Written By Braddon S. Williams

Pink Floyd: Dark Side Of The Moon

Shortly after I began this marathon project last year it occurred to me that my start date was 4/21, meaning my final review would fall on 4/20. From that point it became clear that there was only one possible outcome for the last album in the series…Ladies and Gentlemen, I give to you Dark Side Of The Moon (1973) by Pink Floyd! Everything about this album is classic, iconic, and larger than life.

It spent an unfathomable amount of time in the charts (over 900 to date), sold a staggering 45 million units (and counting!), has one of the most recognizable covers in all of rock music (with no title or band name listed), and continues to be a staple of rock radio all these many years later.

Dark Side Of The Moon explores timeless topics like death, greed, mental illness, and time itself.

The music was impeccably recorded and engineered, appealing to audiophiles and casual listeners alike. Dark Side was also a more collaborative effort from the band, recorded in a time before Roger Waters became the primary songwriter.

Of course, the songs themselves have become beloved to generations of Floyd fans; Money, Us And Them, Brain Damage, Time, Breathe, Eclipse, and The Great Gig In The Sky.

David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Rick Wright, and Nick Mason created something epic and cosmic and ultimately relatable to countless people across the globe and across a significant span of time.

Music is indeed the universal language, and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon speaks to the universe.

https://youtu.be/JwYX52BP2Sk

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band: Night Moves

1976 was the United States Bicentennial, and Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band broke through on a national scale with Night Moves. I can’t think of a more American rock and roll song than Night Moves, so perhaps it was fitting that Seger made his biggest success to date with that amazing song.

I saw the band live just 2 months before NIght Moves came out and there was a palpable feeling in the air that Seger was done opening shows…he was already a star.

Night Moves came out and proved that feeling was no fluke. Apparently, this was the first album that the Silver Bullet Band appeared on. They rocked side one, and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section handled most of side two.

The album as a whole featured Seger in fine voice; confident and full of swagger, and displaying a range of emotions from ballads for flat out rockers.

In addition to the legend making title song, other classics included Sunspot Baby, The Fire Down Below, Rock And Roll Never Forgets, Come To Poppa, and Mainstreet.

Bob Seger was no overnight sensation, either. The man had been around for a good long while paying his rock ‘n roll dues. Night Moves was his 9th studio album. Perseverance pays off…never give up on a dream!

https://youtu.be/axqwpWCXA3M

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Apr 6th 2012 #Accept released the album “Stalingrad” #AgainstTheWorld #Revolution #ShadowSoldiers #HeavyMetal

Did you know..

It debuted at number 81 on the #Billboard 200, becoming Accept’s first album to crack the top 100 in the United States since Metal Heart (1985).

Apr 6th 2012 #Exumer released the album “Fire & Damnation” #WakingTheFire #TheWeakestLimb #IDareYou #CrushingPoint #ThrashMetal

Did you know..

It was released twenty-five years after the band’s previous album Rising from the Sea (1987).

Apr 6th 2009 #Cauldron released their debut album “Chained To The Nite” #DreamsDieYoung #ConjureTheMass #BoundToTheStake #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The band did a cover of the Black ‘N Blue song “Chains Around Heaven” on this album.

‪Apr 6th 2004 #WASP released the album “The Neon God: Part 1 – The Rise” #TheRunningMan #RagingStorm #WhatIllNeverFind #HeavyMetal‬

‪Did you know…‬

‪It’s the first of a two-part conceptual album about an abused and orphaned boy named Jesse, who finds that he has the ability to read and manipulate people. ‬

Apr 6th 1999 #GWAR released the album “We Kill Everything” #ThePerformer #Friend #MaryAnne #Jagermonsta #CrossoverThrash

Did you know…

It was the final Gwar album featuring Michael Bishop, who returned for a few months to replace Casey Orr as Beefcake the Mighty.

Apr 6th 2005 #Loudness released the album “Racing” #SpeedManiac #CrazySamurai #MisleadingMan #PowerGeneration #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

It was their first album entirely sung in English since 2001.

Apr 6th 2018 #Kamelot released the album “The Shadow Theory” #RavenLight #Amnesiac #MindFallRemedy #BurnsToEmbrace #PowerMetal

Did you know…

It was their only studio album to feature Johan Nunez, replacing longtime member Casey Grillo on drums.

Apr 6th 1952 #UdoDirkschneider singer with #UDO and former with #Accept was born!! #HappyBirthday #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

His son Sven Dirkschneider is a drummer and also plays in the band U.D.O.

Apr 6th 1964 #JohnnyDee drummer with #BritnyFox and #Doro was born!! #HappyBirthday #HardRock #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

Johnny Dee began his career as drummer for the heavy metal band World War III in his home town Philadelphia around 1985.

