1964, The Beatles scored their fifth US No.1 single in seven months when ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ went to the top of the charts. The group had now spent seventeen weeks at the No.1 position in this year.
It was like waking up in Cornwall yesterday morning with grey skies and rain threatening. We had to do a couple of early jobs so we were out of the house by 8.45 am. It was a bit fresher and beginning to spit as we dropped our Richard’s car off at Sean’s garage. He was going to give it the once over before Richard would drive it up to Bilbao the next week. We then went to the post office in La Nucia. This is more like the real Spain. The clerks have no concept of time and love chatting to each person in the queue. This is ideal for my practice of their language. Ahead of me was a man from the local tyre fitters. He was telling the family history as the second clerk came to listen.
This second addition to the frontline service picked the phone up to authenticate her listening in on her colleague’s conversation. As the man had his young daughter with him the conversation progressed to the family health situation and the child’s progress in school. The German lady in front of me was getting agitated and tried to explain her frustration to me in German. I think I understood she had to return for a second time as she hadn’t got the right piece of paper to complete her transaction. Just as she was getting in to our conversation the man was leaving and it was her turn. She was quite quick and it was my turn. Others had arrived to form a disorderly queue and one man was mooching round and entering my space. I thought I would return the favour by striking up a conversation with the desk clerk.
She had visited Manchester and they had hired a car to travel down and tour round the South of England.I could give you more of our conversation but you will be getting the picture. I do like to practise my Spanish and she was up for a chat.As you might have guessed I quite like going out to meet our hosts.
When I got home I created a new podcast and had a long swim even though the heavens looked ready to open. The rains didn’t come but the day remained cloudy. I didn’t mind as I always have things to do.
Isn’t it ridiculous that UK Taxpayers have forked out more than £14million on Ian Brady since he was convicted nearly 50 years ago.
This monster known as the Moors murderer tortured and killed five children with his then-girlfriend Myra Hindley. He has cost this money by staging a 14-year hunger strike and a series of failed legal challenges. Why should he get legal aid? Surely his actions forfeit his rights?
Brady is now 75. He spent 19 years as a Category A prisoner since 1966, in Wormwood Scrubs, Durham, Parkhurst and Gartree prisons at a minimum cost of £750,000 – according to recent figures.
Because he was diagnosed as psychotic in 1985 he was transferred to a high security psychiatric unit at Park Lane Special Hospital – now Ashworth – in Merseyside. Can you believe the cost of keeping this one monster there for 28 years has been around £7.6million, which is an average of £749 a day – or £273,000 a year. If he was in a normal health unit this would cost around £40,000 per year. Who benefits from his change of mental status? The salaries of huge numbers of specialist staff needed to maintain security and care for these high risk patients at Ashworth make up most of the horrendous costs. We’re told there are 11 consultants and 649 nursing staff along with psychiatrists and psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, teachers, physical health care staff, chaplains, cooks, cleaners and security staff. Can the austerity measures afford this? Source
A lot of people think of Bob Geldof when the topic of big fund-raising concerts is raised. However, in 1971, The Concert For Bangla Desh was organised by George Harrison to aid victims of famine and war in Bangla Desh. The concert took place at New York’s Madison Sq Garden and featured Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar and members from Badfinger. George Harrison used his Beatle contacts to get the ball rolling and had to shell out his own money to maintain the fund after legal problems froze all proceeds.
On this day in 1936 Adolf Hitler presided over the opening of the Olympic games in Berlin. This was a sham as central to Hitler’s activities was his belief or adherance to the great white Aryan race. He was busy selling everyone the idea that his tall blond young men and women would be able to win virtually anything to which they put their hands. He was pretty annoyed when Jesse Owen, a black athlete, spoiled his ideas about the Aryan race. Jesse was unstoppable and was the Usain Bolt of his era.
World Events 1st August
1498 – Christopher Columbus landed on “Isla Santa” (Venezuela). He was certainly having a long voyage
1619 – The first black Americans (20) land at Jamestown, VA. The numbers have certainly grown over the years!
