Thursday 2nd April 2015 I Get Around


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The weather was wonderful again and the children were spending a morning at the sports centre. I went to see how they were getting on as Anne and Richar were doing their thing together. I enjoyed being at the leisure cntre with Bianca and Jack and I was very impressed with the facilities. I know it has been voted the best sports facility in Spain and it really is good. There was a match on the main football pitches but there are several minor pitches and plenty of other facilites for all kinds of sporting activities. I mooched around until Anne and Richard joined me for a coffee in the cafeteria.

By the time we had chatted and chewed the fat over various topics we were ready to eat. I went up to La Nucia for my Spanish class. This was interesting as there were three Russians, the Spanish teacher and myself. It was very interesting!

I like to look at what I had written in previous blogs to see whether things are changing much. In 2013 I wrote that A JOBLESS Iraqi woman charged £4,000 a week to sublet a taxpayer-funded flat in a prime city-centre location, it has been reported. Source

This is just the sort of story to get people riled and the Sun seems very good at getting people worked up.   If the idea is. to get people cross then here is just one example of people commenting on the story………”This country is a disgrace. Why is this allowed to happen??! The gates need to be closed to immigrants and foreign criminals need to be deported. What is in it for the government? Can somebody please explain this to me??

I had then said that I did not understand how most decent countries have rules demanding that you have to bring something to their country, be educated, and have money yet Britain welcomes all the scroungers and struggles to afford them…… The UK systems are creaking and I hope the creaking is stopped before it is too late!   I wonder whether the voting in this UK General Election will bring something different to the UK Parliament?


Events 2nd April

1513 – Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sightedFloridaWhat a wonderful feeling for him

1801 – During the Napoleonic Wars, the Danish fleet was destroyed by the British at the Battle of Copenhagen. The Brits were good at this

1905 – The Simplon rail tunnel officially opened. The tunnel went under the Alps and linked Switzerland and Italy. This was a major breakthrough

1972 – Burt Reynolds appeared nude in “Cosmopolitan” magazine. Poseur

1978 – The first episode of “Dallas” aired on CBS. Great show 1982 – Argentina invaded the British-owned Falkland Islands. The following June Britain took the islands back. For my money this was a war of convenience

1990 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein threatened to incinerate half of Israel with chemical weapons if Israel joined a conspiracy against Iraq.I think he meant it

1996 – Lech Walesa resumed his old job as an electrician at the Gdansk shipyard. He was the former Solidarity union leader who became Poland’s first post-war democratic president. A brave man

2002 – Israeli troops surrounded the Church of the Nativity. More than 200 Palestinians had taken refuge at the church when Israel invaded Bethlehem.  


Music Events April 2nd 

1955, Elvis Presley, (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black), Slim Whitman, Hoot and Curley, Johnny Horton, Tibby Edwards and Floyd Cramer all appeared at the Louisiana Hayride broadcast from Shreveport Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana, and shown on KWKH Television.Elvis was on the way

1964, The Beatles had their fourth UK No.1 single with ‘Can’t Buy Me Love.’ With advanced sales of over 2.1 million, it holds the record for the greatest advanced orders for a single in the UK. I love it

1964, The Beach Boys recorded their next single ‘I Get Around’, which became their first US No.1 in the summer of this year.Great song

1965, The first edition of new music show ‘Ready Steady Goes Live!’ was shown on UK TV.Nice memories 1965, The Who made their first radio appearance on the UK BBC’s ‘Joe Loss Pop Show.’

1966, A charity concert at The Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California, took place featuring, Jan and Dean, Sonny & Cher, The Mamas And The Papas, The Turtles, Otis Redding, Donovan and Bob Lind.I’d like to be there

1975, The Bay City Rollers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of The Four Seasons song ‘Bye Bye Baby.’ I quite liked this song 1977, Abba were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their fifth No.1 ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You.’ The song was also a Top 10 hit in over 15 countries. Love it

1977, Fleetwood Mac went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Rumours.’ Great success away from UK 1977, Frank Sinatra scored his first ever UK No.1 album with ‘Portrait Of Sinatra’, his 46th album release.Well done Frank

1987, One of the greatest jazz drummers of all time, Buddy Rich died aged 69 due to complications caused by a brain tumour. Rich worked with many acts including, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey’s band, Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson.My friend, Bill Allen, was a huge fan of his

1998, Rob Pilatus, one half of pop duo Milli Vanilli was found dead in a Frankfurt Hotel room after taking a lethal combination of drugs and alcohol. Milli Vanilli won the 1989 best new artist Grammy after hits like ‘Blame it on the Rain’ and ‘Girl, You Know It’s True,’ selling 30 million singles and 14 million albums. But in late 1990, the performers were stripped of the award after it was revealed that neither actually sang on the Milli Vanilli album. This is rather sad

2001, Mariah Carey signed the richest recording deal in history. The 31-year old singer signed a deal with Virgin for three albums worth £60m. The singer had sold over 120 million records worldwide, scoring 14 US No.1 singles. Big bucks

2003, US soul singer Edwin Starr died at his British home in Nottingham aged 61. Formed The Future Tones in 1957, had the 1970 US No.1 and UK No.3 anti-Vietnam War protest song ‘War’, (which according to Starr was recorded in one take). This is one of my all-time favourite songs

2006, A John Lennon schoolbook containing the 12-year-old’s drawing of Lewis Carroll’s poem The Walrus and the Carpenter was sold at auction for £126,500. The poem inspired Lennon to write The Beatles’ 1967 song ‘I Am the Walrus.’ Also sold for £12,000, was a ship’s log book written by Lennon during a stormy trip to Bermuda in 1980, and a letter from Paul McCartney to his bandmates Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr failed to reach its £50,000reserve price.Beatlemania

2006, Gnarls Barkley started an eight-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Crazy.’ The American duo made chart history by becoming the first act ever to reach No.1 through computer downloads only.Another great track


Born on this day

1928 Serge Gainsbourg, singer who had a 1969 UK No.1 single with Jane Birkin ‘Je t’aime… Moi non plus’ the only French language chart topper. Gainsbourg died of a heart attack on March 2nd 1991.

1939, Marvin Gaye, singer, songwriter who had a 1968 US No.1 & 1969 UK No.1 single with ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ and a 1982 US No.3 & UK No.4 single with ‘Sexual Healing’. He was shot dead by his father on April 1st 1984.

1943, Glen Dale, guitar, vocals, The Fortunes, (1965 UK No.2 & US No.7 single ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’).

1947, Emmylou Harris, country singer, two albums with Gram Parsons, (1976 UK No.30 single ‘Here There And Everywhere’, US No. 37 single ‘Mr Sandman’). Six times Grammy award winner.

1963, Keren Woodward, Bananarama, (1984 UK No.3 single ‘Robert De Niro’s Waiting’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles, 1986 US No.1 single ‘Venus’).

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Wednesday 1st April 2015 Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter


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My back is playing me up a bit but it’s my own fault. How many times do we look good advice and experience in the face and defy the obvious. I know I have these problems but I still go ahead and do things I shouldn’t. Moreover, I have looked up my prescription pills and decided I don’t like the possible side effects. I have spent the past few weeks without taking painkillers and until I exceeded my limits with exercise recently I have felt the benefit of natural remedies.

One problem with taking pills is that they can create chemical imbalances and this highlights my deficiency of not learning enough about chemistry when I was at school. I know you cannot put an old head on young shoulders but I wonder whether I would have spent a little more time learning about this subject had it been explained in a more attractive way. I am not blaming my teachers but I did like other subjects and wonder whether I could have been taught to like the subject. To my younger mind it would have been a mumbo jumbo mixture of equations on the board and the strap administered to those of us who got the formulas wrong. With the benefit now of hindsight I look at the problems caused to my dad when he was in hospital and all his body chemistry had gone wrong. We really did see how bad he looked and I began to wonder about my chemistry education then.

Today, I was listening to a very old mp3 of my good friend the Silver Fox who had joined me at Hits FM in the Bullring in Benidorm. It was nice listening to an old friend on this old show and I hope my listeners liked the memories.

Around 4pm I went to the school with Richard to pick up the children. It was lovely seeing all the young parents meeting their children and brought back some happy memories of times working in primary schools. It seems such a shame that the innocence of the young children will be spoilt by something in their future life. I walked back from Richard’s house to our house and the 5 km walk seems to have helped my back!  I think walking with beautiful views and lovely sunshine also helps. seeing the squirrels also gives me great pleasure.


About this time last year I watched a documentary about the late comedian Dave Allen. I confess I liked his programmes. I did realise 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 and used to 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 the priests aren’t all 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  were 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 would suggest it is a damage limitation exercise. I really 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, I know the exception will always prove the rule.


– 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

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

– 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, Born on this day, 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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Tuesday 31st March 2015 My Old Man’s A Dustman’


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1960, Lonnie Donegan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘My Old Man’s A Dustman’, his third No.1. The song which was recorded live at the Bristol Hippodrome was a music hall novelty song.

It was another wonderful day yesterday. The sun streamed through the window and our two little guests had to get up early to go to school. It seems strange that the rest of Spain seems to be on holiday whilst the children here are still in school. Our son’s academy in Valencia has close for the Easter vacation and everything is gearing up for a wonderful Semana Santa. This is a very important week for any Catholic country and even more poignant for me this year in the light of the threat coming from the Caliphate.


I had a nice long walk with our son Richard along Terra Mitica and we chatted quite naturally in Spanish. We feel quite comfortable chatting in another language and this is an important factor in using a foreign language. There is a psychological barrier to overcome when speaking in a different language with others from the same mother tongue. It’s nice to know I’ve come past this hurdle and we chatted very naturally for around an hour. We met Anne down in Poniente for a nice coffee and the day was gorgeous.

Around 3 pm we returned home to eat and then around 5 pm we went up to El Bresol to give our English lesson. We had a good turnout and covered an array of interesting topics.


