Saturday 1st August 2015 ‘A Hard Day’s Night


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1964, The Beatles scored their fifth US No.1 single in seven months when ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ went to the top of the charts. The group had now spent seventeen weeks at the No.1 position in this year.

It was like waking up in Cornwall yesterday morning with grey skies and rain threatening. We had to do a couple of early jobs so we were out of the house by 8.45 am. It was a bit fresher and beginning to spit as we dropped our Richard’s car off at Sean’s garage. He was going to give it the once over before Richard would drive it up to Bilbao the next week. We then went to the post office in La Nucia. This is more like the real Spain. The clerks have no concept of time and love chatting to each person in the queue. This is ideal for my practice of their language. Ahead of me was a man from the local tyre fitters. He was telling the family history as the second clerk came to listen.

This second addition to the frontline service picked the phone up to authenticate her listening in on her colleague’s conversation. As the man had his young daughter with him the conversation progressed to the family health situation and the child’s progress in school. The German lady in front of me was getting agitated and tried to explain her frustration to me in German. I think I understood she had to return for a second time as she hadn’t got the right piece of paper to complete her transaction. Just as she was getting in to our conversation the man was leaving and it was her turn. She was quite quick and it was my turn. Others had arrived to form a disorderly queue and one man was mooching round and entering my space. I thought I would return the favour by striking up a conversation with the desk clerk.

She had visited Manchester and they had hired a car to travel down and tour round the South of England.I could give you more of our conversation but you will be getting the picture. I do like to practise my Spanish and she was up for a chat.As you might have guessed I quite like going out to meet our hosts.

When I got home I created a new podcast and had a long swim even though the heavens looked ready to open. The rains didn’t come but the day remained cloudy. I didn’t mind as I always have things to do.



Isn’t it ridiculous that UK Taxpayers have forked out more than £14million on Ian Brady since he was convicted nearly 50 years ago.

This monster known as the  Moors murderer tortured and killed five children with his then-girlfriend Myra Hindley. He has cost this money by staging a 14-year hunger strike and a series of failed legal challenges. Why should he get legal aid? Surely his actions forfeit his rights?

Brady is now 75. He spent 19 years as a Category A prisoner since 1966,  in Wormwood Scrubs, Durham, Parkhurst and Gartree prisons at a  minimum cost of  £750,000 – according to recent figures.

Because he was diagnosed as psychotic in 1985 he was transferred to a high security psychiatric unit at Park Lane Special Hospital – now Ashworth – in Merseyside. Can you believe the cost of keeping this one monster there for 28 years has been around £7.6million, which is an average of £749 a day – or £273,000 a year. If he was in a normal health unit this would cost around £40,000 per year.  Who benefits from his change of mental status?   The salaries of  huge numbers of specialist staff needed to maintain security and care for these high risk patients at Ashworth make up most of the horrendous costs. We’re told there are 11 consultants and 649 nursing staff along with psychiatrists and psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, teachers, physical health care staff, chaplains, cooks, cleaners and security staff. Can the austerity measures afford this?  Source

A lot of people think of Bob Geldof when the topic of big fund-raising concerts is raised. However, in 1971, The Concert For Bangla Desh was organised by George Harrison to aid victims of famine and war in Bangla Desh. The concert took place at New York’s Madison Sq Garden and featured Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar and members from Badfinger. George Harrison used his Beatle contacts to get the ball rolling and  had to shell out his own money to maintain the fund after legal problems froze all proceeds.

On this day in 1936  Adolf Hitler presided over the opening of the Olympic games in Berlin. This was a sham as central to Hitler’s activities was his belief or adherance to the great white Aryan race. He was busy selling everyone the idea that his tall blond young men and women would be able to win virtually anything to which they put their hands. He was pretty annoyed when Jesse Owen, a black athlete, spoiled his ideas about the Aryan race. Jesse was unstoppable and was the Usain Bolt of his era.



World Events  1st August

1498 – Christopher Columbus landed on “Isla Santa” (Venezuela). He was certainly having a long voyage

1619 – The first black Americans (20) land at Jamestown, VA. The numbers have certainly grown over the years!

1774 – Oxygen was isolated from air successfully by chemist Carl Wilhelm and scientist Joseph Priestly. Clever stuff

1779 – Francis Scott Key was born. He was an American composer, attorney, poet, and social worker. He was the composer of the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry” which later became known as the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Good tune

1790 – The first U.S. census was completed with a total population of 3,929,214 recorded. The areas included were the present states of Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia-These numbers have also grown a bit

1818 – Maria Mitchell was born. She was the first female professional astronomer and the first women to be elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.Well done

1834 – Slavery was outlawed in the British empire with an emancipation bill. Congratulations and thanks to William Wiberforce

1873 – Andrew S. Hallidie successfully tested a cable car. The design was done for San Francisco, CA. Now that doesn’t surprise me

1893 – Shredded wheat was patented by Henry Perky and William Ford.  What about Pinky?

1894 – The first Sino-Japanese War erupted. The dispute was over control of Korea. Japan was a force to be reckoned with

1914 – Germany declared war on Russia at the beginning of World War I. Oh Dear!

1936 – Adolf Hitler presided over the Olympic games as they opened in Berlin. This was a sham and he was pretty annoyed when Jesse Owen spoiled his ideas about the Aryan race

1943 – Several deaths occurred in a race-related riot in Harlem, New York City. Bad

1944 – In Warsaw, Poland, an uprising against Nazi occupation began. The revolt continued until October 2 when Polish forces surrendered.  This was on a DVD which showed the bravery of the Poles

1953 – The first aluminum-faced building was completed. It was the first of this type in America. Good

1956 – The Social Security Act was amended to provide benefits to disabled workers aged 50-64 and disabled adult children. Good

1957 – The North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) was created by the United States and Canada. Good

1966 – Fifteen people were shot and killed and 31 others were injured by Charles Joseph Whitman from a tower at the University of Texas at Austin. Whitman was killed in the tower. These nutcases seem to come along in numbers in July

1973 – The movie “American Graffiti” opened. Good movie

1975 – The Helsinki accords pledged the signatory nations to respect human rights.Good

1991 – Actress Hedy Lamar, 77, was arrested for shoplifting in Florida. How sad

2006 – Cuban leader Fidel Castro turned over absolute power when he gave his brother Raul authority while he underwent an intestinal surgery. It was no more than you’d expect



The Day’s Music Events  1st August

1960, Aretha Franklin made her first recordings for CBS Records. I first liked her Atlantic release ‘I never loved a man the way that I loved you’

1963, The first ‘Beatles Monthly’ was published. A magazine devoted to the group, it continued until 1969 and at its peak was selling over 350,000 copies a month. We’re in the money

1964, US singer Johnny Burnette was killed in a boating accident on Clear Lake California, aged 30. 1961 US No.8 & UK No.3 single ‘Your Sixteen’. I loved him singing Dreaming

1964, The Beatles scored their fifth US No.1 single in seven months when ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ went to the top of the charts. The group had now spent seventeen weeks at the No.1 position in this year. They were phenomenal in the true sense of the word

1965, Marianne Faithfull collapsed during a concert in Morecambe England and was forced to cancel all forthcoming engagements. She had a lovely voice and was a girlfriend of Mick Jagger but has now become a recluse.

1965, During a UK tour, The Rolling Stones appeared at the London Palladium supported by The Walker Brothers, The Fourmost, Steampacket featuring Rod Stewart and Sugar Pie Desanto with The Shevelles.Sounds like a great evening

1969, The three day US Atlantic City Pop Festival took place with BB King, Janis Joplin, Santana, Joni Mitchell, Three Dog Night, Dr John, Procol Harum, Arthur Brown, Little Richard and Canned Heat. night I would have loved this 

1970, The film ‘Performance’ featuring Mick Jagger in his acting debut, had its UK premiere in London.  It was worth a try

1971, The Concert For Bangla Desh, organised by George Harrison to aid victims of famine and war in Bangla Desh took place at New York’s Madison Sq Garden. Featuring Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar and members from Badfinger. Harrison had to shell out his own money to maintain the fund after legal problems froze all proceeds. The triple album release (the second in a row by Harrison), hit number 1 in the UK and No.2 in the US and received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.  Let’s not forget that George Harrison started these great events and was never really given the credit he deserved

1981, Australian singer Rick Springfield started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Jessie’s Girl’, a No.43 hit in the UK. Rick had played Noah Drake in the TV show ‘General Hospital’.I like this song.

1981, Welsh singer Shakin’ Stevens had his second UK No.1 single with his version of the Frankie Vaughan 1956 No.2 hit ‘Green Door’.’Shakey’,as he was known,  was a massive hit in the UK and he should have been big in the USA

1987, Eurythmics Dave Stewart married ex Bananarama member Siobham Fahey.
1987, Los Lobos were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Ritchie Valens song ‘La Bamba’ also a No.1 hit in the US. The song was the title track from the film based on Ritchie Valens who died in the same plane crash the killed Buddy Holly.They did a nice version of this and it is still popular today

1987, MTV Europe was launched, the first video played being ‘Money For Nothing’ by Dire Straits which contained the appropriate line ‘I Want My MTV’.Great track to start a great concept

1988, Pink Floyd appeared at Main Road Football ground in Manchester, England, tickets cost £15.00.  Great gig
1990, UB40 were deported from the Seychelles after police discovered marijuana in their hotel rooms. Surely not musicians with drugs?
1998, The Spice Girls scored their seventh UK No.1 single with ‘Viva Forever’. Not a favourite of mine

1999, Ronan Keating scored his first UK No.1 solo single with ‘When You Say Nothing At All’.  Great song and really good singer

2000, Madonna’s forthcoming single ‘Music’ had its release date brought forward by two weeks after the track was made available as an illegal MP3 file on the Internet.The power of the web!

2002, A new book ‘Show the Girl the Door’ written by a former tour manager disclosed some strange demands by female acts. It revealed that Shania Twain would travel with a sniffer dog in case of bombs. Jennifer Lopez liked her dressing room to be all white, including carpets flowers and furniture. Cher would have high security rooms for her wigs. Janet Jackson would have a full medical team on standby including a doctor nurse and throat specialist and Britney Spears would demand her favourite Gummie Bear soft sweets.  How the other half lives!

2004, Red Hot Chili Peppers went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Live In Hyde Park’, the bands second UK No.1. Good band

2007, Eminem’s publishing company were seeking more than $75,000 (£36,900) for copyright infringement and unfair competition against computer firm Apple for allegedly selling his music on iTunes without permission. Apple were paying Eminem’s record label for each download – but Eight Mile Style argued it had not approved the deal. It’s all about the money!
2007, Prince kicked off a series of 21 sold out UK shows at London’s O2 arena. Tickets for the events cost £31.21 – the same figure used by the singer to name his album, website and perfume. After completing the 21 nights the Jehovah’s Witness was planning to take time out to study the Bible.  He is a very interesting man

2007, John Lennon’s “granny” sunglasses were snapped up by a British collector at auction. The sunglasses, from one of the last Beatles concerts, were expected to fetch around £1m, but auction bosses refused to say what the actual figure was. Lennon gave the gold-rimmed glasses to his Japanese interpreter in Tokyo in 1966, and the translator removed the lenses when Lennon died.   Amazing!

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1898,  Morris Stoloff, arranger, (1956 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Moonglow and Theme From Picnic’, arranged film music including ‘Lawrence Of Arabia’). Died 6th April 1980.

1942, Jerry Garcia, guitar, vocals, The Grateful Dead,(1970 UK No.69 and US No.127 album, ‘Workingman’s Dead’). Garcia died from a drugs-related heart attack on 9th August 1995.

1946, , Boz Burrell, Bad Company, (1974 UK No.15 & US No.5 single ‘Can’t Get Enough’). Member of King Crimson.

1951, Tommy Bolin, guitarist. Joined Deep Purple in 1975, member of Zephyr and The James Gang. Bolin died of a heroin overdose on 4th December 1976.

1953, Robert Cray, singer, Blues guitarist, (1987 UK No.50 single ‘Right Next Door, Because Of Me’).

1959, Joe Elliott, vocals, Def Leppard, (1987 UK No.6 single ‘Animal’ 1987 world wide No.1 album ‘Hysteria’1988 US No.1 single ‘Love Bites’).

1963,  Coolio, (Artis Ivey Jr), 1995 US & UK No.1 single ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’.


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Friday 31st July 2015 Move It!


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 the link. 1959, Cliff Richard was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Living Doll.’ The singers first of 14 UK No.1′s. The song was one of three from the film, Serious Charge. Cliff is still a huge star in Britain

The weather was a little cooler and not quite as oppressive as it has been of late. I was lying in bed wondering at how our values have changed in recent years. Everyone is outraged, quite rightly, by the killing of Cecil the Lion by the American dentist yetthe same outrage is not seen by the public in condemning the murdering of Christians-especially children. I hope the same outrage will eventually show the perpetrators of these vile acts that we are in danger of losing our humanity by these vile acts.

I was up early to create the weekly podcast with Don Woods. I’ll quickly explain that Don lives on Merseyside where I was born and we talk about things currently in the news Here’s the content….

The song I’ve sent you this week is ANOTHER football song….again I found this in a drawer and must admit I laughed my head off…I had totally forgotten about this…it was a song called “We’re All Going To The Match” and I did it for Radio City when Liverpool played Everton in the cup final back in the day….I got Pauline Daniels in to do the girl’s part….as I recall we couldn’t do it for laughing…but we eventually got there…definitely a classic.

2.We are all very proud of Chris Froome after he won the Tour de France….brilliant….and what a shower of miserable losers the French turned out to be….I’d like to see them spit at Mike Tyson if he cycled past….there’s a show right there!!     It’s hard to imagine how hard that race is…the lad was brilliant as were the rest of the team….and it will help the sport as we only take notice when we win something..  The only thing the French are good at is striking and disrupting thousands of people’s lives….if this was an Olympic sport they would get the gold every time.

