Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link. 1964, The Beatles started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, the first US No.1 by a UK act since The Tornadoes ‘Telstar’ in 1962 and the first of three consecutive No.1′s from the group.
The weather was nice but very windy. I was busy until 2 pm and then we went down to walk from Poniente to eat in a very interesting restaurant oposite the Comiseria de Policia in the centre of Benidorm. The food was excellent and unusual for my palate. The chef is Russian and is the wife of the Spanish host. The presentation was wonderful and the hospitality par excelence. Later we went to the Wooky Hollow 2 to watch Liverpool beat West Ham 2-0 and met up with two friends from Liverpool. We’d not seen them for a while and they are good enough to come to support our gigs. Obviously we were chuffed to see them.
What a fantastic opportunity we have to use the technology of today. I worked with Don at 10 am to create a really interesting podcast and then I worked on Skype with a guy from Russia. I really enjoyed meeting with both of these internet friends. Don is always very interesting and it were t’ day fer makin’ a northern podcast t’day………here’s Don….
The song this week was one that came so close…it was inspired by a TV advert where two young girls asked their uncle Stan to roll his cap across his chest then round the
back of his neck…I came up with this song which Norman Thomas played every day on
Radio City…I sent it to The Grumbleweeds who said they would do it if the advert went
national…sadly it didn’t because the despite the ad being so popular no-one knew what
it was advertising…which was British Beef…close but no cigar.
Katie Price has been taking some stick in the news regarding her receiving benefits from the Government to pay for taxis to take her disabled son to school…despite her
being worth 45 million. In my opinion she’s earned her money and pays her taxes…….I admire anyone who makes their fortune…and it’s always the scroungers who seem to complain .
I watched The Voice last week and to my delight one of the contestants was the singer
from Black Lace…he didn’t get selected but I was a big fan of the group…BUT it was
uncool to like them…in fact some of their songs were voted the worst records ever…THEY WERE GREAT!!…you can’t argue with full dancefloors….my band ALWAYS did Agadoo and The Conga…guaranteed to get everyone up….loved ‘em!!….it’s called
entertainment…something a lot of bands these days could do with a lesson in,
I have been watching coverage of the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust…it’s hard to
believe this happened…no matter how many times you see it.
It displays how low humanity can sink with their treatment of fellow human beings….soon
there will be no living survivors to tell the story which MUST be carried into the future so
this never happens again…
Further proof that there are many morons roaming amongst us..there is a statue of Maggie Thatcher in an art gallery which has been moved to a small corridor and
cordoned off…because some bright neanderthals decided to behead it…no matter what
you thought of her when she was P.M. what does that achieve?…and having street parties when she died just shows how some of us have yet to evolve.Looking for someone to man a one way journey to Mars?….look no further…
1788 – Isaac Briggs and William Longstreet patented the steamboat. Brilliant
1793 – France declared war on Britain and Holland. Troublemakers
1793 – Ralph Hodgson patented oiled silk. What’s this?
1884 – The first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was published. Jolly good
1898 – The Travelers Insurance Company of Hartford, CT, issued the first automobile insurance policy. Dr. Truman Martin of Buffalo, NY, paid $11.25 for the policy, which gave him $5,000 in liability coverage. It’s a far cry from Direct Line
1919 – The first Miss America was crowned in New York City. I like beauty pageants
1920 – The first armored car was introduced.
1920 – Canada’s Royal North West Mounted Police changed their name to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The organization was commissioned in 1873. The Mounties had very nice hats. I joined a scout group for Bob a Job week just to be able to wear one!
1929 – Weightlifter, Charles Rigoulet of France, achieved the first 400 pound ‘clean and jerk’ as he lifted 402-1/2 pounds. This is with recogniseable weights. Someone, a farmer for example, might have done something similar before
1930 – The Times published its first crossword puzzle. It was designed by a bloke called S-M-N
1946 – Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie was chosen to be the first secretary-general of the United Nations.
1951 – The first telecast of an atomic explosion took place. I don’t like these
1951 – The first X-ray moving picture process was demonstrated. Brilliant
1957 – P.H. Young became the first black pilot on a scheduled passenger airline.You wouldn’t think the question of colour would have been involved in this business
1958 – The United Arab Republic was formed by a union of Egypt and Syria. It was broken 1961.