On a Plumber’s truck:
“Don’t sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.”

On a Church’s Bill board:
“Seven days without God makes one weak.”
At a Tyre Store
“Invite us to your next blowout.”

On an Electrician’s truck:
“Let us remove your shorts.”

In a Non-smoking Area:
“If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action.”

On a Maternity Room door:
“Push. Push. Push.”

At an Optometrist’s Office:
“If you don’t see what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place.”

On a Taxidermist’s window:
“We really know our stuff.”

On a Fence:
“Salesmen welcome! Dog food is expensive!”

 At a Car Dealership:

“The best way to get back on your feet – miss a car payment.”

 Outside a Car Exhaust Store:

“No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.”

In a vet’s waiting room:
“Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!”

 In a Restaurant window:

“Don’t stand there and be hungry; come on in and get fed up.”

 In the front yard of a Funeral Home:

“Drive carefully. We’ll wait.”


“Best place in town to take a leak.”

 Sign on the back of a Septic Tank Truck:

“Caution – This Truck is full of Political Promises”


Events 31st March

1776 – Abigail Adams wrote to her husband John that women were “determined to foment a rebellion” if the new Declaration of Independence failed to guarantee their rights. I would have been with her

1854 – The U.S. government signed the Treaty of Kanagawa with Japan. The act opened the ports of Shimoda and Hakotade to American trade. They certainly need Anerican help now

1889 – In Paris, the Eiffel Tower officially opened. Monsieur Eiffel did a good job

1900 – In France, the National Assembly passed a law reducing the workday for women and children to 11 hours. That was good of them

1904 – In India, hundreds of Tibetans were slaughtered by the British. Horrible

1921 – Great Britain declared a state of emergency because of the thousands of coal miners on strike. Pity the miners weren’t properly appreciated

1939 – Britain and France agreed to support Poland if Germany threatened invasion.This is why we have strong ties with Poland

1949 – Winston Churchill declared that the A-bomb was the only thing that kept the U.S.S.R. from taking over Europe. He was probably right but h can we ever achieve peace

1959 – The Dalai Lama (Lhama Dhondrub, Tenzin Gyatso) began exile by crossing the border into India where he was granted political asylum. Gyatso was the 14th Daila Lama.

1966 – An estimated 200,000 anti-war demonstrators march in New York City.People power

1966 – The Soviet Union launched Luna 10, which became the first spacecraft to enter a lunar orbit. What do we all need that’s on the moon?

1980 – U.S. President Carter deregulated the banking industry. This is probably why the world’s in a mess today

1986 – 167 people died when a Mexicana Airlines Boeing 727 crashed in Los Angeles.Terrible

1998 – For the first time in U.S. history the federal government’s detailed financial statement was released. This occurred under the Clinton administration.

2000 – In Uganda, officials set the number of deaths linked to a doomsday religious cult, the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments, at more than 900. In Kanungu, a March 17 fire at the cult’s church killed more than 530 and authorities subsequently found mass graves at various sites linked to the cult. Why does religion cause such problems?


Music Events 31st March

1949, RCA Victor introduced the 45rpm single record, which had been in development since 1940. I hated the 78s

1958, Chuck Berry’s rock ‘n’ roll classic ‘Johnny B. Goode’ single was released.Great track

1960, Lonnie Donegan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘My Old Man’s A Dustman’, his third No.1. The song which was recorded live at the Bristol Hippodrome was a music hall novelty song. I loved his cheerful delivery

1967, Jimi Hendrix set fire to his guitar live on stage for the first time when he was appearing at The Astoria in London, England. It was the first night of a 24-date tour with The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdink. The Fender Stratocaster burned on stage by Hendrix sold for £280,000 at a 2008 London auction of rock memorabilia. Whoever bought it got his fingers burned
1972, The Beatles Official Fan Club closed. The Beatles Monthly magazine had ceased three years previously. Don’t let me down…..

1973, Donny Osmond was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of ‘The Twelfth Of Never’ a hit single for Johnny Mathis in 1957. Both versions were good.

1976, The Brotherhood Of Man were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest 1976, ‘Save Your Kisses For Me.’ The group’s first of three UK No.1′s.My friend Tony Hiller wrote the song

1984, Kenny Loggins started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Footloose’, the theme from the film with the same name, a No.6 hit in the UK.Good track

1986, O’Kelly Isley of The Isley Brothers died of a heart attack, aged 48. Had a hit in 1962 original version of ‘Twist and Shout’, (later covered by the Beatles) and the 1968 UK No.3 single ‘This Old Heart Of Mine’ and 1969 US No.2 single ‘It’s Your Thing’.I loved their version of Twist and Shout

.’ 1990, German and Italian production team Snap! had their first UK No.1 single with ‘The Power.’A favourite of mine

1994, Madonna appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman from New York City. The network had to delete 13 offending words from the interview before the show aired. Madonna also handed Letterman a pair of her panties and told him to sniff them. He declined and stuffed them into his desk drawer.Why don’t media people put her in her plac? She’s good at what she does but has no manners

2001, Whitney Houston and husband Bobby Brown were banned for life from Hollywood’s Bel Air hotel after wrecking their room.  It was reported that Whitney called in her lawyers to plead with the hotel management not to call the police. The suite was so badly damaged it had to be shut for five days for repairs.Disgraceful

2007, A new world record for the longest non-stop concert was set by hundreds of musicians in Japan. The performance began on the evening of 23 March in the city of Omi, with musicians aged between six and 96 taking turns with over 2,000 tunes being performed over 182 hours. Organisers praised the musicians, one of whom carried on despite a major earthquake during her piano piece. The previous world record was set in Canada in 2001 with 181 hours.What an event!



Born on this day

1934,  Shirley Jones, singer, actress, The Partridge Family, (1970 US No.1 single ‘I Think I Love You’, 1972 UK No.3 single ‘Breaking Up Is Hard

1937, Herb Alpert, trumpet, vocals, (1968 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘This Guy’s In Love With You’). Formed A&M Records with Jerry Moss, at first operating from his garage at home.

1944,Rodney Bainbridge, bass, The Fortunes, (1965 UK No.2 & US No.7 single ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’).

1946, , Al Nichol, The Turtles, (1967 US No.1 single ‘Happy Together’, 1967 UK No.4 single ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’).

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Monday 30th March 2015 Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear’


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.  1967, During an appearance by Jimi Hendrix on ‘Top Of The Pops’, a technician put on the backing track of Alan Price’s ‘Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear’, to which Hendrix responded ‘I don’t know the words to this one man.

This day 41 years ago I was getting ready to tie the knot. Anne was in her house doing the same. Do I have any regrets? No. Has life always been easy? N0! Does it get any easier as you get older? No!

The weather was blummin’ gorgeous ysterday morning and the sun was streaming in through the window. If anything it was a bit too hot by 11 am. We had a little visitor on our tree outside our window. These little red squirrelsstarted coming about four years ago when a fire in the campo forced them to come closer to the houses. Personally, I love to see them running along the telegraph wires with thir little tails swishing behind them. They seem to stop and make a decision then leap from the telephone wires onto the nearby trees. Talk about agile!

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An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Gordon Brown’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Gordon’s plan”.. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.  The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F. As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed. Could not be any simpler than that.

Remember, there IS a test coming up. The next elections. These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. 2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.   I suggest the UK might be near this point!


World Events 30th March

1533 – Henry VIII divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. There would be others

1814 – The allied European nations against Napoleon marched into Paris. They’d had enough of him..

1822 – Florida became a U.S. territory.

1842 – Dr. Crawford W. Long performed the first operation while his patient was anesthetized by ether.

1855 – About 5,000 “Border Ruffians” from western Missouri invaded the territory of Kansas and forced the election of a pro-slavery legislature. It was the first election in Kansas. Notice the use of the word ruffians.

1858 – Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia patented the pencil. I bet he made a few bob

1867 – The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars. Was this enough I ask myself…

1909 – In Oklahoma, Seminole Indians revolted against meagre pay for government jobs. Good for them

1936 – Britain announced a naval construction program of 38 warships. A sound investment

1972 – The British government assumed direct rule over Northern Ireland. Let the Irish govern Ireland

1987 – Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” was bought for $39.85 million. Not worth such stupid money

1994 – Serbs and Croats signed a cease-fire to end their war in Croatia while Bosnian Muslims and Serbs continued to fight each other.This has always been a bad area  Imagine

Music Events 30th March

1957, Buddy Knox became the first artist in the Rock ‘n’ Roll era to write his own number one hit when ‘Party Doll’ topped the US singles chart. Good.

1963, The Chiffons started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘He’s So Fine’, which was a No.16 UK hit. In 1971 George Harrison was taken to court accused of copying the song on his 1970 ‘My Sweet Lord’ and ordered to pay £345,000 to the writers.I couldn’t see the connection and I like both songs independently of one another

1963, 16 year-old Lesley Gore recorded her breakthrough hit, ‘It’s My Party.’ The song produced by Quincy Jones went on to be a US No.1.She is still touring

1967, During an appearance by Jimi Hendrix on ‘Top Of The Pops’, a technician put on the backing track of Alan Price’s ‘Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear’, to which Hendrix responded ‘I don’t know the words to this one man.’ It wasn’t quite Hendrix 1

967, The photo session took place at Chelsea Manor studios in London with Michael Cooper for the cover of The Beatles ‘Sgt Pepper’s’ album. This album cover is regarded highly by music critics

1974, John Denver went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sunshine On My Shoulders’, the singers first of four US No.1′s. Denver was killed in a plane crash on 12th October 1997.He is sadly missed

1976, The Sex Pistols played their first show at The 100 club, London, they begin a weekly residency at the club in June.