  When I heard 69 year old Lord Sewell from the house of Lords was caught snorting Cocaine with a bunch of prostitutes I though WOW rock and roll or what…then I saw him….He looked like the uncle you hate…whatever he is he aint a rock star.  This just displays the brain power of these idiots in high places….he’s making a fortune for doing very little and he has to do something stupid like this….but as usual nothing will happen…he will resign and get another cushy number in the government no doubt….what a wonderful set up we have in this country.

 .As there was absolutely NOTHING worth watching on the TV at the weekend I watched The Jeff Lynne Concert at the BBC…which I recorded a while back….he performed all those great E.L.O. numbers backed by the full orchestra….what a sound.fantastic.  I regard Jeff as one of…if not THE best musicians of our time….his stuff is consistently brilliant…and he came over as being a bit blown away by it all.  I have been fortunate enough to do concerts with a full band a vocal backing groups….it is like riding on a wave of sound…there is nothing quite like it…and at that level it must be mind blowing.

.Wirral is going to have a fabulous new golf complex… will be built by the Royal Liverpool in Hoylake….and they have Jack Nicklaus on board who I assume will design the course.   All very nice for those who play golf or can AFFORD to play at this sort of venue….but as yet there has been no mention of COST……it’s amazing how money can be found for these massive ventures and yet the council have to make drastic cuts in staff because of the apparent lack of it.  Next will be the usual “It will bring money into the area”….oh sure….it wont go into MY pocket…or the pockets of the employees clinging on to their jobs…..but no doubt mansions will be purchased on the profits.   What I can’t understand is how many golf courses do we need….there are about 20 courses in a relatively small area….and that strip of coast has The Warren…The Wallasey…Leasowe….The Royal Liverpool and the Hoylake Municipal….virtually side by side.


This time two years ago I was writing about prisons. You really cannot believe how stupid some authorities can be. I had been reading  that inmates at top security prisons housing sex fiends can see such DVDs as Deliverance. I had been informed this DVD features a male rape scene. It was available in the prison library and on offer in the prison library.Among 550 films available at the Category C jail in Monmouthshire, South Wales,  were Menace II Society — which includes strong violence — and gang war movie Last Man Standing.   The list was revealed following a Freedom of Information request.

Apparently, the inmates could see such filth as a reward for good behaviour. I wonder which maximum security conscious prison authority dreamt that policy?  I wonder has the library changed its policy.


The mother of a 17-year-old girl was concerned that her daughter was having sex. Worried the girl might become pregnant and adversely impact the family’s status, she consulted the family doctor.

The doctor told her that teenagers today were very wilful and any attempt to stop the girl would probably result in rebellion. He then told her to arrange for her daughter to be put on birth control and until then, talk to her and give her a box of condoms.

Later that evening, as her daughter was preparing for a date, the mother told her about the situation and handed her a box of condoms.The girl burst out laughing and reached over to hug her mother, saying,

‘Oh mum! You don’t have to worry about that! I’m dating Susan!’
A man went to church one day and afterward he stopped to shake the preacher’s hand.He said, ‘Vicar, I’ll tell you, that was a damned fine sermon. Damned good!’

The Vicar said, ‘Thank you sir, but I’d rather you didn’t use profanity.’

The man said, ‘I was so damned impressed with that sermon I put five thousand dollars in the offering plate!’

The Vicar said, ‘No shit?’


Here’s a nice piece of pop trivia I recently received.

Move it’ by Cliff Richard. This is recognized by many critics as the first genuine British Classic Rock record. It was written by Cliff Richard’s friend Ian Samwell, who was a guitarist with Richard’s backing band The Drifters (later The Shadows). He wrote it while riding on a number 715 red London bus on the way to Cliff’s house in Cheshunt for a rehearsal.

The song is an attack on those who saw Rock and Roll as just a fad by asking what they hoped to replace it with. When it came to recording it, the song’s producer Norrie Paramor had little faith in The Drifters (who at that time did not include Hank Marvin), so he brought in Ernie Shears to provide backing on lead guitar and his electrifying riffing greatly enhanced the record.

This song was selected as the B-side to the less than inspiring “Schoolboy Crush,” a cover of a Bobby Helms song. However when the producer Jack Good heard it, he insisted that if Cliff Richard was to appear on his TV show Oh Boy, he would have to sing “Move It.”CIMG7556

World Events  31st July

1498 – Christopher Columbus, on his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, arrived at the island of Trinidad. Great stuff, mon

1790 – The first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins for his process for making potash and pearl ashes. The substance was used in fertilizer. I’ve been in this stuff from time to time

1919 – Germany’s Weimar Constitution was adopted. Just after WW1

1928 – MGM’s Leo the lion roared for the first time. He introduced MGM’s first talking picture, “White Shadows on the South Seas.”  I prefer Leo

1932 – Enzo Ferrari retired from racing. In 1950 he launched a series of cars under his name. Brilliant career

1955 – Marilyn Bell of Toronto, Canada, at age 17, became the youngest person to swim the English Channel. Brilliant.

1959 – The Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) was founded. The group is known for being an armed Basque nationalist and separatist organization. The Basque problem is extremely involved and there is no easy solution to the problems

1971 – Men rode in a vehicle on the moon for the first time in a lunar rover vehicle (LRV).The manufacturers were over the moon

1982 – Yugoslavia imposed a six-month freeze on prices. Maybe it’s something we should all experience

1989 – A pro-Iranian group in Lebanon released a videotape reportedly showing the hanged body of American hostage William R. Higgins.Why should anyone ever be proud of showing such a thing?

1997 – In New York City, NY, police seized five bombs believed to be bound for terrorist attacks on city subways.  What is wrong with these people? Random attacks are not legitimate targets

1998 – More than 50 people died in Kashmir due to crossfire between India and Pakistan.Horrible

1999 – The spacecraft Lunar Prospect crashed into the moon. It was a mission to detect frozen water on the moon’s surface. The craft had been launched on January 6, 1998.Amazing 2007 – The iTunes Music Store reached 2 million feature length films sold. My goodness-that’s some cash!

The Day’s Music Events 31st July

1959, Cliff Richard was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Living Doll.’ The singers first of 14 UK No.1′s. The song was one of three from the film, Serious Charge. Cliff is still a huge star in Britain. America has missed out on a brilliant career and his records are well worth researching.

1964, Country singer Jim Reeves was killed in a plane crash when the single engine aircraft flying from Arkansas to Nashville crashed in thick fog. 41 year- old Reeves was the first country singer to cross- over into the pop market. (1960 US No.2 single ‘He’ll Have To Go’, 1966 UK No.1 single ‘Distant Drums’).He was called Gentleman Jim and he is still missed

1967, Mick Jagger was given a conditional discharge and Keith Richard’s conviction for permitting his house to be used for the purpose of smoking cannabis resin was quashed by appeal court.He’d be given a medal these days

1968, Tommy James and The Shondells were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mony Mony’. Also a hit for Billy Idol in1987. Tommy James has been on my show twice and the podcasts are on my site

1968, Working at Trident studios in London, England, (with its 8-track equipment, EMI was still using 4-track recorders), The Beatles recorded four takes of ‘Hey Jude’. Great track

1969, Elvis Presley kicked off a four week run at the Las Vegas International Hotel. Thank you ma’am

1971, James Taylor went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Carole King song ‘You Got A Friend’. The song would go on to win the 1971 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male. Taylor scored nine other solo US Top 40 hits during the 70′s.This was a great copy of a great song

1980, Jon Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas was apprehended by FBI narcotics agents for possession of cocaine, he was later sentenced to 250 hours Community service giving anti-drug lectures.I think musicians get a little lax in many areas of their life and eventually leave the control to the drugs. I think it was a good community service if delivered correctly

1980, During An Eagles concert at Long Beach, California, tempers boiled over between Glen Frey and Don Henley, who spent the entire show describing to each other the beating each planned to administer backstage. “Only three more songs until I kick your ass, pal,” Frey told Henley. The group’s next album was mixed by Frey and Henley on opposite coasts after the two decided they couldn’t bear to be in the same state, let alone the same studio. Isn’t it sad when great talents fall out so badly?

1985, The Eurythmics had the No.1 position on the UK singles chart with ‘There Must Be An Angel, (Playing With My Heart); Paul Young had the US No.1 with ‘Everytime You Go Away’. I love both these songs

1991, Bryan Adams was enjoying his third week at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’. The single stayed a No.1 for a record-breaking sixteen weeks.Great song1992, Michael Jackson made an unscheduled appearance on his hotel balcony in London after a man had threatened to jump from an apartment building across the street. 28 year-old Eric Herminie told police he would leap to his death if he didn’t see Jackson, who was in Britain for a series of concerts. Jackson spent a couple of minutes waving to Herminie, who then climbed back into the building.I think it is extremely interesting to see the extent of the influence one human can have on another. I think this area needs a great deal of research

1999, Christina Aguilera scored her first US No.1 single with ‘Genie In A Bottle’, also No.1 in the UK.  Lovely girl

2000, Eighties pop maestro Mike Stock was declared bankrupt. Mike who was one third of 80′s hit factory Stock, Aitken and Waterman had been involved in several court battles over copyright issues. How could he be bankrupt after all the money he made?

2001, BBC producer John Walters died aged 63. Walters produced and worked with Radio 1 DJ John Peel. Peel teamed up with Walters to broadcast some of the most groundbreaking music of an era. He joined the BBC in 1967, and became producer on John Peel’s Top Gear show two years later. Walters played the trumpet with the Alan Price Set in the 1960′s. His choice was not often my choice

2002, The son of Bryan Ferry was arrested by armed police outside the UK prime minister’s County Durham home as he tried to stage a demonstration. Otis Ferry went through security gates and was arrested when he refused to give his name. He was trying to place posters supporting animal hunts on the walls of Mr Blair’s house.I think he probably was acting in accordance with his conscience although he might have just been after the publicity


Birthday Boys and Girls

1946, Gary Lewis singer, (1965 US No.1 single with The Playboys, ‘This Diamond Ring’ plus 11 other US Top 40 hits).

1947, Karl Green, guitar, Herman’s Hermits, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘I’m Into Something Good’, 1965 US No.1 single ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter’).

1951, Carlo Karges, Nena, (1984 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ’99 Red Balloons’). 1953, Hugh McDowell, cello, Electric Light Orchestra, (1979 UK No.3 & US No.4 single ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’, plus 26 other Top 40 hits) 1957,  Daniel Ash, Bauhaus, (1982 UK No.15 single ‘Ziggy Stardust’), Love & Rockets and solo.

1958, Bill Berry, drums, R.E.M. (1991 UK No.6 & US No.10 single ‘Shiny Happy People’, plus over 20 Top 40 UK singles, 1992 UK No.1 & US No.2 album ‘Automatic For The People’). Berry quit the band in 1997.

1964,  Jim Corr, guitar, keyboards, vocals, The Corrs, (1998 UK No.3 single ‘What Can I Do’. ‘Talk On Corners’ was the best selling UK album of 1998

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Thursday 30th July 2015 Dizzy



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CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking the link. 1993, Founder member and original bassist for The Wonder Stuff, Rob Jones died in New York aged 29. Vic Reeves and The Wonder Stuff had the 1991 UK No.1 with ‘Dizzy’, (a No.1 for Tommy Roe in 1969)

The hot weather has continued and is now decidedly oppressive. We went to see friends and it is obviously not just us feeling the heat. The Spanish seem to handle it better and I’m keeping an eye on how they do it. Certainly they seem better at staying up late then getting up early to go to work. Maybe this is just an age thing!

I like to see the priorities given by the BBC to its new items for worthiness and aprropriate presentation. They are usually quite good on overall new coverage and I like their local news. However, we live in Spain and I don’t really need to see the North West news every day and every night. As my wife Anne likes to see her ‘local’ news I do watch with her and I now realise just how different England has become from the days of my youth.  It would seem to be very multicultural but is this just a reflection of BBC politics or has the demography changed dramatically? I do see far more shootings and killings reported now on this local news.

I often reflect on a murder that happened when I was about 10 years old. The body had been found in a pill box on the edge of the Woodchurch Estate. It was the talk of the town for weeks on end and I remember having nightmares. It was a huge event in those days and I always remember my parents telling us ‘we could get away with murder’ and it was a well-used expression. However, it has come to pass that people are getting away with murder. What really saddens me is that people are not valuing life as they used to value life. How did this change come about?

Being sent to prison used to besmirch a person’s character but now it almost seems to be seen as a badge of honour. When I lived in Birkenhead and we’d not long been married we had a neighbour who would go missing for weeks on end. He would be in jail for menial offences. However, his family seemed to exist on the profits of his ill-gotten goods and possibly supplementary benefits. He was a likeable person but obviously had no true work ethic. It suited him to be in jail and being fed by the state whilst the Benefits Office provided for his young family.

There has to be radical change for radical improvement and I firmly believe there needs to be a number of tiers of different prisons. This probably does exist but I think in-town criminals might be afforded a two strike approach for non-violent crime before being incarcerated well away from their home and family. Any violence immediately takes the offender into the middle of a moor and puts them in a very basic situation with no TV.  Offences involving personal injury to others should take the offender to an offshore prison with no frills. Keep it as austere as is necessary and the last category is for those who have no wish to live like the rest of society. How can it be otherwise? People are being killed and maimed with very little retribution. Why has the world become ever more wicked? It certainly will have a relationship with the advance of TV and other technologies. I think it will also have a correlationship with religion not being taught in schools.

For sure many religious teachers and leaders have let us down but usually that is because they have not been true to what their religion is supposed to be teaching us/them. I truly fear for the future of our children and grandchildren and I am comforted by my own beliefs. I also feel really grateful to my own parents and teachers. We all need a moral code even if we feel we don’t need a religion.


Ian K sent me this…

I would like to thank the internet for all the infomation that has been sent to me by email, and completely ruined my life.

I can no longer open a bathroom door without using a paper towel, nor let the waitress put lemon slices in my ice water without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel.    I can’t sit down on a hotel bedspread, because I can only imagine what has happened on it since it was last washed.   I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving because the number one pastime while driving alone is picking one’s nose.
Eating a little snack sends me on a guilt trip because I can only imagine how many gallons of trans fats I have consumed over the years.