1774 – Oxygen was isolated from air successfully by chemist Carl Wilhelm and scientist Joseph Priestly. Clever stuff
1779 – Francis Scott Key was born. He was an American composer, attorney, poet, and social worker. He was the composer of the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry” which later became known as the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Good tune
1790 – The first U.S. census was completed with a total population of 3,929,214 recorded. The areas included were the present states of Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia-These numbers have also grown a bit
1818 – Maria Mitchell was born. She was the first female professional astronomer and the first women to be elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.Well done
1834 – Slavery was outlawed in the British empire with an emancipation bill. Congratulations and thanks to William Wiberforce
1873 – Andrew S. Hallidie successfully tested a cable car. The design was done for San Francisco, CA. Now that doesn’t surprise me
1893 – Shredded wheat was patented by Henry Perky and William Ford. What about Pinky?
1894 – The first Sino-Japanese War erupted. The dispute was over control of Korea. Japan was a force to be reckoned with
1914 – Germany declared war on Russia at the beginning of World War I. Oh Dear!
1936 – Adolf Hitler presided over the Olympic games as they opened in Berlin. This was a sham and he was pretty annoyed when Jesse Owen spoiled his ideas about the Aryan race
1943 – Several deaths occurred in a race-related riot in Harlem, New York City. Bad
1944 – In Warsaw, Poland, an uprising against Nazi occupation began. The revolt continued until October 2 when Polish forces surrendered. This was on a DVD which showed the bravery of the Poles
1953 – The first aluminum-faced building was completed. It was the first of this type in America. Good
1956 – The Social Security Act was amended to provide benefits to disabled workers aged 50-64 and disabled adult children. Good
1957 – The North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) was created by the United States and Canada. Good
1966 – Fifteen people were shot and killed and 31 others were injured by Charles Joseph Whitman from a tower at the University of Texas at Austin. Whitman was killed in the tower. These nutcases seem to come along in numbers in July
1973 – The movie “American Graffiti” opened. Good movie
1975 – The Helsinki accords pledged the signatory nations to respect human rights.Good
1991 – Actress Hedy Lamar, 77, was arrested for shoplifting in Florida. How sad
2006 – Cuban leader Fidel Castro turned over absolute power when he gave his brother Raul authority while he underwent an intestinal surgery. It was no more than you’d expect
1960, Aretha Franklin made her first recordings for CBS Records. I first liked her Atlantic release ‘I never loved a man the way that I loved you’
1963, The first ‘Beatles Monthly’ was published. A magazine devoted to the group, it continued until 1969 and at its peak was selling over 350,000 copies a month. We’re in the money
1964, US singer Johnny Burnette was killed in a boating accident on Clear Lake California, aged 30. 1961 US No.8 & UK No.3 single ‘Your Sixteen’. I loved him singing Dreaming
1964, The Beatles scored their fifth US No.1 single in seven months when ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ went to the top of the charts. The group had now spent seventeen weeks at the No.1 position in this year. They were phenomenal in the true sense of the word
1965, Marianne Faithfull collapsed during a concert in Morecambe England and was forced to cancel all forthcoming engagements. She had a lovely voice and was a girlfriend of Mick Jagger but has now become a recluse.
1965, During a UK tour, The Rolling Stones appeared at the London Palladium supported by The Walker Brothers, The Fourmost, Steampacket featuring Rod Stewart and Sugar Pie Desanto with The Shevelles.Sounds like a great evening
1969, The three day US Atlantic City Pop Festival took place with BB King, Janis Joplin, Santana, Joni Mitchell, Three Dog Night, Dr John, Procol Harum, Arthur Brown, Little Richard and Canned Heat. night I would have loved this
1970, The film ‘Performance’ featuring Mick Jagger in his acting debut, had its UK premiere in London. It was worth a try
1971, The Concert For Bangla Desh, organised by George Harrison to aid victims of famine and war in Bangla Desh took place at New York’s Madison Sq Garden. Featuring Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar and members from Badfinger. Harrison had to shell out his own money to maintain the fund after legal problems froze all proceeds. The triple album release (the second in a row by Harrison), hit number 1 in the UK and No.2 in the US and received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Let’s not forget that George Harrison started these great events and was never really given the credit he deserved
1981, Australian singer Rick Springfield started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Jessie’s Girl’, a No.43 hit in the UK. Rick had played Noah Drake in the TV show ‘General Hospital’.I like this song.