1985, Phil Collins No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘One More Night’, his second US No.1- No.4 in the UK.Great song

1991, Chesney Hawks started a five-week run at the UK No.1 position with his debut single ‘The One And Only. The song was featured in the film ‘Buddy’s Song’ in which he appeared with Roger Daltrey. The song was written by 80s singer Nik Kershaw. I hadn’t realised who’d written the song

2000, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger made a nostalgic visit to his old school. He opened the new arts centre that had been named after him at Dartford Grammar. The singer said he had spent the worst years of his life at the school.We all change during our lifetime

2003, Room 5 & Oliver Cheatham started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Make Luv.’ The track was used in TV ads for Lynx deodorant, and was a reworking of Oliver Cheatham’s 1983 hit ‘Get Down Saturday Night’. I did like that track .

2004, Timi Yuro, died from throat cancer aged 62. Was just 18 years old when she reached No.4 on the US charts in 1961 with ‘Hurt.’This is a superb song

2007, a man was arrested by police and detained under the Mental Health Act after trying to force his way into Paul McCartney’s mansion, screaming: “I must get to him.” The middle-aged man burst through security patrols into McCartney’s isolated Sussex estate; guards who feared an assassination attempt were scrambled to intercept him as he sped towards the front door. He was finally halted by trees and a fence just yards from Sir Paul’s six-bedroom home at Peasmarsh. What a weird event this was


Born on this day

1913,  Frankie Laine, singer 1930,  Rolf Harris, singer, artist, TV presenter, (1963 US No.3 single ‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport’, 1969 UK No.1 single ‘Two Little Boys’ and 1993 UK No.7 ‘Stairway To Heaven’).

1942,  Graeme Edge, drums, Moody Blues, (1965 UK No.1 single ‘Go Now’ & 1968 UK No.19 & 1972 US No.2 single ‘Nights In White Satin’).

1945,  Eric Clapton, guitarist, singer, songwriter, The Roosters, Casey Jones and the Engineers, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, (1967 UK No.11 single ‘I Feel Free’). Derek and the Dominoes (1972 UK No.7 single ‘Layla’). Solo, 1974 US No.1 single ‘I Shot The Sheriff’, 1992 UK No.5 & US No.25 single ‘Tears in Heaven’). 1950 Dave Ball, Procol Harum, (1967 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’).

1954, Lena Lovich, US singer, (1979 UK No.3 single ‘Lucky Number’).

1955, Randy VanWarmer, singer, songwriter, (1979 US No.4 & UK No.8 single ‘Just When I Needed You Most’). He died of leukaemia on January 12th 2004. 1962, MC Hammer, (Stanley Kirk Burrell), 1990 US No.1 album ‘Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Em’, record-breaking 21 weeks at the Top of the chart.1990 UK No.3 single ‘U Can’t Touch This’.

1964, Tracy Chapman, singer, songwriter, (1988 UK No.5 & US No.6 single ‘Fast Car’, 1988 US & UK No.1 self-titled debut album). 1968,  Celine Dion, French, Canadian singer, (1994 US No.1 single ‘The Power Of Love’,

1998 UK No.1 single ‘My Heart Will Go On’, plus over 10 other UK Top 40 singles, won the Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland, in 1988.

1979,  Norah Jones, US singer, (2002 US & UK Grammy award winning No.1 album ‘Come Away With Me’, plus two other No.1 albums).

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Sunday 29th March 2015 River Deep


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.   1966, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was injured during a gig in Marseilles after a fan threw a chair at the stage, Jagger required eight stitches in the cut.

I got up early yesterday and made the podcast with Don Woods at 10 am. The weather was really good with blue skies and a really hot start to the day. Here was the content of our chat…….
…”I’ve just spent a few days in Wales…hence the song “The Magic Of Wales”….this was a sort of follow up
to my Llanfair PG song….again sung by Paul….I put this on a single cassette…one song on one side and
one on the other…same as Llanfair..and at one stage they were selling in equal amounts to the
coaches…it ended up on an my Welsh album … got some good lines in it…The grey of Blaenau’s
quarries with their crumbling hills of slate”…I was well pleased with this one.

The news this week has been all about the terrible plane crash in The Alps….again the stupid news
presenters are making wild guesses as to what happened…without any knowledge…which again achieves
NOTHING… of the ridiculous questions was “Do you think there could be a possibility of terrorism?”….
which only serves to get all the sheep who watch the news all worked up…for goodness sake WAIT AND
SEE !!….This was followed by a woman whinging and moaning about how women are regarded in the
workplace…they’re not problems … the families of the passengers on that plane have PROBLEMS.

Speaking of sheep I was watching in disbelief as crowds of people lined the streets for the “Royal”
funeral….of supposedly Richard the Third…..have some people got nothing going on in their lives…they
were even throwing flowers on to the box…sorry…coffin….and one bloke got stopped from taking a selfie
of himself by the coffin…despite blanket coverage from the television….parading a box of bones through
the streets on the assumption that it was once a king of England defies description…with religious
characters getting themselves into the act with “…ah yes King Richard would have thought this …and
would have said that etc”…we definitely all need help!

If I hear Jeremy Clarkson’s name once more I think I’ll scream…he had a barney with a bloke … and got
the sack…THAT’S IT!!…I don’t care if he gets picked up by another channel…I don’t care if he
starves…the only thing I wish he’d done was punch Richard Hammond in his annoying face….then I could
enjoy watching the blanket news on the subject.

Also the news has made a massive deal about Cameron saying if he wins the election he will only serve
one more term…oh blimey…EVERYONE has piled in….he said he wants to spend more time with his
family….then what do we get…..Milliband being photographed walking his kids to school….oooh look at
me …I’m also a family man….talk about transparent….they must think we are all impressed with all this
nonsense….mind you I’m beginning to think most of us are.


Around 2 pm Anne came home with Sonia who had come to visit us from Gandia. We had a nice meal and a really good chat and then it was time for a siesta. We needed this because we were going to have a long walk from Poniente to the church in Benidorm.  After the mass (which was packed because it was Semana Santa) we went and had a nice coffee and another long chat. Sonia certainly improved as the day went by and it was another 30 minutes walking back to the car.

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You know I am a huge fan of the humble banana so this article is most interesting..

I was pleased to read a recent news article commenting that Asda is the first UK supermarket to sell Canarian bananas through 230 of its UK stores. This initiative represents the first time in recent history that bananas from the Canary Islands are sold commercially outside the usual markets in Spain and Portugal. Other UK supermarkets, including Marks and Spencer, are also reportedly examining a similar scheme.

Until recently, I had not been aware that the carbon footprint of the banana, as well as other tropical fruit and vegetables, is very high. As well as Canary Islands bananas being a better quality and more flavoursome variety, Asda is also aiming to reduce the banana’s carbon footprint, and will therefore cancel its Central American imports in favour of bananas from the Canary Islands. Conveniently, importing a better banana to the UK also comes with added benefits, making good commercial, as well as environmental sense.

In future, Canarian bananas destined for Asda stores will be shipped to Peninsular Spain and then transported by road to ripening centres in the UK. This will mean that the journey will take just four days compared with twenty-four days for produce from Central America, which is a reduction in transportation time of over 80 per cent. As a result, the fruit will be much fresher by the time that it reaches British stores. Canarian bananas will be sold under the well-known Fyffes brand in the UK.

It is appropriate that the UK throws its full weight behind the Canarian banana. After all, it was in the 19th Century that an Englishman living in the Canary Islands spotted a business opportunity from bananas. His company imported the dwarf banana from the Far East and grew it on the islands. The company exported the bananas to England, and by 1878 many cargoes of bananas were leaving the Canary Islands for the UK.

Few people nowadays realise the impact that bananas from the Canary Islands made to the economy of the UK. Bananas were once unloaded in the very centre of what is now London’s vibrant financial district, which takes its name from the No. 10 Warehouse of the South Quay Import Dock, built in 1952 for the Canary Islands’ fruit trade. This grey glass, concrete and steel paradise proudly retains the name Canary Wharf to this day.

As holiday makers to the Canary Islands will already know, it is the warm sea currents that give the Canary islands a sub tropical climate. Despite the popularity of the islands as an all year round tourist destination, it is the banana that is still the islands’ most important product after tourism. Away from the sun-drenched beaches, extensive banana plantations dominate the landscape of the archipelago. The varieties currently grown in the Canary Islands are dwarf bananas, which are smaller, creamier, sweeter, and have a more intense flavour than the varieties produced in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Personally, I much prefer the Canary Islands banana to any of the other tasteless varieties, but then I guess I am biased. Do try a real Canary Islands’ banana for yourself and you will see what I mean. Incidentally, local banana flavoured rum is also delicious, as well as being made from local bananas!

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Two businessmen in a town centre  were sitting down for a break in their soon-to-be new shop…As  yet, the shop wasn’t ready, with only a few shelves set up. One said to the other, “I bet any minute now some pensioner is going to walk by, put their face to the window, and ask what we’re selling.”No sooner were the words out of his mouth when, sure enough, a curious old woman walked to the window, had a peek, and in a soft voice asked,”What are you selling here?”

One of the men replied sarcastically, “We’re selling  ass-holes.”

Without  skipping a beat, the old dear said,“Must be doing well… only two left.”


Events 29th March

1461 – Edward IV secured his claim to the English thrown by defeating Henry VI’s Lancastrians at the battle of Towdon. It was a bit like the Boat Race only with troops

1848 – Niagara Falls stopped flowing for one day due to an ice jam. Cold or what?

1913 – The Reichstag announced a raise in taxes in order to finance the new military budget. There’s always money for wars

1936 – Italy firebombed the Ethiopian city of Harar. Another example of the Europeans causing havoc

1967 – France launched its first nuclear submarine. I still don’t like nuclear power

1971 – A jury in Los Angeles recommended the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers for the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders. The death sentences were later commuted to life in prison.

1974 – Mariner 10, the U.S. space probe became the first spacecraft to reach the planet Mercury. It had been launched on November 3, 1973. Fantastic achievement but what came next?

1975 – Egyptian president Anwar Sadat declared that he would reopen the Suez Canal on June 5, 1975. Nice

1979 – The Committee on Assassinations Report issued by U.S. House of Representatives stated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was the result of a conspiracy. OK but what comes next?

