PCPB Takes You on a Music History Tour in This Week’s Edition of On This Dayuser 3 months ago
May The Fourth Be With You! Welcome to the first OTD for May, this week we kick off our music history tour in 1956 with Gene Vincent and the classic track ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula.’
On This Day…
Gene Vincent recorded the classic rock ‘n roll song ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula ‘, at Owen Bradley’s Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. The song went on to be the US and the UK Top 20 Hit in this year. Vincent has said that he wrote the words to the song after being inspired by a comic strip called “Little Lulu“.
The Young Rascals started a four week run at No.1 on the US Singles chart with ‘Groovin.’ Atlantic Records head Jerry Wexler did not want to release the song. However, US disc jockey Murray the K heard the track and encouraged Atlantic to release it.
Mary Hopkin won her heat on the ITV talent show ‘Opportunity Knocks‘. She later signed with The Beatles-owned Apple Records. Paul McCartney produced her UK No.1 single ‘Those Were The Days ‘, which also made No. 2 in the US. Hopkin later married record producer Tony Visconti.
Four students at Kent University were killed and eleven wounded by National Guard troops at a campus demonstration protesting the escalation of the Vietnam War. The incident inspired Neil Young to compose ‘Ohio ‘ which became a hit for Crosby Stills Nash & Young.
Led Zeppelin opened their 1973 North American tour, which was billed as the “biggest and most profitable rock & roll tour in the history of the United States“. The group would gross over $4 million from the dates, flying between gigs in “The Starship” a Boeing 720 passenger jet, complete with bar, shower room, TV and video in a 30′ lounge and a white fur bedroom.
Grand Funk Railroad started a two week run at No.1 on the US Singles chart with their version of the Little Eva hit ‘The Loco-Motion.’ It was only the second time that a cover version had been a No.1 as well as the original.
American blues vocalist, harmonica player Paul Butterfield, who fronted The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, died at his home in North Hollywood, California, of drug-related heart failure, he was 44. Butterfield gained international recognition, as one of the early acts performing during the Summer of Love, at Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock festival.
Stevie Ray Vaughan set out on what would be his last ever tour at the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia. The guitarist was killed in a helicopter crash on 27th Aug 1999 after a concert at Alpine Valley Music Theater in Wisconsin, after playing 107 of the 110 dates.
Cher scored her first solo UK No.1 single with ‘The Shoop Shoop Song ‘ from the film “Mermaids“. The song had been a hit for Betty Everett on 1964, and gave Cher her first No.1 in the UK since 1965’s ‘I Got You Babe.’
Alanis Morissette started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK Album chart with Jagged Little Pill. The record produced six successful singles, including ‘You Oughta Know ‘, ‘Ironic ‘, ‘You Learn ‘, ‘Hand in My Pocket ‘, and ‘Head over Feet ‘.
George Michael scored his seventh UK No.1 single as a solo artist when ‘Fastlove ‘ started a three-week run at the top of the chart. The second of six singles to be taken from George’s comeback album Older.
Courtney Love placed an advert in The Seattle Times selling the house she had shared with Kurt Cobain. The five bedroom four bathroom house was on the market for $3m. The carriage house where Kurt Cobain died had been knocked down during refurbishment.
Metallica was demanding online music service Napster cut off 335,000 users who they claimed had been illegally trading their songs. The band had passed on the names of all those they considered to be “stealing” their material over the internet in the latest development in an ongoing battle over the protection of music copyrights on the web.
Madonna‘s latest album Hard Candy went straight to No.1 in the UK, giving the singer a chart double, with her song 4 Minutes, featuring Justin Timberlake, on top of the singles chart for the third week. Hard Candy was Madonna’s 10th number one album.
Thieves broke into the childhood home of Motown star Martha Reeves and stole about $1 million worth of uninsured recording equipment, including speakers, microphones and karaoke machines. A suspect was arrested at his home later in the day after he tried to sell the goods to a pawn shop for $400.
American rapper, musician, film director, and human rights activist Adam Yauch died of cancer aged 47. He was best known as a founding member of the hip-hop group Beastie Boys, who sold over 40 million records worldwide.
That’s a wrap on this week’s PCPB Music History Tour, be sure to check back the same time next week to see where history will take us next, until then keep it Turned On and Turned Up!!