‪Apr 6th 1974 #BlackSabbath and #DeepPurple performed at the first ever #CalJam in #Ontario #California #HardRock‬

‪Did you know…‬

‪The California Jam attracted 300,000 paying music fans. ‬

‪The festival set what were then records for the loudest amplification system ever installed, the highest paid attendance, and highest gross in history.‬

Here’s the band performing War Pigs!!!

Apr 7th 1989 #Sepultura released the album “Beneath The Remains” #SlavesOfPain #Hungry #InnerSelf #SarcasticExistence #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

Kelly Shaefer (Atheist) and John Tardy (Obituary) did background vocals on the song “Stronger Than Hate”

This Day In Metal

Apr 5th 2004 #Vehemence released the album “Helping The World To See” #KillForGod #AloneInYourPresence #DarknessIsComfort #MelodicDeathMetal

Did you know..

“Her Beautiful Eyes” was a re-recorded song off an earlier demo.

Apr 5th 2007 #Monstrosity released the album “Spiritual Apocalypse” #SacredOblivion #TriumphInBlack #TheBloodlineHorror #DeathMetal

Did you know…

Kelly Shaefer of Atheist did guest vocals on the songs “The Inhuman Race” and “Firestorm”.

Apr 5th 2019 #Exumer release NEW album “Hostile Defiance” #Trapper #Descent #Raptor #VerticalViolence #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

The band did a cover of the Entombed song “Supposed to Rot” on this album.

‪Apr 5th 2005 #CorrosionOfConformity released the album “In The Arms Of God” #ItIsThatWay #SoMuchLeftBehind #InfiniteWar #SludgeMetal ‬

‪Did you know…‬

‪It was their first album to not feature drummer Reed Mullin.‬

‪Stanton Moore of the band Galactic played drums on this album.‬

‪Apr 5th 1985 #Venom #Slayer and #Exodus played the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, Illinois. #CombatTourLive ‬

‪Did you know…‬

‪The tour was ranked number 1 in Decibel‘s Top 100 Metal Tours of All Time special issue.‬

‪The crowds were batshit crazy, as were all metal gigs of this period. It was the first time I’d seen stage diving and mosh pits.‬

Apr 5th 2013 #Volbeat released the album “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies” #LonesomeRider #TheHangsmanBodyCount #PearlHart #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The track “Room 24” featured vocalist #KingDiamond

It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.

Apr 5th 2002 #LayneStaley singer with #AliceInChains died. #RIP

Did you know…

In 1984 Layne joined a glam metal band called Sleze, who would change their name to Alice N’ Chains. Months later Layne took that name and changed it to Alice In Chains.

Apr 5th 1998 #CozyPowell legendary drummer who played with #Whitesnake and #BlackSabbath died in car accident. #RIP

Did you know…

Powell had appeared on at least 66 albums, with contributions on many other recordings. Many rock drummers have cited him as a major influence.

Apr 5th 2007 #MarkStJohn former guitarist with #KISS died. #RIP #HardRock

Did you know…

St. John was with Kiss only a short time; but he was featured on the album Animalize, the second album of the non-makeup period.

April 6, 1990, All of Motley Crue’s tours have no doubt been eventful for drummer Tommy Lee, but the band’s spring 1990 dates in support of their hugely popular Dr. Feelgood album ended up making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

On April 7, just a few days after being hauled down to the police station and fined for mooning a Concert crowd in Georgia, Lee ended up making a different kind of post-show detour after the band’s stop in New Haven, Conn. This time, he ended up at the hospital instead, with the band forced to end their show about halfway through their usual setlist.

The Associated press reported that Lee was hospitalized with a mild concussion — but was “alert, awake and in good spirits” — after falling off the kit at the end of his “flying drum solo” and hitting his head on the floor. 

A hospital spokesman, while admitting he wasn’t exactly sure how it happened, told reporters the fall was “part of the routine,” but that wasn’t entirely true.

Watch Tommy Lee’s 1989 Drum Solo

https://youtu.be/RVg2N00S_DQ

As the chronicalogical Crue timeline details the incident, on most nights, Lee’s solo ended with a spectacular but fairly uneventful bungee drop. In New Haven, however, he was worried that the brake wouldn’t be pulled in time, so he uncoupled himself in order to “reach his foot strap, turning him upside down.” 

Thus inverted, Lee culminated his 20-foot fall with a painful head-first landing. Fortunately, he didn’t sustain any serious damage. Although Lee finished his next few solos with a far less death-defying version of the bungee drop, his injury was just part of the band’s all-out approach to its music. 

“We don’t just play rock ‘n’ roll, we live it,” bassist Nikki Sixx is quoted as saying in the AP report. “We go on tour and get broken bones, diseases, the crowd leaves bloody. It’s more like going to war.”