1987 – Hulk Hogan took 11 minutes, 43 seconds to pin Andre the Giant in front of 93,136 at Wrestlemania III fans at the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI.  Those are a few fans

1992 – Democratic presidential front-runner Bill Clinton said “I didn’t inhale and I didn’t try it again” in reference to when he had experimented with marijuana. Sorry, Bill. You run with the hares and hunt with the hounds

1999 – At least 87 people died in an earthquake in India’s Himalayan foothills. Really sad

2004 – Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia became members of NATO. This is why NATO is now getting a little less organised


Music Events 29th March

1963, The Shadows had their fifth and final UK No.1 single with ‘Foot Tapper.’  I love this tune

1964, The first night of a UK tour kicked of at The Coventry Theatre with The Hollies, the Dave Clark Five, The Kinks and The Mojos. The Mojos were a great group

1966, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was injured during a gig in Marseilles after a fan threw a chair at the stage, Jagger required eight stitches in the cut. Nasty
1966, Fans mobbed the Walker Brothers as they entered a hotel in Cheshire resulting in two of the group being concussed. The group were in the UK for a tour and TV appearances.They were popular

1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Black Sabbath, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Curved Air, J.J. Jackson’s Dilemma, Shy Limbs, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Sunflower Brass Band and Toe Fat all appeared at the London Free Easter Festival in Bethnal Green, London, England. Sounds a great festival

1975, Labelle went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Lady Marmalade’, the group’s only No.1.Great song in the discos

1975, Led Zeppelin had all their six albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week with their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1.What success

1980, Mantovani, (Annunzio Paolo Mantovan), Orchestra leader died aged 74. Born in Italy his family moved to England in 1912, where he studied at Trinity College of Music in London. He recorded over 50 albums for Decca records, including Song from Moulin Rouge and Cara Mia, both reached No. 1 in the UK. In the United States, between 1955 and 1972, he released over 40 albums with 27 reaching the Top 40 and 11 the Top Ten. His biggest success was with the album Film Encores, which made it to No. 1 in 1957. 1980, Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’, spent its 303rd week on the US album chart, beating the record set by Carole King’s album ‘Tapestry.’ This guy was an absolute giant

1981, Shakin’ Stevens was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the Rosemary Clooney hit ‘This Ole House’, the Welsh singers first of four UK No.1′s. A very good rock n roller
1985, Jeanine Deckers, The Singing Nun, died aged 52 after taking an overdose of sleeping pills in a suicide pact with a friend. Her 1963 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Dominique’ sold over 1.5 million copies, winning a Grammy Award for the year’s best Gospel song. Deckers wrote about her financial difficulties in a suicide note, and in a great irony, the very day of her suicide and unknown to her, the Belgian association that collects royalties for songwriters awarded her $300,000 (571,658 Belgian francs).Was this not one of the saddest pop stories?

1986, Austrian singer Falco started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rock Me Amadeus’, also a No.1 in the UK. Falco became the first German speaking artist to achieve a No.1 on the US charts. Along with Kraftwerk and the Goombay Dance Band….

1986, Cliff Richard and The Young Ones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Living Doll.’ In aid of Comic Relief, a re-recording of his 1959 No.1, with the cast of the TV show ‘The Young Ones’.One of those songs that transcends age differences

1999, The David Bowie Internet Radio Network broadcast its first show for Rolling Stone Radio. The show was Bowie’s favourite songs with Bowie introducing each track.The Internet is the way forward

2000, Phil Collins took out a high court action against two former members of Earth, Wind And Fire. Collins claimed his company had overpaid the musicians by £50,000 ($85,000) in royalties on tracks including ‘Sussudio’ and ‘Easy Lover’. Come on, Phil, you can afford this

2005, Neil Young was treated for a brain aneurysm at a hospital in New York. Doctors expected the 59 year old to make a full recovery. The aneurysm was discovered when Young’s vision became blurred after the induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month.I hope he has fully recovered

2007, U2 singer Bono accepted an honorary knighthood at a ceremony in Dublin. Fellow band members The Edge and Adam Clayton joined the frontman’s wife and four children at the British ambassador David Reddaway’s official residence. The rock star and campaigner, 46, was not entitled to be called “Sir” because he is not a British citizen. The U2 singer’s new title is Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE). This is a rather silly moot point in my opinion
2007, ‘Umbrella’, by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z was released in the US. The track went on to reach No.1 in various countries, including the US. A No.1 in the UK for 10 consecutive weeks making it the longest running No.1 single since Wet Wet Wet’s ‘Love Is All Around’ in 1994, and the longest running No.1 by a female artist since Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You.’ This is a wonderful pedigree



Born on this day

1942, Eden Kane, singer, 1961 UK No.1 ‘Well I Ask You’, brother of Peter and Robin Sarsted.

1943,Chad Allan, Guess Who, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.19 single ‘American Woman’).

1943, Evangelos Papathanassiou, (Vangelis) 1981 UK No.12 & 1982 US No.1 single ‘Chariots Of Fire.’

1945, Speedy Keen, drums, vocals, Thunderclap Newman, (1969 UK No.1 & US No.37 single ‘Something In The Air’).

1946,  Terry Jacks, singer, songwriter, (1974 UK & US No.1 single ‘Seasons In The Sun’), also a UK No.1 hit for Westlife in 1999.

1947, Bobby Kimball, vocals, Toto, (1983 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Africa’). 1949, Dave Greenfield, The Stranglers, keyboards,

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Saturday 28th March 2015 Caroline


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.   1964, Radio Caroline started broadcasting from the former Danish ferry ‘Fredericia’ in the North Sea off the coast of England.

The weather was much better yesterday and we spent the morning in brilliant sunshine doing odd jobs that might not otherwise have seen the light of day. After moving a few things around in the garden I walked down to Mercadona to do a little shopping and Anne joined me later. Today is the turn of Don Woods.

Yesterday afternoon I had my siesta before going to play my guitar at Phil’s bar. I didn’t really enjoy the fact that I needed to sleep when the weather was so good but I know it is in my better interests. I had enjoyed my lovely salad and I would be standing for three hours and singing my songs. The bar was a lot quieter because of the fine weather.

I still feel very sad about the plane crash in the Alps. We now are being made aware that the man responsible was suffering depression. However, this does not excuse the dreadful fact that he took 149 people with hi. What is even more worrying is that now we have had three planes that have recently gone down in mysterious circumstances. I believe there might be something more sinister afoot. The authorities probably won’t give us the truth for fear of everyone abandoning air travel. I suspect something and I hope I’m wrong.


Events 28th March

1521 – The Diet of Worms began, at which Protestant reformer Luther was declared an outlaw by the Roman Catholic church. This is still a problem even today

1547 – England’s King Henry VIII died. He was succeeded by his 9 year-old son, Edward VI. Keep it in the family…jobs for the boys

1788 – The first British penal settlement was founded at Botany Bay. They’re still there!

1807 – London’s Pall Mall became the first street lit by gaslight. Goodo

1909 – The United States ended direct control over Cuba. They must have gone off cigars

1915 – The Coast Guard was created by an act of the U.S. Congress to fight contraband trade and aid distressed vessels at sea. Good idea

1918 – The Bolsheviks occupied Helsinki, Finland.

1935 – Iceland became the first country to introduce legalized abortion. I’m not too sure about these things. Why Iceland?

1957 – The Brooklyn Dodgers announced that circus clown Emmett Kelly had been hired to entertain fans at baseball games. Good idea

1958 – Construction began on first private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor. Bad news. Use wind farms as much as possible

1999 – Ford Motor Company announced the purchase of Sweden’s Volvo AB for $6.45 billion. I drove Volvos for many years and loved my 760 estate

2002 – Toys R Us Inc. announced that it would be closing 27 Toys R Us stores and 37 Kids R Us stores in order to cut costs and boost operating profits. That’s business


 Music Events 28th March

1958, Buddy Holly kicked off the first night of a 43 date tour at Brooklyn Paramount Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. The Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show also featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors,
The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins, The Pastels, Jo-Ann Campbell and Ed Townsend. On most days the acts played two shows.What a line-up!

1964, Madame Tussauds, London unveiled the wax works images of The Beatles, the first pop stars to be honoured.They did deserve this accolade

1964, Radio Caroline started broadcasting from the former Danish ferry ‘Fredericia’ in the North Sea off the coast of England. I loved listening to Caroline. The theme song was written by my friend Tony Hiller

1970, Simon and Garfunkel were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, the duo’s only UK No.1. Only Art Garfunkel sang on the track.This is a pop classic

1974, Delta blues singer and guitarist Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup died of a stroke at the age of 69. He wrote ‘That’s All Right (Mama)’ covered by Elvis Presley and ‘My Baby Left Me.’An influential man at the time

1976, Genesis began their first North American tour since Peter Gabriel left the band, appearing in Buffalo, New York, with Phil Collins taking over as lead singer. He was going to make an impact.

1981, Blondie started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rapture’, the group’s fourth US No.1, a No.5 hit in the UK. Blondie was synonomous with Debbie Harris
1981, Elton John’s version of The Beatles ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ was released as a tribute to John Lennon.Almost a pop classic -the song not this version

1982, David Crosby was arrested after crashing his car on the San Diego Highway. Police also found cocaine and a pistol in the Crosby Stills & Nash stars car. When the police asked Crosby why he carried the gun, his reply was, “John Lennon.”I can understand why any popstar would be worried after what happened to Lennon

1987, Mel and Kim were at No.1 on the UK singles chart ‘Respectable’, giving the production team of Stock, Aitken and Waterman their second UK No.1.This was 

1995, Singer Jimmy McShane died of Aids. He had the 1985 UK No.3 single and European hit ‘Tarzan Boy with Italian dance outfit Baltimora.This is sad as I loved the song but never knew the singer

1999, French act Mr Oizo went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Flat Beat.’ The tune was used in a Levis jeans ad.Cute song

2000, Jimmy Page accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages from a magazine which claimed he had caused or contributed to the death of his Led Zeppelin bandmate John Bonham. Not very nice for him

2001, The artist formerly known as both Puffy and Puff Daddy said in an interview on MTV he now wanted to be known as P. Diddy. In August 2005, he changed his stage name to simply “Diddy.” How trite can you get?

