‘Justified and Ancient’ which became a No. 1 hit in eighteen countries. She died from cardiac arrhythmiaon aged 55 on 6th April 1998.

1948, , Bill Ward, drums, Black Sabbath, (1970 UK No.4 single ‘Paranoid’). The bands self-titled album was voted as the best British rock albums ever by Kerrang! in 2005.

1950, Eddy Amoo, The Real Thing, (1976 UK No.1 single ‘You To Me Are Everything’).

1957, Thereza Bazar, singer, Dollar, (1981 UK No.4 single ‘Mirror Mirror’).

1959,  Ian McCulloch, Echo And The Bunnymen, (1983 UK No.8 single ‘The Cutter’)

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Monday 4th May 2015 Those Were The Days


View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1968, Mary Hopkin won her heat on the ITV talent show ‘Opportunity Knocks’. She later signed with The Beatles-owned Apple Records, Paul McCartney produced her UK No.1 single ‘Those Were The Days’, which also made No. 2 in the US. Hopkin later married record producer Tony Visconti.

It was glorious yesterday. The little people had stayed the night and we got up very relaxed watching ‘Match of the Day’ then the ‘Andrew Maher Show’. I even managed to watch a bit of ‘The Big Question’ before I was interrupted with many smaller questions. I had to play my guitar and become Lifeguard whilst the little people played in the water. I didn’t mind because I like to see them enjoy the water and someone needs to watch over their activities.

Chloe is like a dolphin and needs little attention. Jack is also very water savvy but he keeps his brains in the house when he is in the water. They splash and make lots of slippery areas and then they seem surprised when we shout and advise them to be careful. Eventually they fall over and wonder why we tell them it’s their own fault. This is an ongoing problem!  Then there’s Bianca. She doesn’t swim yet but she certainly makes her presence felt in the water as she shouts out her commands. At first these commands are semi-requested. As her confidence grows she yells louder orders to us. If she wasn’t so funny I’d probably get annoyed.

We spent a lovely day by the side of the pool having a meal around 2pm and then I had a very enjoyable swim. It was getting hotter by the hour. I don’t usually have days when I do very little but today was Mother’s Day. Mother wanted her family with her and mother got what she wanted. I think she enjoyed their company as much as I did.


World Events 4th May

1471 – In England, the Yorkists defeated the Lancastrians at the battle of Tewkesbury in the War of the Roses.Elements of this still exist

1493 – Alexander VI divided non-Christian world between Spain and Portugal. Gracias

1626 – Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on Manhattan Island. Native Americans later sold the island (20,000 acres) for $24 in cloth and buttons.I confess I didn’t know his name

1715 – A French manufacturer debuted the first folding umbrella. I used one of these today. Merci monsieur

1776 – Rhode Island declared its freedom from England two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.Fair enough

1814 – Napoleon Bonaparte disembarked at Portoferraio on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean.  I think he liked the place

1886 – Chichester Bell and Charles S. Tainter patented the gramophone. It was the first practical phonograph. All he needed was a few records

1905 – Belmont Park opened in suburban Long Island. It opened as the largest race track in the world. I didn’t know that

1916 – Germany agreed to limit its submarine warfare after a demand from U.S. President WilsonBut would they keep their word?

1930 – Mahatma Gandhi was arrested by the British. He was a great man

1942 – The Battle of the Coral Sea commenced as American and Japanese carriers launched their attacks at each other. A lesser known part of the war for us

1942 – The United States began food rationing.

1979 – Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first woman prime minister. The Iron Lady had arrived- At the time she was the best person for the job in Britain after Labour had seen 30% inflation and the Prime Minister couldn’t see we had a problem. He was nick-named Sunny Jim-James Callaghan

1987 – Live models were used for the first time in Playtex bra ads. Wow

1989 – Oliver North, a former White House aide was convicted of shredding documents and two other crimes. He was acquitted of nine other charges stemming from the Iran-Contra affair. The three convictions were later overturned on appeal.Big news at the time

1994 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed a historic accord on Palestinian autonomy that granted self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.

1999 – Several severe tornadoes hit the Midwest U.S. overnight. At least 45 people were killed.These events have always happened

2000 – Londoners elected their mayor for the first time. Dick Whittingham might think differently

2010 – Pablo Picasso’s “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” sold for $106.5 million.Somebody had a few bob


World Music Events 4th May

1956, Lonnie Donegan quit Chris Barber’s Jazz Band to form his own skiffle group. It was quite a risk but he was dynamic and inspired many to take up the guitar1961, The Marcels were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Rodgers & Hart song from the 1930s ‘Blue Moon’, their only UK No.1.It was a fabulous song

1961, The Beatles performed at the Top Ten Club, Reeperbahn, Hamburg, West Germany. Folklore now

1963, Andy Williams started a 16-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Days Of Wine And Roses’.Great singer who started at an early age

1967, The Young Rascals started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Groovin.’ This song epitomises summertime

1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on UK TV’s Top Of The Pops’. Classic

1968, Mary Hopkin won her heat on the ITV talent show ‘Opportunity Knocks’. She later signed with The Beatles-owned Apple Records, Paul McCartney produced her UK No.1 single ‘Those Were The Days’, which also made No. 2 in the US. Hopkin later married record producer Tony Visconti. This TV show was very important in the UK at that time

1973, Led Zeppelin opened their 1973 North American tour, which was billed as the ‘biggest and most profitable rock & roll tour in the history of the United States’. The group would gross over $4 million from the dates, flying between gigs in ‘The Starship’ a Boeing 720 passenger jet, complete with bar, shower room, TV and video in a 30′ lounge and a white fur bedroom. Rock n Roll, eh?

1974, Abba were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Waterloo’, the group’s first of nine UK No.1 singles was the 1974 Eurovision song contest winner for Sweden. The song was first called ‘Honey Pie’. Sounded better as Waterloo. I doubt if Honey Pie would have done the job

1974, Grand Funk Railroad started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with their version of the Little Eva hit ‘The Loco-Motion.’ It was only the second time that a cover version had been a No.1 as well as the original.I loved the original

1974, The film soundtrack to ‘The Sting’ by Marvin Hamlisch started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart.Good tune

1975, Mud were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Buddy Holly hit from 1958 ‘Oh Boy’. Their third and final No.1 single.Just a great song but Mud were good

1978, ‘Night Fever’ by The Bee Gees was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The group’s third No.1 and the theme from the film ‘Saturday Night Fever.’ The song was a US No.1 for over two months. This was a pivotal song that re-branded the Bee Gees

1985, Phyllis Nelson was at No.1 on the UK singles with ‘Move Closer’, her only UK hit making the American singer a One-hit Wonder. Great single

1987, American blues vocalist, harmonica player Paul Butterfield, who fronted The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, died at his home in North Hollywood, California, of drug-related heart failure, he was 44. Gained international recognition as one of the early acts performing during the Summer of Love, at The Monterey festival and Woodstock festival. I didn’t know this guy’s music

1989, Stevie Ray Vaughan set out on what would be his last ever tour at the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia. The guitarist was killed in a helicopter crash on 27th Aug 1999 after a concert at Alpine Valley Music Theater in Wisconsin, after playing 107 of the 110 dates.Very sad

1991, Cher scored her first solo UK No.1 single with ‘The Shoop Shoop Song’ from the film ‘Mermaids’. The song had been a hit for Betty Everett on 1964, and gave Cher her first No.1 in the UK since 1965′s ‘I Got You Babe’.It was a great single with some good sound effects on her voice

1991, MC Hammer played the first of three nights at London’s Wembley Arena.  We loved the pants!

1996, George Michael scored his seventh UK No.1 single as a solo artist when ‘Fastlove’ started a three-week run at the top of the chart. The second of six singles to be taken from George’s comeback album Older.Not a favourite of mine

2000, Metallica were demanding online music service Napster cut off 335,000 users who they claimed had been illegally trading their songs.