I can’t touch any woman’s handbag for fear she has placed it on the floor of a public toilet.
I MUST SEND MY SPECIAL THANKS for the email about rat droppings in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing.  ALSO, now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.   I can’t have a drink in a bar because I fear I’ll wake up in a bathtub full of ice with my kidneys gone.I can’t eat at KFC, because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes, feet or feathers.

I can’t use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.  THANKS TO YOU, I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.

BECAUSE OF YOUR CONCERN, I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.   I no longer buy gasoline without taking someone along to watch the car, so a serial killer doesn’t crawl in my back seat when I’m filling up.  I no longer use Cling Wrap in the microwave because it causes seven different types of cancer…….


I can’t boil a cup of water in the microwave anymore because it will blow up in my face, disfiguring me for life.    I no longer go to the cinema, because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS when I sit down.


I no longer go to shopping centres, because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.   I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a huge phone bill with calls to Jamaica Uganda, Singapore and Uzbekistan ..   THANKS TO YOU, I can’t use anyone’s toilet but mine because a big black snake could be lurking under the seat and cause me instant death when it bites my rump.
AND THANKS TO YOUR GREAT ADVICE, I can’t ever pick up a coin dropped in the car park because it was probably placed there by a sex molester waiting to grab me as I bend over.   I can’t do any gardening because I’m afraid I’ll get bitten by the Violin Spider and my hand will fall off.

If you don’t send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, and the fleas from 120 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbour’s ex mother-in-law’s second husband’s cousin’s best friend’s beautician . .Oh, and by the way…..
A German scientist from Argentina, after a lengthy study, has discovered that people with insufficient brain activity read their e-mails with their hand on the mouse………..Don’t bother taking it off now, it’s too late.


World Events  30th July

1502 – Christopher Columbus landed at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras during his fourth voyage.Lucky man

1733 – The first Freemasons lodge opened in what would later become the United States. No sign of this coming

1889 – Vladimir Zworykin, called the “Father of Television” was born in Russia. He invented the iconoscope.Never heard of him

1945 – The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship had just delivered key components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian. Only 316 out of 1,196 men aboard survived the attack. This seems weird considering what had been delivered

1956 – The phrase “In God We Trust” was adopted as the U.S. national motto.

1974 – The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted to impeach President Nixon for blocking the Watergate investigation and for abuse of power.Good

1997 – 14 Israelis were killed in a double suicide bombing in a Jerusalem marketplace. The Islamist group Hamas claimed responsibility for the bombings.Horrible

2001 – Lance Armstrong became the first American to win three consecutive Tours de France. Wonderful feat but he fell foul of a doping scandal.

2003 – In Mexico, the last ‘old style’ Volkswagon Beetle rolled off an assembly line. Great little car


The Day’s Music Events 30th July

1954, Slim Whitman, Billy Walker, Sugarfoot Collins, Sonny Harvelle, Tinker Fry, Curly Harris and a young Elvis Presley, all appeared at the Hillbilly Hoedown, Overton Park Shell, in Memphis Tennessee. Elvis was so nervous he stood up on the balls of his feet and shook his leg in time with the music, when he came offstage he asked why people were yelling at him. Someone told him it was because he was shaking his leg, which with the baggy pleated pants created a wild gyrating effect in time with the music.Someone’s been pulling my leg all these years

1960, The Elvis Presley album ‘Elvis is Back’ was at No.1 on the UK chart. The King was on a roll

. 1966, The Beatles started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Yesterday…And Today’, the group’s 8th No.1 album.Not released here?
1966, The Troggs started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Wild Thing’.Paid their bills for many years

1968, The Beatles closed their Apple Boutique in London after seven months of business, giving away all the stock to passers by and Apple staff.An apple a day would have kept the debtors at bay

1969, The Beatles continued working on their forthcoming album Abbey Road…..This was not my favourite album
1973, Gary Glitter was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’m The leader Of The Gang (I Am), the singers first of three No.1′s.Great music not so great a man

1977, The Bee Gees younger brother Andy Gibb started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Just Wanna Be Your Everything’, his first of three US No.1′s, it peaked at No.26 in the UK.  Didn’t do much in the UK

1978, Fleetwood Mac and Steve Miller Band appeared at the JFK Stadium, Philadelphia.Great night

1986, Boy George was fined £250 by a London court for possession of heroin. That would be a drop in the ocean for him

1986, Variety magazine reported that RCA had dropped John Denver from its roster after the release of his single, ‘What Are We Making Weapons For’. Variety said the song upset the record company’s new owner, General Electric, one of the largest defence contractors in the US.The whole rotten world is about money

1987, David Bowie kicked of the North American leg of The Glass Spider Tour at the Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Good act

1988, Gary Glitter appeared in a full-page ad in the NME pictured holding a very large tub of skin rejuvenating cream. The heading being ‘The things people do to keep hold of their young persons Railcard’.Many a true word is spoken in jest

1988, Steve Winwood started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Roll With It’, a No.53 hit in the UK.Still a popular song

1993, Founder member and original bassist for The Wonder Stuff, Rob Jones died in New York aged 29. Vic Reeves and The Wonder Stuff had the 1991 UK No.1 with ‘Dizzy’, (a No.1 for Tommy Roe in 1969).Quite a good cover

1994, Rage Against The Machine, Bjork, Blur, Manic Street Preachers, Del Amitri, Primal Scream, Crowded House, Oasis and Aimee Mann all appeared at this year’s two-day T In The Park festival in Scotland. Not a lot for me

1997, A judge in Los Angeles ruled that Michael Jackson and members of his family were not liable for losses incurred by the producers of the failed 1994 Jackson Family Honors TV special. The show was delayed for several weeks because Jackson was ill and could not perform solo as expected.Call was good

1998, Jamiroquai were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Deeper Underground’, the first single from the album Synkronized. It was included in the soundtrack of the movie Godzilla.Good track

2003, Sam Phillips the founder of Sun Records and studio died of respiratory failure at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. In the 1940s, Phillips worked as a DJ for Muscle Shoals, Alabama radio station WLAY. Phillips recorded what some consider to be the first rock and roll record, ‘Rocket 88’ by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats in 1951. He discovered Elvis Presley, worked with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Ike Turner, B.B. King and Jerry Lee Lewis.He was obviously a pivotal figure in the history of rock n roll

2005, A new book published to mark the 35th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix claimed the guitarist pretended to be gay so he would be discharged from the army. “Room Full of Mirrors” by Charles Cross said army records showed Hendrix was discharged from the 101st Airborne Division aged 19 in 1962 for “homosexual tendencies.”  I thought it was something to do with a broken ankle

2006, Shakira feat Wyclef Jean started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hips Don’t Lie.’ A remake of Wyclef Jean’s 2004 song ‘Dance Like This’, the song went on to top the charts in over 50 countries. The song is the biggest selling single of the 21st century by a female artist worldwide. Shakira is dynamite!

2007, A man admitted bootlegging charges after hearing evidence from Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. Robert Langley, 57, from Buckingham, originally denied three trademark and two copyright infringements after being caught at a record fair in Glasgow. The seizure of CDs and DVDs two years ago included £11,500 of counterfeit Led Zeppelin material. I’ll bet he’d made his money by this time

2009, Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher won his long battle to be recognised as co-writer of the band’s hit ‘Whiter Shade of Pale.’ Law Lords ruled that Fisher, who claimed he wrote the song’s organ melody, was entitled to a share of future royalties. In 2006, the High Court ruled he was entitled to 40% of the copyright, but the Court Of Appeal overturned the ruling in 2008 saying he waited too long, 38 years, to bring the case to court. If he’d brought the case to Spain he might have had a better outcome!

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941,  Paul Anka, singer, (1957 UK & US No.1 single ‘Diana’. The single sold over 9 million copies world- wide). Wrote many classic songs including: ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’, ‘Puppy Love’ and the lyrics to ‘My Way.’

1945,  David Sanborn, saxophone, US session player, worked with Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, David Bowie.

1946,  Jeffrey Hammond Hammond, bass, Jethro Tull, (1969 UK No.3 & UK No.11 single ‘Living In The Past’).

1949, Andy Scott, guitar, Sweet, (1973 UK No.1 single ‘Blockbuster’, plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles). Sweet scored four top-ten hits in the US: Little Willy, Ballroom Blitz, Fox On The Run, and Love Is Like Oxygen.

1949, Joyce Jones, singer, First Choice, (1973 UK No.9 single ‘Smarty Pants). 1949,  Hugh Nicholson, Marmalade, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da”).

1956,  Phil Phearon, vocals, Galaxy, (1983 UK No.4 single ‘Dancing Night’)

1958,  Kate Bush, UK singer, songwriter, (1978 UK No.1 single ‘Wuthering Heights’ plus over 20 other UK Top singles. Her 1985 UK No.1 album ‘Hounds Of Love’ spent 52 weeks on the chart).
1968,  Sean Moore, drums, Manic Street Preachers, (1996 UK No.2 single ‘A Design For Life’ 1998 UK No.1 album ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’)

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Wednesday 29th July 2015 Oops!


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 the link. 1966, Datebook published Maureen Cleave’s interview with John Lennon in which he said ‘We’re bigger than Jesus now.” American Christian’s reacted with outrage, organising ‘Beatle bonfires’ burning the group’s records.

It’s still roasting hot! I’m looking at November 1964 in the American charts as I’m writing this blog. It’s quite inspirational with these great tracks playing in my ear as I’m writing the words. The biggest and most obvious change for me over the years is the type of song the public is having played for their appreciation. Of course, some songs depict aspects of violence but it’s not the horrible kind of pimping and sexual nature which seems to be prevalent on MTV and other video based music. I think the videos brought an element to music which hasn’t always belonged to  music.

Nowadays it would seem the success comes from having a catchy video which doesn’t always relate to what the music is about. Nevertheless, many parents dump their very young children in front of various screens and allow them to watch the provocative moves of the singers. Many times in my hotel entertainment sessions I have seen parents laughing and showing off their child’s moves. This is very understandable when you look at the innocence of these lovely little children but the sinister aspect of all this comes from the growing number of paedophiles who are now in our society and often operating within cloaks of acceptability. Britain is still reeling from the likes of Jimmy Saville, Rolf Harris  and Stuart Hall.

Having all that to contend with Britain’s public now has Lord Sewel to contend with. There are many of us who strongly dislike the provocatively undemocratic House of Lords. These people who are either hereditary peers or nominated by party leaders are paid 300 pounds per day to swagger in to their palatial surroundings and take the mickey out of Joe Public by finding themselves a niche where they can settle down for a few hours sleep. Now we hear of one who was probably sleeping off the after affects of an evening spent snorting coke with prostitutes. It doesn’t really inspire confidence does it?

I remember when, many years ago, I was telling people how unsettled I had become because of the various revelations knocking away all the respect I had been taught to give to my elders and betters. If ever clarity of thought had been needed these years were cathartic for me. When you grow up respecting teachers, police, bankers, doctors, sports stars, DJs, presenters, popstars, musicians, soap stars, politicians, line managers and religious leaders and then discover every single one of them has either been fiddling, stealing or cheating then I believe I have every justification for feeling confused and annoyed. We seem to have a generation of soldiers and workers who have grown up working hard and saving for a future that doesn’t exist.

We’ve had teachers now having sex with their young students, police lying and cheating at the highest levels, bankers robbing everyone and then demanding the public repay their incompetence. Doctors have administered medicines to kill their dependent victims. Sports stars have lied through their back teeth protesting their innocence then being proven guilty. Don’t mention any more DJs please! Even presenters of childrens’ TV shows have been taking their drugs whilst others earning money like lottery money have thrown their weight around left, right and centre.

The musicians have a littany of their names adorning graves throughout the world with their young ages testimony to the folly of drug-taking. Those same drugs which are still a problem to all parents everywhere. Many of our soaps seem to promote the problems they seem to want to have us believe they wish to prevent. Politicians have been elected to fiddle their expenses and half the House of Commons would, according to an internet circular, seemingly have criminal records.

Religious leaders right now maintain their silence in the face of atrocities worldwide. Meanwhile those who would seem to abhor violence would seem to have maintained a silence and closed ranks whilst their ministers have indulged in aspects of paedophelia. It doesn’t make me feel good writing this but I can feel slightly more cheerful when writing that most of the people I have worked with at a personal level have not indulged in any of these things. Most people of my age and of my circles seem to have honoured the codes of conduct promoted by our teachers and our parents and elders. If anything encourages me to get back to basics then I have now even greater clarity in my thoughts.

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Thought: ‘When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.

On today’s Blog we note the day when John Lennon brought the Beatles a pile of trouble by saying they were bigger than Jesus. In the light of the many outrageous things people are saying and doing  these days I still think there would have been an outcry had it been said today. Sure, I think Lennon was being flippant but when you mess around with people’s beliefs then there is more than flippancy in the air. We Christians tend not to over-react to the slings and arrows thrown at the religion we follow. We must remember that it is a faith system and nobody will know until we die whether one was right and other wrong.

My own feelings are that the Supreme Being will look at the way we have lived our lives and then see if we practised what we preached. If we believe, as I do, that the Ten Commandments make sense then I am prepared to be judged on how I have kept them. I know in my heart where I have slipped and it is all very well talking about this but it’s what’s in your heart that counts. Anyone found culpable by the courts are only able to judge guilt to a certain depth no matter how many titles you give the judges. Should a judge be guilty of punishing somebody for what s/he is doing himself then s/he deserves all that s/he gets….



Here’s a very important piece of information as we move into the hottest month of the year and air conditioning becomes ever more relevant. Please pass it on to your friends.


My car book says to roll down the windows to let out all the hot air before turning on A/C. WHY? Car Air-conditioning – No wonder more folks are dying from cancer than ever before. We wonder where this stuff comes from but here is an example that explains a lot of the cancer causing incidents. Many people are in their cars first thing in the morning and the last thing at night, 7 days a week.

Car A/C (Air Conditioning) MUST READ!!!Please do NOT turn on A/C as soon as you enter the car.