2001, it was reported that singer songwriter James Taylor and his wife Caroline Smedvig were expecting twin boys, carried by a surrogate mother who was a family friend. Good luck to all concerned especially the children

2005, after playing a warm-up date the night before at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, U2 kicked off their Vertigo tour at the iPay One Center in San Diego, California. The 131 date world tour would see the band playing in North America, Europe, South America and Japan. By the time it finished, the Vertigo Tour had sold 4,619,021 tickets, grossing $389 million; the second-highest figure ever for a world tour.It would help a few bank accounts

2006, Tina Brown the sister-in-law of Whitney Houston sold pictures taken in her bathroom to the National Enquirer claiming Whitney Houston had been taking crack cocaine. I hope she did this intending to help a troubled soul


Born on this day

1941, Charlie McCoy, Area Code 615,1970 theme for UK BBC TV Music show ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’, ‘Stone Fox Chase.’

1945, Chuck Portz, The Turtles, (1967 US No.1 single ‘Happy Together’, 1967 UK No.4 single ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’).

1948, John Evans, Jethro Tull, (1969 UK No.3 & US No.11 single ‘Living In The Past’).

1949, Sally Carr, Middle Of The Road, (1971 UK No.1 single ‘Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep’).

1954,  Reba McEntire, country singer, sold over 30 million albums during her career. 2009 US No.1 album ‘Keep On Loving You’, her 26th studio album.

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Friday 27th March 2015 ‘Not Fade Away


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.  1964, The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on BBC TV show Top Of The Pops performing ‘Not Fade Away.

It was a much better day yesterday and we got up quite early to cut the hedges and bushes in the front of the house. I have got an electric cutter but I fancied using the clippers to get the exercise. By the time you’ve cut, swept, collected and walked to the bin a few times you feel like the exercise has been good for you. The weather was warmer and the heat increased during the morning. After eating and a sit down it was time to see our young students and then Neil came to make the podcast with me at 8 pm. It did get a little windy as the day passed but it certainly looks as if better weather is on the way.

Here’s an article about unmarked police cars in Spain….

The Traffic Police sometimes use unmarked cars for patrolling roads, here are some of the characteristics that show you how to differentiate a police unmarked car:

1. In the front there are flashing red and blue lights. (A red light means; STOP).

2. At the rear there are the same lights, and a lettered matrix sign which shows the words “GUARDIA CIVIL, ALTO”, “G.CIVIL TRAFICO, STOP”. The message can be modified depending on who is using the vehicle.

3.The Traffic Police always wear uniforms when they are patrolling the roads.

If you have committed a traffic offence you can be fined and if you do not have NIE number (only passport), you will have to pay the fine on the spot. Before paying the fine, you will receive it, and you can read in Spanish the traffic offence committed and the price you have to pay.

At the bottom of the fine, you will find the Id of the policeman who wrote the fine.

So if you are stopped by a Traffic police unmarked car, you can see how there have to be 2 uniformed police officers inside the car. If you have any doubts if they are real policemen, call 062 (Guardia Civil), and tell them the plate number of the car to check if it is a real police car.

In the Traffic Police there are 2 different formats for the fines:

1- The new format, which is made on a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant – computer).

2- The old format, which is made on a paper model, and only needs to be filled in.

When the PDA does not work, or there are connection problems, they use the old format, but remember that there are NO other official formats, so be aware of fake police who want to get money from you. Call 062 or 112 if you know they are fakes.



It is very weird to think we were beginning to travel back from Singapore this time two years ago. It was the journey of a lifetime and I really am so grateful to have been able to have made this trip. It is also a poignant reminder of how lucky most of are to be able to travel safely. It’s also very weird to look at the world from Australia’s perspective. If you do see such a map it might help you understand how a plane could get lost despite all the technology. There is a huge amount of water.Here are some memories.


Q: Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?

A: It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would only touch or clink the host’s glass with his own.


Q: Why are  people in the public eye said to be ‘in the limelight’?

A:Invented in 1825,limelight was used in lighthouses and theatres by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light.. In the theatre,a performer ‘in the limelight’ was the centre of attention.

Q: In golf, where did the term ‘Caddie’ come from?

A. When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl,Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scots game ‘golf.’ So he had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when returned to Scotland (not a good idea in the long run) she took the practice with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced ‘ca-day’ and the Scots changed it into ‘caddie.



Events 27th February

1700 – The Pacific Island of New Britain was discovered. It had already been there!

1827 – New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration.Would they be celebrating Shrove Tuesday

1861 – In Warsaw, Russian troops fired on a crowd protesting Russian rule over Poland. Five protesting marchers were killed in the incident. These events seem almost everyday

1883 – Oscar Hammerstein patented the first cigar-rolling machine. Say no more!

1896 – The “Charlotte Observer” published a picture of an X-ray photograph made by Dr. H.L. Smith. The photograph showed a perfect picture of all the bones of a hand and a bullet that Smith had placed between the third and fourth fingers in the palm.Well done!

1922 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote. It took long enough

1933 – The Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building in Berlin, was set afire. The Nazis accused Communist for the fire. It would have to have been extremists

1939 – The U.S. Supreme Court outlawed sit-down strikes.That’s not fair

1949 – Chaim Weizmann became the first Israeli president. Wiseman, eh?

1973 – The American Indian Movement occupied Wouned Knee in South Dakota.

1990 – The Exxon Corporation and Exxon Shipping were indicted on five criminal counts in reference to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. A hell of a shock to the eco system!

1991 – U.S. President George H.W. Bush announced live on television that “Kuwait is liberated.” Was it the end of something or the start of something else?

1997 – In Ireland, divorce became legal. Is Ireland better now for this happening?

1998 – Britain’s House of Lords agreed to give a monarch’s first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first-born son. This was the end to 1,000 years of male preference. It’s about time the whole system was changed…..if something workable can be found

1999 – Colin Prescot and Andy Elson set a new hot air balloon endurance record when they had been aloft for 233 hours and 55 minutes. The two were in the process of trying to circumnavigate the Earth. Did they have a telly with them?

1999 – Nigeria returned to civilian rule when Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo became the country’s first elected president since August of 1983. Let’s hope it works

2002 – In Boston, twenty people working at Logan International Airport were charged with lying to get their jobs or security badges. This sounds sinister


Music Events 27th February

1961, Chubby Checker s No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Pony Time’, his second No.1 of the 60′s. It reached No.27 in the UK. He has been on my show and the podcast is at

1964, 21 year-old former hairdresser and cloakroom attendant at The Cavern club Cilla Black was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart.’ Written by Bacharach and David it was Cilla’s first UK No.1. She has an unusual but catchy voice. I particularly like Surround Yourself with Sorrow.

1964, The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on BBC TV show Top Of The Pops performing ‘Not Fade Away.’I think I saw the show

1965, Del Shannon, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders and Herman’s Hermits, at Sheffield’s City Hall, England. Good show,eh?

1967, Pink Floyd recorded their first single ‘Arnold Layne’, with producer Joe Boyd at Sound Techniques studio in Chelsea, England.Quite a good song

1977, Keith Richards was arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at Toronto’s Harbour Castle Hotel, for possession of heroin and cocaine. Bail was set at $25,000 (£14,705).Keith. You should have known better!
1980, Winners at the Grammy Awards included album of the year, Billy Joel’s ’52nd St’

1991, James Brown was parolled after spending two years of a six-year prison sentence, imposed for resisting arrest after a car chase across two States.I loved his music but he certainly lived life to the full
1993, East 17 went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP ‘Walthamstow.’ 1994, Enigma No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Cross Of Changes.’Great mood music

1999, Britney Spears started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘…Baby One More Time’. It became the biggest UK selling single of the year and also a No.1 in the US. I’m not a fan but the song was OK

2004, A worker in a supermarket in Aspen, Colorado alerted the police-after seeing a man shopping with his face covered by a mask. Police arrived on the scene and identified the man as Michael Jackson who was in town on holiday with his children.Surely this must shed some light as to the pressure under which he lived his life?

2005, Ray Charles was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Genius Loves Company.’He was a genius

2007, Pictures appeared in UK papers of Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty making a trip to a zoo in Burford Oxfordshire with his model girlfriend Kate Moss. He was blasted by vets after pictures showed Pete throwing a left over cannabis joint into a group of penguins. This guy helps clarify the word idiot

2010, U2 raked in more money than any other music act in the US in 2009 making $109m (£71m) from touring, record sales and other royalties, almost twice as much as the second best.Overpaid? It’s not just footballers

Born on this day

 1927,  Guy Mitchell, US singer (1957 UK & US No.1 single ‘Singing The Blues’ plus over ten other UK Top 40 singles). Mitchell died on July 1st 1999.

1948, Eddie Gray, Tommy James and the Shondells, (1966 US No.1 single ‘Hanky Panky’, 1968 UK No.1 single ‘Mony Mony’).

1951,Steve Harley, singer, Cockney Rebel, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘Make Me Smile, Come Up And See Me’).

1955,  Gary Christian, The Christians, (1988 UK No.8 single ‘Harvest For The World’).
1960,Paul Humphreys, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, (1984 UK No.5 single ‘Locomotion’). singles).

1973,  Peter Andre, singer and former actor, (1996 UK No.1 single ‘I Feel You’, 1996 UK No. 1 album ‘Natural’).

1981,  Josh Groban, US singer

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Thursday 26th March 2015 Thriller


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.    1983, Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ went to No.1 on the US album chart. It went on to become the most successful album of all time with sales over 50 million copies.