2003, Madonna was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘American Life’, the singers fifth US No.1.Good music

2004, Clement Seymour Dodd died aged 72. Producer and major force in the development of ska and reggae, made the first recordings of Bob Marley. A name to remember
2008, Madonna’s latest album Hard Candy went straight to No.1 in the UK, giving the singer a chart double, with her song 4 Minutes, featuring Justin Timberlake, on top of the singles chart for a third week. Hard Candy was Madonna’s 10th number one album.You have to applaud this

2008, Thieves broke into the childhood home of Motown star Martha Reeves and stole about $1 million worth of uninsured recording equipment, including speakers, microphones and karaoke machines. A suspect was arrested at his home later in the day after he tried to sell the goods to a pawnshop for $400.I hate thieves

Born on this day

1951,  Bruce Day, Santana, (1970 US No.4 single ‘Black Magic Woman’, 1977 UK No.11 single ‘She’s Not There’), Pablo Cruise.

1951,Jackie Jackson, The Jackson Five, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘I Want You Back’,) The Jacksons, (1977 UK No.1 single ‘Show You The Way To Go’).

1959,  Randy Travis, Country singer, 1989 US No.3 album ‘No Holdin Back’.

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Sunday 3rd May 2015 Geno


View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  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

I enjoyed yesterday. The weather was nice to start with and then it got even hotter. The first part of the day was straightforward as I was busy in the studio. I went down to chat with Done Woods about the Beast of Beddgelert. He had another song plus the history of the event. Click the date link to that podcast.

I don’t really understand how the Royals get away with it. The public has another mouth to feed and the parents have already been given a wonderful house. I like Kate and Wills but why should all the UK stations allow this topic to dominate the news and necessitate the re-scheduling of programmes. It took ages and wars for the Japanese to realise their Royals were not Gods and I think the British have lost the plot on these events. It’s a baby being born to a very nice young couple. It happens every minute of the day somewhere in the world and we don’t really need hours of boring commentary and hogging of channels in order to bore us to tears with this banal nonsense. The UK is now subjected to so much nonsense I wouldn’t bet against a referendum that the name must or must not be an English name. I’ll wait and see what happens.

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I had a Skype call with a very nice man from St Petersburg and I enjoyed the time we spent together. Before you could say Jack Robinson the gate almost came off its hinges as the grandchildren arrived to cause mayhem for a few hours.  They all had a swim and the pool was warm enough for a serious swim and I enjoyed my first long swim of the year. Later we went down to Albir where I enjoyed a nice walk along the promenade. Around 6 pm I popped down to the mass in Albir.

CIMG7317Events 3rd May

1568 – French forces in Florida slaughtered hundreds of Spanish. Why?

1859 – France declared war on Austria. The Europeans didn’t get on did they?

1916 – Irish nationalist Padraic Pearse and two others were executed by the British for their roles in the Easter Rising. The English shouldn’t have been there

1926 – In Britain, trade unions began a general strike. It didn’t last long…I think it was just 9 days

1944 – Wartime rationing of most grades of meats ended in the U.S. Rationing in Britain didn’t end until 1954

1948 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities were legally unenforceable.Good

1952 – The first airplane landed at the geographic North Pole. Interesting

1988 – The White House acknowledged that first lady Nancy Reagan had used astrological advice to help schedule her husband’s activities. This opened the doors to criticism

1992 – Five days of rioting and looting ended in Los Angeles, CA. The riots, that killed 53 people, began after the acquittal of police officers in the beating of Rodney King. If justice had prevailled none of this would have happened

2000 – The trial of two Libyans accused of killing 270 people in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 (over Lockerbie) opened. Troubled times

2006 – In Alexandria, VA, Al-Quaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was given a sentence of life in prison for his role in the terrorist attack on the U.S. on September 11, 2001


Music Events May 3rd

1965, The Beatles spent the day filming for their forthcoming film ‘Help!’ on Salisbury Plain with the British Army’s Third Tank Division.Hardly a classic

1967, The Walker Brothers announced they were splitting up. Gary has a podcast with me

1968, The Beach Boys opened their US tour on which the co-headliner was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.Did he sing?

. 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.Underrated in the UK

1975, The Bay City Rollers started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their second album ‘Once Upon A Star.’ Oh Dear
1976, David Bowie played the first of six sold out nights at Wembley, his first UK gig in three years.He was ready to gig

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. I’ll bet he was chuffed
1978, The first date of a 12-date UK tour by The Climax Blues Band supported by Dire Straits.Dire Straits would soon be topping the bill

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.I always liked this song

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.There is a great video to this

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.Walking on Sunshine is still a better song

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.Not his best

2003, London based bank Coutts And Co. turned down applications from members of Oasis to open accounts on the grounds of the bands bad behaviour.Why is this band so yobbish?
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”.I’d love to know the real story behind this

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.Interesting choice

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.This is quite a record





Born on this day

1919, Pete Seeger, US folk singer, wrote ‘Turn Turn Turn’, for The Byrds. ‘If I Had A Hammer’, hit for Peter Paul and Mary.

1933, 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 died on 25th Dec 2006 at the age of 73 after being diagnosed with severe pneumonia.
1937, 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, Pete Staples, The Troggs, (1966 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Wild Thing’).

1948,  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,  Christopher Cross, singer, songwriter, (1981 US No.1 single ‘Arthur’s Theme’, a No.7 UK hit in 1982).

1959, David Ball, Soft Cell, (1981 UK No.1 single ‘Tainted Love’).

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Friday 1st May 2015 Double Barrel’


View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1971, Dave and Ansil Collins were at No.1 in the UK singles chart with ‘Double Barrel’. It featured renowned drummer Sly Dunbar who was only 14 when the song was recorded.

I was off bright and early yesterday morning as it was a walking day with my friend Roberto. I look forward to this as it’s a two hour walk and talk in Spanish and English. We cover all kinds of topics and I always learn something from our time together. Today, we spoke about many things and we never seem short of ideas. The time flies by.

I got home around midday and prepared the salads as Anne was out with Sheenagh. I then wrestled with Yahoo Mail for quite a while. I see things changing on a regular basis and I wish someone in Yahoo would let the technology settle down. There are too many changes for my liking and I don’t support change without justification. It appears to me that there must be a department where developers seek to find new challenges for we consumers!

I will be seeing the little people later and then it will be time to prepare the podcast with Neil who has been away for a week. For now I will enjoy the sunshine.

ICIMG7334 watched a documentary about the late comedian Dave Allen recently. I liked his programmes. I realised how irreverent he was and my Catholic education allowed me to see the very funny side of his humour. Of course he did go too far for the ultra conservative Catholics but all religion has a huge degree of pomposity and vested interests were being affected. How can I argue when my non-Catholic friends tell me they object to the huge amount of gold and other trappings are found in the churches? As a good friend argued “It’s about time the gold was put to better use. Maybe feed the starving masses?”   I often feel the same but another point of view would be that when you go into a church you do feel you’re in a very special place and priests aren’t driving around with the best trappings of everyday society.  However, it is a very valid argument  and the valid criticism is not just confined to the Catholic church. All churches are guilty of the same criticism.

CIMG7244Getting back to Dave Allen. It was interesting to see how outraged certain parts of society  where when he used the ‘F’ word. He was very articulate in defending his use of the word but it does show the way we have moved as a society. Our standards have drastically changed and it would seem certain individuals believe a nice educational explanation of the use of the word condones its use. Whether I or anyone else likes it the word is usually very offensive. Just because we are educated does not mean we can say anything we please wherever and whenever we like without offending people.  I don’t see the need to offend people if we can avoid doing so. I know some people take extreme views and so I prefer to upset as few people as I possibly can. However, the Charlie Hebdo incident shows that indifference to other points of view can lead to drastic consequences.


– The longest sentence known to man: “I do.”

– I only use deodorant under one arm, so I know what I would have smelled like.

– Crime doesn’t pay; does that mean my job is a crime?

– Do you ever notice that when you’re driving, anyone going slower than you is an idiot and everyone driving faster than you is a maniac?