Open the windows after you enter your car and then turn ON the AC after a couple of minutes.Here’s why: According to research, the car dashboard, seats and air freshener emit Benzene, a Cancer causing toxin (carcinogen – take time to observe the smell of heated plastic in your car).In addition to causing cancer, Benzene poisons your bones, causes anemia and reduces white blood cells. Prolonged exposure will cause Leukemia, increasing the risk of cancer. Can also cause miscarriage.

Acceptable Benzene level indoors is 50 mg per sq. ft.
A car parked indoors with windows closed will contain 400-800 mg of Benzene.

If parked outdoors under the sun at a temperature above 60 degrees F, the Benzene level goes up to 2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level.

People who get into the car, keeping windows closed will inevitably inhale, in quick succession, excessive amounts of the toxin.

Benzene is a toxin that affects your kidney and liver.. What’s worse, it is extremely difficult for your body to expel this toxic stuff. So friends, please open the windows and door of your car – give time for interior to air out -dispel the deadly stuff – before you enter.Thought: ‘When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.

This is what says. It is not the air conditioning in the car but the Benzene producing agents that cause cancer. medical/toxins/benzene.asp


World Events  29th July

1588 – The English defeated the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines. The Spanish don’t talk much about this

1754 – The first international boxing match was held. The 25-minute match was won when Jack Slack of Britain knocked out Jean Petit from France. Trust it to be a Brit and a Frenchman

1874 – Major Walter Copton Winfield of England received U.S. patent for the lawn-tennis court.  There you have it. That’s why Wimbledon is the Number 1 tournament

1890 – Artist Vincent van Gogh died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers, France.Pardon?

1940 – John Sigmund of St. Louis, MO completed a 292-mile swim down the Mississippi River. The swim from St. Louis to Caruthersville, MO took him 89 hours and 48 minutes.What an effort. Makes swimming the channel a bit easier

1950 – Disney’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” was released. I loved this

1967 – Fire swept the USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin. 134 U.S. servicemen were killed. Dreadful way to go

1968 – Pope Paul VI reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s stance against artificial methods of birth control.  This is a dilemma for many Catholics

1981 – England’s Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were married. I think she was a wonderful lady.

1999 – Mark O. Barton killed nine people and wounded 13 others in a shooting rampage in Atlanta, GA. He wife and two children had been found bludgeoned to death earlier in the day. There must be something about this dateremember the Boomtown Rats song?

2005 – Astronomers announced that they had discovered a new planet larger than Pluto in orbit around the sun. Where did that come from?



The Day’s Music Events 29th July

1963, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘(You’re The) Devil In Disguise’. His 14th UK No.1. I love this song

1963, With the US charts full of Hot Rod songs, Capitol Records sent disc jockeys a list of car terms and phrases to help promote The Beach Boys latest release ‘Little Deuce Coupe’. Happy days with cars, girls and the beach to the forefront

1965, The Beatles second feature film ‘Help!’ had its UK premiere at The Pavilion in London.  No Oscars here

1966, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker made their live debut as Cream at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester, England.  Big reputation with this group
1966, Bob Dylan suffered a broken neck vertebra when he crashed his Triumph 55 motorbike near his home in Woodstock, New York.He didn’t play on this very much

1966, Datebook published Maureen Cleave’s interview with John Lennon in which he said ‘We’re bigger than Jesus now.” American Christian’s reacted with outrage, organising ‘Beatle bonfires’ burning the group’s records. Big mistake Beatles. Getting too big for your boots

1967, The Doors started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Light My Fire’. The group’s first US No.1, it only reached No.49 on the UK chart. Re- issued in 1991 when it made No.7 in the UK. I wonder why it didn’t do so well first time round?

1967, The International Love-In Festival took place at Alexandra Palace London with Pink Floyd, Brian Auger Trinity with Julie Driscoll, The Animals, Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Tomorrow, Blossom Toes, Creation, The Nervous System and Apostolic Intervention.Yes. I bought a sheepskin waistcoat….

1968, Gram Parsons left The Byrds on the eve of a tour of South Africa, refusing to play to segregated audiences.  A man who stood for his principles. Well done

1968, The first recording session of The Beatles seven-minute epic ‘Hey Jude’ took place at Abbey Road studios London. The Paul McCartney song was written about John Lennon’s son Julian.  Great song following the KISS Principle
1972, Screaming Lord Sutch was arrested in London after jumping from a bus in Downing Street with four nude women. Sutch was publicising his forthcoming London gigs. Not the best singer but what a good publicist

1972, Gilbert O’Sullivan started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Alone Again, (Naturally)’. His only US No.1, the follow up ‘Clair’ peaked at No.2.  A very introvert singer ….

1973, Led Zeppelin lost $203,000 in cash when a thief made off with their safe deposit box from two Madison Square Garden concerts in New York City. The theft took place at The Drake Hotel in New York where the group were staying. Tour manager Richard Cole who discovered the theft was arrested as a suspect and questioned by police but was later released.  I can understand losing a few bob but…..

1974, Mamas And The Papas singer Cass Elliot died in her sleep from a heart attack after playing a sold out show in London, England. She was staying at Harry Nilson’s London flat when she died. Her only solo hit was ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me,’ which also featured the rest of The Mamas and The Papas. Had also been a member of The Mugwumps. I thought she also had a hit with ‘It’s getting better’

1978, The film soundtrack to Grease featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John went to No.1 on the US album chart.  Great track and great movie

1981, On the day of the wedding between Prince Charles and Lady Diana, a bunch of records were released relating to the event, ‘Lady D’, by Typically Tropical, ‘Charlies Angles’, by Mini & The Metros and ‘Diana’, from Mike Berry. They all failed to reach the charts.I wonder why?

1982, The Asgard Hotel in Dublin owned by Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott was completely destroyed by fire. I remember this being in the news

1986, English songwriter, producer and manager Gordon Mills died of stomach cancer. Worked with Engelbert Humperdinck, Tom Jones and Gilbert O’Sullivan. Wrote the 1963 No.4 UK hit ‘I’ll Never Get Over You’, for Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, and ‘I’m The Lonely One’ a hit for Cliff Richard.I have a friend who speaks very highly of the man

1987, Michigan state governor James Blanchard declared an annual state wide ‘Four Tops Day’, honouring the group for its contribution to American music.Good

1988, American record producer and pedal steel guitar player Pete Drake died of lung disease. Worked with Elvis Presley, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Played on such hits as Lynn Anderson’s ‘Rose Garden’, Charlie Rich’s ‘Behind Closed Doors’, Bob Dylan’s ‘Lay Lady Lay’ and Tammy Wynette’s ‘Stand by Your Man’.   Good career

. 1990, Elton John checked into a Chicago clinic to cure bulimia and an addiction problem, taking over a year off from touring and recording.He has certainly bounced back

. 2001, Atomic Kitten started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the 1989 Bangles hit ‘Eternal Flame.’  Nice song

2003, The chairman of the Professional Association of Teachers Jim O’Neill warned that children were being put under pressure to grow up too soon by pop stars who use a sexy image. “Kylie Minogue might be a great singer but in many of these things you can see more of her bottom than you hear of her voice,” said Mr O’Neill.  I like Kylie but I think the teacher has a point

2004, keyboard player Huby Heard died from heart problems. Member of Billy Preston’s, The God Squad, and worked with Teddy Pendergrass, Ray Charles, Little Bootsy Collins, The Brothers Johnson, The Rolling Stones and Bill Wyman.  Nice keyboards

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1946, Neal Doughty, keyboards, REO Speedwagon, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Keep On Loving You’).

1947,  Carlo Santanna, guitar, Paper Lace, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Billy Don’t Be A Hero’, 1974 US No.1 single ‘The Night Chicago Died’).

1959, John Sykes, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘Here I Go Again’), Tygers Of Pan Tang.

1966,  Miles Hunt, vocals, The Wonder Stuff, TV presenter, (1991 UK No.1 single with Vic Reeves ‘Dizzy’).

1972, , Simon Jones, bass, The Verve, (1997 UK No.1 single ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’). 1973,, Wanya Morris, vocals, Boyz II Men, (1992 US & UK No.1 single ‘End Of The Road’).

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Tuesday 28th July 2015 Monday, Monday


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 the link.

1979, ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ gave The Boomtown Rats their second UK No.1 single. Bob Geldof wrote the song after reading a report on the shooting spree of 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer, who fired at children playing in a school playground across the street from her home in San Diego, California. She killed two adults and injured eight children and one police officer. Spencer showed no remorse for her crime, and her full explanation for her actions was “I don’t like Mondays, this livens up the day.”

It has been yet another roasting hot day and I was down in the studio nice and early to make a podcast. I finished around midday and we went off to find the new location for Music La Clau in Benidorm. One of the string controllers has gone on the blink and needs to be replaced. Miguel had the part and so I quickly got back home to make the adjustment. I was chuffeed to get the job done just as our friend Mark Carter arrived to help us with a plumbing problem. Mark is a diamond geezer!

I spent half an hour swimming in the intense heat but at least I am still maintaining my fitness. Later we watched a bit of TV then did a cabaret practice as we have a few gigs ahead.

What on earth was that Labour Peer doing on TV yesterday. What gets into a man who already earns 300 pounds per day just for signing into his office? What an idiot. Yes. He was caught off guard but how would we ever hear of these shannanigins otherwise?  Lord Sewel should be stripped of his title with immediate effect. A youth found doing this would have been hauled before the magistrates and sent to prison. He should be treated the same but should be sacked from his office as he is unfit for purpose and paid by the public purse.

However, let’s not be too hypocritical as this has been going on for centuries. Ever heard of Nell Gwyn?  Eleanor “Nell” Gwyn (2 February 1650 – 14 November 1687; also spelled Gwynn, Gwynne) was a long-time mistress of King Charles II of England and Scotland. Called “pretty, witty Nell” by Samuel Pepys…….Kings, courtiers, Peers, MPs, commoners….everyone’s been at it and now I read that people bringing their wives into the Uk can claim benefits for several wives!  If this is true what has become of the crime of Bigamy which suddenly has become a side issue? Is this an aspect of Sharia Law being introduced by the back door. Britain is sending many people very confusing messages but when you even have the clergy acting irresponsibly where the hell do we go for leadership?

Don’t look to the Royals they put their miscreants on a pedal and even prepare them to take over as Head of the Anglican Church. This would be Prince Charles’ reward for a lifetime of double standards. Yes, I do feel strongly about this blessed culture of don’t do as I do do as I say. I think many more of my generation are seeing through all this hypocrisy.


This time last year Spain’s  King Felipe VI made his first appearance in the Galician capital of Santiago de Compostela as king with a speech loaded with messages on Friday. He
made the traditional offering to St James the Apostle at the city’s cathedral on
Galicia’s national day.

The core of his speech was addressed to those Spaniards who “have been
severely hit by unemployment” and “the lack of work opportunities for young
people.”   Felipe, who was accompanied by Queen Letizia, was also quick to
remember the victims of the Alvia train accident near Santiago that left 79
dead a year ago on Thursday. “I want that my first words remember, with a
profound sense of pain, the victims of the Angrois accident that last year filled
so many families with grief, moved the whole of Spain and cast a shadow over
this festival,” he said.

I like the fact that both the King and the Prime Minister keep relatively low profiles here in Spain. It has been roasting hot for many weeks and people suffer here in many ways. The obvious worry might appear to be the economy but I think we have huge worries with the forrest fires and with water shortages where the water is needed most. I used to talk with Sir Berks about the California similarities when I was broadcasting with Onda Cero. California has these problems and I was trying to tease out America’s answers to these common problems. Sadly, the management of this prestigious radio station seemingly didn’t have a management structure with the ability to look for comparative perspectives!


Calls for caution have once again been made to swimmers and bathers as the use of pools and beaches dramatically increases during the summer months. As tourists continue to flock into the area the authorities once again warn of the dangers, particularly to non or to weak swimmers, as well as to parents of young children, who might be especially at risk at this time.

In the province of Alicante alone twelve people lost their lives last year by drowning in the sea, in reservoirs and in private pools during the period March to July.  Indeed, according to data provided by Cicu and the Department of Health, there had been 53 deaths from drowning in the last two years.

Do Not Drink and drive 

Motorists caught in Spain driving under the influence will be slapped with 1,000-euro fines, twice as much as the previous sanction.

This day in 2012 the cabinet approved the hike, which was part of the new Traffic and Road Safety Law drafted by the Popular Party government. The changes do not affect the maximum blood alcohol content limit, which continues to be 0.25 mg /l (or 0.15 mg/l for newly licensed drivers). Motorists whose breath test results show more than 0.60 mg/l face prison terms of three to six months or up to three months of community work; they will also lose their driving permits for one to four years. Between 0.50mg/l and 0.60mg/l, drivers will have six points taken from their licenses.

The traffic safety reform also makes bike helmets mandatory for minors riding inside and outside urban centers. Cyclist associations had opposed the initial suggestion of making head protection mandatory for all age groups inside cities.  SpanishVida


World Events  28th July

1540 – King Henry VIII’s chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, was executed. The same day, Henry married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.He made the rules up as he went along

1794 – Maximilien Robespierre was sent to the guillotine. He was a leading figure in the French Revolution. Sacre Bleu

1821 – Peru declared its independence from Spain. Adios amigos

1865 – The American Dental Association proposed its first code of ethics. Something to get their teeth into

1914 – World War I officially began when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Yes but it was Pronzip’s fault and he was a Serbian

1945 – A U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York City’s Empire State Building. 14 people were killed and 26 were injured. Was this deliberate?

1965 – U.S. President Johnson announced he was increasing the number of American troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000. That was a huge number

1976 – An earthquake northern China, killed at least 242,000 people. Dreadful event and the UK had a drought in this year

1982 – San Francisco, CA, became the first city in the U.S. to ban handguns.  Good

1998 – Serbian military forces seized the Kosovo town of Malisevo. This has been going on for donkey’s years

1998 – Monica Lewinsky received blanket immunity from prosecution to testify before a grand jury about her relationship with U.S. President Clinton I wonder why?