The weather was grey and rain threatened but nvertheless it was an early walk planned and I went off to see my friend Roberto at 9.15 am  We walked on Terra Mitica before heading down to Benidorm passing the Wednesday market. The rain was persistent but we were chatting for two hours and the time flew by.

I got back home at 12.00 midday and then I prepared our dinner. Anne didn’t get back until 3 pm and then it was just about time to eat before heading off to my Spanish class in La Nucia.

At 7pm I needed to go down to my studio and prepare for a Skype call from Russia.

Some of the radio and TV shows clealy illustrate a few failings in the Education system.

Jeremy Paxman:

What is another name for ‘cherrypickers’ and ‘cheesemongers’?

Jeremy Paxman:

No. They’re regiments in the British Army who will be very upset with you

Jamie Theakston: Where do you think Cambridge University is?

Contestant: Geography isn’t my strong point.

Jamie Theakston: There’s a clue in the title.

Contestant: Leicester

Stewart White: Who had a worldwide hit with What A Wonderful World?

Contestant: I don’t know.

Stewart White: I’ll give you some clues: what do you call the part between your hand and your elbow?


Stewart White: Correct And if you’re not weak, you’re…?

Contestant: Strong.

Stewart White: Correct – and what was Lord Mountbatten’s first name?

Contestant: Louis

Stewart White: Well, there we are then. So who had a worldwide hit with the song What A Wonderful World?

Contestant: Frank Sinatra?

Alex Trelinski: What is the capital of Italy ?

Contestant: France

Trelinski: France is another country. Try again.

Contestant: Oh, um, Benidorm.

Trelinski: Wrong, sorry, let’s try another question. In which country is the Parthenon?

Contestant: Sorry, I don’t know.

Trelinski: Just guess a country then.

Contestant: Paris

Anne Robinson: Oscar Wilde, Adolf Hitler and Jeffrey Archer have all written books about their experiences in what: – Prison, or the Conservative Party?

Contestant:The Conservative Party.

DJ Mark: For 10, what is the nationality of the Pope?

Ruth from Rowley Regis: I think I know that one. Is it Jewish?

Bamber Gascoyne: What was Gandhi’s first name?

Contestant: Goosey?

GWR FM ( Bristol )
Presenter: What happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963 ?

Contestant: I don’t know, I wasn’t watching it then.

Phil: What’s 11 squared?

Contestant: I don’t know.

Phil: I’ll give you a clue. It’s two ones with a two in the middle.

Contestant Is it five?

Richard: Which American actor is married to Nicole Kidman?

Contestant: Forrest Gump.

Richard: On which street did Sherlock Holmes live?

Contestant:Er. .. …

Richard:He makes bread . . ..

Contestant: Er . …..

Richard: He makes cakes . . ..

Contestant: Kipling Street ?

Presenter: Which is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world?

Contestant: Barcelona

Presenter: I was really after the name of a country.

Contestant: I’m sorry, I don’t know the names of any countries in Spain

Question: What is the world’s largest continent?

Contestant: The Pacific.

Presenter: Name a film starring Bob Hoskins that is also the name of a famous painting by Leonardo DA Vinci.

Contestant: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Steve Le Fevre: What was signed, to bring World War I to an end in 1918?

Contestant:Magna Carta?

James O’Brien: How many kings of England have been called Henry?

Contestant: Er, well, I know there was a Henry the Eighth … ER. ER … Three?

Chris Searle: In which European country is Mount Etna?

Caller: Japan

Chris Searle:I did say which European country, so in case you didn’t hear that, I can let you try again.

Caller:Er ….. Mexico ?

Paul Wappat: How long did the Six-Day War between Egypt and Israel last?

Contestant (long pause): Fourteen days.

Daryl Denham: In which country would you spend shekels?

Contestant: Holland ?

Daryl Denham: Try the next letter of the alphabet.

Contestant: Iceland ? Ireland ?

Daryl Denham: (helpfully)  It’s a bad line. Did you say Israel ?

Contestant: No.

Phil Wood:  What ‘K’ could be described as the Islamic Bible?

Contestant:  Er. … …

Phil Wood: It’s got two syllables . . .. Kor . …

Contestant: Blimey?

Phil Wood:Ha ha ha ha, no. The past participle of run . . ….


Phil Wood: OK, try it another way. Today I run, yesterday I . . ..

Contestant: Walked?

Melanie Sykes: What is the name given to the condition where the sufferer can fall asleep at any time?

Contestant: Nostalgia.

Presenter: What religion was Guy Fawkes?

Contestant: Jewish.

Presenter: That’s close enough.

Wright: Johnny Weissmuller died on this day. Which jungle-swinging character clad only in a loin cloth did he play?


Old Records
 My friend’s husband, responsible for the overall closing of a military base, was reviewing voluminous files. He found some old records that were of no possible value and sent a letter to Washington requesting permission to destroy them.The reply he received read as follows: “Permission is given
to destroy the records, but please make triplicate copies of them first.”


Events 26th February

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the Island of Elba. He then began his second conquest of France. Who let him out?

1848 – The second French Republic was proclaimed. Tres bien.

1881 – S.S. Ceylon began his world-wide cruise, beginning in Liverpool, England.Liverpool was one of the biggest and most influential ports in the world at the time

1916 – Mutual signed Charlie Chaplin to a film contract. It probably was mutual

1919 – In Arizona, the Grand Canyon was established as a National Park with an act of the U.S. Congress. What a park!

1930 – New York City installed traffic lights. I wonder whether it was just one set?

1945 – In the U.S., a nationwide midnight curfew went into effect. I bet the Fonz didn’t keep it

1952 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed an atomic bomb.We’re still paying for it

1986 – Corazon Aquino was inaugurated president of the Philippines. Long time President Ferdinand Marcos went into exile.

1987 – The U.S.S.R. conducted its first nuclear weapons test after a 19-month moratorium period. Bombs first, people second..

1991 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein announced on Baghdad Radio that Iraqi troops were being withdrawn from Kuwait. The rest is history

1993 – Six people were killed and more than a thousand injured when a van exploded in the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center in New York City. The bomb had been built by Islamic extremists.

1995 – Barings PLC collapsed after a securities dealer lost more than $1.4 billion by gambling on Tokyo stock prices. The company was Britain’s oldest investment banking firm. These guys had started what we aree all suffering now in my opinion

1998 – A Texas jury rejected an $11 million lawsuit by Texas cattlemen who blamed Oprah Winfrey for price drop after on-air comment about mad-cow disease.Don’t underestimate the power of the media

1998 – In Oregon, a health panel rules that taxpayers must help to pay for doctor-assisted suicides. More evidence that the world is going mad

2001 – A U.N. tribunal convicted Bosnian Croat political leader Dario Kordic and military commander Mario Cerkez of war crimes. They had ordered the systematic murder and persecution of Muslim civilians during the Bosnian war.

2009 – Former Serbian president Milan Milutinovic was acquitted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia regarding war crimes during the Kosovo War.


Music Events 26th February

1955, Billboard reported that for the first time since their introduction in 1949, 45rpm singles were outselling the old standard 78′s.The 78s were very brittle

1958, Perry Como was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Magic Moments’ the 2nd No.1 in a row for writers Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Great songwriters and a great singer

1964, The Beatles worked on the final mixes for ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ and ‘You Can’t Do That’ tracks. The single, which was released the following month, topped the charts all over the world.I have to say I loved the cowbell on You Can’t Do That

1966, Nancy Sinatra went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’, also a UK No.1.A really great track that has become a classic

1969, Peter Sarstedt started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Where Do You Go To My Lovely?‘On a podcast with me available at he told me definitively that this song was not about anyone in particular

1977, Sherman Garnes from Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, died during open-heart surgery-1956 UK No.1 ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’.

1977, The Eagles US No.1 with ‘New Kid On Town’-a No.20 hit n the UK.

1979, During a court case between The Sex Pistols and their manager Malcolm McLaren it was revealed that only £30,000 was left of the £800,000 the band had earned. The story of rock n roll with MacLaren in the fast lane

1980, After seeing U2 play at Dublin’s National Boxing Stadium in front of 2,400 people; Rob Partridge and Bill Stewart from Island Records in the UK offered the band a recording contract. Brilliant group

1983, Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ went to No.1 on the US album chart. It went on to become the most successful album of all time with sales over 50 million copies.Probably the best video ever made sold this in my opinion plus the music was great
1984, Frankie Goes To Hollywood were enjoying their fourth week at the top of the UK singles chart with ‘Relax.’ I doubt if most of the general public understood what it was all about

1990, Sinead O’Connor was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Nothing Compares 2 U.’ It was a Prince song beautifully sung

1997, American songwriter Ben Raleigh died in a fire in his kitchen after setting fire to his bath robe while cooking. He co-wrote ‘Scooby Doo Where Are You’ and ‘Tell Laura I Love Her.’Both of these were very influential songs

2001, Winners at the Brit Awards included Coldplay, Best British group and Best British album for ‘Parachutes’, Robbie Williams, Best British Male artist and Best single for ‘Rock DJ’………… U2 won Outstanding contribution to music.Highlights only


Born on this day

 1928, Fats Domino, (Antoine Domino), singer, pianist, bandleader, songwriter. 1957 US No.6 & UK No.6 single ‘Blueberry Hill’

1932,  Johnny Cash, US country singer/songwriter who had a 1969 US No.2 & UK No.4 single with ‘A Boy Named Sue’. He had a US TV Johnny Cash show in the late 60s–early 70s. Cash died of respiratory failure on September 12th 2003, aged 71.

1945,  Bob The Bear Hite, vocalist and harmonica player with Canned Heat, (1968 US No.11 single with ‘Going Up The Country’ and a 1970 UK No.2 single with ‘Let’s Work Together’). He died on April 5th 1981.