Plasmatics’ Wendy O. Williams Commits Suicide April 6, 1998

Ten years after her cult shock-punk band’s last tour,
Plasmatics’ lead singer Wendy O.
Williams
 has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Williams’ longtime companion and onetime manager found her body in
the woods just outside of their Storrs, Conn., home on Monday.
Williams was 48.

Williams, who pursued a solo career after the Plasmatics’s 1982
swansong Coup d’Etat, was nominated for a Grammy in 1985
for best Female Rock Vocal. She had also dabbled in both film and
television acting (Reform School Girls in 1986 and
McGyver in 1990), but had dropped out of the public eye in
recent years and had been working as an animal rehabilitator. In an
Associated Press report, manager Rod
Swenson
 said that Williams had found it difficult to live
a normal life past her peak and had been despondent for a long
time.

“This was something she had planned,” Swenson said. “It was no
spur-of-the-moment thing.”

The Plasmatics debuted their hybrid of punkish heavy metal and
performance art at New York’s infamous CBGB in
1978. Swenson, a Yale grad who dubbed himself “Captain Kink” and
produced live sex shows in the ’70s as well as videos for
Patti Smith and the Ramones,
dreamed of starting his own band and picked Williams, one of his
stars, to front it.

From the beginning, the focus of the Plasmatics’ act was on
Williams, who would use sledgehammers and chainsaws to wreak
genuine havoc on television sets, guitars and, most memorably,
Cadillac Coupe de Villes. Williams’ simulated sex acts and
provocative partial nudity — as well as the band’s mohawks, hair
dyes, nurses’ outfits, ballet tutus and songs about sex, violence
and fast food — rounded out the Plasmatics experience. The package
garnered a healthy dose of media attention, a cult following,
modest album sales and the title “queen of shock rock” for
Williams.

Predictably, the no-holds barred stage antics also drew multiple
obscenity charges for Williams, who was arrested on January 18,
1981 in Milwaukee and the following night in Cleveland. Williams
and Swenson were also charged with battery and resisting arrest the
first night, when, according to witnesses, Williams slapped an
officer after she was grabbed in a sexually abusive way. Williams
and Swenson were taken to a hospital after the resulting fracas
(both claimed to have been abused by the arresting officers.)
Williams and Swenson later sued but lost their case.

In the aftermath of the arrests, Williams remained a vocal
advocate of her rights to self expression.

“Using sex to create the law is so stupid, and I’m not the kind
of person who walks the middle of the line,” Williams said in a
1981 Rolling Stone interview. “We’re not out to pick
fights. But then the essence of what we do is shaking up the middle
class; I think if you don’t do that with your music, you’re just
adding to the noise pollution.”

Williams, who was raised on a farm in Upstate New York and ran
away from home at 16, is survived by her mother and two sisters.

1966  The Beatles
The first session of what would become The Beatles album Revolver started in the evening at Abbey Road studios London, with the recording of the basic track of a new John Lennon song ‘Tomorrow Never Knows.’
1967  The Beatles
The first master tape of The Beatles new album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was made. The song order on side one is different from the final product at this point, the last five songs on that side being initially ordered as follows: ‘Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite’, ‘Fixing a Hole’, ‘Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds’, ‘Getting Better’, and ‘She’s Leaving Home’. The Beatles had specified that there were to be no gaps between songs – a unique idea at the time.

https://open.spotify.com/album/1ntNLgaYCFCkeW4flGYlY2

1968  Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard sang ‘Congratulations’ the UK entry in the Eurovision Song Contest held at the Royal Albert Hall London, winning second place behind the entry from Spain.
1968  Syd Barrett
Pink Floyd announced founder Syd Barrett had officially left the group. Barrett was suffering from psychiatric disorders compounded by drug use.
1968  Simon and Garfunkel
Simon and Garfunkel went to No.1 on the US album chart with the soundtrack of Mike Nichols’ movie The Graduate. The film boosted the profile of the folk-rock duo and on the strength of the hit single ‘Mrs. Robinson’, the soundtrack album rose to the top of the charts.

1971  The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones launched their own record label, ‘Rolling Stones Records’, with Atlantic Records, (after their recording contract with Decca Records expired). The first album to be released was Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka in 1971, and is widely credited with being the first world music LP.

1973  David Bowie
David Bowie released ‘Drive-In Saturday’ which became a Top 3 UK hit. The lyrics name-checked Mick Jagger ‘When people stared in Jagger’s eyes and scored’, the model Twiggy ‘She’d sigh like Twig the wonder kid’, and Carl Jung ‘Jung the foreman prayed at work’.