2006 – Researchers announced that two ancient reptiles had been found off Australia. The Umoonasaurus and Opallionectes were the first of their kind to be found in the period soon after the Jurassic era. How does this help us?


The Day’s Music Events 28th July

1954, The first press interview with 19-year-old Elvis Presley was published in the ‘Memphis Press- Scimitar’.  I’ll bet there wasn’t the interest shown that would eventually follow
1956, Gene Vincent made his first appearance on national TV in the US on The Perry Como Show. Vincent had released ‘Woman Love’ the previous month, but it was the B-side, ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula,’ that eventually made the top 10. The song had been purchased from a fellow hospital patient when Vincent was recovering from leg injuries. A demo of the song made its way to Capitol Records as part of an Elvis sound-alike contest and a re-recorded version gave Vincent a hit.I still sing the song-love it!

1960, Cliff Richard and the Shadows were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Please Don’t Tease’, the singers third UK No.1. The song was chosen for release by a poll of Cliff’s fans.Great song gives me lots of memories-Cliff at his best

1964, On their second visit to Sweden, The Beatles played two shows at an ice hockey arena, the Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm. During the first show, both Paul McCartney and John Lennon received mild electrical shocks from ungrounded microphones. Supporting acts included The Kays, The Moonlighters, and The Streaplers.Shocking story!

1966, James Brown appeared at The Apollo Theatre in New York City.My musical hero
1966, Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards song ‘Out Of Time’.Great song. Those Rolling Stones wrote some great songs

1969, Police in Moscow reported that thousands of public phone booths had been vandalised after thieves were stealing parts of the phones to convert their acoustic guitars to electric. A feature in a Russian youth magazine had shown details on how to do this.This is the danger of communications

1973, Chicago went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Chicago IV’, the group’s second US No.1.

1979, ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ gave The Boomtown Rats their second UK No.1 single. Bob Geldof wrote the song after reading a report on the shooting spree of 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer, who fired at children playing in a school playground across the street from her home in San Diego, California. She killed two adults and injured eight children and one police officer. Spencer showed no remorse for her crime, and her full explanation for her actions was “I don’t like Mondays, this livens up the day.”  Isn’t it weird that this is so near the date that we had this terrible event recently in Norway?
1982, Queen played the second of two nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City.  1990, Elton John started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Sleeping With The Past’, his fifth No.1 album.

1991, Almost 100 arrests were made after an estimated 2,000 Youths rioted after a MC Hammer concert in Penticon, Canada.You can’t touch this?

1996, Marge Ganser from The Shangri-Las died of breast cancer. The group scored over ten hits during the 60′s including the 1964 US No.1 ‘Leader Of The Pack.’ Very sombre hit song

2000, Five and Queen were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘We Will Rock You’, the classic Queen song was only a B-side in 1977 and this new version featured boy band Five and Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.Good way to grab a younger audience

2003, The wine Sir Cliff Richard made from his Algarve estate started a UK supermarket battle. Fans were asking all the stores when the wine would go on sale with the Tesco chain saying they would be the first, but the Waitrose shops had been selling the £8.49 a bottle red for the last week. Days of wine and Waitroses?

2004, American soul singer George Williams from The Tymes died of cancer. Had the 1963 US million seller ‘So Much in Love’ and the 1975 UK No.1 single ‘Ms Grace’.This was released on the changed RCA label in UK

2008, Amy Winehouse was rushed to hospital after she started to have fits at her home in Camden North London. A spokesman said it appeared the singer had suffered a reaction to medication she was taking to help her off hard drugs.  This was the signal that she needed the help that was necessary for survival. She lasted just 3 short years and died on 23rd July 2011

CIMG7335Birthday Boys and Girls

1935, Simon Dee (Cyril Nicholas Henty-Dodd), British TV and radio presenter, hosted a twice-weekly chat show ‘Dee Time’ during the 1960’s, with musical guests including Jimi Hendrix and Lulu.

1938, George Cummings, steel guitar, Dr Hook, (1972 US No.5 & UK No.2 single ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ plus 9 other US Top 40 hits).

1945, Rick Wright, keyboards, vocals, Pink Floyd, (1973 US No.1 & UK No.2 album ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’, spent a record breaking 741 weeks on the US chart. 1979 UK and US No.1 single ‘Another Brick In The Wall, (part 2)’. Pink Floyd have sold over 200 million albums worldwide). Wright died on 15th Sept 2008 aged 65 from cancer. Wright appeared on the group’s first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, in 1967 alongside Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and Nick Mason.
1949, Peter Doyle, singer, The New Seekers, (1972 UK No.1 & US No.7 single ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing’). Doyle died on 13th October 2001.

1949, Simon Kirke, drums, Free, (1971 UK No.2 & US No.4 single ‘All Right Now’). Bad Company (1974 UK No.15 single ‘Can’t Get Enough’).
1949,Steve Took, percussion, T Rex, 1971 UK No.1 single ‘Hot Love’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles’). Took died on 27th October 1980.

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Monday 27th July 2015 ’Dream a Little Dream of Me


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 the link.  1968, Cass Elliot released her first solo single following the break up of The Mamas and Papas. ’Dream a Little Dream of Me’ had been around since 1931 and had been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine and many others.

The weather was very overcast yesterday morning with lots of clouds on the mountains. This tends to give me lots of internet interruptions and it is easy to see how our lives have become intertwined with internet activity. I love using the technology and I have to force myself to get away from the computer and get my exercises done and practice my guitar etc. It is so engaging working with other people in different countries and I seriously enjoy helping to promote and share great new ideas. For example, my friend Don Woods sent me a link to a new video he’s put up on You Tube. I think it is really good. Here’s the link.

Our son Richard is staying with us for a few days and he is inspiring me to look at my website objectively. I started all this technology stuff without ever having any lessons and the trouble is that over the years the technology software has been improving regularly and this has tended to leave my early work behind. The website is massive and I have podcasts coming out of my ears and I do need to look at a lot of the pages once again.Yahoo has not always been state of the art!

I also needed to remind myself yesterday that Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest. I really think it is important to have Sunday as a special day and I am going to try and make Sundays a little more special. I’m a lot of the problem as I have started going to the Saturday evening mass so I can have a leisurely morning.I know the cat will be oblivious to any changes I make and I know we have about another five weeks of this intense heat to endure before life returns to normality.


Just thinking….

Politicians come and go but the problems linger on. If teachers are not allowed to punish unruly children in a meaningful punishment and their parents also pitch in to undermine the teachers do n0t be surprised at the outcome.  Also, look at the television intelligently. When you have TV series like Waterloo Road where the students are acting like criminals and the staff are depicted as being drunkards and idiots there you have a major ingredient for our problems. Finally, children aged five to 11 were already more likely to assault adults than secondary school pupils. It’s all about educating children to not expect to get their own way all the time.

Be Aware-Keep away from Feral Cats

A woman walking her dog in one of France’s most attractive tourist areas was the victim, last year,  of a ‘nightmare’ attack when a pack of six feral cats dragged her to the ground and mauled her severing an artery.

The 31-year-old victim, who was walking at the edge of a wood in Belfort, in the north-eastern region Franche-Comté, was left traumatised by the attack and suffered bites to her arms and legs along with a gashed artery.  Her dog was also badly hurt in the incident.


World Events  27th July

1214 – At the Battle of Bouvines in France, Philip Augustus of France defeated John of England. John was having an off day

1663 – The British Parliament passed a second Navigation Act, which required all goods bound for the colonies be sent in British ships from British ports. Fair enough

1689 – Government forces defeated the Scottish Jacobites at the Battle of Killiecrankie.They had no bagpipes

1694 – The Bank of England received a royal charter as a commercial institution. A licence to print money

1777 – The marquis of Lafayette arrived in New England to help the rebellious American colonists fight the British. We get on so well with the French

1778 – The British and French fleets fought to a standoff in the first Battle of Ushant.Something to pass the time

1866 – Cyrus Field successfully completed the Atlantic Cable. It was an underwater telegraph from North America to Europe. Wasn’t that the one that came ashore at Porthcurno in Cornwall

1909 – Orville Wright set a record for the longest airplane flight. He was testing the first Army airplane and kept it in the air for 1 hour 12 minutes and 40 seconds. Exciting times…great ventriloquist dummy!

1914 – British troops invaded the streets of Dublin, Ireland, and began to disarm Irish rebels. Great, eh?

1918 – The Socony 200 was launched. It was the first concrete barge and was used to carry oil.Interesting

1921 – Canadian biochemist Frederick Banting and associates announced the discovery of the hormone insulin. Now that was a bit special!

1953 – The armistice agreement that ended the Korean War was signed at Panmunjon, Korea. Good news!

1955 – The Allied occupation of Austria ended.Good

1965 – In the U.S., the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act was signed into law. The law required health warnings on all cigarette packages. Good step in the right direction.

1967 – U.S. President Johnson appointed the Kerner Commission to assess the causes of the violence in the wake of urban rioting. UK usually got the American problems 10 years later….riots 1981?

1996 – At the Atlanta Olympics a pipe bomb exploded at the public Centennial Olympic Park. One person was killed and more than 100 were injured. I don’t remember this

1998 – Robert Vaughn received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Was it not his uncle?

1999 – The U.S. space shuttle Discovery completed a five-day mission commanded by Air Force Col. Eileen Collins. It was the first shuttle mission to be commanded by a woman.Well done!

2003 – It was reported by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corp.) that there was no monster in Loch Ness. The investigation used 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology to trawl the loch. Reports of sightings of the “Loch Ness Monster” began in the 6th century. Nessie was hiding and she’ll be back

2006 – Intel Corp introduced its Core 2 Duo microprocessors Clever stuff


The Day’s Music Events 27th July

1958, Fans of rock & roll music were warned that tuning into music on the car radio could cost you more money. Why wouldn’t they want more petrol bought?

1963, During a UK tour The Beatles played the last night of a six night run at The Odeon Cinema, Weston-super-Mare. The Beatles spent the day with photographer Dezo Hoffman.
1966, The Who appeared at the Flamingo Ballroom, Redruth, England. I wasn’t living there at the time

1968, Bee Gee Robin Gibb collapsed, as the group were about to set out on their first US tour. The singer was suffering from nervous exhaustion. The Bee Gees have a great work ethic

1968, Cass Elliot released her first solo single following the break up of The Mamas and Papas. ’Dream a Little Dream of Me’ had been around since 1931 and had been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine and many others. It peaked at No. 12 on the US chart, and No.11 in the UK.

1974, John Denver started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Annie’s Song’, the singers second US No.1. The song was a tribute to his wife and was written in 10 minutes while he was on a ski lift.I was working for a guy whose passion was country music and he loved Annie’s song

1974, Wings started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Band On The Run’, featuring the title-track, ‘Jet’ and the US hit ‘Helen Wheels’. The album sold over 6 million copies world-wide Paul MaCartney has had a blistering career

1976, After a four-year legal fight, John Lennon was awarded his Green card, allowing him permanent residence in the US. This was a very important time for John

1976, Tina Turner filed for divorce from her husband Ike, ending their violent 16-year marriage and successful musical partnership.This was the subject of a very interesting film

1985, Paul Young went to No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of the Daryl Hall song ‘Every Time You Go Away’. This is a very good song and he was a very good performer
1985, The Eurythmics were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)’, the duo’s only UK No.1 single. The song featured a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder. There’s a nice video on YouTube with a great acoustic  guitar solo

1986, Queen became the first western act since Louis Armstrong in 1964 to perform in Easton Europe when they played at Budapest’s Nepstadion, Hungary, the gig was filmed and released as ‘Queen Magic in Budapest’. I doubt if the Hungarians knew what had hit them

1991, Bryan Adams started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It For You’. He was like a different kind of Rod Stewart voice
1992, Michael Jackson sued the British paper The Daily Mirror over photos and an article that said he was left a “scar face” from numerous plastic surgeries. The suit was later settled out of court.Thriller?

1996, The Spice Girls scored their first No.1 UK single with ‘Wannabe’. Seven weeks at No.1 the song won Best British-Written Single at the 1997 Ivor Novello Awards and Best Single at the 1997 Brit Awards. The Girl Power song became the best-selling single by a female group selling over six million copies worldwide. Does the word quality come into this?

2002, Mariah Carey checked herself into an undisclosed hospital suffering from “extreme exhaustion.” The singer cancelled all public appearances, including her headlining appearance at MTV’s 20th birthday party. I found a YouTube video of her singing I will always love you-fantastic!


Birthday Boys and Girls

1933,  Nick Reynolds, The Kingston Trio, (1958 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘Tom Dooley’ plus nine other US Top 40 hits).

1944,  Bobbie Gentry, US singer, songwriter, (1967 US No.1 single ‘Ode To Billie Joe’, 1969 UK No.1 single ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’).
1949,  Maureen McGovern, singer, (1973 US No.1 single ‘The Morning After’).

1949,  Rory MacDonald, bass, vocals, Runrig, (1995 UK No.18 single ‘An Ubhal As Airde, The Highest Apple’).

1950, Michael Vaughn, guitar, Paper Lace, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Billy Don’t Be A Hero’, 1974 US No.1 single ‘The Night Chicago Died’).

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Sunday 26th July 2015 ‘I Remember You’.


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 the link. 1962, Frank Ifield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Remember You’. The singers first of four UK No.1′s

The weather was roasting hot again and I was up early odcasting with Don Woods and then investigating the American charts of 1964. I am really enjoying the music because every now and then I uncover a little beauty that everyone seems to have overlooked.


Saturday was my Day for making the podcast with Don Woods. Don chooses our topics and here is the content for this week….

WE ARE THE ROVERS !!!!….this is a song I wrote for Tranmere Rovers round about 1979……The idea was to get the players into a studio and record the ones who could sing….sadly none of them could so this version (which was the original demo) was used.

It was played every week at the home games and on the coaches for away games…..years later I was warbling away in a local restaurant where I was resident and a crowd came in and recognised me…they were Rovers supporters and got me to sing this….I just about remembered it….such is fame.