1947, Sandie Shaw, singer, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘There’s Always Something There To Remind Me’. First UK act to win the Eurovision Song Contest with 1967, ‘Puppet On A String.’

1953, Michael Bolton, singer, (1990 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘How Am I Supposed To Live Without You’).

1958,  Steve Grant, singer, Tight Fit, (1982 UK No.1 single ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’).

1961, John Jon, Bronski Beat, (1984 UK No.3 single ‘Smalltown Boy’).

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Wednesday 25th March 2015 You Can’t Do That


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.   1964, The Beatles made their debut on UK TV show ‘Top Of The Pops’ singing ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ and ‘You Can’t Do That.’ The show had been recorded on March 19th

The weather was marginally better and Anne went off to a meeting with Nuria and Mary at the Companions Club in Albir. I busied myself with a number of jobs. First it made sense to prepare dinner and then I did my Spanish homework. It wasn’t as challenging as it has been in other weeks and I managed to do this quite quickly. There was no rain althought he clouds were gathered around the mountains. I decided it was time to go for a run and run the gauntlet of any rain that might have materialised.

I got back before the rain developed and set an hour aside to practise some harmonica numbers. I am a bit lazy with my harmonicas and I should practice a bit more. I did feel the benefit of the practice and then switched on the TV to get up to date with the news. Sadly, there had been a plane crash in the French Alps. The plane was travelling from Barcelona to Germany and we are really saddened by this news. Plane crashes always make me very sad and this one is very close to home. My thoughts and prayers are with all concerned in this tragedy.

We went down to Herni’s to get our hair knocked into better shape and then we popped down to Music La Clau to see Miguel for a few bits and pieces. Finally, we had a nice half hour stroll by the side of the Med in Poniente.


Here are a few labelling classics…..

On  Tesco’s Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom) –
“Do  not turn upside down.”

On  Sainsbury’s peanuts –
“Warning:  contains nuts.”

On  Boot’s Children Cough Medicine –
“Do  not drive a car or operate machinery after taking
this  medication.”

On  Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding –
“Product  will be hot after heating.”

On  a Sears hairdryer –
Do  not use while sleeping..

On  a bag of Doritos –
You  could be a winner! No purchase necessary.
Details  inside.

On  some Swanson frozen dinners
“Serving  suggestion: Defrost.”

On  packaging for a Rowenta iron –
“Do  not iron clothes on body.”


On  Nytol Sleep Aid –
“Warning:  May cause drowsiness.”

On  most brands of Christmas lights –
“For  indoor or outdoor use only.”

On  a Japanese food processor
“Not  to be used for the other use.”

On  an American Airlines packet of nuts –
“Instructions:  Open packet, eat nuts.”

On  a child’s Superman costume –
“Wearing  of this garment does not enable you to fly.”


On  a Swedish chainsaw –
“Do  not attempt to stop chain with your hands or  genitals.”


Events 25th March

0421 – The city of Venice was founded. Just one cornetto…

0708 – Constantine began his reign as Catholic Pope.

1306 – Robert the Bruce was crowned king of Scotland. He was a big fan of

1409 – The Council of Pisa opened. Everyone leaned to the lefrt

1609 – Henry Hudson left on an exploration for Dutch East India Co. I’ll bet he found a bay

1669 – Mount Etna in Sicily erupted destroying Nicolosi. 20,000 people were killed.Just illustrates how long such tragedies have been around

1807 – The first railway passenger service began in England. Obviously, this was not British Rail

1807 – British Parliament abolished the slave trade. Good

1821 – Greece gained independence from Turkey.

1901 – The Mercedes was introduced by Daimler at the five-day “Week of Nice” in Nice, France. Quality has reigned ever since

1902 – In Russia, 567 students were found guilty of “political disaffection.” 95 students were exiled to Siberia. They would probably be rewarded these days

1907 – Nicaraguan troops took Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras.

1919 – The Paris Peace Commission adopted a plan to protect nations from the influx of foreign labor. So this is not a new problem caused by the European Community

1960 – A guided missile was launched from a nuclear powered submarine for the first time. Bad news

1965 – Martin Luther King Jr. led a group of 25,000 to the state capital in Montgomery, ALGood man

1970 – The Concorde made its first supersonic flight.

1975 – King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was shot to death by a nephew. The nephew, with a history of mental illness, was beheaded the following June. No chance of shooting someone again

1989 – In Paris, the Louvre reopened with I.M. Pei’s new courtyard pyramid. A great pñace to visit

1991 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein launched a major counter-offensive to recapture key towns from Kurds in northern Iraq.

1995 – Boxer Mike Tyson was released from jail after serving 3 years. Great fighter but needs to work on social skills

2004 – The U.S. Senate voted (61-38) on the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (H.R. 1997) to make it a separate crime to harm a fetus during the commission of a violent federal crime. Thank goodness this vote shows humankind has some hope for the future


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Music Events 25th March

1958, Having been sworn in as Private 53310761 the previous day Elvis Presley received the regulation short back and sides haircut from army barber James Peterson. His hair would return

1958, Buddy Holly appeared at The Gaumont Theatre in London, the final date on his only UK tour. Also on the bill was Des O’Connor

1964, The Beatles made their debut on UK TV show ‘Top Of The Pops’ singing ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ and ‘You Can’t Do That.’ The show had been recorded on March 19th.They would be seen again-
1965, Bobby Vee, Dusty Springfield, The Searchers, Heinz and The Zombies all appeared at The Odeon Cinema, Stockton, Cleveland.What a show

1967, The Turtles  No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Happy Together’- No.12 in the UK.

. 1967, Pink Floyd played the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor, England, then the New Yorker Discotheque in Swindon and then played at the Shoreline Club in Bognor Regis (in the early hours 26 March).

. 1969, John and Yoko started their week long ‘bed-in’ in the presidential suite at The Amsterdam Hilton hotel. The couple invited the world’s press into their hotel room every day, to talk about promoting world peace.
. 1972, Lindisfarne started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their debut album ‘Fog On The Tyne.’

1978, Bill Kenny, lead singer of The Ink Spots died. Had the UK No.10 single ‘Melody Of Love.’ ‘The Gypsy’ was their biggest chart success, staying at the No.1 position on the US chart for 13 weeks.

1978, 20 Golden Greats’ by Buddy Holly and The Crickets went to No.1 on the UK album chart, giving Holly his first ever No.1 LP almost 20 years since his first release in 1959.

1983, Motown Records celebrated its 25 anniversary with a concert in Pasadena, featuring; The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jr. Walker, The Commodores, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and The Jackson 5.I wish I’d been there.

1989, Madonna was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Like A Prayer’, the singers sixth UK No.1, also No.1 in the US. The song was accompanied by a highly controversial music video, which in 2005 was voted the “Most Groundbreaking Music Video of All Time” by viewers of MTV. Maybe most confrontational would be a good title for Madonna?
1989, Mike And The Mechanics went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Living Years’, a No. 2 hit in the UK.Fabulous music

1995, The Comic Relief charity record ‘Love Can Build A Bridge’ featuring Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton went to No.1 on the UK singles chart for one week. It is Eric Clapton’s only association with a No.1 hit.This is an amazing fact

2000, former Bay City Rollers drummer Derek Longmuir was given 300 hours community service after being caught with a hoard of child pornography including 150 videos and 73 floppy disks. Pervert
2002, Bono from U2 made a appearance at the air rage trial of R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, telling the court ‘I came to court because Peter is actually famously know for being a peaceable person. I once had to twist his arm to get him to a boxing match’. Buck was later cleared of all charges. He had been accused of attacking two cabin staff and covering them in yoghurt, knocking over a trolley and trying to steal a knife.NO COMMENT
. 2005, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne were forced to flee their Buckinghamshire mansion after a blaze broke out as they slept. Ozzy and his wife were roused by a fire alarm and ran to safety in the garden, rescuing their pets as they escaped.

2006, Buck Owens Jr. American singer and guitarist died. Pioneered the Bakersfield sound—a reference to Bakersfield, California. He scored twenty No.1 hits on the Billboard country music charts.I made a brief appearance on the Bakersfield radio in 1994
2007, Proclaimers feat Brian Potter & Andy Pipkin went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’. -unofficial Comic Relief charity hit.



Born on this day

1949, Nick Lowe, Brinsley Schwarz, Rockpile, singer, songwriter, producer and solo artist, (1978 UK No.7 single ‘I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass’ and 1979 UK No.12 single ‘Cruel To Be Kind’).

1969,, Cathy Dennis, singer, songwriter, (1991 US No.2 & UK No.5 single ‘Touch Me All Night Long’). Co- wrote ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ hit for Kylie Minogue Alo written for S Club 7, Kelly Clarkson, Brian Kennedy, Celine Dion, Ronan Keating, Janet Jackson and Britney Spears

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Tuesday 24th March 2015 Love Train.


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.    1973, The O’Jays went to No.1 on the US singles chart with Love Train.’ 1979, The Bee Gees started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tragedy’, the group’s eighth US No.1. Also No.1 in the UK.

The weather was horrible yesterday. It was grey and overcast and eventually it rained. Fortunately, I had work to do in the studio. My job is to sift out some interesting photos and memorabelia to put on the website and internet. I am currently looking at the photos from the marathon I ran in 1982. It was a really great event and we raised a lot of money for Cancer Research. I must emphasize that there was a team of people working with me including my wife, Anne, and our friend Jean Gray from Bebington. We got quite involved with Ken Dodd at this time and I will add a few photos here…….

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The pictures show parts of the race then with Jean Grey looking at our total before going to the Port Sunlight Girls Club where my duo with John Holford played for a while before Doddy gave us a spot and accepted the cheque. That is a nice picture of Anne with Ken Dodd.

Back on the Costa Blanca this month……..Jess Conrad…….

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A good pun 

Energizer Bunny arrested, charged with battery.
A pessimist’s blood type is always b-negative.

Practice safe eating – always use condiments.

A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.

Shotgun wedding: A case of wife or death.

