PCPB Takes You on a Music History Tour in This Week’s Edition of On This Day
Welcome to another edition of PCPB’s On This Day (OTD), this week we kick off our tour in 1956, with my all time favourite artist Elvis Presley. Right, let’s see where this week’s trip takes us.
ON THIS DAY…
UK trade paper Record Retailer published the UK’s first ever EP (extended player) chart and LP chart. No. 1 EP was ‘Expresso Bongo ‘ by Cliff Richard & The Shadows and No.1 LP ‘The Explosive Freddy Cannon.’
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel recorded ‘The Sounds Of Silence ‘ as an acoustic duo. It wasn’t until record company producers added electric guitar, bass and drums, without the knowledge of Paul and Art, that the song would become a hit in late 1965.
Pink Floyd released their eighth studio album The Dark Side of The Moon in the US. It remained in the US charts for 741 discontinuous weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history. After moving to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, the album notched up a further 759 weeks and had reached a total of over 1,500 weeks on the combined charts by May 2006. With an estimated 45 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd’s most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling albums worldwide.
At 7 am in the morning on a trestle table set up outside Buckingham Palace, London, the Sex Pistols signed to A&M Records, (the real signing had taken place the day before). The contract lasted for six days.
Gloria Gaynor started a three week run at No.1 on the US Singles chart with ‘I Will Survive ‘, also a No.1 in the UK. The song was originally released as the B-side to a song first recorded by The Righteous Brothers called ‘Substitute.’
Former Stone Roses‘ manager Gareth Evans‘ £10 million ($17 million) lawsuit against the band was settled out of court over alleged wrongful dismissal for an undisclosed sum.
Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde was arrested for leading an animal rights protest against the clothing firm Gap, who were accused of using leather from cows slaughtered ‘illegally and cruelly’. The protest took place in a store in Manhattan.
During a concert in London, England, Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines said that the band was “ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas” (referring to Maines’ hometown of Lubbock and President Bush hailing from the same state). This was during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, and the comment sparked intense controversy and outrage among Americans, including a significant share of country music fans.
A survey carried out by Music Choice concluded that ‘Angels ‘ by Robbie Williams was the song Britons would most like played at their funeral. Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way ‘ was second and Monty Python’s ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life ‘ was voted into third place.
Michael Jackson arrived in a Santa Barbara court an hour late dressed in his pyjamas after being treated for a back injury. Jackson was attending the Santa Moria court for his child abuse trial.
Tickets for a one-off gig by Sir Paul McCartney in Las Vegas sold out seven seconds after going on sale. The former Beatle was booked to perform at the opening of the New Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on 19 April 2009 in front of 4,000 fans. Tickets cost $750 each.
Pink Floyd won a court battle with EMI that prevented the record company from selling single downloads and ringtones on the Internet from the group’s albums. Pink Floyd’s back catalogue was second only in sales to The Beatles.
Well, that’s a wrap on this week’s music history tour, join us the same time next week to find out what happened On This Day, until then keep it Turned On and Turned Up!