Saturday 30th May 2015 Everything Is Beautiful’.

View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1970, Ray Stevens went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Everything Is Beautiful’.

The weather was nice but we had business to attend to and the first part of the morning was dedicated to signing up for a new project. I will be secretive about this but suffice it to say it was something we had been meaning to do for a while. Around 11 am Paul and Angie arrived and while Paul and I went to the golf driving range the girls went to the market. Later in the day we played in Phil’s bar but it was a bit on the quiet side.

Today is my day for making the podcast with Don Woods. Here is the content of today’s show…
The song I have sent you this week is the original demo for a song I wrote for Penny Page and Googi the Liverpool Duck….I wrote several songs for her all of which she recorded…this one was a B side.You will appreciate it’s Liverpool appeal….it’s called “I’d Like To Be a Cowboy”…the words were changed to suit Googiie “Cowgirl”…but this demo is what they worked from on the record…..don’t say I don’t send you unique stuff. then…The Eurovision….I really don’t know why we bother….it wouldn’t matter what song we entered we would still be bottom of the pile.Can’t we see that other countries simply don’t like us?…what is annoying is we put in a lot of money (wonder where it comes from) hence our direct line into the final…the song wasn’t that bad…certainly 10 times better than 90% of the others…even better than the winner in my opinion….pure politics…..the bookies were offering 80 to 1 on us winning…I thought it might be worth a quid….it wasn’t.

The only answer is to let them get on with it….then the results wouldn’t be so painful to watch.

A law is about to be passed which will involve a £1000 fine for people who drop litter….what we are not told is WHO is going to enforce it?…the amount of the fine still wont make any difference to the lowlifes who don’t give a monkeys….the main offenders are teenagers so who do they think will pay the fines?…it wont be them….perhaps if they installed more bins around the area and got some of the community service criminals to empty them it might help…..I watched Sunday Night at The Palladium for the first and last time….Jason Manford reminding us that humour has finally died in this country and a “new” comedian who re-inforced it…plus a selection of variety acts who get about 5 minutes each…awful…..then we have the same old faces on all the time…Ant and Dec etc

I started to watch a new series called SunTrap starring Bradley Walsh….couldn’t take more than 10 minutes…it was TERRIBLE…so I turned over to ITV and guess what there was a programme about the history of game shows…presented by Bradley Walsh…who is also on a Saturday night load of rubbish called Play The Whistle AND he’s in the drama Law and Order…that’s apart from being on every night in the Winter on The Chase…he’s probably a nice chap but I’m sick of the sight of him…give us a break let’s have some new faces.
I think all those involved in TV production should go back to school and learn what entertainment actually is.

I had to laugh at the news footage of the Liverpool Football Team enjoying their holiday in Dubai (?)….all dancing around led by Steve Gerrard…the recent 6 nil thrashing didn’t seem to be bothering them…mind you when you are on 100 grand a week who cares?…the fans should have been given a full refund.Then there’s Sepp Blatter…oh dear…he had no idea that 7 of his staff were ripping off the world….yeah sure…..football is becoming a joke I’m afraid.

SAM_2122 SAM_2124 SAM_2119 Fact of the Day: Caribou

The caribou is a migrant, but only between the Arctic tundra and the conifer (subarctic) zone to the south, and there are far northern groups of caribou whose migrations are more restricted. They do migrate in the spring to the calving grounds. In mid-summer the harassment of mosquitoes and flies can drive the animals to windy coastal areas or old snow patches for relief. In late August or early September the herd begins to drift toward its winter range. Mating occurs enroute during late September and October. Caribou that winter on the eastern Seward Peninsula are part of the Western Arctic herd. In spring this herd migrates to calving grounds in the northern foothills of the Brooks Range. In fall they return south in spectacular migrations. This herd has experienced drastic fluctuations. During a low point in the late 1800′s caribou disappeared from the Seward Peninsula. The herd then increased to about 240,000 in 1970, declined again to 75,000, then increased to 340,000 in 1988. It is now the largest in Alaska and part of the herd, as many as 50,000, can again be found on the eastern Seward Peninsula in winter.

Holidays

Feast day of St. Hubert, St. Joan of Arc, St. Ferdinand, St. Exuperiantius of Ravenna, St. Isaac of Constantinople, St. Luke Kirby, St. Madelgisilus, and St. Walstan.Croatia: Statehood Day.Virginia: Confederate Memorial Day.Trinidad: Indian Arrival Day.

Events

1539 – Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto landed in Florida.

SAM_2124 SAM_2122 SAM_21191848 – William Young patented the ice cream freezer.

1896 – The first recorded auto accident occurred when a Duryea Motor Wagon, driven by Henry Wells from Springfield, Massachusetts, collided with a bicycle ridden by Evylyn Thomas of New York City.

1958 – Unidentified soldiers killed in World War II and the Korean War were buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

1967 – The breakaway state of Biafra proclaimed its independence from Nigeria.

1971 – Space probe Mariner 9 was launched on a mission to gather scientific information on Mars.

1997 – Jesse Timmendequas was convicted of murdering his neighbor, seven-year-old Megan Kanka – the case which inspired “Megan’s Law.”

2003 – The Air France Concorde made its final commercial flight from Paris to New York City.

Births

1672 – Peter I (Peter the Great) Czar of Russia.

1908 – Mel Blanc, American cartoon voice, actor.

1909 – Benny Goodman, American clarinetist, bandleader.

1936 – Keir Dullea, American actor.

1964 – Tom Morello, American guitarist.

Deaths

1431 – Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic, burned at the stake in Rouen, France.

1912 – Wilbur Wright, American aviation pioneer.

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Music Events May 30th

1964, The Beatles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Love Me Do’, the group’s fourth US No.1 in five months. 1965, The Rolling Stones played the final night of a US tour at the New York Academy of Music. During the afternoon the band recorded six songs for the Clay Pole TV show.
1966, US country singer, songwriter Dolly Parton married Carl Dean in Catoosa County, Georgia.
1966, The Who appeared at Sincil Bank Football Ground, Lincoln, England.

1968, The Beatles began recording what became known as the White Album. The double-LP whose official title was simply ‘The Beatles’ became the first Beatles album released with the Apple label.

1970, Ray Stevens went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Everything Is Beautiful’.
1972, Slade with Status Quo as support appeared at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester. Tickets priced at 65p.

1974, Bernadette Whelan a 14 year-old David Cassidy fan died of heart failure four days after attending a concert of his. Over 1,000 other fans had to be given first aid during the White City Stadium show.

1980, Carl Radle bass player with Derek and the Dominoes died of kidney failure aged 38. Also worked with  George Harrison, Joe Cocker, Dave Mason & Delaney and Bonnie.
1982, Level 42 appeared at London’s Hammersmith Palais, tickets £3.75.

1987, David Bowie kicked off his 87-date Glass Spider world tour at the Feynoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Holland.1988, Leonard Cohen played the first of three sold out nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall.2002, Diana Ross voluntarily entered a Malibu drug and alcohol rehabilitation center called Promises to “clear up some personal issues” before setting out on a summer concert tour.
2003, Mickie Most died aged 64. Member of The Most Brothers during late 50′s, and Mickie Most and the Playboys, produced hits for The Animals, Hermans Hermits, Donovan, Kim Wilde, Lulu and Jeff Beck. Ran his own record label RAK in the 1970′s
2004, Madonna was forced to pay out £250,000 in a lawsuit after copying ideas by the late French erotic photographer Guy Burton.
2005, Coldplay’s new album was illegally put on the internet a week before its UK and US release.
2007, a coroner told the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector that US actress Lana Clarkson’s death was a homicide.
2007, Britney Spears said she “truly hit rock bottom” when she went to rehab earlier this year. I
2008, Music mogul Simon Fuller married his long-term girlfriend Natalie Swanston at a ceremony in California’s Napa Valley. Guests at the wedding included Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Annie Lennox. Earlier this year Billboard magazine named him the “most successful British music manager of all time”, with an estimated fortune of £229m.

2009, Mick Jagger offered to buy an ice cream van but was turned down by its owner – who’d promised his daughter he would drive her to her wedding in it. Guiseppe Della Camera, had spent ten years restoring the rusting van to perfection after he spotted it on a farm – being used as a chicken shed.
2009, An oil painting depicting Madonna in the nude with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie failed to meet the reserve price of £15,000 at auction in Glasgow. Scottish artist Peter Howson had produced several portraits of the pop icon in a state of undress.
2009, Ozzy Osbourne was suing the band’s guitarist Tony Iommi over royalty payments.

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Birthday Boys and Girls

1944,Lenny Davidson, Dave Clark Five
1960, Stephen Duffy, early Duran Duran

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Friday 29th May 2015 Wannabe

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View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1997, The Manic Street Preachers won the best song award for ‘A Design For Life’ at the 42nd Ivor Novello awards. Other winners included The Spice Girls for Hit of the year with ‘Wannabe’, Elvis Costello for Outstanding contribution to music, George Michael won Songwriter Of The Year and Most Performed work for ‘Fastlove.’

It was another nice day yesterday and I met Roberto at 7.30 am for a long walk and intercambio de idiomas. In other words we spoke in English and Spanish for two hours and it was very interesting. When I got home the key broke in the garden gate and so my time was robbed early on. Next, I had promised a friend I would write an advert for him so that took its toll. Finally, and why should I have expected anything else, I needed to phone the UK Tax Office. I was waiting for over 45 minuites working with my headphones playing their bloody annoying messages in my ears. “Thanks for waiting…..” The insincerity grates on your nerves as the stupid canned music repeats over and over again. It must make others feel like swearing at the first human voice that deigns to appear after this avalanche of tripe has hit your eardrums. I did eventually get through but didn’t resolve my problems.

I relaxed during the afternoon after preparing then eating my salad and Anne eventually returned by around 4 pm. One of our young students came around 5. 30 pm and we spent a very pleasant hour working with him to improve his English. If the truth is known he is a really good student and really just needs to practise his conversation. He is also a very nice young man.

Around 8 pm we made the podcast Europe Calling as Neil is away this week. Here is the link to Anne’s podcast with me.

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Here’s an article that might be of benefit for anyone thinking of travelling in Spain in a motor home.

In Spain, the law is quite clear, motorhomes and campers are not allowed to “camp” on the street. But the question arises as to what defines “camping”, and what is simply a vehicle which is “parked”, albeit of a larger size, in the same way that any other car or van may occupy a space on the road.

There is a distinct difference between “camping” and “parking”. If any of these actions are performed, the vehicle is considered to be “camping”.