2.You gotta laugh at some sad folk….I was watching the Open Golf and during the playoff  they had a shot of one of the wives  to which Peter Allis commented…”If he sinks this she’ll get a new kitchen”…WHO !! you can’t say that…there was a sunami of feminists complaining….Allis should know that it’s O.K. for women to skit at blokes and make sexist remarks BUT NOT THE OTHER WAY ROUND!!!…shame on him…I do think it’s about time these women got over themselves…but there you are.

Also on a more sombre note a young girl threw herself in front of a train in London and an onlooker was interviewed and said how disgusted he was with the attitude of so many people…complaining that they would be late for work…which just about sums up the majority of the population.

  .I am in demand at the moment…there are two record companies who want to release my Adrian Street classics on vinyl….one is in this country and another in the States…all very nice but I’ve heard it all before…just get on with it guys and send me the money,,,,,so watch this space….has the world finally caught up with us?

Seagulls are now in the firing line….they are spoiling people’s holidays in Truro…they dive bomb and pinch their pasties…boo hoo….a cull has been suggested…what a load of wimps we are becoming.

The seagull is a magnificent creature…the perfect flying machine and my favourite bird….they are only nasty when they think their chicks are threatened….it’s not too difficult to keep your pastie covered up…or maybe it is for some of the neaderthals wandering around……if you hold a piece of bread up over your head they will take it without touching your fingers…they are wonderful….so leave ‘em alone.

There is a new programme on TV about look-alikes…I must say it was very funny….it’s about a lookalike agency run by a Ricky Gervais lookalike….there’s Joanna Lumley,Will Smith.Mr.Bean’David Beckham and a few more …good stuff for a change….let’s hope the standard is kept up for future episodes.



I am always seeking the slightest signs of an end to this recession. China is now beginning to feel the pinch. After selling the world short with underpriced or cheap goods maybe there is a little bit of a balance returning. Maybe all our items in the Todo shops in Spain will be replaced by cheap items from the EU?  Meanwhile, the Russians are slowing their march into Spain often buying property left by Brits returning to the UK and Germans returning to their homeland. There are also lots of houses that have never been occupied to be bought. You can even have citizenship thrown in for free if you’ve got 500, 000 euro to spend. Don’t be too surprised when Spain suddenly realises it has admitted drug barons and prostitute  traffickers.


My friend Tommy  Rawcliffe sent me the folowing
They’re Back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for the church ladies with typewriters. These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced at church services:
-Scouts  are saving aluminium cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
The Fasting Prayer Conference includes meals
The sermon this morning: ‘Jesus Walks on the Water.’The sermon tonight:’Searching for Jesus.’
Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.Don’t let worry kill you off – let the Church help.

Miss Charlene Mason sang ‘I will not pass this way again,’ giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
Next Thursday there will be try-outs for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be ‘What Is Hell?’ Come early and listen to our choir practice.
Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered..
The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
Pot-luck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM – prayer and medication to follow.
The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM . Please use the back door.
The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM … The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
And this one just about sums them all up
The Associate Minister unveiled the church’s new campaign slogan last Sunday:
‘I Upped My Pledge – Up Yours.’


World Events  26th July

1881 – Thomas Edison and Patrick Kenny execute a patent application for a facsimile telegraph (U.S. Pat. 479,184). Was it in duplicate? 1

908 – U.S. Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte issued an order that created an investigative agency that was a forerunner of the FBI.  Very worthwhile

1945 – Winston Churchill resigned as Britain’s prime minister. He was a great leader

1948 – U.S. President Truman signed executive orders that prohibited discrimination in the U.S. armed forces and federal employment. It was needed

1952 – King Farouk I of Egypt abdicated in the wake of a coup led by Gamal Abdel Nasser.  He became President

1953 – Fidel Castro began his revolt against Fulgencio Batista with an unsuccessful attack on an army barracks in eastern Cuba. Castro eventually ousted Batista six years later. He’s had a very good innings

1956 – Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal.  Petrol prices up?

1971 – Apollo 15 was launched from Cape Kennedy, FL. Wonderful

1999 – 1,500 pieces of Marilyn Monroe’s personal items went on display at Christie’s in New York, NY. The items went on sale later in 1999.  She is still an icon



The Day’s Music Events 26th July

1962, Frank Ifield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Remember You’. The singers first of four UK No.1′s.There’s a wonderful podcast with me on my site

1964, The Who appeared at the White Hart Hotel, Acton, London, England.

1968, The Jackson Five signed a one-year contract with Motown Records. Great

1969, Brian Jones was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents, (2/6). He was an interesting guy

1974, The Allman Brothers appeared at Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts with The Eagles as the support band. They would soon spread their wings

1975, The Eagles started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘One Of These Nights’. Great Band

1975, Van McCoy and the Soul City went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Hustle’, his only US chart hit, it made No.3 in the UK. McCoy died on 6th July 1979. I love this track

1977, Elvis Costello was arrested as he performed outside a CBS Records sales conference at The London Hilton Hotel and was fined £5. Why?

1977, Led Zeppelin cut short their 11th North American tour after Robert Plant’s five-year-old-son Karac died unexpectedly of a virus at their home in England, UK.Tragic

1980, US disco group Odyssey were at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘Use It Up And Wear It Out’, their only UK No.1.Good track

1980, Rainbow, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Saxon, April Wine and Riot all appeared at the Monsters Of Rock festival, Donington Park, England, tickets £7.50.  I’ll bet there were a few Harleys about that night 1986, Peter Gabriel went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sledgehammer’, a No.4 hit in the UK.Great track .

1992, American singer and Motown artist, Mary Wells, referred to as The First Lady of Motown and who had a 1964 US No. 1 and UK No. 5 single ‘My Guy’, dies aged 49 of laryngeal cancer. Forced to give up her career and with no health insurance, forced to sell her home, Wells’ old Motown friends including Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, The Temptations and Martha Reeves, along with Dionne Warwick, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt, personally pledged donations in support.This was a great show of support and solidarity
1997, It was reported that eight people who had attended this years Glastonbury Festival had been admitted to hospital after contracting the E-Coll bug which had claimed the lives of 22 people in Scotland earlier in the year.How quickly did they recover?

2000, Oasis were booed offstage during a show at the Paleo Festival in Switzerland after singer Liam Gallagher had insulted the 35,000 strong audience.  You can’t abuse your fans for very long

2001, Sir Paul McCartney announced his engagement to Heather Mills, the anti-landmine campaigner and former model. The couple split-up in 2006. It was romantic at the time

2001, Catatonia singer Cerys Matthews was admitted to a rehabiliation centre, after collapsing with exhaustion. Her record company said the Welsh singer was “receiving treatment for exhaustion and a recurrent asthma complaint – both of which have been exacerbated by drinking and smoking”.  A case of being your own worst enemy

2006, The guitar on which Sir Paul McCartney learned his first chords sold for £330,000 at an auction at London’s Abbey Road Studios. The Rex acoustic guitar helped McCartney persuade John Lennon to let him join his band, The Quarrymen, in 1957.  What a magical memory

2006, The final edition of Top of the Pops was recorded at BBC Television Centre in London. Just under 200 members of the public were in the audience for the show which was co-hosted by veteran disc jockey Sir Jimmy Savile, its very first presenter. Classic performances from the Spice Girls, Wham, Madonna, Beyonce Knowles and Robbie Williams featured in the show alongside the Rolling Stones – who were the very first band to appear on Top o f the Pops on New Year’s Day in 1964. This show just needed a bit of imagination-like a regular Golden Oldies spot

2006, Jeffrey Borer and Arvel Jett Reeves pleaded guilty to secretly videotaping Michael Jackson as he flew to Santa Barbara, California, to surrender in a child-molestation investigation. The two men admitted they installed two digital video recorders to record Jackson and his lawyer as the pair was traveling on a private jet from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara in November 2003. The whole thing was sordid

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1941,  Bobby Hebb, US singer, (1966 US No.2 and UK No.12 single ‘Sunny’). 1941, Neil Landon, The Flowerpot Men, (1967 UK No.4 single ‘Let’s Go To San Francisco’), The Ivy League, (1965 UK No.3 single ‘Tossing and Turning’).

1941, Darlene Love, The Crystals, (1962 US No.1 single ‘He’s A Rebel’, 1963 UK No.2 single ‘Then He Kissed Me’).

1942,  Dobie Gray, US singer, (1965 US No.13 and UK No.25 single ‘The In Crowd’, 1973 US No.5 single ‘Drift Away’).

1943, Mick Jagger, vocals, The Rolling Stones, (1969 UK & US No.1 single ‘Honky Tonk Women’, and over 35 UK & US Top 40 singles and albums). Solo (1985 UK No.1 single with David Bowie ‘Dancing In The Street’).

1985 UK No. 6 solo album ‘She’s The Boss.’ 1949, Roger Taylor, drums, vocals, Queen, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ also UK No.1 in 1991, plus over 40 other UK Top 40 singles, 1980 US No.1 single ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’). Also a member of The Cross.

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Saturday 25th July 2015 (They Long To Be) Close To You


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 the link.  1970, The Carpenters started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(They Long To Be) Close To You’. The first of three US No.1′s and 17 other Top 40 hits. The song was written in 1963 by Hal David and Burt Bacharach and was first offered to Herb Alpert, who said he didn’t feel comfortable singing the line ‘so they sprinkled moon dust in your hair’.

I decided to crack on with my American music investigations and yesterday morning it was February 1964 and the Beatles were on the march. I certainly didn’t think much about the impact my home area was having on the world. Of course, we saw the newsreel and the DJs were talking about the Beatles but they were then becoming seen infrequently on Merseyside because of their travels. Gerry Marsden and The Remo Four were the bigger attractions. On the Wirral I particlarly liked the Undertakers, The Pathfinders, The Roadrunners, The Chords, Derry Wilkie and the Pressmen and many others who came to play at the Kraal in New Brighton. This was my local and we used to go at least once a week although there were other venues like the Kubik which seemed to be a hippy venue and later became a gambling club called the California where I started my Club DJ work. All this detail and much more is, of course, included in my book!

I felt the influence of California was very strong in America’s music around this time and I suppose the fact the state has Hollywood as an attraction and such wonderful beaches and great outdoor lifestyle must have been part of the mix. The Beachboys were strong but the Beatles were on the march and there must have been a giant marketing machine behind them. I’d love to have been a fly on the wall when just the four young men were alone and trying to come to terms with their success. It must have been a huge change for them to go and play in the bigger city venues away from the comfort zone afforded by the Cavern. It was also amazing to see their success coming through the songs they themselves had written. This was the major difference between others who had hit the headlines and big time. What a pair of musical wizrds were Lennon and McCartney. Although they did not write Twist and Shout which was a big hit in April 1964 in the States. The Beatles were dominating the charts. I wonder why nobody tested them for drugs? Currently, Chris Froome in the Tour de France is pretty dominant and is tested daily for drugs. Why does it not matter in music? I wonder how many artistes are ‘clean’ and free from such suspicion? Just a thought……


Japan – some interesting facts.

These practices set a high standard for young people

* Japanese children clean their schools every day for a quarter of an hour with teachers. This led to the emergence of a Japanese generation who are modest and keen on cleanliness.

* Any Japanese citizen who has a dog must carry special bags to pick up dog droppings. Hygiene and their eagerness to address cleanliness
is part of Japanese ethics.

* A hygiene worker in Japan is called “health engineer” and can command salary of USD 5000 to 8000 per month, and a cleaner is subjected to written and oral tests.

* Japan does not have any natural resources, and they are exposed to hundreds of earthquakes a year, but this has not prevented its becoming the second largest economy in the world.

* In just 10 years Hiroshima returned to what it was: economically vibrant before the fall of the atomic bomb.

* Japan prevents the use of mobile phones in trains, restaurants and in public places.

* For first to sixth primary year Japanese students must learn ethics in dealing with people.

* Even though one of the richest people in the world, the Japanese do not have servants.The parents are responsible for the house and children.

* There is no examination from the first to the third primary level because the goal of education is to instill concepts and character building.

* If you go to a buffet restaurant in Japan you will notice people only eat as much as they need without any waste because food must never be wasted.

* The rate of delayed trains in Japan is about 7 seconds per year.
The Japanese appreciate the value of time and are very punctual to minutes and seconds.

* Children in schools brush and clean their teeth after a meal at school, teaching them to maintain their health from an early age.

* Japanese students take half an hour to finish their meals to ensure proper digestion because these students are the future of Japan.

The Japanese focus on maintaining their own culture.  Therefore:

* No political leader or a prime minister from an Islamic nation has visited Japan not the Ayatollah of Iran, the King of Saudi Arabia or even a Saudi Prince.

* Japan is a country keeping Islam at bay by putting strict restrictions on Islam and ALL Muslims.

1) Japan is the only nation that does not give citizenship to Muslims.
2) In Japan, permanent residency is not given to Muslims..
3) There is a strong ban on the propagation of Islam in Japan.
4) In the University of Japan, Arabic or any Islamic language is not taught.
5) One cannot import a ‘Koran’ published in the Arabic language.
6) According to data published by the Japanese  government, it has given temporary residency to only two lakhs, Muslims, who must follow he Japanese Law of the Land. These  Muslims must speak Japanese and carry out their religious rituals only in their homes.
7) Japan is the only country in the world that has a negligible number of embassies in Islamic countries.
8) Muslims residing in Japan are the employees of foreign companies.
9) Even today, visas are not granted to Muslim doctors, engineers or managers sent by foreign companies.
10) In the majority of companies it is stated in their regulations that no Muslims should apply for a job.
11) The Japanese government is of the opinion that Muslims are fundamentalist, and even in the era of globalization they are not willing to change their Muslim laws.
12) Muslims cannot even rent a house in Japan.
13) If anyone comes to know that his neighbor is a Muslim then the whole neighborhood stays alert.
14) No one can start an Islamic cell or Arabic ‘Madrasa’ in Japan .
15) There is no Sharia law in Japan.
16) If a Japanese woman marries a Muslim, she is considered an outcast forever.
17) According to Mr. Kumiko Yagi, Professor of Arab/Islamic Studies at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, ” There is a mind frame in Japan that Islam is a very narrow-minded religion and one should stay away from it.”