– I’ve used up all my sick days, so I’m calling in dead.

– What’s the quietest place in the world? The complaint department at the parachute packing plant.

– I’m not into working out. My philosophy: No pain. No pain.

– Never forget that you’re unique, just like everyone else.

– I heard you took an IQ test and they said your results were negative.

– I don’t have an attitude problem. You have a perception problem.

– If practice makes perfect, and nobody’s perfect, why practice?

– Born free. Taxed to death.


Events 1st May

1308 – King Albert was murdered by his nephew John, because he refused his share of the Habsburg lands. I must keep an eye on my nephews

1486 – Christopher Columbus convinced Queen Isabella to fund an expedition to the West Indies. He wanted to spice up his life

1707 – England, Wales and Scotland were united to form Great Britain. Been in love ever since

1751 – America’s first cricket tournament was held in New York City. Funny how it’s not caught on

1805 – The state of Virginia passed a law requiring all freed slaves to leave the state, or risk either imprisonment or deportation. Probably better off being slaves

1877 – U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes withdrew all Federal troops from the South, ending Reconstruction.

1883 – William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill) had his first Wild West Show. Half man half beast

1889 – Asa Candler published a full-page advertisement in The Atlanta Journal, proclaiming his wholesale and retail drug business as “sole proprietors of Coca-Cola … Delicious. Refreshing. Exhilarating. Invigorating.” Mr. Candler did not actually achieve sole ownership until 1891 at a cost of $2,300. I thought it was first sold as a medicine

1898 – The U.S. Navy under Dewey defeated the Spanish fleet at Manila Bay in the Philippines. I live in Spain so NO COMMENT

1905 – In New York, radium was tested as a cure for cancer.

1927 – Adolf Hitler held his first Nazi meeting in Berlin. I hate what he did and stood for but he was an inspirational speaker.

1931 – The Empire State Building in New York was dedicated and opened. It was 102 stories tall and was the tallest building in the world at the time. Amazing. How do these buildings stay standing?

1937 – U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed an act of neutrality, keeping theUnited States out of World War II. Would it last?

1944 – The Messerschmitt Me 262, the first combat jet, made its first flight. A fantastic machine

1945 – Martin Bormann, private secretary to Adolf Hitler, escaped from the Fuehrerbunker as the Red Army advanced on Berlin. Can’t say I blame him

1945 – Admiral Karl Doenitz succeeded Hitler as leader of the Third Reich. This was one day after Hitler committed suicide.Was he as bad?

1948 – The People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) was proclaimed.

1960 – Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union. Powers was taken prisoner.I wonder what went through his mind?

1961 – Fidel Castro announced there would be no more elections in Cuba.The dictator had spoken

1986 – The Tass News Agency reported the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident. We still need to learn from this event

1992 – On the third day of the Los Angeles riots resulting from the Rodney King beating trial. King appeared in public to appeal for calm, he asked, “Can we all get along?” Good man

1999 – On Mount Everest, a group of U.S. mountain climbers discovered the body of George Mallory. Mallory had died in June of 1924 while trying to become the first person to reach the summit of Everest. At the time of the discovery it was unclear whether or not Mallory had actually reached the summit. I don’t remember reading this?


Music Events May 1st

1955, on tour with Hank Snow’s All Star Jamboree, Elvis Presley played three shows at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sun Records had just released Elvis’ fourth single, ‘Baby, Let’s Play House.’The king was on the way

1955, Leonard Chess signs Chuck Berry to a recording contract after he came highly recommended by Muddy Waters.Was he duck walking?

1962, The Beatles started a month long residency at The Star Club, Hamburg, Germany.This would stand them in good stead

1965, Herman’s Hermits started a three week run at No.1 in the US singles chart with ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter’.Peter Noone was always going to USA

1966, The Beatles played a 15-minute live set on stage for the last time in the UK when they appeared at the NME Poll Winners concert at Wembley Empire Pool. Also on the bill, The Spencer Davis Group, The Fortunes, Herman’s Hermits, Roy Orbison, Cliff Richard, The Rolling Stones, The Seekers, The Small Faces, Dusty Springfield, The Walker Brothers, The Who and The Yardbirds.What a fabulous line-up

1967, 32 year old Elvis Presley married 21 year old Priscilla Beaulieu, a girl he first met in 1959 when she was just 14 years old. When Elvis got out of the army in 1960, Beaulieu moved into the singer’s Graceland mansion with her family’s blessing. The wedding ceremony took place at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas and although the marriage license was only $15, the wedding cake cost $3,500. The couple divorced after five years of marriage on October 9, 1973. Priscilla is a huge part of the early Elvis story

1967, The F.B.I. arrested The Beach Boys’ Carl Wilson on charges of avoiding the military draft and refusing to take the Oath of Allegiance. He was later released and joined the rest of the band in Ireland for a British tour.Who instigated these proceedings?

1971, Dave and Ansil Collins were at No.1 in the UK singles chart with ‘Double Barrel’. It featured renowned drummer Sly Dunbar who was only 14 when the song was recorded. Wasn’t one of them the magnificent?

1973, In the US, Washington DC, proclaimed a ‘Marvin Gaye Day’.I heard that through the grapevine

1974, The Carpenters performed at the White House, at the request of President Nixon. Theirs was a nearly royal command performance

1976, The Bellamy Brothers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Let Your Love Flow’, the duo’s only US No.1, a No.7 hit in the UK. Good song

1977, The ‘White Riot Tour’ kicked of at the Roxy in London with The Clash, The Jam and The Buzzcocks. Was it a riot?

1979, Elton John became the first pop star to perform in Israel. In three weeks time he also became the first Western solo pop performer to tour Russia. Great CV

1980, the South African government banned Pink Floyd’s single ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ after black children adopted the song as their anthem in protest against inferior education. This really didn’t make any sense

1982, Barry Manilow scored his first UK No.1 album when ‘Barry Live In Britain’ went to the top of the charts.Great artiste

1984, Fleetwood Mac drummer and founder member Mick Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy. What had he done with all his money?

1986, American songwriter and producer Hugo Peretti died aged 70. Wrote and produced many classic hits including, ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’, ‘Twistin’ The Night Away’, ‘Shout’, ‘The Hustle’ and ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New.’Wonderful talent

1987, Tom Jones appeared on UK TV Channel 4 Show ‘The Last Resort’ with Jonathan Ross. Jones performed a version of the Prince song ‘Kiss’.Tom Jones is wonderful

1993, Cliff Richard went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Album’ his seventh UK No.1 album. Sir Cliff is wonderful

1993, George Michael, Queen and Lisa Stansfield went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Five Live EP’ which was recorded at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert held in April 1992, at Wembley Stadium, London. I don’t remember this

1997, Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt had a quadruple heart by-pass operation after visiting his Harley Street doctor and complaining of chest pains. I’m glad he’s still around

1999, the Paintings of Paul McCartney exhibit opened at the Lyz Art Forum, Siegen, Germany. The exhibit featured 70 paintings by the former Beatle, including a piece called ‘Bowie Spewing’ McCartney’s representation of a young David Bowie.What a man

2003, American soul singer Barry White suffered a stroke while being treated for kidney failure. The singer died two months later on July 4th 2003. Sad loss

2005, Coldplay became the first British band to have a new entry in the US Top 10 singles chart since The Beatles. Coldplay’s latest single ‘Speed Of Sound’ entered the chart at number eight, only the second time a UK band has achieved the feat. The Beatles managed it with ‘Hey Jude’ in 1968. I hadn’t realised this

2005, Tony Christie made chart history by hanging on to the UK number one spot for the seventh week in a row with ‘(Is This The Way To) Amarillo.’ The last single to spend that long at number one was ‘Believe’ by Cher from October to December 1998. It’s a great song but I think Peter Kay was the pull
2005, Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Devils & Dust’ the American singer songwriters sixth UK No.1. Great achievement

2005, Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas went to No.1 on the US album chart with his first solo album ‘Something To Be.’ This marked the first time a male artist from a rock group had debuted at number one with his first solo album since the Billboard Top 200 was introduced 50 years ago. I must try and listen to him

2009, A Queen fan won a private two-hour guitar lesson with Brian May after bidding more than £7,500 at a charity auction in London. The auction was held in support of the Action for Brazil’s Children Trust, of which May is a patron.You can get lessons free on the internet

 Born on this day

1930, Blues artist, Little Walter. First harmonica player to amplify his harmonica giving it a distorted echoing sound. He died on February 15th 1968.