  • Emitting noise, such as by using a generator.
  • Extending sun blinds and shades.
  • Vehicle stabilisers or “feet” deployed.
  • Emptying or disposing of fluids.
  • Furniture such as tables and chairs placed outside the vehicle.
  • Side or “swing” windows opened, protruding from the vehicle perimeter.

The above activities can only be conducted in authorised places, such as campsites.

There are activities that a motorhome or campervan can perform whilst stopped which do not fall into the category of camping, in which the normal traffic rules apply.

  • Occupants inside the vehicle, eating or sleeping.
  • Opening the skylight or rooftop window, as this does not protrude from the vehicle perimeter.
  • Using wheel chocks on an incline.
  • Turning the wheels so as they are secured against the kerb.

All of those activities are permitted, so long as the vehicle is correctly and legally parked. These activities also apply day or night.   Source:SpanishVida

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England my England
Goodbye to my England , So long my old friend
Your days are numbered, being brought to an end
To be Scottish, Irish or Welsh that’s fine
But don’t say you’re English, that’s way out of line.
… … The French and the Germans may call themselves such
So may Norwegians, the Swedes and the Dutch
You can say you are Russian or maybe a Dane
But don’t say you’re English ever again.
At Broadcasting House the word is taboo
In Brussels it’s scrapped, in Parliament too
Even schools are affected. Staff do as they’re told
They must not teach children about England of old.
Writers like Shakespeare, Milton and Shaw
The pupils don’t learn about them anymore
How about Agincourt, Hastings , Arnhem or Mons ?
When England lost hosts of her very brave sons.
We are not Europeans, how can we be?
Europe is miles away, over the sea
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Stand up and be counted – Shout it out loud!
Let’s tell our Government and Brussels too
We’re proud of our heritage and the Red, White and Blue
Fly the flag of Saint George or the Union Jack
Let the world know –WE WANT OUR ENGLAND BACK !!!!

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WHAT IS A GRANDPARENT?
(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!

CIMG5944Grandparents 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 colours 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.

A 6-YEAR-OLD WAS ASKED WHERE HIS GRANDMA
LIVED. ”OH,” HE SAID, ”SHE LIVES AT THE AIRPORT, AND WHEN WE WANT HER, WE JUST GO GET HER. THEN WHEN WE’RE DONE HAVING HER VISIT, WE TAKE HER BACK TO THE AIRPORT.”

GRANDPA IS THE SMARTEST MAN ON EARTH! HE TEACHES ME GOOD THINGS, BUT I DON’T GET TO SEE HIM ENOUGH TO GET AS SMART AS
HIM!

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Fact of the Day: amendments to the ConstitutionThe first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, or the Bill of Rights, were adopted as a single unit on Dec. 15, 1791. They constitute a collection of mutually reinforcing guarantees of individual rights and of limitations on federal and state governments. The Bill of Rights derives from the Magna Carta (1215), the English Bill of Rights (1689), the colonial struggle against king and Parliament, and a gradually broadening concept of equality among the American people.

HolidaysFeast day of St. Cyril of Caesarea, St. Bernard of Montjoux, St. Theodosia of Constantinople, St. Maximinus of Trier, Saints Sisinnius, Martyrius, and Alexander, and Saints William, Stephen, Raymund.
Events1453 – Mohammed II, founder of the Ottoman empire, captured Constantinople; the Byzantine emperor Constantine XI was killed, and the Byzantine Empire was ended. Constantinople became the Ottoman capital.

1790 – Rhode Island became the 13th original colony to ratify the Constitution of the United States of America.

1849 – A patent for lifting vessels was granted to Abraham Lincoln.

1911 – The first running of the Indianapolis 500 took place.

1914 – In one of the worst ship disasters in history, the British liner Empress of Ireland collided with the Norwegian freighter Storstad on the St. Lawrence River. The Storstad penetrated 15 feet into the Empress of Ireland’s side and the vessel sank within 14 minutes, drowning 1,012 of its passengers and crew.

1932 – During the Great Depression, World War I veterans began arriving in Washington to demand cash bonuses they weren’t scheduled to receive for another 13 years.

1953 – Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norgay of Nepal became the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

1973 – Tom Bradley was elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles.

1990 – Boris Yeltsin was elected the president of Russia.

1999 – Space shuttle Discovery completed the first-ever docking with the International Space Station.

2001 – Four followers of Osama bin Laden were convicted of a conspiracy to murder Americans, including the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 224 people.

2004 – The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.

2005 – French voters rejected the European Union’s proposed constitution.
Births

1630 – King Charles II, British monarch (1660-1685).

1874 – Gilbert Keith Chesterton, British author.

1903 – Bob Hope (Leslie Townes Hope), British-born American entertainer, actor, comedian.

1906 – T.H. White, English historian, novelist.

1917 – John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America (1961-1963).

Events 29th May

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Music Events May 29th

1942, Bing Crosby recorded the Irving Berlin song ‘White Christmas’.
1961, Ricky Nelson started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Travellin’ Man’. Sam Cooke turned the song down, the B-side was the Gene Pitney song ‘Hello Mary Lou’ which became a double A side UK No.1.
1962, Chubby Checker won a Grammy Award for Best Rock and Roll Recording for ‘Let’s Twist Again’ and Ray Charles won Best Rhythm & Blues Recording for ‘Hit The Road Jack’.
1965, Bob Dylan’s album ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ was at No.1 on the UK charts, his second UK No.1 album.
1965, The Beach Boys started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Help Me Rhonda’, the group’s second US No.1. It only reached No.27 on the UK chart.1967, The Move, Cream, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Zoot Money and Pink Floyd all appeared at the Tulip Bulb Auction Hall in Spalding, Lincs, England. Tickets cost £1
1971, The Rolling Stones started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Brown Sugar’. It was the bands sixth US No.1, a No.2 hit in the UK.
1975, Fans rioted when The Osmonds appeared at London’s Wembley Pool.

1976, Diana Ross started a two week run No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Love Hangover’, her fourth US No.1, it made No.10 in the UK.
1982, Paul McCartney started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Tug Of War’.

1983, US school-boy band (which included Bobby Brown), New Edition were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Candy Girl’. Songwriter & producer Maurice Starr discovered New Edition performing at a local talent show.
1992, concerned that some pupils were overly identifying with Freddie Mercury, the sacred heart School in Clifton New Jersey decided not to sing the Queen song ‘We Are The Champions’, at their Graduation Ceremony.
1997, The Manic Street Preachers won the best song award for ‘A Design For Life’ at the 42nd Ivor Novello awards. Other winners included The Spice Girls for Hit of the year with ‘Wannabe’, Elvis Costello for Outstanding contribution to music, George Michael won Songwriter Of The Year and Most Performed work for ‘Fastlove.’
2001, The Eagles made their first ever visit to Russia when they appeared at SC Olymisky in Moscow. 2002, a 16ft by 6ft mosaic designed by John Lennon went on display at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool. The mosaic had been built into Lennon’s swimming pool at his Kenwood home in Surrey where he lived between 1964 and 1968.
2002, Australian actress and singer Natalie Imbruglia became the new face of L’Oreal when she signed a deal worth £100,000 ($170,000) with the French cosmetics manufacturer.
2007, a piano used by John Lennon on the night he died was put up for sale for $375,000 (£189,000) on The Moments in Time memorabilia website.
2009, Phil Spector was jailed for at least 19 years for murdering an actress in 2003.

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Birthday Boys and Girls

1941, Roy Crewsdon, Freddie and the Dreamers
1945, Gary Brooker, Procol Harum
1955, Mike Porcaro, bass, Toto
1956, Larry Blackmon, Cameo
1956,  La Toya Jackson, sister of Michael Jackson.
1967, Noel Gallagher, guitarist, singer, songwriter, Oasis
1975,Melanie Brown, (Mel B), Scary Spice, The Spice Girls

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Thursday 28th May 2015 How Come?

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View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1973, Bassist Ronnie Lane left The Faces and went on to form Slim Chance, (who had the 1974 hit ‘How Come’).

Yesterday was warm but there were clouds on the mountain. Did I care? Not a bit as I had a task to get on with. My friend Peter Brooker died last year and he had sent me some material before his death asking me to create podcasts with his tracks. This time I was looking at some great selections from the world of soul music. I really enjoyed looking at this music again and reading the stories about the lives of these great artistes. Some I had liked but only really known their music. Others I had known about and forgotten. One example is Jackie Wilson who had a very chequered career including singing in his gospel choir to fund his wine drinking….at the age of 13!  I have to allow for any misinformation on Wikipaedia but, nevertheless, there are some great stories with many of the soul and funk legends having great academic careers.

It’s a weird feeling revisiting music as a much older person with different values in life. When I was a young club DJ I either liked a song or disliked the music. I really wasn’t too bothered about the lifestyle of the artiste. I really don’t  think anyone on the dancefloor was bothered either which quickly explains why the words of the songs aren’t always fully understood until our much later years. I suppose maturity is measured by how the information is handled once it is taken on board. This could explain a little more clearly how the Jimmy Saviles and Gary Glitters of this world were able to act as they did. The podcast has some great tracks on it and here is a link if you like soul music of the highest order.

I went up to my Spanish class at 4 pm and we had the two Germans and one other Russian lady making up the class. We had a few exercises to discuss and correct and a few contentious topics to discuss including the recent referendum about same sex marriange in Ireland!

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GRANDPARENTS’ ANSWERING MACHINE
Good morning. . . . At present we are not at home but, please leave your

message after you hear the beep.. beeeeeppp ….
If you are one of our children, dial 1 and then select the option from 1 to 5

in order of “arrival” so we know who it is.
If you need us to stay with the children, press 2
If you want to borrow the car, press 3
If you want us to wash your clothes and ironing, press 4
If you want the grandchildren to sleep here tonight, press 5
If you want us to pick up the kids at school, press 6
If you want us to prepare a meal for Sunday or to have it delivered to your

home, press 7
If you want to come to eat here, press 8
If you need money, dial 9
If you are going to invite us to dinner, or, taking us to the theatre

start talking we are listening !!!!!!!!!!!”