The Japanese might have lost the war, but they are in total control of their own country.

There are no bombs going off in crowded business centers, “Honour Killings”, nor killing of innocent children or anyone else. 




World Events  25th July

0841 – Charles the Bald and Louis the German defeated Lothar at Fontenay. Were bald men as attractive to the ladies of the court?

1080 – At Brixen, a council of bishops declared Pope Gregory to be deposed and Archbishop Guibert as antipope Clement III. How daft does this sound? It was like children falling out.

1580 – The Book of Concord was first published. The book is a collection of doctrinal standards of the Lutheran Church. Another organisation….

1658 – Aurangzeb proclaimed himself emperor of the Moghuls in India. He was the only one who could pronounce his name!

1867 – Mexican Indians rioted as Jesuit priests were ordered home.Strange but true

1864 – Union troops surrounding Petersburg, VA, began building a mine tunnel underneath the Confederate lines.  Cunning swines

1867 – Lucien B. Smith patented the first barbed wire.  I used to rip my trousers on this stuff

1870 – In Spain, Queen Isabella abdicated in favor of Alfonso XII.  Muy bien

1876 – Lt. Col. Custer and the 210 men of U.S. 7th Cavalry were killed by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Big Horn in Montana. The event is known as “Custer’s Last Stand.”   The legend lives on

1917 – The first American fighting troops landed in France. Thank goodness

1920 – The Greeks took 8,000 Turkish prisoners in Smyrna.  That’s a lot of prisoners

1938 – Gaelic scholar Douglas Hyde was inaugurated as the first president of the Irish Republic.  Begorra

1941 – Finland declared war on the Soviet Union. That’s like a mouse declaring war on a tomcat!

1948 – The Soviet Union tightened its blockade of Berlin by intercepting river barges heading for the city.  Bullies

1950 – North Korea invaded South Korea initiating the Korean War.  Still festering

1959 – Eamon De Valera became president of Ireland at the age of 76. Good age wasn’t he?

1970 – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission handed down a ruling (35 FR 7732), making it illegal for radio stations to put telephone calls on the air without the permission of the person being called.  That should still be in force

1987 – Austrian President Kurt Waldheim visited Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. The meeting was controversial due to allegations that Waldheim had hidden his Nazi past. Things like this still need discussing

1991 – The last Soviet troops left Czechoslovakia 23 years after the Warsaw Pact invasion. Good

1993 – Kim Campbell took office as Canada’s first woman prime minister. She assumed power upon the resignation of Brian Mulroney. Canada just seems to go quietly about its work

1996 – Outside the Khobar Towers near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia a truck bomb exploded. The bomb killed 19 Americans and injured over 500 Saudis and Americans. Who on earth can feel good about such carnage?

1997 – The Russian space station Mir was hit by an unmanned cargo vessel. Much of the power supply was knocked out and the station’s Spektr module was severely damaged. Were any Mirkats injured?

1998 – Microsoft’s “Windows 98″ was released to the public. It seems years ago

1999 – Germany’s parliament approved a national Holocaust memorial to be built in Berlin. Good. This should never be forgotten.

2000 – A Florida judge approved a class-action lawsuit to be filed against American Online (AOL) on behalf of hourly subscribers who were forced to view “pop-up” advertisements.Very interesting. Pop-ups are really annoying.

The Day’s Music Events 25th July
1960, Roy Orbison reached No.2 on the US singles chart with ‘Only the Lonely,’ his first hit. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record the song himself.One of my favourite songs
1962, The Beatles played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool at lunchtime; at night they performed again at the Cavern Club, and then they appeared at the Cabaret Club, Liverpool. The Cabaret Club booking is Brian Epstein’s attempt to get The Beatles into the cabaret circuit, but it is a miserable failure with no response from the audience.I might have been at the lunchtime gig1963, Cilla Black made a recording test for EMI Records after George Martin had spotted her while at a Gerry And The Pacemakers gig in Liverpool.Did she chat him up?

1964, The Beatles third album ‘A Hard Days Night’ started a twenty-one week run at the top of the UK charts. It is a great album1965, Bob Dylan played a full ‘electric’ set at The Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island and was booed off stage.Why?1969, Neil Young appeared with Crosby, Stills and Nash for the first time when played at The Fillmore East in New York. Young was initially asked to help out with live material only, but ended up joining the group on and off for the next 30 years. A nice, loose arrangement

1970, The Carpenters started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(They Long To Be) Close To You’. The first of three US No.1′s and 17 other Top 40 hits. The song was written in 1963 by Hal David and Burt Bacharach and was first offered to Herb Alpert, who said he didn’t feel comfortable singing the line ‘so they sprinkled moon dust in your hair’.I wonder why that line would cause such problems

1971, T Rex were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Get It On’, the group’s second UK No.1 which spent four weeks at the top of the charts. In the US it was retitled Bang A Gong, (Get It On). Good track

1984, Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton died at the age of 58 died in Los Angeles of heart and liver complications. She had a No.1 R&B hit in 1953 with ‘Hound Dog’ (later covered by Elvis Presley). She also wrote and recorded ‘Ball ‘n’ Chain,’ which Janis Joplin recorded.A great name
1987, Madonna had her fifth UK No.1 single with the title track from her 1987 film ‘Who’s That Girl’. Also a US No.1 hit.A good disco track1992, Neil Diamond started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his ‘Greatest Hits 1966-1992.‘A very popular man

1995, Grammy Award winning country singer, songwriter Charlie Rich died in his sleep aged 62 years old. Rich began as a Rockabilly artist for Sun Records in Memphis in 1958. He scored the 1974 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘The Most Beautiful Girl’ and ‘Behind Closed Doors’, was a No.1 country hit. Two excellent hit songs from a good singer

1995, R.E.M. with special guests Oasis appeared at The Alfred McAlpine stadium, Huddersfield, England. Good show

1998, Jamiroquai went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Deeper Under Ground’, their thirteenth hit and first UK No.1.Saw them in Cornwall
1998, Jane McDonald went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut album. The singer had been featured in a BBC documentary ‘Cruise’, and became the first singer to debut at No.1 without having a hit single.She looked good on the TV show

1999, This years Woodstock Festival ended with riots resulting in 120 people being arrested. Three people died during the 3-day festival in separate incidents and many were hospitalised after drinking polluted water. Somewhat different to the original Woodstock2006, George Michael phoned the UK daytime TV Richard and Judy show to talk about the recent story when he was caught ‘cruising’ for sex and was photographed kissing and groping with a stranger.Great singer…weird lifestyle


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1925,  Bennie Benjamin session drummer, one of ‘The Funk Brothers’ played on many Tamla Motown hits including, The Four Tops, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Stevie Wonder. Film ‘Standing In The Shadows Of Motown’ released in 2003. Died 20th April 1969.

1941,  Manuel Charlton, Nazareth, (1973 UK No.9 single ‘Broken Down Angel’, 1976 US No.8 single, ‘Love Hurts’).

1942,  Bruce Woodley, vocals, The Seekers, (1965 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’). 1943, Jim McCarty, drums, The Yardbirds, (1965 UK No.3 & US No.6 single ‘For Your Love’).

1944, Tom Dawes, Cyrkle, (1966 US No.2 single ‘Red Rubber Ball’), signed by Brian Epstein and supported The Beatles on their 1966 US tour. 1946,  Jose Chepito Areas, percussionist, Santana, (1970 US No.4 single ‘Black Magic Woman’, 1977 UK No.11 single ‘She’s Not There’).

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Friday 24th July 2015 Think!


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 the link. 1967, The Beatles meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, whose lecture on Transcendental Meditation (TM) they had gone to hear at the Hilton Hotel in London. TM involved the silent repetition of a word or sound to produce a state of mind that reduces stress, calms the mind, and energizes both mind and body. The Maharishi invited The Beatles to travel with him to Bangor, in North Wales, to attend more lectures. They accepted his invitation

I was up bright and early yesterday as the sun was roasting hot. I had a podcast to make with Harry Prytherch who was the drummer with the Remo Four. This group was the group The Shadows came to watch at the Cavern. They were voted as one of the top Merseybeat groups and Harry is great to chat with. When I’d finished this podcast I had more of the Amwerican hits to listen to in my series on the American influences on the UK charts.

The Americans gave us so many great songs that it comes as a shock to the system when you hear something really naff. I’m listening to the Beach Boys singing about being true to your school. I don’t think this would have worked in the UK. I am also adding a few meiocre  tracks to show there’s always been dross everywhere! I must quickly add that I am enjoying the majority of the music and I’m finding it interesting

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A young couple moved into a new neighbourhood. The next morning while they were eating breakfast, the young woman saw her neighbour hanging the wash outside.

“That laundry is not very clean,” she said. “She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”

Her husband looked on, but remained silent.  Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.

About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband, “Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?”

The husband said, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”



(Taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds)

Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their own. They like other people’s.

A grandfather is a man, & a grandmother is a lady!

Grandparents don’t have to do anything except be there when we come to see them. They are so old they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.

When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.
They show us and talk to us about the colors of the flowers and also why we shouldn’t step on ‘cracks.’

They don’t say, ‘Hurry up.’

Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.

They wear glasses and funny underwear.

They can take their teeth and gums out.
Grandparents don’t have to be smart.

They have to answer questions like ‘Why isn’t God married?’ and ‘How come dogs chase cats?’

When they read to us, they don’t skip. They don’t mind if we ask for the same story over again.

Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don’t have television because they are the only grownups who like to spend time with us..
They know we should have snack time before bed time, and they say prayers with us and kiss us even when we’ve acted bad.


It’s funny when they bend over; you hear gas leaks, and they blame their dog.

The Day’s Events 24th July


1847 – Mormon leader Brigham Young and his followers arrived in the valley of the Great Salt Lake in present-day Utah.  They still manage to knock on my door in their smart suits

1923 – The Treaty of Lausanne, which settled the boundaries of modern Turkey, was concluded in Switzerland. Good

1948 – Soviet occupation forces in Germany blockaded West Berlin. The U.S.-British airlift began the following day. So did the Cold War

1956 – Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis ended their team. They ended the partnership a decade after it began on July 25, 1946. A great duo

1969 – The Apollo 11 astronauts splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean. Phew!

1974 – The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor.Intrigue

1987 – Hulda Crooks, at 91 years of age, climbed Mt. Fuji. Hulda became the oldest person to climb Japan’s highest peak. Amazing

Music Events 24th July

1964, A riot broke out during a Rolling Stones gig at The Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, Lancashire, after Keith Richards aims a kick at a yob who was spitting at the group. Two policemen and 30 fans were injured and the damage is estimated at over £4,000. It is very difficult not to empathise with Keith Richards. Spitting is offensive

1965, The Byrds were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Bob Dylan song ‘Mr Tambourine Man’. The first Bob Dylan song to reach No.1. I think I prefer the Byrds version
1967, All four Beatles and their manager Brian Epstein signed a petition printed in The Times newspaper calling for the legalisation of marijuana. Musicians aren’t the best to give advice in this area

1967, The Beatles meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, whose lecture on Transcendental Meditation (TM) they had gone to hear at the Hilton Hotel in London. TM involved the silent repetition of a word or sound to produce a state of mind that reduces stress, calms the mind, and energizes both mind and body. The Maharishi invited The Beatles to travel with him to Bangor, in North Wales, to attend more lectures. They accepted his invitation. Whether he was a conman or not it the Maharishi is an interesting part of the Beatles story. In the event of modern therapies did the Beatles miss an opportunity

1969, Paul McCartney recorded a demo of his new song ‘Come and Get It’ at Abbey Road studios in London. McCartney gave the song to The Iveys, (soon to become known as Badfinger). The song was later used as the theme for the movie The Magic Christian. The Beatles also recorded ‘Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard’ for their forthcoming Abbey Road album. I liked Badfinger and we were all very interested in all the Beatle related developments
1971, Paul Revere and the Raiders went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Indian Reservation’. Was it better than Don Fardon?

1972, Bobby Ramirez drummer with Edger Winters White Trash was killed after becoming involved in a brawl in a Chicago bar. The fight started after comments were made about the length of his hair.What an awful waste of a life

1974, George McCrae was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rock Your Baby’. Written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC and the Sunshine Band. Regarded by some as the first Disco No.1.What happened to Gwen McCrae?

1976, Status Quo, The Strawbs, Hawkwind, Curved Air and Budgie all appeared at Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales.  Good show

1976, The Beach Boys ’20 Golden Greats’ album started a ten-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. I bought it
1976, The Manhattans started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Kiss And Say Goodbye’, the group’s only US No.1, it made No.4 in the UK.Very nice track

1976, Elton John scored his first UK number 1 single with ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ a duet with Kiki Dee. It was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin under the pseudonym “Ann Orson” and “Carte Blanche” and was Elton’s first UK No.1 after 16 Top 40 hits. John had met Dee when she was working as a backing singer. John would later re-record the song with RuPaul for his 1993 ‘Duets’ album. Great track

1977, Donna Summer was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Giorgio Moroder produced ‘I Feel Love’. The disco diva’s only UK chart topper.I love most of her music.
1978, The Robert Stigwood film ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, was released, featuring The Bee Gees and Peter Frampton.Did it do anything?
1980, Peter Sellers, actor, singer, died of a heart attack. (1956 UK No.9 single ‘Ying Tong Song’ with The Goons, 1960 UK No.4 single ‘Goodness Gracious Me’, with Sophia Loren, 1965 UK No.14 single ‘A Hard Day’s Night’).He was also an accomplished mimic and is acknowledged as presenting the first impression of Michael Caine. Not a lot of people know that!