1939, Judy Collins, US singer, (1968 US No. 8 & 1970 UK No.14 single ‘Both Sides Now’).

1944, Rita Coolidge, US singer, songwriter, backing singer with Joe Cocker, Delaney and Bonnie, solo, (1977 UK No.6 & US No.7 single ‘We’re All Alone’). Married Kris Kristofferson.

1954,  Ray Parker Jr. (1984 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Ghostbusters’).

1957, Rick Driscoll, Kenny, (1975 UK No.3 single ‘The Bump’).

1957, Steve Farris, Mr Mister, (1985 US No.1 & 1986 UK No.4 single ‘Broken Wings’). 1959, Phil Smith, sax, Haircut 100, (1982 UK No.3 & US No.37 single ‘Love Plus One’)

1962,  Owen Paul, UK singer, (1986 UK No. 3 single ‘My Favourite Waste Of Time’).
1967,  Tim McGraw, US country singer, 1994 US No.1 album ‘Not A Moment Too Soon’.

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Thursday 30th April 2015 ‘Good Lovin


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It was nice yesterday morning but I wasn’t really in the mood for anything too hectic. My football team had let me down yet again and the manager’s decisions were bad. These were compounded by the attitudes of his players. I was particularly annoyed because these pampered millionaires had not hardly tried to play well for their manager yet he was still condoning their efforts. This isn’t good enough for any football team especially Liverpool with its fine traditions. I also begrudg any petulant 20 year old sportsman who won’t sign for his club at 100, 000 pounds per week yet plays like a cart-horse.

I decided to make the morning a study period and grabbed my Spanish encyclopaedia and spent a good period of time looking at some very interesting items of general knowledge. I was pleased to realise I am picking up some good vocabulary. On the down side there is just o much to learn. Fortunately, I was interrupted by two Spanish visitors and managed to get in a speaking practice.

Later in the day I worked with a young lady from Mexico and then, after eating my salad, I went to my Spanish class where I spent an enjoyable couple of hours with two Germans, three Russians our Spanish teacher and me. It was a good 3 hours of concentrationand we all spoke in Spanish.

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On a chat show recently the hosts were discussing the news. They were talking about young people in Britain who were not voting and who should be made to vote. Personally, I believe firmly that voting should be tied to achievement. There should be a minimum educational qualification of the language spoken in the country in question and any one other subject. The other way to qualify would be to be a tax payer. That way voting might become a little more of a reward rather than a right and I don’t really think a basic qualification gained in two subjects is too much to ask after 10 years of schooling.

CIMG7140Heaven is Where:
The Police are British,
The Chefs are Italian,
The Mechanics are German,
The Lovers are French
It’s all organized by the Swiss.

Hell is Where:
The Police are German,
The Chefs are British,
The Mechanics are French,
The Lovers are Swiss
It’s all organized by the Italians.


CIMG7131Dating in 1957

It was a hot Saturday evening in the summer of 1957 and Fred had a date with Peggy Sue. He arrived at her house and rang the bell.  “Oh, come on in!” Peggy Sue’s mother said as she welcomed Fred.

“Have a seat in the living room. Would you like something to drink?  Lemonade? Iced tea?”“Iced tea, please,” Fred said. Mom brought the iced tea.”So, what are you and Peggy planning to do tonight?” she asked.”Oh, probably catch a movie, and then maybe grab a bite to eat at the malt shop, maybe take a walk on the beach…”

“Peggy likes to screw, you know,” Mom informed him.”Uh…really?” Fred replied, with raised eyebrows. “Oh, yes!” the mother continued. “When she goes out with her friends, that’s all they do!”

“Is that so?” asked Fred, incredulous.

“Yes,” said the mother. “As a matter of fact, she’d screw all night if we let her!”
“Well, thanks for the tip,” Fred said as he began thinking about alternate plans for the evening.A moment later, Peggy Sue came down the stairs looking pretty as a  picture wearing a pink blouse and full circle skirt, and with her hair tied back in a bouncy ponytail. She greeted Fred.

“Have fun, kids,” the mother said as they left.Half an hour later, a completely dishevelled Peggy Sue burst into the  house and slammed the front door behind her.
“The Twist, Mom!” she angrily yelled at her mother. “The damned dance is called the Twist!”


Events 30th April

0030 – Jesus of Nazareth was crucified. This is where it gets confusing

1250 – King Louis IX of France was ransomed for one million dollars.Was he worth it?

1527 – Henry VIII and King Francis of France signed the treaty of Westminster.An entente cordial!

1563 – All Jews were expelled from France by order of Charles VI.Bad news

1725 – Spain withdrew from Quadruple Alliance.Saved a bit of money

1789 – George Washington took office as first elected U.S. president.

1803 – The U.S. purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million.Probably money for France’s was chest

1849 – The republican patriot and guerrilla leader Giuseppe Garabaldi repulsed a French attack on Rome. He was eating biscuits at the time

1900 – Hawaii was organized as an official U.S. territory. The symbol was a surfboard and pair of long shorts

1940 – Belle Martell was licensed in California by state boxing officials. She was the first American woman, prizefight referee. Enlightened times

1943 – The British submarine HMS Seraph dropped ‘the man who never was,’ a dead man the British planted with false invasion plans, into the Mediterranean off the coast of Spain. I saw this film at the pictures and it made quite an impression on me

1945 – Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide. They had been married for one day. One week later Germany surrendered unconditionally.Good riddance

1980 – Terrorists seized the Iranian Embassy in London. I remember seeing this in TV

1984 – U.S. President Reagan signed cultural and scientific agreements with China. He also signed a tax accord that would make it easier for American companies to operate in China.Wise decision

1991 – An estimated 125,000 people were killed in a cyclone that hit Bangladesh.

1993 – Monica Seles was stabbed in the back during a tennis match in Hamburg, Germany. The man called himself a fan of second- ranked Steffi Graf. He was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm and received a suspended sentence. Why on earth would he stab her if he was one of her fans?

1998 – NATO was expanded to include Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. The three nations were formally admitted the following April at NATO’s 50th anniversary summit. Is it getting too big?

1998 – United and Delta airlines announced their alliance that would give them control of 1/3 of all U.S. passenger seats. Does that include the planes?

1998 – In the U.S., Federal regulators fined a contractor $2.25 million for improper handling of oxygen canisters on ValuJet that crashed in the Florida Everglades in 1996.Dreadful

2002 – Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was overwhelmingly approved for another five years as president. A popular man…


Music Events April 30th

1956, Ronnie Hilton was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Rodgers & Hammerstein song ‘No Other Love’, (his only chart topper). Hilton scored a total of 18 UK Top 40 hits during his career.  Great career and hardly ever in the news during my DJ years!