He used to work in a blanket factory, but it folded.

A hangover is the wrath of grapes.

Is a book on voyeurism a peeping tome?

Sea captains don’t like crew cuts.

Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

A successful diet is the triumph of mind over platter.

A gossip is someone with a great sense of rumor.

Without geometry, life is pointless.

When you dream in color, it’s a pigment of your imagination.

Reading while sunbathing makes you well-red.

A man’s home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.

When two egotists meet, it’s an I for an I.

A backwards poet writes inverse.

A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.

A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

He often broke into a song because he couldn’t find the key.

Every calendar’s days are numbered.

A lot of money is tainted. ‘Taint yours and it taint mine.

The short fortuneteller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

Once you’ve seen one shopping center, you’ve seen a mall.

Those who jump off a Paris bridge are in Seine.


Events 24th March

1379 – The Gelderse war ended.

1545 – German Parliament opened in Worms.

1550 – France and England signed the Peace of Boulogne.

1629 – The first game law was passed in the American colonies, by Virginia.

1664 – A charter to colonize Rhode Island was granted to Roger Williams in London. 1720 – In Paris, banking houses closed due to financial crisis.

1765 – Britain passed the Quartering Act that required the American colonies to house 10,000 British troops in public and private buildings.

1828 – The Philadelphia & Columbia Railway was authorized as the first state owned railway.

1832 – Mormon Joseph Smith was beaten, tarred and feathered in Ohio.

1837 – Canada gave blacks the right to vote

1848 – A state of siege was proclaimed in Amsterdam. 1868 – Metropolitan Life Insurance Company was formed.

1878 – The British frigate Eurydice sank killing 300.

1882 – In Berlin, German scientist Robert Koch announced the discovery of the tuberculosis germ (bacillus).

1883 – The first telephone call between New York and Chicago took place. 1898 – The first automobile was sold.

1900 – Mayor Van Wyck of New York broke the ground for the New York subway tunnel that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.

1900 – In New Jersey, the Carnegie Steel Corporation was formed.

1904 – Vice Adm. Tojo sank seven Russian ships as the Japanese strengthened their blockade of Port Arthur. 1906 – In Mexico, the Tehuantepec Istmian Railroad opened as a rival to the Panama Canal.

1906 – The “Census of the British Empire” revealed that England ruled 1/5 of the world. 1911 – In Denmark, penal code reform abolished corporal punishment. 1920 – The first U.S. coast guard air station was established at Morehead City, NC.

1924 – Greece became a republic.

1927 – Chinese Communists seized Nanking and break with Chiang Kai-shek over the Nationalist goals. 1934 – U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed a bill granting future independence to the Philippines.

1938 – The U.S. asked that all powers help refugees fleeing from the Nazis.

1944 – In Rome, The Gestapo rounded up innocent Italians and shot them to death in response to a bomb attack that killed 32 German policemen. Over 300 civilians were executed.

1946 – The Soviet Union announced that it was withdrawing its troops from Iran. 1947 – The U.S. Congress proposed the limitation of the presidency to two terms.

1954 – Britain opened trade talks with Hungary.

1955 – Tennessee Williams’ play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” debuted on Broadway. 1955 – The first oil drill seagoing rig was put into service.

1960 – A U.S. appeals court ruled that the novel, “Lady Chatterly’s Lover”, was not obscene and could be sent through the mail. 1972 – Great Britain imposed direct rule over Northern Ireland.

1976 – The president of Argentina, Isabel Peron, was deposed by her country’s military. 1980 – In San Salvador, Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero was shot to death by gunmen as he celebrated Mass.

1989 – The Exxon Valdez spilled 240,000 barrels (11 million gallons) of oil in Alaska’s Prince William Sound after it ran aground. 1989 – The U.S. decided to send humanitarian aid to the Contras. 1990 – Indian troops left Sri Lanka. 1991 – The African nation of Benin held its first presidential elections in about 30 years.

1993 – In Israel, Ezer Weizman, an advocate of peace with neighboring Arab nations, was elected President.

1998 – In Jonesboro, AR, two young boys open fire at students from woods near a school. Four students and a teacher were killed and 10 others were injured. The two boys were 11 and 13 years old cousins.

1998 – A former FBI agent said papers found in James Earl Ray’s car supports a conspiracy theory in the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 1999 – In Kenya, at least 31 people were killed when a passenger train derailed. Hundreds were injured.

1999 – NATO launched air strikes against Yugoslavia (Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Vojvodina). The attacks marked the first time in its 50-year history that NATO attacked a sovereign country. The bombings were in response to Serbia’s refusal to sign a peace treaty with ethnic Albanians who were seeking independence for the province of Kosovo.

1999 – The 7-mile tunnel under Mont Blanc in France was an inferno after a truck carrying flour and margarine caught on fire. At least 30 people were killed.

2001 – Apple Computer Inc’s operating system MAC OS X went on sale.

2002 – Thieves stole five 17th century paintings from the Frans Hals Museum in the Dutch city of Haarlem. The paintings were worth about $2.6 million. The paintings were works by Jan Steen, Cornelis Bega, Adriaan van Ostade and Cornelis Dusart. 2006 – In Spain, the Basque separatist group ETA announced a permanent cease-fire.

Music Events 24th March  


1945, Billboard published the first US LP chart. Nat King Cole was at No.1 with ‘A Collection Of Favourites.’

1956, Les Baxter started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Poor People Of Paris’ (a UK No.1 for Winifred Atwell). Baxter had the UK No.10 hit in 1955 with ‘Unchained Melody’.

1958, At 6.35am, Elvis Presley reported to the Memphis draft board. From there Elvis and twelve other recruits were taken by bus to Kennedy Veterans Memorial Hospital where the singer was assigned army serial number 53310761.

1962, The Beatles appeared at The Barnston Women’s Institute, admission was seven shillings and six pence, ($1.05).

1965, The Beatles continued filming ‘Help!’ at Twickenham Studios, England. They shot the interior temple scenes, including the one where they “dive through a hollow sacrificial altar and into water”. That scene was then cut to the swimming pool scene filmed in the Bahamas on February 23.

1966, Simon and Garfunkel made their UK singles chart debut with ‘Homeward Bound.’ Simon is said to have written the song at Farnworth railway station, Widnes, England, while stranded overnight waiting for a train. A plaque is displayed in the station to commemorate this, although memorabilia hunters have stolen it many times. The song describes his longing to return home, both to his then girlfriend, Kathy Chitty in Brentwood, Essex, England, and to return to the United States. The song was also a No.5 hit in the US.

1967, Pink Floyd played the first of two nights at the Ricky Tick Club in Hounslow, England.

1973, Alice Cooper went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Billion Dollar Babies.’ Also a No.1 in the US. 1973, The O’Jays went to No.1 on the US singles chart with Love Train.’ 1979, The Bee Gees started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tragedy’, the group’s eighth US No.1. Also No.1 in the UK.

1984, The former lead singer of the Commodores Lionel Richie started a six week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hello.’ Also a No.1 hit in the US.

1985, ‘Easy Lover’ by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. Bailey was a former vocalist with Earth Wind & Fire. Phil Collins produced, drummed and sang on the track.

1990, Canadian singer Alannah Myles started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Black Velvet’, a No.2 hit in the UK.

1990, Sinead O’Connor went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got’, featuring the single ‘Nothing Compares To You. Also No.1 in 13 other countries and six weeks at No.1 in the US.

1992, A Chicago court settled the Milli Vanilli class action suit by approving cash rebates of up to $3 (‘1.76) to anyone proving they bought the group’s music before November 27 1990, the date the lip synching scandal broke. Milli Vanilli won the 1989 best new artist Grammy after hits like ‘Blame it on the Rain’ and ‘Girl, You Know It’s True,’ selling 30 million singles and 14 million albums. But in late 1990, the performers were stripped of the award after it was revealed that neither actually sang on the Milli Vanilli album.

1997, Singer with Philly soul group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Harold Melvin died aged 57. Had the 1972 US No.3 & 1974 UK No.9 single ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Know’ and 1973 hit ‘The Love I Lost.’

2000, A film company paid £635,000, ($1,079,500) for over nine hours of film shot during the 70s by Yoko Ono. The film contained shots of Lennon smoking hash and talking about his political beliefs.

2001, A stretch of road on Highway 19 in Macon, Georgia, was named Duane Allman Boulevard, near where the Allman Brothers guitarist died aged 24 in a motorcycle crash on October 29, 1971.

2002, Gareth Gates became the youngest male solo artists to score a UK No.1 with his debut release ‘Unchained Melody’, Gates was 17 years and 255 days old and had won second place on TV’s ‘Pop Idol’ show. This was the fourth time that the song had been at No.1 in the UK.

2009, Motown drummer Uriel Jones, died aged 74 after suffering complications from a heart attack. Jones played on many Motown classics including ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’, by Marvin Gaye, ‘Cloud Nine’ by the Temptations, ‘I Second That Emotion’ by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles and ‘For Once In My Life’ by Stevie Wonder.

2009, The prosecutor in the Phil Spector murder retrial told the jury he was a “demonic maniac” when he drinks and “a very dangerous man” around women. Deputy DistrictAttorney Truc Do urged jurors to find the music producer guilty of murdering Hollywood actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. During her closing argument, she also accused Mr Spector of demonstrating a “conscious disregard for human life”.

Born on this day
1946,  Lee Oskar, War, (1973 US No.2 single ‘The Cisco Kid’, 1976 UK No.12 single ‘Low Rider’).

1951, Dougie Thompson, bass, Supertramp, (1979 US No.6 & UK No.7 single ‘The Logical Song’).

1960,  Nena, singer, (1984 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ’99 Red Balloons’).

1970, ,Sharon Corr, vocals, violin, The Corrs, (1998 UK No.3 single ‘What Can I Do’. ‘Talk On Corners’ was the best selling UK album of 1998 spending 142 weeks on the UK chart).

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