An award should go to the Virgin Airlines desk attendant in Sydney some months ago for being smart and funny, while making her point, when confronted with a passenger who probably deserved to be flown as cargo. 
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A full Virgin flight was cancelled, after Virgin’s 767s had been withdrawn from service. A single attendant was re-booking a  long line of inconvenienced travellers. Suddenly an angry passenger pushed his way to the front of the queue.He slapped his ticket down on the counter and said, ‘I HAVE to be on this flight and it HAS to be FIRST CLASS’..
The attendant replied, ‘I’m sorry, sir. I’ll be happy to try to help you, but I’ve got to help these people first, and I’m sure we’ll be able to work something out.’The passenger was unimpressed and asked very loudly, so that all the passengers in the queue behind him could hear, ‘DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHO I AM?
’Without hesitating, the attendant smiled at him and grabbed her public address microphone:‘May I have your attention please, may I  have your attention please,’ she began – her voice heard clearly throughout the terminal – ‘we have a passenger here at Desk 14 WHO DOES NOT KNOW WHO  HE IS. Would anyone who might be able to identify him, please come to Desk 14.
’With the folks behind him in line laughing hysterically, the man glared at the Virgin attendant, gritted his teeth and said,  ‘F you !
’Without flinching, she smiled and said, (I love this bit)‘I’m sorry, sir, but you’ll have to get in line for that too.

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Events 28th May

 585 BC – Thales Miletus predicted a solar eclipse.  Was it correct?

1533 – England’s Archbishop declared the marriage of King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn valid.  As always the advice was don’t do as I do do as I say

1805 – Napoleon was crowned in Milan, Italy.  History tends to make us regard him as only involved with France

1900 – Britain annexed the Orange Free State. Apples only?

1908 – Ian Fleming, who created the character James Bond, was born.

1918 – Azerbaijan, in Russian Caucasus, declared independence.

1926 – Portuguese General da Costa took over in a coup.  This must have precipated the troubles in Spain

1937 – U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington, DC, signalling that vehicular traffic could cross the newly opened Golden Gate Bridge in California. I can imagine the excitement

1940 – During World War II, Belgium surrendered to Germany.

1961 – Amnesty International, a human rights organization, was founded. Good work

1976 – The Peaceful Nuclear Explosion Treaty was signed, limiting any nuclear explosion – regardless of its purpose – to a yield of 150 kilotons.  Good

1985 – The first issue of “Vanity Fair” magazine went on sale. The issue had a picture of U.S. President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy smooching on the cover. I liked Ronald Reagan

1987 – Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old West German pilot, landed a private plane in Moscow’s Red Square after evading Soviet air defences. He was released August 3, 1988. He must have been a pretty ace pilot

1995 – An earthquake in the Russian town Neftegorsk killed at least 2000 people. It had a magnitude of 7.5.  Bad events have always happened

1998 – Pakistan matched India with five nuclear test blasts. The U.S., Japan and other nations imposed economic sanctions. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said “Today, we have settled the score with India.”  Just how much do we all need to blow up each other?

1998 – Dr. Susan Terebey discoved a planet outside of our solar system with the use of photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.   Clever stuff

1999 – In Milan, Italy, Leonardo de Vinci’s “The Last Supper” was put back on display after 22 years of restoration work.  Were they paid by the hour?

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Music Events May 28th

1963, During a UK tour supporting Roy Orbison, The Beatles played at the Gaumont Cinema in Worcester.He was a legend

1964, Cilla Black was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’re My World’. The singers second and last No.1.She seems to have had more success than this

1964, The BBC received over 8,000 postal applications for tickets for The Rolling Stones appearance on Juke Box Jury.  I’m not surprised
1966, Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘What Now My Love’, setting a new American record with four albums in the US Top Ten. The other three were; ‘South of the Border’, ‘Going Places’ and ‘Whipped Cream and Other Delights’.  I liked Herb Alpert

1966, Percy Sledge started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’. A No.4 hit on the UK chart and No.2 when re-issued in 1987. Good song …on the red and black Atlantic label

1966, All four Beatles spent the day with Bob Dylan in his room at the Mayfair hotel in London, England.Rumour has it he introduced them to a certain substance1969, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull were arrested at their London home and charged with possession of cannabis, they were released on £50 ($85) bail.  Are we suprised?

1973, Bassist Ronnie Lane left The Faces and went on to form Slim Chance, (who had the 1974 hit ‘How Come’).   Good player
1977, Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers played together for the first time when they performed as part of Mike Howletts band, Strontium 90 in Paris France…..and the rest is history

1983, Actress and singer Irene Cara started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Flashdance…What A Feeling’. Taken from the film ‘Flashdance’, a No.2 hit in the UK. Cara had also appeared in TV’s ‘Roots’ and ‘The Next Generation’. Great memories

1983, The four day US Festival ’83′ took place in California, featuring The Clash, U2, David Bowie, The Pretenders, Van Halen, Stray Cats, Men At Work, Judas Priest, Stevie Nicks, Willie Nelson. INXS, Joe Walsh, Motley Crue and Ozzy Osbourne. Over 750,000 fans attended the festival.  Great billing

1985, Desert Island Discs radio presenter Roy Plomley died. He devised the BBC Radio series Desert Island Discs in 1941, and went on to present 1,791 editions of the show, which became one of the longest running radio shows in the UK.This certainly proved the KISS principle

1996, Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan was rushed to Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles after an apparent drug overdose. The singer was later arrested for possession of cocaine and heroin.  When will they ever learn?
2000, Britney Spears was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Oops!… I Did It Again’. Fair enough
2000, British singer and DJ Sonique started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘It Feels So Good’. She first charted in 1989 with S-Express.Good disco music

2007, The Police kicked off their 152 show Reunion Tour at General Motors Place in Vancouver, Canada in front of 22,000 fans. Good gig

2009, Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan had surgery to remove a cancerous tumour in his bladder. The band who were currently on a world tour cancelled several shows because of the 47-year-old’s ongoing health problems. How worrying for him

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Birthday Boys and Girls

1910, T- Bone Walker, US blues guitarist, influenced Albert Collins, BB King, Buddy Guy, Freddy King. Died on 16th March 1975.
1943,  Tony Mansfield, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, (1964 UK No.1 & US N0.7 single ‘Little Children’).1944, Gladys Knight, singer, The Pips, (1973 US No.1 single ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’, 1975 UK No.4 single ‘The Way We Were’ plus 20 other UK Top 40 singles).

1945,  John Fogerty, guitar, vocals, Creedence Clearwater Revival, (1969 UK No.1 and US No.2 single ‘Bad Moon Rising’, plus ten other US Top 30 hits, 1970 US & UK No.1 album ‘Cosmo’s Factory’). Solo and The Blue Ridge Rangers.
1948, Ray Laidlan, Lindisfarne, (1972 UK No.3 single ‘Lady Eleanor’).

1959, Steve Harrington(Steve Strange), vocals, Visage, 1980 UK No.8 single, ‘Fade To Grey’. 1962, Born on this day, Roland Gift, singer, Fine Young Cannibals, (1989 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘She Drives Me Crazy’).

1968,  Kylie Minogue, Australian singer, actress, (1988 UK No.1 single ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ plus over 20 other UK Top 40 hit singles).
1981,  Mark Feehily, vocals, Westlife, (Irish boy band, scored 12 UK No.1 singles, first UK No.1 1999 ‘Swear It Again’ plus four UK No.1 albums).

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Wednesday 27th May 2015 Haircut 100.

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View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link. 1964, Eleven boys were suspended from a school in Coventry, England for having Mick Jagger haircuts.

It was another roasting hot day on the Costa Blanca yesterday. I was going to prepare my taxes to Spain yet again and there are some subtle changes this year. I hate the uncertainty of getting all the papers properly prepared and I felt like I’d got a weight off my shoulders when I took the papers to the gestor. I go through the same feelings each year and I’m always pleased when the process has been completed.

We popped into see our friends Tom and Thelma and they are both a little under the weather. Tom has not had the best of health for several years and Thelma has back problems right now. The very least we could do is spend a bit of quality time with them and we had plenty to talk about.

Later, we went off to Poniente where we had a nice walk although it was a bit on the hot side. We popped into Erri Ettongi for a bite to eat and then headed home where I was truly ready to have a siesta. Anne was a bit under the weather so we both relaxed for a while.

In passing I have to say that the three mighty Queens on the River Mersey looked amazing and brought a tear to my eye. It made me realise that, although I love where I am living, I am very proud of my roots.

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I find it astounding each year when I read that Vincent Price and Christopher Lee share the same birthday. It really is a fact you can get your teeth into. Both have this great aura around them and always bring great elegance to their films. They both are a great credit to their profession and deserve our sincere fangs!

Fact of the Day: Catnip has been used as a seasoning and as a medicinal tea for colds and fever. Because its mintlike flavor and aroma are particularly exciting to cats, it is often used as a stuffing for cat playthings. It is probably not a good idea for anyone to actually “eat” it, though.

Holidays-Feast day of St. Julius the Veteran, St. Eutropius of Orange, St. Restituta of Sora, and St. Melangel.

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A old snake goes to see his doctor. “Doc, I need something
for my eyes. Can’t see well these days.” The doc fixes him
up with a pair of glasses and tells him to return in two
weeks.

The snake comes back two weeks later and tells the doctor he’s very depressed.

Doc says, “What’s the problem — didn’t the glasses help you?”

“The glasses are fine, Doc. I just discovered I’ve been living with a water hose the past two years!”

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Events 27th May

 1703 – After winning access to the Baltic Sea through his victories in the Great Northern War, Czar Peter I founded the city of St. Petersburg as the new Russian capital.

1930 – Richard Gurley Drew received a patent for adhesive tape, later made by 3M as Scotch tape. They made a few bob with this.

1931 – In a balloon launched from Germany, Paul Kipfer and Auguste Piccard became the first to reach the stratosphere, rising almost 10 miles during their flight.

1937 – The Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California, was opened. I didn’t realise it was that old.

1941 – The British navy sank the German battleship Bismarck off France, with the German death toll over 2,000. Very sad but necessary.

1994 – Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after two decades of exile.

Births

1794 – Cornelius Vanderbilt, American shipping and railroad magnate, established ferry service between Manhattan, Staten Islands.

1837 – Wild Bill Hickok (James Butler Hickok), American marshall, frontiersman.

1878 – Isadora Duncan, American dancer and choreographer.

1911 – Hubert Humphrey, American politician.

1911 – Vincent Price, American film actor.

1922 – Christopher Lee (born Christopher Frank Carandini Lee), English actor.

1923 – Henry Kissinger, American statesman and political scientist.

1957 – Siouxsie Sioux, English musician.

Deaths

1564 – John Calvin, French religious reformer.