1960, The Everly Brothers started a seven week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Cathy’s Clown’, giving Warner Bros a No.1 with their first release.This was a fabulous song and I loved the production

1965, Manchester group Herman’s Hermits began their first US tour supported by The Zombies. Two great groups

1965, this was the first night of a twice-nightly UK package tour with The Yardbirds, The Kinks and Goldie & The Gingerbreads, at The Adelphi Cinema, Slough, England.Great show
1965, Bob Dylan played the first night of an 8-date UK tour at Sheffield City Hall.Very popular at the time

1966, The Young Rascals went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Good Lovin’. The song had been a hit for The Olympics the year before.This was a great track and I remember getting a promo copy on Atlantic

1967, Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens all appeared at the Granada Theatre, Tooting, London.Great show
1968, BBC TV launched The Cilla Black Show making Cilla the first British female performer to have her own TV show. The theme song, ‘Step Inside Love’, was written by Paul McCartney.She earned her stripes

1970, Twiggs Lyndon, the road manager for the Allman Brothers Band, was arrested for murder after he stabbed a club manager during an argument over a contract. At the ensuing trial, Lyndon’s lawyers argued that he had been temporarily insane at the time of the incident and that touring with the Allman Brothers would drive anyone insane. Lyndon was acquitted.I can’t see a judge acquiting him on the stated premise

1976, The Who’s drummer Keith Moon paid nine cab drivers to block-off both ends of a New York street so he could throw the contents of his hotel room out of the window. He was always up for something like that
1977, Glen Campbell went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Southern Nights’, his second US No.1.Good song

1977, Led Zeppelin broke a new world attendance record at a concert when they played to 76,229 people at a gig at the Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan. The Who held the previous record at the same venue with 75,962 people. Just imagine that……
1978, An Anti Nazi League Benefit concert at London’s Victoria Park featuring The Clash, Steel Pulse, X Ray Spex and the Tom Robinson Band.Sounds electric

1980, The film ‘McVicar’ with The Who’s Roger Daltrey in the title role premiered in London. I saw it-good film and Daltrey was excellent

1983, American Blues legend Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) died in his sleep at his home in Westmont, Illinois, aged 68. Major influence of many acts, Cream, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones named themselves after Waters’ 1950 song ‘Rollin’ Stone.’ Best know songs include ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’, ‘I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man’, ‘Got My Mojo Working.’This is my kind of music

1983, Michael Jackson started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Beat It’, his fifth solo US No.1, a No.3 UK hit.Great track

1988, Erasure went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their third album ‘The Innocents’.

1988, S’Express were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Theme From S’Express’. One of the landmarks of early acid house and late 1980s sampling culture, the British track sampled Rose Royce, TZ’s ‘I Got the Hots for You’ and the count-in ‘Uno, dos, uno, dos, tres, quatro’ is from Debbie Harry’s 1985 single ‘Feel the Spin’. I like it

1990, Prince played a concert at Rupert’s Night-club, Minneapolis. The $100 a head ticket proceeds all went to the family of his former bodyguard Charles ‘Big Chick.’ Huntsberry who had died from a heart attack.A lot of showbiz stars have really big hearts
1999, Nazareth drummer Darrell Sweet died aged 52, after suffering a fatal heart attack before a show in New Albany, Indiana. Nazareth had the 1973 UK No.9 single ‘Broken Down Angel’ 1976 US No. 8 single ‘Love Hurts’. I didn’t know his name but I liked the music

1999, the three former members of Spandau Ballet lost a court case against band songwriter Gary Kemp. They had claimed they were owed £1 million in lost royalties. The Judge said he had become a fan of the bands during the case. Nice story
2001, a light aircraft carrying Sting went off the runway as it landed in Florence. None of the four aboard, Sting a friend and two pilots were hurt. Brake failure was suspected as the cause of the accident.It’s stories like this that make flying less attractive

2004, new child abuse charges were made against Michael Jackson including a count of conspiracy, covering allegations of child abduction, extortion and false imprisonment. A new court date of May 28th 2004 was set.His was a troubled life
2005, American guitarist Norma-Jean Wofford died. Known as ‘The Duchess’, she worked with Bo Diddley as a Bo-ette from 1962 to 1966. (Diddley was one of the first artists to have female musicians in his group).It always looks nice to have a female in the band

2008, a giant inflatable pig which floated away during a Roger Waters concert was recovered in tatters in California. Two families from La Quinta who found what was left of the inflatable, decided to share four life tickets to the Coachella festival that were offered as part of the reward.Sir Berks told me all about this when he was on my show

2008, Gail Renard, who was given the hand written lyrics to ‘Give Peace A Chance’ by John Lennon in 1969, announced plans to sell the lyric sheet at a Christie’s auction. At the time, Lennon told Renard to hang on to the piece of paper, saying “It will be worth something someday.” The piece of music history was expected to fetch around $400,000, but when it was actually sold in July of this year, it went for $790,000 (£400,000).What an investment

 Born on this day

1933, Willie Nelson, US country singer, actor, (1982 US No.5 single ‘Always On My Mind’, 1984 UK No.17 single ‘To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before’). Wrote country classic ‘Crazy’ hit for Patsy Cline.

1943,  Bobby Vee, US singer, (1961 US No.1 single & UK No.3 single ‘Take Good Care Of My Baby’).

1951,  Des Tong, bass, Sad Cafe, (1979 UK No.3 single ‘Every Day Hurts’).
1953,  Merrill Osmond, The Osmonds, (1971 US No.1 single ‘One Bad Apple’, 1974 UKNo.1 single ‘Love Me For A Reason’ plus nine other US & UK top 40 singles).

1962,  Robert Reynolds, bass, The Mavericks, US country rock group, (1998 UK No.4 single ‘Dance The Night Away’).

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Wednesday 29th April 2015 Octopus’s Garden


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The weather was settled in the morning after winds had howled around the house for much of the night. It is nice when the winds subside and my thoughts immediately turned to the terrible events in Nepal. The most beautiful buildings have been destroyed and there is devastation everywhere. Thus far they are speaking of deaths around a figure of 5000. This is the size of the village where we lived in Cornwall and you need a perspective to realise the depth of the devastation.

The pictures from high up in the camps en route to the summit of Everest were bad enough. Cameras showed the wall of the approaching avalanche and you can only surmise the feeling of panic these people must have felt.  These shock waves were from events over 100 kilometres away and the sense of bewilderment would have been evident.

Looking next at the devastation for the Sherpas illustrates the hardiness of these people. We have known of their resolve as over the years we learned about their climbing guidance for the likes of Sir Edmund Hillary. The British Ghurkas must have been devastated on hearing the news and the logisitics of getting the right help into the region must be horrendous.  I was watching the news footage of the UK Search and Rescue teams who could not get nearer to where they were required as the runways were already crowded. The aerial footage shows the desperate plight of these poor people and all we can really do is hope and pray they will get their help as soon as possible. Once again it begs the question, ” Who needs wars?”


We went for a nice walk around 5 pm after watching the Land Girls on the BBC. The weather was nice and the crowds were thinning out. We enjoyed a nice coffee at The Bulgarian Bar in Poniente. We had a couple of errands to run and I even had time for a haircut. Liverpool are playing Hull tonight. Oh Dear!

Events 29th April

1289 – Qala’un, the Sultan of Egypt, captured Tripoli.Looking for sultanas?

1429 – Joan of Arc lead Orleans, France, to victory over Britain. Arc is a place just outside Paris

1672 – King Louis XIV of France invaded the Netherlands.Not far to go

1813 – Rubber was patented by J.F. Hummel.Rubber what?

1852 – The first edition of Peter Roget’s Thesaurus was published.Is there another word for one of these?

1856 – A peace treaty was signed between England and Russia.Glasnost?

1913 – Gideon Sundback patented an all-purpose zipper. I hope nothing got caught in it!

1916 – Irish nationalists surrendered to British authorities in Dublin. But didn’t they also fight with the British in the war?

1927 – Construction of the Spirit of St. Louis was completed for Lindbergh. He was a high flier

1945 – The Nazi death camp, Dachau, was liberated.Great

1952 – IBM President Thomas J. Watson, Jr., informed his company’s stockholders that IBM was building “the most advanced, most flexible high-speed computer in the world.” The computer was unveiled April 7, 1953, as the IBM 701 Electronic Data Processing Machine. Wow. Look where we are now!