1981, Welsh singer Shakin’ Stevens had his second UK No.1 single with his version of the Frankie Vaughan 1956 No.2 hit ‘Green Door’.’Shakey’,as he was known, was a massive hit in the UK and he should have been big in the USA
1987, Eurythmics Dave Stewart married ex Bananarama member Siobham Fahey.
1987, Los Lobos were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Ritchie Valens song ‘La Bamba’ also a No.1 hit in the US. The song was the title track from the film based on Ritchie Valens who died in the same plane crash the killed Buddy Holly.They did a nice version of this and it is still popular today
1987, MTV Europe was launched, the first video played being ‘Money For Nothing’ by Dire Straits which contained the appropriate line ‘I Want My MTV’.Great track to start a great concept
1988, Pink Floyd appeared at Main Road Football ground in Manchester, England, tickets cost £15.00. Great gig
1990, UB40 were deported from the Seychelles after police discovered marijuana in their hotel rooms. Surely not musicians with drugs?
1998, The Spice Girls scored their seventh UK No.1 single with ‘Viva Forever’. Not a favourite of mine
1999, Ronan Keating scored his first UK No.1 solo single with ‘When You Say Nothing At All’. Great song and really good singer
2000, Madonna’s forthcoming single ‘Music’ had its release date brought forward by two weeks after the track was made available as an illegal MP3 file on the Internet.The power of the web!
2002, A new book ‘Show the Girl the Door’ written by a former tour manager disclosed some strange demands by female acts. It revealed that Shania Twain would travel with a sniffer dog in case of bombs. Jennifer Lopez liked her dressing room to be all white, including carpets flowers and furniture. Cher would have high security rooms for her wigs. Janet Jackson would have a full medical team on standby including a doctor nurse and throat specialist and Britney Spears would demand her favourite Gummie Bear soft sweets. How the other half lives!
2004, Red Hot Chili Peppers went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Live In Hyde Park’, the bands second UK No.1. Good band
2007, Eminem’s publishing company were seeking more than $75,000 (£36,900) for copyright infringement and unfair competition against computer firm Apple for allegedly selling his music on iTunes without permission. Apple were paying Eminem’s record label for each download – but Eight Mile Style argued it had not approved the deal. It’s all about the money!
2007, Prince kicked off a series of 21 sold out UK shows at London’s O2 arena. Tickets for the events cost £31.21 – the same figure used by the singer to name his album, website and perfume. After completing the 21 nights the Jehovah’s Witness was planning to take time out to study the Bible. He is a very interesting man
2007, John Lennon’s “granny” sunglasses were snapped up by a British collector at auction. The sunglasses, from one of the last Beatles concerts, were expected to fetch around £1m, but auction bosses refused to say what the actual figure was. Lennon gave the gold-rimmed glasses to his Japanese interpreter in Tokyo in 1966, and the translator removed the lenses when Lennon died. Amazing!
1898, Morris Stoloff, arranger, (1956 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Moonglow and Theme From Picnic’, arranged film music including ‘Lawrence Of Arabia’). Died 6th April 1980.
1942, Jerry Garcia, guitar, vocals, The Grateful Dead,(1970 UK No.69 and US No.127 album, ‘Workingman’s Dead’). Garcia died from a drugs-related heart attack on 9th August 1995.
1946, , Boz Burrell, Bad Company, (1974 UK No.15 & US No.5 single ‘Can’t Get Enough’). Member of King Crimson.
1951, Tommy Bolin, guitarist. Joined Deep Purple in 1975, member of Zephyr and The James Gang. Bolin died of a heroin overdose on 4th December 1976.
1953, Robert Cray, singer, Blues guitarist, (1987 UK No.50 single ‘Right Next Door, Because Of Me’).
1959, Joe Elliott, vocals, Def Leppard, (1987 UK No.6 single ‘Animal’ 1987 world wide No.1 album ‘Hysteria’1988 US No.1 single ‘Love Bites’).
1963, Coolio, (Artis Ivey Jr), 1995 US & UK No.1 single ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’.