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Music Events May 27th

1957, Buddy Holly and the Crickets released their first record, ‘That’ll Be The Day.’ -UK No.1 – US No.3 hit.
1964, Eleven boys were suspended from a school in Coventry, England for having Mick Jagger haircuts.
1964, pirate radio station ‘Sutch’ was started by Screaming Lord Sutch
1965, Sandie Shaw – UK No.1 – ‘Long Live Love.’
1967, To celebrate Cilla Black’s birthday, her manager Brian Epstein organised illuminated greetings at London’s Piccadilly Circus and sites in Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham
1972, The Chi-lites US No.1 -’Oh Girl’, – No.14 in the UK.
1977, Declan McManus made his ‘live’ debut at the Nashville in London as Elvis Costello

1983, The Smiths were at No.1 on the UK independent chart with their debut single ‘Hand In Glove.
1994, The Eagles played their first show in fourteen years – in Burbank, California.
1997, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was left with cuts and bruises after a scuffle with a youth at the Tower Thistle Hotel in east London.
1999, Winners at the Ivor Novello song writing awards included Rod Stewart who won a Lifetime Achievement Award
2000, Paula Yates was awarded £400,000 in an out-of-court settlement from her boyfriend Michael Hutchence fortune.
2001, Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink US No.1 – ‘Lady Marmalade.’
2001, DJ Pied Piper went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Do You Really Like It.’
2005, Robbie Williams was voted into first place beating Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie to be named the best live solo artist in a UK nation-wide survey of 5,000 people
2007, Saatchi & Saatchi were fired by Dr Martens for running an advertising campaign featuring dead rock stars such as Kurt Cobain and Sid Vicious wearing the brand’s boots in heaven.
2007, Maroon 5 UK No- Won’t Be Soon Before Long.’ Also a US No.1.
2008, Sir Paul McCartney was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University
2008, UK High street chain Woolworths announced it would stop selling CD singles

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Birthday Boys and Girls

1935, Ruby Lewis, The Drifters
1935, Ramsey Lewis, US keyboard player
1943, Priscilla White (Cilla Black), singer, TV presenter
1947, Marty Kristian, The New Seekers

 

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Tuesday 26th May 2015 Give peace a chance.

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View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1969, John and Yoko began an eight-day ‘bed in’, in The Hotel La Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Canada, to promote world peace. They recorded ‘Give Peace a Chance’ in the hotel room (Petula Clark can be heard on the chorus).

Yesterday was a lovely day and I started the day around 6.30 am when I got up to take Richard off to the bus station. We got there around 7 .15 am and once I knew Richard was on his way I went down to the seafront at Poniente and walked for an hour. I enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere and the sun was only just beginning to rise. It did get warmer after about 30 minutes and by the time I got to Benidorm Port it was war. There were plenty of like-minded people making an early start.

I got home around 10.30 am and Anne was enjoying a lie-in. I was pleased about this as she has had a few hectic days and needs the rest. I started my Spanish homework and I went down to my studio to get on with a few jobs which are now overdue. I then went upstairs to prepare the salads for lunch as Anne had been busy cleaning.

I went for a siesta around 3 pm and then it was time to get up and go to give my English class in La Nucia. The two hours flew by and soon it was time to go home and eat our evening meal. I really enjoyed today although it wasn’t that out of the ordinary. I think I am just more aware of how lucky I am some days!

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Looking at the events of the day made me wonder if John and Yoko were just seeking the publicity. He did have a theme of Peace in his songs and they are certainly still played today. I suspect John wrote ‘Give Peace a Chance’ with her singing voice in mind. However, Yoko isn’t really best known for her peace efforts is she? Maybe she just fancied a lie-in.

I am re-reading a story which is more than just remembering. It’s the life story of Bert Trautmann who was Manchester City’s goalkeeper many years ago. He had been brought up in the years when Hitler brainwashed the young men of his nation into believing the Aryan race was superior and other horrible Nazi ideas. He tells us in his book about his very young days and life before the Hitler Youth. He was conscripted and eventually became a paratrooper serving in Russia and his account is very graphic. He tells how he was taken prisoner and served his time as a POW in Lancashire where he was treated extremely fairly as were the German prisoners. In fact, there is one part of the book where at Christmas 1946 the British people invited the Germans into their homes. This is exceptionally well told and certainly brought a tear to my eye. I’v e just got to the part where he signed for St Helens Town FC and I’m almost up to the part where he signed for Man City. I’m enjoying every minute of this book. Strangely enough, as a lad I read the autobiography of another famous Man City goalkeeper. His name was Frank Swift.

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Events 26th May

1521 – Martin Luther was banned by the Edict of Worms because of his religious beliefs and writings.  You can’t beat free speech

1660 – King Charles II of England landed at Dover after being exiled for nine years.  I bet he was glad to be back

1670 – A treaty was signed in secret in Dover, England, between Charles II and Louis XIV ending the hostilities between them.Bien

1791 – The French Assembly forced King Louis XVI to hand over the crown and state assets. Fair enough

1805 – Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned King of Italy in Milan Cathedral. Bien

1896 – The last czar of Russia, Nicholas II, was crowned.  He wouldn’t last long1908 – In Persia, the first oil strike was made in the Middle East. Gold dust had arrived in another form
1940 – The evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, began during World War II. Brilliant effort

1946 – A patent was filed in the United States for an H-bomb. Ugh

1946 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill signed a military pact with Russian leader Joseph Stalin. Stalin promised a “close collaboration after the war.” UK and Russia had many ties

1959 – The word “Frisbee” became a registered trademark of Wham-O.   Fair enough

1961 – A U.S. Air Force bomber flew across the Atlantic in a record time of just over three hours. Bad news for enemies

1969 – The Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth after a successful eight-day dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing. Amazing work

1972 – The Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT I) was signed by the U.S. and USSR. The short-term agreement put a freeze on the testing and deployment of intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles for a 5-year period. Good news

1975 – American stuntman Evel Knievel suffered severe spinal injuries in Britain when he crashed while attempting to jump 13 buses in his car.  Why does anyone want to do this?

1977 – George H. Willig was arrested after he scaled the South Tower of New York’s World Trade Center. It took him 3 1/2 hours. You can only marvel at this. Is he Spiderman?

1991 – A Lauda Air Boeing 767 crashed in Thailand, killing all 223 people aboard. As I always remark…this really looks terrible but in percentage terms we are always told it is the safest way to travel

1994 – U.S. President Clinton renewed trade privileges for China, and announced that his administration would no longer link China’s trade status with its human rights record. They have seemingly to improve in recent years

1998 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police officers in high-speed chases are liable for bystander injuries only if their “actions shock the conscience.”   What a ridiculous statement…I’m tempted to say this was a cop out!

1998 – The Grand Princess cruise ship made its inaugural cruise. The ship measured 109,000 tons and cost approximately $450 million, making it the largest and most expensive cruise ship ever built.  It’s like a floating village –

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Music Events May 26th

1962, Acker Bilk went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Stranger On The Shore’; UK No.2…….This is a great instrumental
1964, Marianne Faithful recorded the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards song ‘As Tears Go By’, accompanied by future Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page on guitar and John Paul Jones on bass. Great backing for a bizarre voice
1966, The Rolling Stones UK No.1- ‘Paint It Black’…….an OK track
1966, The Beatles recorded ‘Yellow Submarine’ at Abbey Road studios in London.For such a simple song this is so well used
1968, US blue artist Little Willie John died in prison after being convicted of manslaughter. Co-wrote and was the first to record ‘Fever’

1969, John and Yoko began an eight-day ‘bed in’, in The Hotel La Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Canada, to promote world peace. They recorded ‘Give Peace a Chance’ in the hotel room (Petula Clark can be heard on the chorus).  Their hearts were in the right places

1972, The first day of the four day UK festival ‘The Great Western Express’ near Lincoln featuring; The Faces, Joe Cocker, Humble Pie, Slade, The Groundhogs, Ry Cooder, Don McLean, Brewers Droop plus a special appearance by Monty Python…a good night out

1974, At a David Cassidy concert at London’s White City over 1,000 fans had to be treated by first aid workers. One fan Bernadette Whelan died from heart failure four days later.  He seems to have disappeared off the radar
1977, Billy Powell singer with The O’Jays died of cancer. They took the name “The O’Jays”, in tribute to radio disc jockey Eddie O’Jay.  Great group-nice memories
1979, ‘Sunday Girl’ – Blondie – UK No.1 hit.Saw her on TV this morning
1984, Former backing singer with Stevie Wonder, Deniece Williams US No.1 – ‘Let’s Hear It For The Boy’, taken from the film ‘Footlose’, UK No.2   Nice song
1991, The Glitter Band, Sweet, Mud, The Rollers and Suzi Quatro all appeared at a Glam rock special bank holiday weekend at Pontins, Hemsby, England. Tickets £55.Good gig
1994, Michael Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley…this was a weird one

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Birthday Boys and Girls

1904, George Formby, UK singing comedian and ukulele player.
1942, Ray Ennis, Swinging Blue Jeans
1948, Stevie Nicks, singer, Fleetwood Mac
1949, Mick Ronson, guitarist, producer
1949, Hank Williams Jr, country singer, songwriter, son of country music’s greatest star.

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Monday 25th May 2015 You’re Driving Me Crazy

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View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  1961, The Temperance Seven were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’re Driving Me Crazy’, their only UK No.1 single. The song gave producer George Martin his first No.1.

The weather was weird yesterday morning. It had gone colder and the skies remained grey throughout the day. We had the children with us overnight and Richard called for them around 10.30 am. We then went down to La Caravana to vote. The system is different here in Spain as you vote for the party and not for the individual. Our mayor has made a big difference for our town and I knew where my vote was going.

Straight after the voting we went to Terra Natura and I’d really enjoyed our visit until the Liverpool score came in. I thought we might struggle to finish 6th and I half expected a defeat. Liverpool have major problems and I guess that the manager has lost the dressing room. I think we’ll see major changes within a short space of time. I’ll cheer up by adding some photos from our visit to Terra Natura….

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Events 25th May

1234 – The Mongols took Kaifeng and destroyed the Chin dynasty.

1660 – Charles II, the exiled king of England, landed at Dover, England, to assume the throne and end 11 years of military rule.

1768 – James Cook sailed on his first voyage of discovery, on which he explored the Society Islands and charted the coasts of New Zealand and West Australia. Wasn’t his brother called Thomas?

1793 – In Baltimore, Maryland, Father Stephen Theodore Badin became the first Catholic priest to be ordained in the United States.

1914 – The British House of Commons passed the Irish Home Rule bill.

1925 – John T. Scopes was indicted in Tennessee for teaching Charles Darwin‘s theory of evolution. Enlightened?

1927 – Ford Motor Company announced the end of the Model T and its replacement by the Model A.

1935 – Babe Ruth hit the 714th and final home run of his career, for the Boston Braves, in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

1935 – American athlete Jesse Owens set a record six world records in less than one hour in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Great athlete!

1946 – Transjordan (now Jordan) became a kingdom.

1979 – An American Airlines DC-10 crashed during takeoff at Chicago‘s O’Hare International Airport, killing 275 people.