1982, Survivor started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Eye Of The Tiger’, taken from the film ‘Rocky III’. Also No.1 in the UK. Survivor won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance for the song.I love this song and I admit I am a Rocky Bilboa fan

1984, The Rev. C.L. Franklin died, (father of soul singer Aretha Franklin). Franklin who was an American Baptist minister as well as a Civil Rights activist had been in a coma since 1979 after being shot by burglars at his home in Detroit.This must have influenced Aretha’s career

1993, U2 started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Zooropa’ the Irish bands fourth US No.1.Great sounds
1993, UB40 started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love. Elvis Presley had the first hit with the song, in 1961. Nice contrast from the original version

1997, Police gave Oasis singer Liam Gallagher a formal caution after he admitted criminal damage following an incident with a cyclist in Camden, north London. Gallagher had grabbed the rider from the window of his chauffeur driven car and broken the man’s Ray-Bans sunglasses. Ridiculous yobbish unnecessary behaviour

1999, Phil Collins married for the third time. The 48-year-old drummer wed marketing consultant Orianne Cevey in Lausanne, Switzerland. Guests at the wedding included Elton John, Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler.One more night?

2000, Ronan Keating was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Life Is A Rollercoaster’, the Irish singers 2nd UK No.1.Nice man who recently completed a wonderful fund-raising walk

2002, A garden centre was sued over claims it killed a collection of the late singer Freddie Mercury’s prized koi fish. Mercury’s former partner, Mary Austin who inherited the Japanese koi collection claimed 84 fish died when the electricity powering a temporary pond was accidentally turned off by a worker from Clifton Nurseries, of Maida Vale, West London. At the time of Mercury’s death he had amassed one of the best collections of the fish in the UK. One koi can be worth £250,000.This whole story sounded a bit fishy to me

2007, Beyonce tripped down twelve stairs while performing “Ring the Alarm” on tour in Orlando, Florida. Video from the night of the concert captured her stepping on her trench coat and then tumbling head-first down twelve steps at the Amway Arena appeared within hours on YouTube.  You can’t do anything without a video going on YouTube

2008, Pete Doherty pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage after smashing a photographer’s camera. The 29-year-old lost his temper with news agency employee Catherine Mead when she followed him around Crewkerne, Somerset, in August 2007. Yeovil Magistrates’ Court heard how he grabbed the camera and broke the lens, he was ordered to pay £918.27 in compensation to Ms Mead. I don’t like Doherty but I can see why he did what he did. The press are too pushy

Born on this day

1941, Barbara Love, The Friends Of Distinction, (1969 US No.3 single ‘Grazing In The Grass’).

1942,  Heinz Burt, bass, The Tornadoes, (1962 UK & US No.1 single ‘Telstar’). The first major hit from a UK act on the American chart. He died on 7th April 2000.
1944, Jim Armstrong, Them, (1965 UK No.2 & US No.24 single ‘Here Comes The Night’).

1947,  Alan Whitehead, drummer, Marmalade, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da’, 1970 US No.10 single, ‘Reflections Of My Life’).
1970, Jennifer Lopez, singer, actress, (2001 UK No.1 single ‘Love Don’t Cost A Thing’, 2001 US No.1 single ‘I’m Real’).

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Thursday 23rd July 2015 ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat, (That’s My Home).


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 the link. 2010, Surgical instruments allegedly used to conduct Elvis Presley’s autopsy were removed from an upcoming auction amid doubts about their authenticity. Forceps, needle injectors, rubber gloves and a toe tag were among the items that were expected to fetch about $14,000 at Chicago, Illinois’ Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. The so-called “memorabilia” was supposedly kept by a senior embalmer at the Memphis Funeral Home where the singer’s body was stored prior to his funeral, but the claims were questioned after another employee revealed that the equipment was fake

Once again the weather was nice and I decided to have a really long swim to start the day. I am working on integrating various exercises whilst swimming. This incorporates breath control and various eye exercises that fight mascular degeneration.  All interesting variations on what can sometimes be a boring exercise theme.

I’m also researching the music in samples of the American charts to see what influences can be spotted and what time changes came. There were many songs in the Top 10 which didn’t crossover and become UK hits in previous years but by August 1963 it was looking like an identical chart although the soul hits didn’t garner the same prominence in the UK.

It is very interesting to review these charts because I applied for funding for a Master’s Degree through Exeter University. I wanted to see whether the music that was played on the radio stations might have influenced behaviour in the Toxteth and Brixton riots in the 80s.  I am also finding lots of other interesting facts whilst playing the music. There was a ‘girl power’ surge in the American charts in 1963 but nobody jumped on it. We also had a Kenny Everrett jingle at Radio  Clatterbridge based on Surfer Girl by the Beach Boys. I now realise just how progressive Kenny Everrett and other DJs have been. Incidentally, I didn’t get the funding yet there is now a degree in Coronation Street studies!  I’m really enjoying making this new series of podcasts and here’s the link.

Later in the day I studied a bit of Spanish and then watched some great old TV shows including Rising Damp and other great comedy classics. I also enjoyed Wild at Heart.


The best lawyer story of all time
The United Way realized that it had never received a donation from the city’s most successful lawyer. So a United Way volunteer paid the lawyer a visit in his lavish office.

The volunteer opened the meeting by saying, “Our research shows that even though your annual income is over two million dollars, you don’t give a penny to charity. Wouldn’t you like to give something back to your community through the United Way?”

The lawyer thinks for a minute and says, “First, did your research also show
you that my mother is dying after a long, painful illness and she has huge
medical bills that are far beyond her ability to pay?”

Embarrassed, the United Way rep mumbles, “Uh . . . no, I didn’t know that.”
“Secondly,” says the lawyer, “did it show that my brother, a disabled
veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair and is unable to support his
wife and six children?”

The stricken United Way rep begins to stammer an apology, but is cut off

“Thirdly, did your research also show you that my sister’s husband died in a
dreadful car accident, leaving her penniless with a mortgage and three children, one of whom is disabled and another who has learning disabilities requiring an array of private tutors?”

The humiliated United Way rep, completely beaten, says, “I’m so sorry, I had
no idea.”

And the lawyer says, “So .. . . if I didn’t give any money to them, what makes you think I’d give any to you?”



There was this bloke sitting at the bar staring at his drink, and a big idiot  biker comes up, grabs his drink and gulps it down in one swig.

“Well, what`ya gonna do about that?” he says, menacingly, and the bloke burst into tears.
“Come on, man,” the biker says, “I didn’t think you’d CRY. I can`t stand to see a man cry.”“This is the worst day of my life, I’m a complete failure” the bloke blubbers…..
`I was late for a meeting and my boss fired me. When I went to the carpark my car had been stolen.
I left my wallet in the taxi I took home only to find my old lady in bed with the gardener… then to cap it all my  dog bit me.”
“So then I come to this pub to work up the courage to end to it all, buy a drink, drop a capsule in and watching the poison dissolve you show up and down the whole lot !  …… Anyway, enough about me.. how’s your day going?”

World Events  23rd July

1715 – The first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction at Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts. Great idea

1827 – The first swimming school in the U.S. opened in Boston, MA.  I think the Uk was a bit earlier and then  there were the Roman Baths

1829 – William Burt patented the typographer, which was the first typewriter. I’ll make a note of that

1904 – The ice cream cone was invented by Charles E. Menches during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, MO. I suppose someone had to invent it

1914 – Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia following the killing of Archduke Francis Ferdinand by a Serb assassin. The dispute led to World War I.This part of Europe has always been a mess

1938 – The first federal game preserve was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The area was 2,000 acres in Utah. Good idea

1952 – Egyptian military officers led by Gamal Abdel Nasser overthrew King Farouk I. I remember this

1958 – The submarine Nautilus departed from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, under orders to conduct “Operation Sunshine.” The mission was to be the first vessel to cross the north pole by ship. The Nautils achieved the goal on August 3, 1958. With Captain Nemo?

1962 – The “Telstar” communications satellite sent the first live TV broadcast to Europe. via the Tornadoes?

1972 – Eddie Merckx of Belgium won his fourth consecutive Tour de France bicycling competition.  A legend

1984 – Miss America, Vanessa Williams, turned in her crown after it had been discovered that nude photos of her had appeared in “Penthouse” magazine. She was the first to resign the title. Fair cop

1986 – Britain’s Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in London. They divorced in 1996.  .I quite liked them both

2000 – Lance Armstrong won his second Tour de France. Drugs and all…


The Day’s Music Events 23rd July

1955, Slim Whitman was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rose Marie.’ The single stayed at the top of the charts for eleven weeks. Whitman held the record for the most consecutive weeks at No.1 (11 weeks), until 1991.A quality song from a different era

1964, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Hard Days Night’, the group’s fifth UK No.1.  A good song
1966, Frank Sinatra went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Strangers In The Night’. I like Sinatra and his music

1969, The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Honky Tonk Women,’ the group’s 8th and last UK No.1. Great Decca hit
1977, Barry Manilow went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Looks Like We Made It’, his third US No.1. Not a hit in the UK. Why?

1977, Who drummer Keith Moon joined Led Zeppelin on stage during a gig at The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles playing a duet with Zeppelin drummer John Bonham before taking to the microphone and attempting to sing. I’ve got my Who tee-shirt on
1980, Cliff Richard received his OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace. 1983, Paul Young had his first UK No.1 single with his version of the Marvin Gaye song ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat, (That’s My Home.)’ The song title was parodied by the UK indie band Super Furry Animals with their 1999 song ‘Wherever I Lay My Phone (That’s My Home)’. Cliff is another legend-ask any tennis fan

1983, Yazoo went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their second and final release ‘You And Me Both’.  I liked both of them
1983, The Police kicked off the North American leg of their Synchronicity 107-date world tour at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois. The Police also went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Synchronicity’, which spent a total of seventeen weeks at No.1.Sting made the tills ring

1989, Ringo Starr kicked off his first tour since the break-up of the Beatles with a show in Dallas. His backup band included guitarist Joe Walsh, organist Billy Preston and Bruce Springsteen’s sax man Clarence Clemons.A good line-up but did they cut the mustard?

. 1996, Rob Collins, keyboard player with The Charlatans died in a car crash, aged 29. Collins had been recording keyboard parts for the Charlatans 5th album ‘Tellin’ Stories’ at a studio in Wales. An investigation into the accident showed that Collins had consumed a sizable amount of alcohol and was not wearing a seatbelt. He died from head injuries on the roadside shortly after the accident having been thrown through the windscreen.Another sad story from the world of pop

2000, Farrah Franklin left Destiny’s Child after only five months with the group, the remaining trio of Beyonce, Kelly, and Michelle said that Farrah was not kicked out, but had all agreed that Farrah and Destiny’s Child should part ways.  Evolution is like that
‘ 2000, The Corrs started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘In Blue’.This is one lovely family band
2003, James Brown announced his separation from his fourth wife using an advertisement featuring the Disney character Goofy. The 70-year-old placed the notice in Variety magazine, it featured a picture of himself, his wife Tomi Rae and their two-year-old son, James Joseph Brown II, posing with Goofy at Walt Disney World. He was always outrageous

2005, Queen’s 1985 Live Aid performance was voted the best rock concert ever by over 7,000 UK Sony Ericsson music fans. Radiohead were voted the best festival act for their 1997 Glastonbury performance and Bob Dylan’s 1966 Manchester Free Trade Hall gig won the best ever solo gig.  This sounds kosher to me

2006, McFly scored their 5th UK No.1 single with ‘Please Please’.Nice group of lads

2006, George Michael was accused of engaging in anonymous public sex, after being photographed in London’s Hampstead Heath with a 58-year-old unemployed van driver. Despite stating that he intended to sue both the News of the World tabloid who photographed the incident and van driver Norman Kirtland for slander, Michael stated that he openly cruised for anonymous sex and that this was not an issue in his relationship with partner Kenny Goss.This is too sick for words. I like the music but the behaviour is foul

2008, A waxwork model of Amy Winehouse was unveiled at Madame Tussauds. The singer’s parents, Mitch and Janis, revealed the model, ‘complete with trademark beehive and sailor tattoos’, at the London attraction. Earlier in the week her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, was jailed for 27 months for attacking a pub landlord and perverting the course of justice. She is a troubled soul with a fabulous voice and her dad is quite a singer too

2010, Surgical instruments allegedly used to conduct Elvis Presley’s autopsy were removed from an upcoming auction amid doubts about their authenticity. Forceps, needle injectors, rubber gloves and a toe tag were among the items that were expected to fetch about $14,000 at Chicago, Illinois’ Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. The so-called “memorabilia” was supposedly kept by a senior embalmer at the Memphis Funeral Home where the singer’s body was stored prior to his funeral, but the claims were questioned after another employee revealed that the equipment was fake. This is too sick and goes to far in memorabelia’s gory travels


CIMG7335Birthday Boys and Girls

1942, Madeline Bell, UK singer, Blue Mink, (1970 UK No.3 single ‘Melting Pot’).

1945, Dino Danelli, drums, The Young Rascals, (1967 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Groovin’).

1946, Andy Mackay, sax, woodwind, Roxy Music, (1972 UK No.4 single ‘Virgina Plain’ and 15 other UK Top 40 singles’)

1947, David Essex, UK singer, actor, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Gonna Make You A Star’, plus 18 other UK Top 40 singles, 1974 US No.5 single, ‘Rock On’). 1947, Tony Joe White, US singer, songwriter, (1969 US No.8 single, ‘Polk Salad Annie’, 1970 UK No.22 single ‘Groupie Girl’, wrote ‘Steamy Windows’, UK No.13 single for Tina Turner).

1950,Blair Thorton, guitar, Bachman Turner Overdrive, (1974 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’).
1952,  Janis Siegel, singer, Manhattan Transfer, (1977 UK No.1 ‘Chanson D’amour’, 1981 US No.7 single ‘Boy From New York City’).

1961, Martin Gore, keyboards, Depeche Mode, (1984 UK No.4 single ‘People Are People’, plus over 25 other UK Top 40 singles, 1990 US No.8 single, ‘Enjoy The Silence’).  1965,  Slash, (Saul Hudson), guitar, Guns N’ Roses, (1988 US No.1 & 1989 UK No.6 single ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, 1991 US & UK No.1 album, ‘Use Your Illusion II’). Velvet Revolver, (2004 US No.1 & UK No.11 album ‘Contraband’).



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