1968 – During the Vietnam War, South Vietnamese National Police Chief Brig. Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan executed a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head. The scene was captured in a news photograph. Dreadful
1979 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was welcomed in Tehran as he ended nearly 15 years of exile. The Shah of Persia was shown the door
1991 – A USAir jetliner crashed atop a commuter plane at Los Angeles International Airport. 35 people were killed. Bad news
1996 – Visa and Mastercard announced security measures that would make it safe to shop on the Internet. I still feel on pins buying on the internet
2001 – Three Scottish judges found Abdel Basset al-Mergrahi guilty of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people. The court said that Megrahi was a member of the Libyan intelligence service. Al-Amin Khalifa, who had been co-accused, was acquitted and freed. This is ongoing
2003 – NASA’s space shuttle Columbia exploded while re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere. All seven astronauts on board were killed. I clearly watching this in horro
Music Events 1st February
1949, RCA Records issued the first ever 45rpm single, the invention of this size record made jukeboxes possible. I ended up buying about 70,000
1963, 17 year-old Neil Young performed his first professional date at a country club in Winnipeg. I love his songs
1964, The Beatles started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, the first US No.1 by a UK act since The Tornadoes ‘Telstar’ in 1962 and the first of three consecutive No.1′s from the group.
These were amazing times and we were so excited…
1965, P.J. Proby split his pants during his first number at the ABC, Luton, the manage r stopped the show and gave everyone in the audience a refund. The incident caused a ban on Proby’s performance in UK halls and TV. I had a brilliant time meeting PJ Proby who gave me a very nice podcast interview
1967, At Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles started work on a new song ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. This became such a great concept and probably much bigger than was intended by just the song
1969, Tommy James and the Shondells started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Crimson And Clover’, the group’s second and last No.1. Billy Idol had a 1987 US No.1 with ‘Mony Mony’ a No.3 hit for Tommy James in 1968. Tommy James has been on my show twice and was a real gentleman
1972, Chuck Berry had his first UK No.1 single with a live recording of a song he’d been playing live for over 20 years ‘My Ding-a-Ling’. UK public morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse attempted to have the song banned due to its innuendo-laden lyrics. I use the song in my show and it certainly gets people singing
1975, Neil Sedaka had his second US No.1 single with ‘Laughter In The Rain’, over 12 years after his last chart topper ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’. This is a real classy number
1975, Pilot were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘January’, the Scottish group’s only No.1. The song was a No.1 hit in Australia for eight weeks. Didn’t do much for me
1978, Amstrad were advertising their new ranges of hi-fi in the UK
1986, Music publisher Dick James died of a heart attack aged 65. Worked with many UK 60′s acts including The Beatles. James signed Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin as unknown artists in 1967 and was the founder of the DJM record label. My friend Tony Hiller often talks about Dick James
1986, Diana Ross married Norwegian shipping magnate Arne Naess in Geneva, Stevie Wonder performed at the reception….ain’t no mountain high enough….ain’t no fjord long enough
1989, Paul Robi from The Platters died of cancer. UK & US No.1 single ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’. Sad
1992, George Michael and Elton John went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’, also a No.1 in the UK. All proceeds from the single went to Aids charities.
1995, Richey James guitarist with the Manic Street Preachers vanished leaving no clues to his whereabouts. He left The Embassy Hotel in London at 7am, leaving behind his packed suitcase. His car was found on the Severn Bridge outside Bristol, England sixteen days later. Today, although most people suspect the worst, he is still missing
1997, Blur went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Beetlebum’. The song’s title, is said to be a stab at Liam Gallagher, lead singer of Oasis, for his over-idolisation of The Beatles. Songwriters often send a message in their song
1997, Boy George was beaten up by two bouncers after trying to jump the queue outside The Ministry Of Sound in London where George had been a guest DJ. I’m not a fan of his but many bouncers have behave badly like this over the years
1997, The original soundtrack from the film ‘Evita’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart.
2001, a collection of Sir Elton John’s private photos on display at a museum in Atlanta were withdrawn. The exhibition, which included snaps of nude men, was said to be too explicit, some school trips to the museum had been cancelled. Why am I not surprised?
2002, the father of S Club 7′s Paul Cattermole was jailed for nearly three years for sex acts with two 14 year-old girl fans of the group. Gerald Cattermole, 50 had been warned by police not to get involved with fans who often visited his house.Dreadful behavious
2005, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘It’s Now Or Never’, the singers 21st No.1, first released in 1960. Great song
2008, US space agency Nasa announced that ‘Across the Universe’ by the Beatles was to become the first song ever to be beamed directly into space. The track would be transmitted through the Deep Space Network – a network of antennas – on the 40th anniversary of the song being recorded, being aimed at the North Star, Polaris, 431 light-years from Earth. In a message to Nasa, Sir Paul McCartney said the project was an “amazing” feat. “Well done, Nasa,” he added. “Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul.” What a privilege for Paul McCartney
1934, Bob Shane, The Kingston Trio, (1958 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘Tom Dooley plus nine other US Top 40 hits).
1937, Don Everly, guitar, vocals, The Everly Brothers,
1937, Ray Sawyer, vocals, Dr Hook
1948, Rick James, US singer. Found dead at his Los Angeles home on 6th August 2004.
1954, Mike Campbell, guitar, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
1968, Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis. Married Michael Jackson in 1994, separated on 10th December 1995. Had the UK No.16 single ‘Lights Out’.