1992 – Jay Leno made his debut as permanent host of NBC’s “Tonight Show,” succeeding Johnny Carson. I think he recently retired.

2003 – Néstor Kirchner becomes President of Argentina after defeating Carlos Menem.

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1803 – Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, philosopher, poet.

1878 – Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, legendary tap dancer.

1892 – Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslavian soldier and president.

1921 – Hal David, American songwriter.

1926 – Miles Davis, American jazz trumpeter.

1936 – Tom T. Hall, American country balladeer, songwriter, and country singer.

1970 – Jamie Kennedy, (born James Harvey Kennedy), American comedian and actor.

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Music Events May 25th

1961, The Temperance Seven were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’re Driving Me Crazy’, their only UK No.1 single. The song gave producer George Martin his first No.1. I compered them once….grumpy lot!

1965, Blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, Sonny Boy Williamson died in his sleep. Van Morrison, Aerosmith, The Who, The Animals, Yardbirds and Moody Blues all covered his songs. According to the Led Zeppelin biography Hammer of the Gods, touring the UK in the 60′s, Sonny Boy set his hotel room on fire while trying to cook a rabbit in a coffee percolator.

1967, Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’, entered the UK chart for the first time, it went on to be a number 1 hit.

1967, Pink Floyd appeared at the Gwent Constabulary (‘A’ Division) Spring Holiday Barn Dance, held at The Barn, Grosmont Wood Farm in Cross Ash, Wales, UK.

1968, Simon and Garfunkel scored their second US No.1 album with ‘Bookends’.

1969, A benefit concert was held for Fairport Convention at The Roundhouse, London to raise money for the families of the band’s drummer Martin Lamble, Richard Thompson’s girlfriend and clothes designer Jeannie Franklyn who were all killed in an accident driving back from a gig. Also on the bill, Family, Pretty Things, Soft Machine and John Peel.

1973, Carole King played a concert in New York’s Central Park, which attracted an audience of 100,000. I’d love to have been there.

1973, During a 21-date UK tour Wings played the first of three sold out nights at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1974, Cockney Rebel and Be Bop Deluxe appeared at Friars, Aylesbury, England.
1974, Rick Wakeman became the first member of the group Yes to have a No.1 UK album when ‘Journey To The Centre Of The Earth’ went to the top of the charts.
1978, After seeing The Hype (soon to become U2) appearing at the Project Arts Centre, in Dublin, Paul McGuinness became their manager. Good shout!
1985, Dire Straits scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘Brothers In Arms’, also No.1 in the US and 24 other countries. It went on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide….and I love the album!

1985, Wham! started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Everything She Wants.’

1990, Fleetwood Mac played the first of 42 North American dates on their Behind The Mask world tour at the PNE Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. Squeeze were the opening act.

1991, Michael Bolton went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Time, Love and Tenderness.’
1992, Khalil Roundtree, tour manager of Boyz II Men, was killed by gunfire after a scuffle in an elevator on the 26th floor of a hotel in Chicago; their assistant tour manager was also injured. So tell us more…

1995, The earliest known recording of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, from 1961, was sold at Christies in London for £50,250 ($85,425).
1996, Gina G had her first UK No.1 hit single when ‘Ooh Aah…Just A Little Bit’ went to the top of the charts for 1 week. Australian singer Gina was representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest where she finished in eighth place in the contest. I hadn’t realised she was an Aussie.

1997, A report showed that Elvis Presley was now the world’s bestselling posthumous entertainer with worldwide sales of over one billion, over 480 active fan clubs and an estimated 250,000 UK fans who still buy his records. Ironically he had died owing $3 million (£1.76 million). I can hardly believe this!

1997, Michael Jackson went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Blood On The Dance Floor.’
2000, UK Supermarket chain ASDA decided to cancel a signing tour planned to promote Boyzone’s Mikey Graham’s debut solo single ‘Like An Angel’ after he admitted that he had used cannabis and gone on alcohol benders with his fellow Boyz.
2001, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher won a damages settlement from The Daily Mirror after they claimed he lied in court during divorce proceedings with Meg Matthews.

2003, 50 Cent started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ’21 Questions’, the rapper’s second US No.1.

2003, Jemini, the UK entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, failed to get a single point, the first time a UK entry had ended up with nul points. The first nul pointers came in 1962, six years after the contest started, when four countries Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain all failed to register. Too much politics in this event.

2004, Madonna cancelled three shows in Israel after terrorists threatened to kill her and her kids. A spokesperson said she was targeted because she symbolises the West and not because she practises the Jewish faith Kabbalah.

2006, Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter Desmond Dekker died of a heart attack at his home in London, England. Had one of the first international Jamaican hits in 1968, with the ‘Israelites’. Sad.

2007, Sixties pop star Wayne Fontana was remanded in custody after admitting pouring petrol over a bailiff’s car and setting fire to it. The judge criticised the former lead singer of the Mindbenders, for arriving at Derby Crown court dressed as the Lady of Justice. He had to hand a sword and scales to guards but still wore a crown, cape and dark glasses, claiming “justice is blind”.2008, The Ting Tings went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut album ‘We Started Nothing’.

2008, Rihanna scored her second UK No.1 hit sin

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Sunday 24th May 2015 Groovy Kind of Love!

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View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  2007, Sixties pop star Wayne Fontana was remanded in custody after admitting pouring petrol over a bailiff’s car and setting fire to it. The judge criticised the former lead singer of the Mindbenders, for arriving at Derby Crown court dressed as the Lady of Justice. He had to hand a sword and scales to guards but still wore a crown, cape and dark glasses, claiming “justice is blind”.

We started very early yesterday morning. The weather was beautiful and we went down to the Forum Mare Nostrum where there was an event in aid of the Spanish Cancer Charity AECC. There is a hard core of very wonderful helpers who are ever present at these events. Almost immediately the event started the usual suspects were bringing in their quipment and setting up their stalls. These people have my undying admiration and there are many people who owe them a debt of gratitude.

I stayed with Anne and Nuria on our stall for a while and then I went for a walk with Chloe. We walked through Alfaz del Pi as far as the train station and then went back to the Forum. The town had a nice atmosphere with many people sitting out on the pavements enjoying the sunshine.The bunting is still advertising the fact that the elections are being held today.

I came home with Chloe and prepared the salads for Nuria and Anne. After we’d eaten them Nuria went back to her family and we had a rest before going down to Albir for the 6 pm mass. The church was quite full and it was still very hot. The children came to stay with us yesterday evening. Let the games begin!

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 Events 25th May

1234 – The Mongols took Kaifeng and destroyed the Chin dynasty.

1660 – Charles II, the exiled king of England, landed at Dover, England, to assume the throne and end 11 years of military rule. We still haven’t got the systems right.

1768 – James Cook sailed on his first voyage of discovery, on which he explored the Society Islands and charted the coasts of New Zealand and West Australia.

1787 – The Constitutional Convention was convened in Philadelphia with 55 delegates (a quorum) to compose the Constitution of the United States of America.

1793 – In Baltimore, Maryland, Father Stephen Theodore Badin became the first Catholic priest to be ordained in the United States.

1914 – The British House of Commons passed the Irish Home Rule bill.

1925 – John T. Scopes was indicted in Tennessee for teaching Charles Darwin‘s theory of evolution.  Brilliant

1927 – Ford Motor Company announced the end of the Model T and its replacement by the Model A.

1935 – Babe Ruth hit the 714th and final home run of his career, for the Boston Braves, in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. An amazing player

1935 – American athlete Jesse Owens set a record six world records in less than one hour in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He was amazing.

1946 – Transjordan (now Jordan) became a kingdom.

1979 – An American Airlines DC-10 crashed during takeoff at Chicago‘s O’Hare International Airport, killing 275 people. I feel very sad reading this.

1992 – Jay Leno made his debut as permanent host of NBC’s “Tonight Show,” succeeding Johnny Carson. Just retired.

2003 – Néstor Kirchner becomes President of Argentina after defeating Carlos Menem.

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1803 – Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, philosopher, poet.

1878 – Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, legendary tap dancer.

1892 – Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslavian soldier and president.

1921 – Hal David, American songwriter.

1926 – Miles Davis, American jazz trumpeter.

1936 – Tom T. Hall, American country balladeer, songwriter, and country singer.

1970 – Jamie Kennedy, (born James Harvey Kennedy), American comedian and actor.

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Music Events May 25th

1961, The Temperance Seven were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’re Driving Me Crazy’, their only UK No.1 single. The song gave producer George Martin his first No.1.

1965, Blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, Sonny Boy Williamson died in his sleep. Van Morrison, Aerosmith, The Who, The Animals, Yardbirds and Moody Blues all covered his songs. According to the Led Zeppelin biography Hammer of the Gods, touring the UK in the 60′s, Sonny Boy set his hotel room on fire while trying to cook a rabbit in a coffee percolator.

1967, Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’, entered the UK chart for the first time, it went on to be a number 1 hit.

1967, Pink Floyd appeared at the Gwent Constabulary (‘A’ Division) Spring Holiday Barn Dance, held at The Barn, Grosmont Wood Farm in Cross Ash, Wales, UK.

1968, Simon and Garfunkel scored their second US No.1 album with ‘Bookends’.

1969, A benefit concert was held for Fairport Convention at The Roundhouse, London to raise money for the families of the band’s drummer Martin Lamble, Richard Thompson’s girlfriend and clothes designer Jeannie Franklyn who were all killed in an accident driving back from a gig. Also on the bill, Family, Pretty Things, Soft Machine and John Peel.

1973, Carole King played a concert in New York’s Central Park, which attracted an audience of 100,000.

1973, During a 21-date UK tour Wings played the first of three sold out nights at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.

1974, Cockney Rebel and Be Bop Deluxe appeared at Friars, Aylesbury, England.
1974, Rick Wakeman became the first member of the group Yes to have a No.1 UK album when ‘Journey To The Centre Of The Earth’ went to the top of the charts.

1978, After seeing The Hype (soon to become U2) appearing at the Project Arts Centre, in Dublin, Paul McGuinness became their manager.

1981, Slade appeared at The Oxford New Theatre, Oxford, England.

1985, Dire Straits scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘Brothers In Arms’, also No.1 in the US and 24 other countries. It went on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide.

1985, Wham! started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Everything She Wants.’

1990, Fleetwood Mac played the first of 42 North American dates on their Behind The Mask world tour at the PNE Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. Squeeze were the opening act.

1991, Mariah Carey scored her fourth US No.1 single with ‘I Don’t Wanna Cry’, not a hit in the UK.