1984 – In California, the Diablo Canyon nuclear reactor went online after a long delay due to protests. I’m anti nuclear

1988 – Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev promised more religious freedom. Good

1990 – The destruction of the Berlin Wall began.I watched this on TV

1992 – Rioting began after a jury decision to acquit four Los Angeles policemen in the Rodney King beating trial. 54 people were killed in 3 days.Terrible decision leading to horrible circumstances


Music Events April 29th

1963, Publicist Andrew Oldham and agent Eric Easton signed a management deal with The Rolling Stones after buying the rights to the bands first recordings for £90. They also persuade keyboard player Ian Stewart to drop out of the line up and become the bands road manager, (and still play piano at the back of the stage).How did they get him to do that?

1965, Jimmy Nicol, the drummer who stood in for Ringo Starr during a Beatles Australian tour in 1964, appeared in a London Court faced with bankruptcy with debts of £4,000.I hope the Beatles helped him out

1967, Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens played two shows at Bournemouth Winter Gardens, England. Great show

1969, working on tracks for the forthcoming Beatles Abbey Road album, Ringo Starr added his vocal to ‘Octopus’s Garden.’ He needn’t have bothered-only joking!

1976, After a gig in Memphis Bruce Springsteen took a cab to Elvis Presley’s Graceland home and proceeded to climb over the wall. A guard took him to be another crank fan and apprehended him. Great story

1978, P.J. Proby was sacked from his role in the London stage musical Elvis after repeatedly changing his lines from the script. Proby had been playing the oldest of three Presley’s in the play.P J  was a guest on my show on OCI. I also met him and found him very nice to be with.

1981, Elton John paid £14,000 for 232 ‘Goon Show’ scripts broadcast during the 50′s at an auction held at Christies, London.Worth the money

1990, Floyd Butler of The Friends of Distinction, died of a heart attack at the age of 49. Had the US No.3 single ‘Grazing In The Grass’ in 1969.Good song and I got a promo copy on the first green and orange RCA label

1993, Guitarist, producer, Mick Ronson died of liver cancer aged 46. Ronson recorded and toured with David Bowie from 1970 to 1973. Released the 1974 solo album ‘Slaughter On Tenth Avenue’. Ronson co-produced Lou Reed’s album Transformer, also part of Hunter Ronson Band with Ian Hunter. And worked with Morrissey, Slaughter & The Dogs, The Wildhearts, The Rich Kids, Elton John, Johnny Cougar, T-Bone Burnett.Great loss

2001, Rod Stewart asked for a change in wedding vows bringing them up to-date and to be treated like a dog licence. Stewart said ‘a change is needed because they’ve been in existence for 600 years when people used to live until they were only 35′.Nice one Rod but the analogy with the dog licence isn’t the best!

2003, A $5 million lawsuit against former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty was dismissed after a personal-injury lawyer claimed that he suffered hearing loss in his left ear from attending a Fogerty concert. The Judge said the plaintiff assumed the risk of hearing damage when he attended the concert in 1997.Good judgement

 Born on this day

1899,  Duke Ellington, composer, bandleader, pianist, died 24th May 1974. Worked with Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday.
1928, Carl Gardner, The Coasters, (1958 US No.1 single ‘Yakety Yak’, 1959 US No.2 and UK No.6 single ‘Charlie Brown’).

1931,  Lonnie Donegan, singer who launched the skiffle craze. He had a 1960 UK No.1 single with ‘My Old Man’s A Dustman’, plus over 30 other UK Top 40 singles. He died on November 3rd 2002.

1936,  April Stevens (born Carol LoTempio), US singer, Nino Tempo and April Stevens had the 1963 US No.1 ‘Deep Purple’, a No.17 hit in the UK.

1942, Klaus Voorman, bass, Manfred Mann, Plastic Ono Band. Voorman designed the cover for The Beatles album ‘Revolver.’
1945,Tammi Terrell, singer, who died of a brain tumour on March 16th 1970 after collapsing into Marvin Gaye’s arms on stage during a duet of ‘That’s All You Need To Get By’. Terrall had undergone eight brain operations in 18 months. She had had hits with Marvin Gaye, including the 1967 US No.5 ‘Your Precious Love’. 1947,Tommy James, The Shondells, (1966 US No.1 single ‘Hanky Panky’, 1968 UK No.1 single ‘Mony Mony’).

1949,  Francis Rossi, guitar, vocals, Status Quo, (1977 UK No.3 single ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’, plus 50 other UK Top75 singles since 1968).

1953, Bill Drummond, producer, A&R man, writer, musician. Joined Big In Japan in 1977 (with Holly Johnson, later of Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Ian Broudie later of Lightning Seeds). Co-founder of Merseysides Zoo Records. Formed KLF in the late 1980’s, who had a 1991 UK No.1 single ‘3 AM Eternal’. 1958,  Simon Edwards, Fairground Attraction, (1988 UK No.1 single ‘Perfect’). 1960, Born on this day, Phil King, bass, Lush, (1996 UK No.21 single ‘Single Girl’).

1968,  Carine Wilson, Wilson Phillips, daughter of Beach Boy Brian Wilson, (1990 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Hold On’).
1973, Mike Hogan, bass, The Cranberries, (1994 UK No.14 single ‘Linger’).


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Tuesday 28th April 2015 Motorbikin’


View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1981, Former member of T Rex, Steve Currie was killed in a car crash returning to his home near Vale de Parra, Algarve, Portugal, he was 33 years old. Joined T. Rex (recently renamed from Tyrannosaurus Rex) as bass guitarist in late 1970, also worked as a session player, played on ‘Motorbikin’ by Chris Spedding

The weather was windy during Sunday evening and it was still howling first thing yesterday morning. However, when I have things to do in the studio the weather is immaterial. I watched the news then went to start a new project. We’d been travelling the previous day and so there are always things to catch up.

The vulnerability of man is again shown graphically by the earthquake in Nepal. I suppose it’s because I have no wish to climb a mountain that I am a little surprised by how many climbers were waiting to have a go at Mount Everest. Tales of 1953 with Sir Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tensing sprang quickly to my mind and the bravery of all pioneers knows no bounds. This event, however, was a natural phenomenon. No matter how clever we think we are Mother Nature will always beat us. It is by looking at this earthquake and the Volcano erupting in Chile that we should know our place in the grand order of things. The planet is full of dangers yet only last week we were being shown the infinite nature of the Universe on TV. Whoever or whatever God is or whatever name you will accept for the superior being never tires of making us look insignificant. Whatever dictator or marauding bunch of killers might harbour desires of controlling this planet all their wicked deeds can be wiped out in an instant. Personally, I prefer to err on the side of caution!

I walked for an hour around midday before going home to eat after meeting Chloe from school. She was going shopping with Anne and then I was going back to La Nucia to give my English class at El Bressol. As ever, I enjoyed my time with these students.


We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath.

Today I wish you a day of ordinary miracles ~ A fresh pot of coffee you didn’t make yourself…

An unexpected phone call from an old friend….

Green stoplights on your way to work….

The fastest line at the grocery store….

A good sing-along song on the radio..

Your keys found right where you left them.



Events 28th April

0357 – Constantius II visited Rome for the first time. He should visit more often it’s a nice place

1282 – Villagers in Palermo led a revolt against French rule in Sicily. The French had heard the visitors were revolting

1789 – A mutiny on the British ship Bounty took place when a rebel crew took the ship and set sail to Pitcairn Island. The mutineers left Captain W. Bligh and 18 sailors adrift. They said there was too much coconut in the chocolate

1910 – First night air flight was performed by Claude Grahame-White in England. I suppose someone had to do it but how brave was that?

1916 – The British declared martial law throughout Ireland. Had they asked the Irish for permission?

1919 – The League of Nations was founded. Good

1920 – Azerbaijan joined the USSR.

1932 – The yellow fever vaccine for humans was announced. Good

1937 – The first animated-cartoon electric sign was displayed on a building on Broadway in New York City. It was created by Douglas Leight. I bet they didn’t think he was dopey

1947 – Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl and five others set out in a balsa wood craft known as Kon Tiki to prove that Peruvian Indians could have settled in Polynesia. The trip began in Peru and took 101 days to complete the crossing of the Pacific Ocean. The boat didn’t really look too safe!

1952 – The U.S. occupation of Japan officially ended when a treaty with the U.S. and 47 other countries went into effect. Rationing in the UK finished in 54

1967 – Muhammad Ali refused induction into the U.S. Army and was stripped of boxing title. He cited religious grounds for his refusal. This didn’t seem to affect his career too much

1969 – Charles de Gaulle resigned as president of France.

1985 – The largest sand castle in the world was completed near St. Petersburg, FL. It was four stories tall. Who made it?

1988 – In Maui, HI, one flight attendant was killed when the fuselage of a Boeing 737 ripped open in mid-flight. Dreadful luck

1997 – A worldwide treaty to ban chemical weapons took effect. Russia and other countries such as Iraq and North Korea did not sign. Good if they all keep their word but why did Russia and others not sign?

1999 – The U.S. House of Representatives rejected (on a tie vote of 213-213) a measure expressing support for NATO’s five-week-old air campaign in Yugoslavia. The House also voted to limit the president’s authority to use ground forces in Yugoslavia. This was very tight

2001 – A Russian rocket launched from Central Asia with the first space tourist aboard. The crew consisted of California businessman Dennis Tito and two cosmonauts. The destination was the international space station. What did he learn from the experience, I wonder?


Music Events April 28th

1958, Alan Feed’s Big Beat Show played 2 shows at the Central High School Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The tour featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, Buddy Holly, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors,
The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins and The Pastels.I think I would have loved this show

1964, The Beatles recorded the TV special ‘Around The Beatles’ at Wembley studios England. As well as performing songs they played Act V Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ with John playing the female role of Thisbe, Paul as Pyramus, George as Moonshine and Ringo as Lion. Paul later named his cat Thisbe. It was so good nobody has mentioned it til this day

1968, The Broadway musical ‘Hair’ opened at the Baltimore Theatre in New York City. The show featured the songs ‘Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In’, ‘Good Morning Starshine’ and the title song. The production ran for 1,729 performances, finally closing on July 1st, 1972.I bought all the songs but didn’t see the show

1973, Pink Floyd’s album ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ went to No.1 on the US chart, it went on to enjoy a record breaking 741 weeks, selling over 20 million copies world-wide. Cashing in eh?

1973, The Faces scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘Ooh La La.’Good group

1978, Mike Oldfield played the first of two nights at London’s Wembley Arena, England. Very inventive

1979, Blondie scored their first US No.1 single with ‘Heart Of Glass’, also No.1 in the UK. We tend to think of Blondie as Debbie Harry
1979, The Very Best Of Leo Sayer started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart, giving Sayer his first and only No.1 LP.Good artist

1981, Former member of T Rex, Steve Currie was killed in a car crash returning to his home near Vale de Parra, Algarve, Portugal, he was 33 years old. Joined T. Rex (recently renamed from Tyrannosaurus Rex) as bass guitarist in late 1970, also worked as a session player, played on ‘Motorbikin’ by Chris Spedding.Very sad and good background information

1982, The California State Assembly consumer-protection-committee heard testimony from “experts” who claimed that when ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was played backward, contained the words: “I sing because I live with Satan. The Lord turns me off, there’s no escaping it. Here’s to my sweet Satan, whose power is Satan. He will give you 666. I live for Satan.”If the experts were right we would know more about this. What was behind such a story?

1990, Guns N’ Roses leader Axl Rose married Erin Everly, daughter of The Everly Brothers Don at Cupid’s Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. They divorced in January 91 after a stormy nine months of marriage.They obviously knew each other well!

1999, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I love this band

2000, A blaze swept through James Brown Enterprises, the office that co-ordinate the superstar’s tours. Nobody was injured, but memorabilia and live tapes were destroyed in the blaze. An employee was later arrested charged with arson.I feel bad!

2000, Paul Atkinson was jailed for three years after being found guilty of stealing more than £25,000 from Rolling Stone Charlie Watts. Atkinson had been the manager of an Arabian stud farm owned by Watts.Trustworthy guy!

2002, UK boy band Blue went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘All Rise’. Little boy blue….
2003, Ozzy Osbourne’s son Jack went into rehab. The 17 year old was a patient at Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, California. Worryingly bad for a lad of 17

2006, Abba star Bjorn Ulvaeus was accused of avoiding paying 87m Swedish kronor (£6.5m) in taxes on the band’s hit songs and musicals. The Swedish government was demanding he repaid the money. Abba sold over 370 million records and he also co-wrote the musical Mamma Mia.Will we ever know the real story?

2007, Sugababes singer Amelle Berrabah was arrested and spent the night in a police cell over allegations she assaulted an 18-year-old woman in a Guildford bar. Police confirmed a 23-year-old female was arrested following an “incident”.Popstars have a responsibility to behave

2009, A TV commercial for insurance featuring Iggy Pop was ruled as misleading by the Advertising Standards Authority. In the advert, the singer was seen exclaiming that he had an insurance policy with Swiftcover but the company did not cover musicians at the time of the ad being shown. Swiftcover had since started to offer policies to musicians, and stated that Mr Pop would continue to endorse the company.Popped up at the wrong time

 Born on this day

1945,  John Wolters, drums, Dr Hook, (1972 UK No.2 and US No.5 single ‘Sylvia’s Mother’).

1955, Eddie Jobson, violin, Curved Air, (1971 UK No.4 single ‘Back Street Luv’), Roxy Music, (1975 UK No.2 single ‘Love Is The Drug’).

1968, Howard Donald, Take That, (1995 UK No.1 single ‘Back For Good’ and seven other UK No.1 singles, 1993 UK No.1 album ‘Everything Changes spent 78 weeks on the UK chart). Re-formed without Robbie Williams in 2006 for a sold-out European tour. Topped the UK singles and album charts simultaneously for the first time in their career when the single ‘Patience’ and album ‘Beautiful World’ both reached No.1 in Dec 2006.
1969, Mica Paris, singer, (1988 UK No. 7 single, ‘My One Temptation’).

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View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1991, Christian singer Amy Grant started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Baby Baby’, a No.2 hit in the UK

Here in Spain, we are told there are still over 5 million people out of work. Had you seen the amount of people eating out in good restaurants as we saw on Saturday night you would be forgiven for forgetting so many people are without work. The roads were clogged with virtually no parking spaces and I saw no beggars around the streets. People were spending good money and any quick calculations were mind-boggling. The same was true on Sunday at lunchtime. In the Rustafa area of the city traffic was flowing but you could not park your car for love nor money. Something doesn’t make sense to me. Benidorm has been buzzing for weeks with tourists spending more than in the previous year. The evidence before our eyes is that Rajoy seems to be having some success. Of course, the politicians from socialist perspectives will always be able to offer better times. If Rajoy can sort out these corruption scandals he will make even more progress.

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It must also be realised there are still more people working than not working. CIMG7317What makes my blood boil is when I read in the papers last week of the rich list in Britain.  I decided to look at the rich list in Spain for 2012.

The richest man in Spain in that year was Amancio Ortega whose fortune is given as $37.5 billion. He is the man who founded Zara clothing shops.He is 75 years old and is married with 3 children.  I’m sure he has worked very hard for his money but surely he can see the country needs him and his money at this hour of need? I wonder whether he might just consider giving the country an odd billion on a proviso that it is used to help the needy. He might already be doing this.  What does he do with all those billions?  Will he just sit and count the dollars on his computer screen?

CIMG7319Clothing did well at number 2 with the Mango shops owned by Andi Isak and family in Barcelona owning a mere 4.8 Billion dollars. He is now 58 but surely he could spare the nation just 1 million?   The supermarkets have done well for Juan Roig and at 63 I wonder whether he could spare 1 million of his 4.7 billion.   At number 4 in the Spanish Rich List was Rosalie Mera who is now 69 and made her 4. 5 billion dollars through Zara.  Now add her money to her ex-husband’s and maybe she could well spare the nation a million. Daniel Mate from Glencore International could spare 1 million from his 2.8 billion.