1991, Michael Bolton went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Time, Love and Tenderness.’
1992, Khalil Roundtree, tour manager of Boyz II Men, was killed by gunfire after a scuffle in an elevator on the 26th floor of a hotel in Chicago; their assistant tour manager was also injured.

1995, The earliest known recording of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, from 1961, was sold at Christies in London for £50,250 ($85,425).

1996, Gina G had her first UK No.1 hit single when ‘Ooh Aah…Just A Little Bit’ went to the top of the charts for 1 week. Australian singer Gina was representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest where she finished in eighth place in the contest.

1997, A report showed that Elvis Presley was now the world’s bestselling posthumous entertainer with worldwide sales of over one billion, over 480 active fan clubs and an estimated 250,000 UK fans who still buy his records. Ironically he had died owing $3 million (£1.76 million).

1997, Michael Jackson went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Blood On The Dance Floor.’
2000, UK Supermarket chain ASDA decided to cancel a signing tour planned to promote Boyzone’s Mikey Graham’s debut solo single ‘Like An Angel’ after he admitted that he had used cannabis and gone on alcohol benders with his fellow Boyz.
2001, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher won a damages settlement from The Daily Mirror after they claimed he lied in court during divorce proceedings with Meg Matthews.

2003, 50 Cent started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ’21 Questions’, the rapper’s second US No.1.2003, Jemini, the UK entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, failed to get a single point, the first time a UK entry had ended up with nul points. The first nul pointers came in 1962, six years after the contest started, when four countries Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain all failed to register.

2004, Madonna cancelled three shows in Israel after terrorists threatened to kill her and her kids. A spokesperson said she was targeted because she symbolises the West and not because she practises the Jewish faith Kabbalah.

2006, Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter Desmond Dekker died of a heart attack at his home in London, England. Had one of the first international Jamaican hits in 1968, with the ‘Israelites’.

2007, Sixties pop star Wayne Fontana was remanded in custody after admitting pouring petrol over a bailiff’s car and setting fire to it. The judge criticised the former lead singer of the Mindbenders, for arriving at Derby Crown court dressed as the Lady of Justice. He had to hand a sword and scales to guards but still wore a crown, cape and dark glasses, claiming “justice is blind”.

2008, The Ting Tings went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut album ‘We Started Nothing’.

2008, Rihanna scored her second UK No.1 hit single

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1921,Hal David, US songwriter, pianist and arranger, with Burt Bacharach. Wrote many classic songs including, ‘Close To You’, ’24 Hours From Tulsa’, ‘Make It Easy On Yourself’, ‘Magic Moments’, ‘I Say A Little Prayer’. Won two Oscars for film score ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’, for ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’.

1936,  Donnie Elbert, US soul singer who had a 1972 US No.22 & UK No.11 single with ‘I Can’t Help Myself, Sugar Pie Honey Bunch’. He died on January 26th 1989.

1942,  Brian Davison, The Nice, (1968 UK No.21 single ‘America’).

1943, John Palmer, Family, (1971 UK No.4 single ‘In My Own Time’).

1945,  Dave Lee Travis, BBC Radio 1 and TV presenter. (1976 UK No.4 single ‘Convoy GB’ as Laurie Lingo and the Dipsticks).

1947,Mitchel Margo, The Tokens, (1961 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’).

1948,  Klaus Meine, The Scorpions, (1991 UK No.2 single ‘Wind Of Change’).
1955, John Grimaldi, Argent, (1972 UK No.5 single ‘Hold Your Head Up’).

1958, Paul Weller, UK singer, guitarist, songwriter, The Jam, (1980 UK No.1 single ‘Going Underground’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles). Style Council, (1983 UK No.3 single ‘Long Hot Summer’, plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles). Solo (1995 UK No.7 single ‘The Changing Man’).

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Saturday 23rd May 2015 Sheenagh is still a punk rocker!

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View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.  2006, The King of Sweden presented the surviving members of Led Zeppelin with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm recognising them as “great pioneers” of rock music. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were joined by the daughter of drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980. The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, manager of Swedish pop group Abba, who named it after his record label, Polar Records previous winners include Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and producer Quincy Jones.

It was a bit colder yesterday. I was awake at 8 pm as my neighbour needed me to move the car. He had a bowser delivering water for his swimming pool. I was still tired and grabbed another hour’s sleep. By the time I got up it was still a bit cooler but I had things to do in the studio. It’s time to prepare all the tax papers and I hate this job with a vengeance!  Never mind, we had a lovely meal to attend and it was in a lovely restaurant called Columbus in Altea. The company was excellent. The food was excellent. The service was excellent and the room was outstandingly good. Here’s an idea of the restaurant…..

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Thanks to yesterday’s Birthday girl Sheenagh for the folllowing…

A wife asks her husband, “Could you please go shopping for me and buy one carton of milk and if they have avocados, get 6.
A short time later the husband comes back with 6 cartons of milk.
The wife asks him, “Why did you buy 6 cartons of milk?”
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Water in the carburretor
WIFE: “There is trouble with the car. It has water in the carburetor.”
HUSBAND: “Water in the carburetor? That’s ridiculous ”
WIFE: “I tell you the car has water in the carburetor.”
HUSBAND: “You don’t even know what a carburetor is. I’ll check it out. Where’s the car?
WIFE: “In the pool”
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A young man wanted to get his beautiful blonde wife something nice for their first wedding anniversary. So he decided to buy her a cell  phone. He showed her the phone and explained to her all of its features.  Meg was excited to receive the gift and simply adored her new phone.
The next day Meg went shopping. Her phone rang and, to her astonishment, it was her husband on the other end.
“Hi Meg,” he said, “how do you like your new phone?”
Meg replied, “I just love it! It’s so small and your voice is clear as a bell, but there’s one thing I don’t understand though…”
“What’s that, sweetie?” asked her husband.
“How did you know I was at Carrefour?”
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Husband and wife had a tiff. Wife called up her mum and said, “He fought with me again, I am coming to live with you.”
Mom said, “No darling, he must pay for his mistake. I am coming to live with you.
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Today’s Short Reading from the Bible…
From Genesis: “And God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the earth.”
Then He made the earth round…and He laughed and laughed and laughed!

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Events 23rd May

1907 – The Bubonic Plague broke out in San Francisco.

1937 – In California, the Golden Gate Bridge was opened to pedestrian traffic. The bridge connected San Francisco and Marin County.

1941 – The German battleship Bismarckwas sunk by British naval and air forces. 2,300 people were killed.

1964 – Indian Prime Minister Jawaharla Nehru died.

1969 – Construction of Walt Disney World began inFlorida.

1985 – In Beijing, representatives of Britain and China exchanged instruments of ratification on the pact returning Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1997.

1994 – Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia. He had been in exile for two decades.

1995 – In Charlottesville, VA, Christopher Reeve was paralyzed after being thrown from his horse during a jumping event

.1999 – In The Hague, Netherlands, a war crimes tribunal indicted Slobodan Milosevic and four others for atrocities in Kosovo. It was the first time that a sitting head of state had been charged with such a crime.

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Music Events May 23rd

1960, The Everly Brothers started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Cathy’s Clown’, it spent seven weeks at No.1 in the UK.

1963, The Beatles, touring with Roy Orbison, performed at the Odeon Cinema, Nottingham, England.

1964, Ella Fitzgerald became the first artist to have a hit with a Beatles cover when ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ entered the UK chart.

1967, After several days abortive work at Abbey Road Studios, Pink Floyd moved to Sound Technique studios in Chelsea, London to record ‘See Emily Play’ and ‘Scarecrow’.

1970, Paul McCartney’s debut solo album, ‘McCartney’, started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart.

1970, The Beatles album ‘Let It Be’ started a three week run at No.1 on the UK chart, featuring ‘The Long And Winding Road’, ‘Across The Universe’ and ‘Let It Be.’

1970, The Grateful Dead played their first gig outside the US at ‘The Hollywood Rock Music Festival’, in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffs, England.

1973, Jefferson Airplane were prevented from giving a free concert in Golden Gate Park when San Francisco authorities passed a resolution banning electronic instruments. The group later wrote ‘We Built this City’ about the ban.
1974, George Harrison announced the launch of his own record label, ‘Dark Horse.’

1978, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their 117 show Darkness Tour at Shea’s Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York.

1979, Due to a record company dispute, Tom Petty was forced to file for bankruptcy owing $575,000 (£338,235). A long-running battle with his record company followed.

1981, Starsound ‘Stars on 45′ started a five week run at No.1 on the UK album chart.
1982, The UK Musicians Union moved a resolution to ban synthesizers and drum rhythm machines from sessions and live concerts fearing that their use would put musicians out of work.

1987, Swing Out Sister went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP ‘It’s Better To Travel’, their only UK No.1 album.

1987, Twelve former members of the Doobie Brothers reunited for a charity concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The show raised $350,000 for Vietnam veterans, about two-thousand of whom attended the show for free.
1991, New Kids On The Block played the first of five nights at Birmingham’s NEC.

1992, A statement issued by Freddie Mercury’s attorneys stated that Mercury had bequeathed the majority of his estate (£10 million – $17 million) to his long-time friend Mary Austin.

1992, Iron Maiden went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Fear Of The Dark’ their third No.1 album.

1998, Mariah Carey went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My All.’
1999, Shanks & Bigfoot with vocals by Sharon Woolf started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Sweet Like Chocolate.’
2000, Noel Gallagher walked out on his band Oasis during a European tour. The move was put down to a series of burst-ups with his brother Liam. The band drafted in replacement guitarist Matt Deighton for the rest of the European dates.

2002, Cliff Richard announced plans to launch a new wine ‘Vida Nova’. 27,000 bottles of the Portuguese red from the grapes of his 25 acre estate would go on sale at £8.99 ($15.28) a bottle.

2002, ‘Up For Grabs’ opened at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre featuring Madonna in the lead role. The first night crowd complained that the singer was lacking in vocal power and strained to hear her lines.
2002, Winners at the 47th Ivor Novello awards included, Dido for Songwriter of the year, Best song went to U2, ‘Walk On.’ Kylie Minogue won The Dance Award and Most Performed Work and International Hit for ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.’ Hear’say won Bestselling UK single for ‘Pure And Simple’. Mick Hucknall won Outstanding Song collection and Kate Bush was awarded Outstanding Contribution to British music.

2006, The king of Sweden presented the surviving members of Led Zeppelin with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm recognising them as “great pioneers” of rock music. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were joined by the daughter of drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980. The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, manager of Swedish pop group Abba, who named it after his record label, Polar Records previous winners include Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and producer Quincy Jones.