If we were looking at a rich tax that could be around 1.5 billion dollars from just five well-heeled people who would be inconvenienced but not impoverished. CIMG7271With another 5 million donated by Manuel Jove (49)who made his 2.6 billion in Real Estate, Alicia Koplowitz (58) who achieved wealth from the Investment Markets to the tune of 2.1 Billion and Juan Abello (71) who managed 2 billion from Investments.

Now there’s Esther Koplowitz who is 59 and managed 1.6 billion from construction and finally Florentino Perez (66) weighing in with 1.6 billion dollars from the construction market.  Maybe, just maybe, they would like to help the Spain that helped them? Instead of everyone suffering maybe it could become a few men and women being inconvenienced. Maybe the state could borrow the money and then return it after the recession? CIMG7096

If the British think this is a good idea then top of the Sunday Times Rich List 2010 again is Lakshmi Mittal, the steel tycoon, whose fortune had more than doubled from £10.8 billion last year to £22.45 billion.

To my way of thinking it’s like a big family having a meal together. Some of the family are working so mum gives them more of the food. Nobody really complains because the family knows the workers need to be fed and rewarded for their endeavours. However, the family hits hard times. I would bet the workers would always be prepared to give their family a donation from their wages. We had to when we were growing up. There were always some members of the family who needed to work harder and our parents made the rules. We had to keep them! CIMG7101

In matters of foreign affairs what are the politicians supposed to be doing? I don’t really understand what is happening with all these migrants fleeing Libya?  I saw one boat recently and it was full of Muslims praying. Is it me or does this seem a little suspicious? How can it be necessary to check everyone’s papers when they are flying legitimately into any airport and then all these migrants arrive without papers and they are given immediate assistance and then despatched to various parts of the European Union?  Are we now accepting all and sundry into Europe because of wars in overeas countries. Where does it all end? As the Australian Prime Minister said we have to stop these boats in their tracks.If I didn’t know better I would suspect a plot to undermine the European economies by flooding us with illegal immigrants regardless of colour or creed.

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Events 27th April

1296 – The Scots were defeated by Edward I at the Battle of Dunbar.Was this allied Dunbar?

1509 – Pope Julius II excommunicated the Italian state of Venice. Everyone?

1521 – Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.How sad

1865 – In the U.S. the Sultana exploded while carrying 2,300 Union POWs. Between 1,400 – 2,000 were killed.  This was terrible

1937 – German bombers devastated Guernica, Spain. This was an outrageous marriage of convenience between Franco and Hitler to allow the first aerial bombardment in history. I visited the town a few years ago and the town does not immediately reflect its history. I also read 4 other towns were involved in these events.

1938 – Geraldine Apponyi married King Zog of Albania. She was the first American woman to become a queen. Oh Really?

1946 – The SS African Star was placed in service. It was the first commercial ship to be equipped with radar. How interesting

1950 – South Africa passed the Group Areas Act, which formally segregated races.How sad was this?

1960 – The submarine Tullibee was launched from Groton, CT. It was the first sub to be equipped with closed-circuit television.Interesting 1961 – The United Kingdom granted Sierra Leone independence.

1978 – Pro-Soviet Marxists seized control of Afghanistan. Nobody ever wins here 1982 – The trial of John W. Hinckley Jr. began in Washington. Hinckley was later acquitted by reason of insanity for the shooting of U.S. President Reagan and three others.This was rather subdued

1982 – China proposed a new constitution that would radically alter the structure of the national government.

1984 – In London, Libyan gunmen left the Libyan Embassy 11 days after killing a policewoman and wounding 10 others. This country always seems to attract trouble

1989 – Student protestors took over Tiananmen Square in Beijing….and we all saw the pictures

1992 – Russia and 12 other former Soviet republics won entry into the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Why?

2005 – The A380, the world’s largest jetliner, completed its maiden flight. The passenger capability was 840. My goodness. This is like transporting a village

2006 – In New York, NY, construction began on the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower on the site of former World Trade Center. I wish it well


Music Events April 27th

1957, In a rare appearance outside the United States, Elvis Presley performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada where he wore his full gold lamé suit for the last time.I hope it buffed up well

1963, Little Peggy March started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Will Follow Him’. At 15 years, 1 month and 13 days old, Little Peggy March became the youngest female singer to have a US No.1 record. She missed doing her homework a few times to get the hit

1967, Sandie Shaw was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Puppet On A String’, her third UK No.1 and the Eurovision Song Contest winner of 1967. This song has stood the test of time

1971, The Grateful Dead appeared at the Fillmore East in New York City. The Beach Boys also appeared on stage with the Dead, who together performed a short set of Beach Boys songs.Do these sit comfortably together?

1975, Pink Floyd played the last of a four night run at Los Angeles’ Sports Arena. A total of 511 fans were arrested over the four nights for possession of marijuana.Surprised? 1976, Customs officers on a train at the Russian/Polish Border detained David Bowie, after Nazi books and mementoes were found in his luggage. Bowie claimed that the material was being used for research on a movie project about Nazi propaganda leader Joseph Paul Goebbels. How would you view this?

1981, Ringo Starr married actress and one time ‘Bond girl’ Barbara Bach. The pair met while filming the movie, Caveman, with Dennis Quaid and Shelley Long. In attendance at the wedding were George Harrison and Paul McCartney.She loves you?

1985, USA For Africa started a three-week run at No.1 on the US chart with ‘We Are The World’. The US artists’ answer to Band Aid had an all-star cast including Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon plus the composer’s of the track, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.Well done USA

1991, Christian singer Amy Grant started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Baby Baby’, a No.2 hit in the UK.Good song

1993, Prince issued a statement saying he was retiring from studio recordings to concentrate on film and other ventures.He is a very interesting artist

1996, Oasis played the first of two nights at Manchester’s Main Road Football Club as a ‘thank you’ to their fans, the 80,000 tickets sold out in hours.Nice, nice, nice

1997, Depeche Mode went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their album ‘Ultra’.Eightees revival …good business

2000, American singer Vicki Sue Robinson died. She had the 1976 disco hit ‘Turn The Beat Around’, sang back-up vocals on Irene Cara’s Top Ten hit single ‘Fame.’Good song

2003, Madonna went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘American Life’, the singers eighth No.1 album. Also a US No.1 album. I didn’t really get into this album 2003, US TV’s Pop Idol winner Kelly Clarkson was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Thankful.’ Good singer.

2009, Aerosmith were to hold a free concert in Hawaii to placate angry fans who brought a legal case against them. Fans filed a class action case, which claimed the band had cancelled a sold-out show in Maui two years ago, leaving hundreds of fans out of pocket in favour of a bigger gig in Chicago. Lawyers for the would-be concert-goers said Aerosmith had now agreed to put on a new show, and would pay all expenses. ‘Everyone who bought a ticket to the original concert will receive a free ticket. Compensation was coming a little late, eh?

Born on this day

1947, Ann Peebles, US soul singer, (1973 US No.33 & UK 41 single ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’).

1947, Peter Ham, vocals, guitar, The Iveys and then Badfinger, (1970 UK No.4 single ‘Come And Get It’). Ham committed suicide on 24th April 1975.

1948,  Kate Pierson, vocals, The B-52′s, (1990 UK No.2 & US No.3 single ‘Love Shack’). 1949, Clive Taylor, Amen Corner, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘If Paradise Is Half As Nice’, plus five other UK Top 40 hits).

1949, Herb Murrell, vocals, The Stylistics, (1974 US No.2 single ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’,

1975 UK No.1 single ‘Can’t Give You Anything But My Love’ plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).

1951,  Paul Frehley, guitar, vocals, Kiss, (1974 US No.5 single ‘On And On’ 1976 US No 11 album ‘Rock and Roll Over’ spent 26 weeks on the chart.

1987 UK No.4 single ‘Crazy Crazy Nights’).

1959,  Sheena Easton, UK singer, (1980 UK No.3 & 1981 US No.1 single ‘Morning Train, Nine To Five’).

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