2009, Amy Winehouse cancelled her appearance at a concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Island Records. The event, scheduled to take place on 31st May at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, had now been cancelled completely, her management said.
2010, The Rolling Stones scored their first UK No.1 album for 16 years with the re-release of their classic 1972 double LP Exile On Main Street

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1928, ,Rosemary Clooney, American singer, (1954 UK No.1 single ‘This Ole House’). She died on 29th June 2002.
1934, Robert Moog, inventor of the synthesiser. He built his first electronic instrument, a theremin – aged 14 and made the MiniMoog, “the first compact, easy-to-use synthesiser” in 1970. He died on 21st Aug 2005 at his North Carolina home aged 71, four months after being diagnosed with brain cancer.
1943,  Norman Johnson, Chairmen Of The Board, (1970 UK & US No.3 single, ‘Give Me Just A Little More Time’).
1944,  Raymond Fulwood, Parliament, Funkadelic, (1978 US No.16 album ‘One Nation Under A Groove’).
1946,  Daniel Klein, bass, J Geils Band, (1982 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Centrefold’).
1947,  Bill Hunt, Electric Light Orchestra, (1979 UK No.3 & US No.4 single ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’, plus 26 other Top 40 hits).
1953,  Rick Fenn, 10cc, (1975 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ‘I’m Not In Love’, plus 10 other UK Top 30 hits including two No.1′s).

1967,  Junior Waite, Musical Youth, (1982 UK No.1 single ‘Pass The Dutchie’).
1974,  Richard Jones, bass, Stereophonics, (2001 UK No.1 album ‘Not Enough Education’, 2001 UK No.4 single ‘Handbags And Gladrags’).
1975,  KT Tunstall, UK singer, songwriter, 2005, UK No.3 album, ‘Eye To The Telescope’.

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Friday 22nd May 2015 Sheenagh is a Punk Rocker!

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View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.     2000, Robbie Williams set up a children’s charity with the cash he earned from a deal with Pepsi. The trust, ‘Give It Sum’, boasted £2m seed money. Beneficiaries would include UNICEF and Jeans For Genes.

It’ our friend Sheenagh’s birthday today and we heard a whisper she might be a little older than 21.  I know she reads the blog so……Feliz Cumpleaños and we hope you have a really nice day. Can Sheenagh spot herself in any of the following photos?

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We went down to Alfaz and did a bit of running around getting tax papers from the bank and organising a few other necessary items. I had got up nice and early to do the podcast with Don Woods….here’s  the content…..

The song I’ve sent you this week is a demo from way back with an interesting tale….I originally wrote it for Cannon and Ball who I understood liked it but I didn’t like hanging about in those days waiting for people to make their minds up…so I dropped a cassette of the song off at one of our local theatres where The Krankies were performing….soon after I got a nice letter from them saying they would like to put the song in their act….so there I was watching the Royal Command on the Palladium and on they come and sing the song….they also did it on several TV shows….about 10 years later I was on the same show as them and made myself known and we became good friends and I have been writing songs for their pantomimes ever since….never heard from Cannon and Ball….I think they recorded “Wind Beneath My Wings” instead,,,which got nowhere…shame.

  There are moves afoot to teach young learner drivers how to drive properly….as there have been so many accidents with newly qualified drivers……this has to be a good thing because the quality of driving…especially from the young…is terrible….they are also considering halving the drink drive limit….not before time….I got done a few years back for speeding (35 in a thirty limit)….and I had a choice pay the 60 quid fine and get three points on my licence…or pay 90 quid and go on a course and not get the three points….so off I went on the course with the intention of letting them know I was a professional driver with 45 years experience and NO-ONE could tell me how to drive….how wrong I was….the course was brilliant and I learnt so much…THIS is what is required for everyone as far as I’m concerned….then perhaps some of these would be would Lewis Hamiltons may live longer.

…..I watched a programme on 20 things which rocked the world…..we were reminded of Diana’s crash….the sinking of the Belgrano….the Lockerby disaster…and quite high up the list was DAVID BECKHAM’S alleged affair with Rebecca Loos….so this amazing,unbelievable event ROCKED THE WORLD!!!….am I missing something??? here’s me thinking Beckham is an over-rated,overpaid so called celeb with not a lot of brain cells married to another celeb who needs to EAT!!!…..but there you go…I MUST be wrong.

And that is why journalism is in the state its in….I doubt if anyone could care whether Mr.Beckham slept with the Queen of Sheba.

Then we have Sterling  who wants to leave Liverpool because he’s not happy with his 100 thousand pounds a WEEK…I’m sure the queue for the food banks will be delighted for him.

…..I hate to say it but I do enjoy the Eurovision….it’s a great spectacle and we don’t have to endure a bunch of talentless plonkers passing judgement….I quite like our entry although it’s a bit dated..but that could be a good thing….I haven’t seen it performed which is usually what it’s all about…as with the bearded lady….no doubt the vote will be political as usual but it’s still good entertainment…ANYTHING but Britain’s Got Talent!!….however I have seen half of one of the semi finals…..I couldn’t face the second half…so I might be switching channels

 ….And finally…this weekend the THREE QUEENS will be sailing down the Mersey….and I am NOT talking about You,Me and Dave O’Connor!!!….it’s The Queen Victoria,the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mary…so there will be a lot of spectators along both sides of the River….it should be a great spectacle….

And speaking of queens there was a strange case of a firm being taken to court because they refused to make a wedding cake for a gay marriage….they said it was against their Christian belief…and the court ruled in favour of the customers….saying the firm were discriminating against gays…..what a load of tripe…..a contract is made when you purchase something…there has to be an offer and acceptance….the offer is not made by the seller as everyone thinks…they merely display their wares and invite the BUYER to make an offer which they can either accept or refuse…that’s it….the firm should have just said “no” and that would have been that…there doesn’t have to be a reason….so the court got it wrong I’m afraid.

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Events 22nd May

1455 – In the opening battle of England’s War of the Roses, the Yorkists defeated King Henry VI’s Lancastrian forces at St. Albans, near London, capturing Henry VI and killing Edmund Beaufort, Duke of Somerset.

1761 – The first life insurance policy in the United States was issued, in Philadelphia.

1819 – The U.S. steamboat Savannah made the first transatlantic crossing.

1843 – A massive wagon train of 1,000 settlers, called the “Great Emigration,” set off down the Oregon Trail from Independence, Missouri.

1868 – The “Great Train Robbery” took place in Indiana, as seven members of the Reno gang made off with $98,000.

1902 – Crater Lake National Park was established.

1908 – The Wright brothers registered their flying machine for a U.S. patent.

1939 – Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signed a “Pact of Steel” forming the Axis powers. 1947 – The Truman Doctrine was enacted, appropriating military and economic aid for Greece and Turkey.

1967 – The children’s program “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” premiered on TV. 1972 – Ceylon became the republic of Sri Lanka.

1979 – Canadians voted in parliamentary elections that put the Progressive Conservative party in power, ending the 11-year tenure of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

1990 – After 150 years apart, pro-Western North Yemen and Marxist South Yemen merged to form the Republic of Yemen. 1992 – Johnny Carson hosted his last “Tonight Show,” where he had reigned for nearly 30 years. 2001 – The original manuscript of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” was bought at auction for $2,430,000, a world record price.

Births

1813 – (Wilhelm) Richard Wagner, German composer. 1859 – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, British physician, writer, creator of the character Sherlock Holmes. 1907 – Sir Laurence Olivier, Academy Award-winning actor.

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Music Events May 22nd

1958, Jerry Lee Lewis arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport to begin his first British tour, along with his new bride, 14 year old third cousin, Myra.

1964, The Beatles arrived back from their first US trip at Heathrow Airport and were greeted by thousands of fans. 1965, The Beatles US No.1 – ‘Ticket To Ride

1968, Gary Puckett And The Union Gap UK No.1- ‘Young Girl.’ 1970, This week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5, ‘Daughter Of Darkness’, Tom Jones, No.4, ‘Question’, The Moody Blues, No.3, ‘Yellow River’, Christie, No.2, ‘Spirit In The Sky’, Norman Greenbaum and No.1, ‘Back Home’, The England World Cup Squad.

1976, Wings US No.1 – ‘Silly Love Songs’,UK No.2 1980, U2 kicked off their 23 date ‘11 O’Clock Tick Tock’ tour at The Hope & Anchor in London.

1982, Madness UK No.1 album – ‘Complete Madness

1991, Wil Sinnott from The Shamen drowned while swimming off the coast of La Gomera when he was pulled under by strong currents.

1993, Swedish group Ace Of Base UK No.1 – ‘All That She Wants’,

2000, Robbie Williams set up a children’s charity with the cash he earned from a deal with Pepsi. The trust, ‘Give It Sum’, boasted £2m seed money. Beneficiaries would include UNICEF and Jeans For Genes.

2002, Adam Ant appeared at The Old Bailey in London charged with possession of an imitation firearm. 2005, Oasis UK No.1 – ‘Lyla’

2005, Dave Matthews Band US No.1

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1924, Charles Aznavour

1931, Kenny Ball,

1941, Bruce Rowlands, Fairport Convention 1950, Bernie Taupin

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Thursday 21st May 2015 Dance Tonight

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View vince tracy's profile on LinkedInFollow Me on Pinterest ResizeImageHandler Google+ Life Quotes by Great-Quotes.com “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw CIMG6891Remember, you can listen to the day’s story of the music whilst reading my blog by clicking this link.   1988, Wet Wet Wet and Billy Bragg were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ and ‘She’s Leaving Home.’ The two Beatles songs had been recorded for the childline charity. Sales of the single were over £600,000, all of which was donated to ChildLine

I was up at the crack of dawn yesterday morning. It was a little cooler but I was walking with my friend Roberto and we had lots to discuss. The traffic was heavy around the Burgerking Interchange but thinned out as we walked towards Benidorm. It’s a long walk but when we are engrossed in the language the time flies by and before we knew it we were halfway round and ready for our coffee.. There was an interesting plaque on the wall and Roberto interpreted it for me. This was an invaluable part of our morning and I found out a lot about the South American continent. The market was heaving as we passed the Benidorm Football stadium and it was good to see so many people attending. By the time we arrived at our destination we had enjoyed many topics and both practised our target language.

After a nice salad I made a start on the annual accounts and had done quite a lot of the preparatory work before it was time to go to my Spanish class. It was just me and the two Germans and we enjoyed another good quality session speaking only in Spanish. Finally, I popped in to see Nuria and the children. The key had gone missing and I found myself shinning over the garden wall. This brought back a few memories!

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The wonder of sleep!  I go to bed feeling absolutely cream crackered and my head rests heavy on my pillow after another day’s endeavours, trials and tribulations and there’s the usual couple of visits to the bathroom during the night. However, when I awake I usually feel so refreshed and ready to take the baton for the day ahead. This is the mind-blowing value of sleep. God only knows what really goes on and where our mind goes whilst we are sleeping. I’m sure the scientists will give us all their jargon about the various stages we go through and the accompanying value of each stage but does anyone really know what happens?  The boffins can put as many electrodes as they like on the heads of as many volunteers as they like. We still don’t know where we go to in the spirit sense. I go to my energy source and I still don’t know who or what fixes me when I need fixing but whoever or whatever it might be does a great job and I am truly thankful!

CIMG6869 We have an immense amount of things to do at this moment in time. The expression is tying up loose ends but I suddenly feel how a farmer must feel taking the sheep to a different destination. I need a couple of good sheepdogs to help me and all I have is a grey Persian cat who wanders around as if he owns the place. I’ve no idea where he goes during his day but he has a built-in food receptor which aligns with the opening of the fridge door. Any time food is being prepared and we need access to the fridge he suddenly appears from nowhere. It’s almost as if he’s a member of the Startrek cast and he is transported to the side of the fridge when the door is opened. It’s a very special talent.

THE ARGYLE THEATRE: WIRRAL’S VARIETY PIONEER
During the 1960s, I used to see the remains of the Argyle Theatre as I travelled by the blue Birkenhead Corporation bus along Argyle Street. The Theatre had long been closed, and only a shell of the building remained after it was bombed at the start of the Second World War. You could still see the name of the theatre in the stonework near the top of the building. Inside, the old theatre had no roof and the floor was mostly covered with rubble and beams which had fallen after the bomb damage. Its sad state at that time did not provide any clues regarding its famous history.

The Argyle Theatre was opened in December 1868 by the proprietor of Liverpool Rotunda Music Hall, Denis Grannell,  and was called, at first, The Argyle Music Hall. The theatre seated around 800. The audorium had pillars, and long galleries on either side. In 1876, it was renamed “The Prince of Wales Theatre”. Many plays were performed there until 1896, but the theatre was then renamed again The Argyle Theatre, by which it was known for most of its existence.

In 1888, Dennis J. Clarke, the nephew of Denis Grannell, joined as Assistant Manager, and in 1890, he took over as owner and manager of the theatre. He was a councillor and businessman. He was able to arrange for stars of the day to perform at the theatre. These included such famous names as Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Marie Lloyd and Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen.

Other famous names who performed there were Morecambe and Wise, Stan Laurel, Barbara Stanwyck and Harry Lauder.

George Formby, (Junior), the banjo-playing  entertainer, also made one of his earliest performances at the Argyle in 1921, but met with a negative approval and was booed off the stage!

The Argyle was famous for being the first theatre in Britain to host radio broadcasts, apart from being the starting point for many famous star careers. The Argyle was the only British Music Hall to broadcast directly to the U.S.A.. In the Argyle’s 50th broadcast performance, it declared itself to be “A cradle of stars”, owing to the fact that many of the performers at the theatre had forged their careers there. Many of these performers are well-known today for their later appearances on television and radio.

In 1896, Dennis J. Clarke announced that the Argyle’s Vitagraph moving picture display was the first such display of moving pictures in England outside London. This Vitagraph equipment was Thomas Edison’s Living Pictures display, and in 1910, it showed the funeral of King Edward VII, and in 1911, the Coronation of King George and Queen Mary. The Argyle Theatre showed many films and newsreels, but it succeeded mostly as a variety theatre, offering fledgling performers a chance of fame.

Dennis J. Clarke, as a businessman, also took over The Hippodrome theatre in Grange Road in 1916, which he ran successfully until 1934, when the building was sold to the Birkenhead Co-operative Society, who built a department store on the site.

Dennis J. Clarke died in 1934, and his sons took over the running of the Argyle Theatre until 1940.

On 21st September, 1940, during a World War II blitz, the Argyle Theatre was hit by a bomb, and although the outside walls remained, the interior of the theatre was badly damaged. The theatre was never repaired, and never re-opened. Nevertheless, the shell of the building stood for another 33 years, until it was finally demolished in 1973. The former Argyle Public House which was next to the theatre was also demolished, after being declared unsafe.

A large decorative stone sign from the building was removed during demolition and placed in the Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead as a memorial to this pioneering theatre. The inscription on the stone reads:

“Argyle Theatre of Varieties. Two performances nightly.”

The site of the Argyle Theatre is now occupied by department store Beattie’s Car Park, and standing in the centre of this plot, it can be seen how large the Argyle Theatre used to be in its heyday. The Argyle Theatre was a true pioneer of broadcasting, as well as a key venue for stars of the day to begin their careers, and its contribution on Wirral to entertainment across Britain should not be under-estimated.

Phil Ronald-Price

CIMG7327I’m adding an article written by a favourite doctor of mine. I suspect he might come from Japan and I think he often makes a lot of sense.

William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.
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Q: Doctor,  I’ve heard that  cardiovascular exercise can prolong life.  Is this true?
A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that’s it…don’t waste it on exercise.  Everything wear out eventually.  Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it’s like saying you extend life of car by driving faster.  Want to live longer?  Take nap.

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?
A: You must grasp logistical efficiency.  What does cow eat?   Hay and corn.  And what are these?   Vegetables..  So steak is nothing more than efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system.  Need grain?  Eat chicken.  Beef also good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable).  And pork chop can give you 100% of recommended daily allowance of vegetable product.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A:  No, not at all.  Wine made from fruit.  Brandy is distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way.  Beer also made of grain.  Bottom up!

Q: How  can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one.  If you have two bodies, your ratio two to one, etc.

Q: What  are some of  the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
A: Can’t think of single one, sorry.  My philosophy is: No pain…good!

Q:  Aren’t fried foods bad for you?
A:  YOU NOT LISTENING!  Food are fried these day in vegetable oil.  In fact, they permeated by it.  How could getting more vegetable be bad for you?!?

Q:  Will  sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
A: Definitely not!  When you exercise muscle, it get bigger.  You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.

Q:  Is chocolate bad for me?
A:  Are you crazy?!?  HEL-LO-O!!  Cocoa bean!  Another vegetable!  It best feel-good food around!

Q:  Is swimming good for your figure?
A:  If swimming good for your figure, explain whale to me..

Q:  Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?
A:  Hey!  ‘Round’ a shape!

Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.

And  remember:
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways – Chardonnay in one hand – chocolate in the other – body thoroughly used up,  totally worn out and screaming “WOO-HOO, what a  ride!!”

AND…..

For  those of you who watch what you eat, here’s the final word on nutrition and health.  It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional  studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine
and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine
and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of  sausages and fats
and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

CONCLUSION:

Eat and drink what you like.
Speaking English is apparently what kills you

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Events 21st May

0996 – Sixteen year old Otto III was crowned the Roman Emperor. Very sensible

1471 – King Henry VI was killed in the tower of London. Edward IV took the throne. Nice people

1602 – Martha’s Vineyard was first sighted by Captain Bartholomew Gosnold. Any groups playing?

1688 – The English poet Alexander Pope was born. Not THE pope!

1790 – Paris was divided into 48 zones. Bien

1819 – Bicycles were first seen in the U.S. in New York City. They were originally known as “swift walkers.”  OK

1840 – New Zealand was declared a British colony. Anything to get the Maouris to play rugby

1891 – Peter Jackson and Jim Corbett fought for 61 rounds only to end in a draw. Was it worth starting?

1927 – Charles A. Lindberg completed the first solo nonstop airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The trip began May 20.  Brave man

1956 – The U.S. exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean over Bikini Atoll.  Horrible!

1968 – The nuclear-powered U.S. submarine Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, was last heard from. The remains of the sub were later found on the ocean floor 400 miles southwest of the Azores. Very sad

1982 – The British landed in the Falkland Islands and fighting began.  Silly war

1998 – In Miami, FL, five abortion clinics were hit by an  acid-attacker.  feelings ran high

Music Stuff May 21st
1955, Eddie Calvert was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of ‘Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White.’
1963, The Beatles, recorded record two BBC radio programs at the Playhouse Theatre in London.
1964, The Four Pennies UK No.1 – ‘Juliet’.
1965, The Four Tops appeared on ‘Ready Steady Goes Live!’
1967, Jimi Hendrix signed with Reprise Records on the US Warner Brothers label.
1968, Rolling Stone Brian Jones appeared at Great Marlborough Street Magistrates court, London on a charge of possession of marijuana,
1971, Free announced that they were splitting up.
1977, Rod Stewart UK No.1  with the double A sided single ‘I Don’t Want To Talk About It / First Cut Is The Deepest.’
1977, Stevie Wonder  US No 1  with his tribute to Duke Ellington, ‘Sir Duke’,UK No.2
1979, Elton John started a tour of Russia- the first Western star ever to do so.
1982, Manchester Hacienda Club – opened. Madonna made her UK TV debut at the club when C4 music show The Tube was broadcast live. Home to many Manchester acts including Oasis, Happy Mondays, U2, The Smiths, Charlatans, James, M People who all played at the club. (The club closed in 1997).
1983, David Bowie US No.1-‘Let’s Dance’, featuring blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.
1983, Michael Jackson’s  ‘Thriller’ went back to UK No.1 for the third time
1988, Prince – first UK No.1 album  ‘Lovesexy.’
1988, Wet Wet Wet and Billy Bragg were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ and ‘She’s Leaving Home.’ The two Beatles songs had been recorded for the childLline charity. Sales of the single were over £600,000, all of which was donated to ChildLine .
1994, Manchester United Football Club along with Status  Quo UK  No.1 – ‘Come On You Reds’.
2001, Producer, arranger and keyboardist Tommy Eyre died of cancer aged 51. Worked with George Harrison, Wham! Dusty Springfield, and BB King. Played and arranged Joe Cocker’s hit ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ and Gerry Rafferty’s ‘Baker Street’.
2003, Mariah Carey hit back at Eminem’s threats to sample the slushy voicemail messages she left on his mobile.
2003, Soul singer James Brown was pardoned for his past crimes in the US state of South Carolina.
2009, Natalie Cole was recovering after undergoing a kidney transplant.
Birthday Boys and Girls May 21st

1904,, Fats Waller, US blues singer
1941,  Ronald Isley, The Isley Brothers
1943, Hilton Valentine, guitar, The Animals,
1943,  John Dalton, The Kinks
1943,  Vincent Crane, keyboards, The Crazy world of Arthur Brown
1948,  Leo Sayer
1958,  Mike Barson, keyboards, Madness

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