1974  Black Sabbath
The California Jam 1 festival took place in Ontario, California, featuring The Eagles, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Earth, Wind & Fire, ELP, Black Oak Arkansas and Seals & Croft. Over 200,000 fans attended.
1979  Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart married actor George Hamilton’s ex-wife Alana Hamilton in Beverly Hills, California. The couple had a daughter, Kimberly, and a son, Sean. Alana and Rod Stewart divorced in 1984
1985  Gilbert O’Sullivan
UK singer, songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan won a lawsuit against his manager Gordon Mills for unpaid royalties and was awarded $2 million.
1987  Pink Floyd
Roger Waters’ lawyers issued a statement that Roger believed himself to be the creative driving force behind Pink Floyd and therefore he would contest the use of the name by anyone else and any former members of Pink Floyd.
1998  Tammy Wynette
American country singer Tammy Wynette died aged 55. She scored 12 hit singles including ‘Stand By Your Man’, and sold over 30 million records world-wide, married five times and once filed for bankruptcy. Known as the first lady of country music. Wynette had the 1991 hit with The KLF ‘Justified and Ancient’ which became a No. 1 hit in eighteen countries.
1999  Johnny Cash
An all star tribute to singer, songwriter Johnny Cash took place in New York City with Sheryl Crow, Chris Isaak and U2 all performing for the TV special.
2000  Joni Mitchell
An all-star tribute to Joni Mitchell was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City featuring performances by Elton John, Bryan Adams, Shawn Colvin, James Taylor, Cyndi Lauper, Richard Thompson, k.d. Lang, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
2000  Steve Strange
Eighties pop star Steve Strange lead singer of Visage – was arrested after stealing a £10.99 Teletubbies doll in Bridgend, south Wales. He was given a suspended jail sentence after being caught on a shoplifting spree stealing cosmetics and clothes from High Street stores. Strange was already on bail for stealing a £15 ladies’ jacket from Marks and Spencer in Cardiff when he was arrested.
2004  Niki Sullivan
Guitarist and singer Niki Sullivan, died suddenly of a heart attack, at his home in Independence, Missouri aged 66. Sullivan was one of the three original members of Buddy Holly’s backing group, The Crickets. He co-wrote a number of his hit songs and sang back-up vocals on 27 of the 32 songs Buddy recorded over his brief career.
2006  Eminem
Eminem filed for divorce from his wife Kim less than three months after the couple re-married. Eminem first married his high school sweetheart Kimberly Scott in 1999. He fantasised about her death in his 2000 hit ‘Kim’ and their first marriage ended the following year. The couple remarried on 14 January 2006. Eminem was seeking joint custody of their 10-year-old daughter Hailie Jade Scott.
2009  PRS for Music
PRS for Music announced that the money made by UK artists overseas increased by £20m ($29.45) in 2008, with British talent earning almost £140m ($206.23) in 2008. It said international tours by UK acts including The Police, Coldplay, Elton John and Iron Maiden had boosted income. Four of the top 10 bestselling albums globally were by British artists, Coldplay’s Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends was the bestselling album, with 6.8 million copies sold, while Welsh singer-songwriter Duffy was fourth with her debut album Rockferry, Leona Lewis and Amy Winehouse were sixth and seventh respectively.
2016  Merle Haggard
American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler, Merle Haggard died of complications from pneumonia at his home in Palo Cedro, California. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound. Haggard scored over 10 US Country No.1 albums during his career.

Martin Luther King Jr. Is Killed

1968

US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. is killed after being shot on a Memphis motel balcony. King’s life inspires a number of songs, including U2’s “Pride (In The Name Of Love).”

Three days after King’s assassination, Nina Simone performs a song written in tribute, “Why? (The King of Love Is Dead).” Further musical tributes are conflated with the death of Senator Robert Kennedy, who is killed two months later: The Rascals’ “People Got to Be Free,” inspired by King and Kennedy, goes to #1 in August; later in the year Dion has a hit with “Abraham, Martin and John,” a song about King, Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln. Even Elvis gets in on it, with a King/Kennedy song called “If I Can Dream.”

The most trenchant tributes to King come more than a decade after his death, when his legacy is unbound from Kennedy’s. Stevie Wonderleads a successful campaign to get King’s birthday declared a national holiday, with his 1980 track “Happy Birthday” written in King’s honor. U2 learns about King in 1983 when they visit the Chicago Peace Museum, leading to two songs on their album The Unforgettable Fire: “MLK” and “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” (Bono references the shooting as “Early morning, April 4” in the lyric, although it actually happened at 6 p.m.).

In ensuing years, songwriters of all stripes lionize King. Public Enemy pleads his case in “By the Time I Get to Arizona“; Rage Against the Machine calls him a “Renegade of Funk.” The folk music community, a powerful voice for King’s work during his lifetime, also comes through, with Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain” reflecting on his famous speech. Hip-Hop is sprinkled with references to King, with the Game/Nas collaboration “Letter to the King” explaining how they came around after years of youthful indifference. “You the first real Braveheart, we miss you,” Nas raps.

1987Starship‘s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” written by Diane Warren and Albert Hammond and used in the movie Mannequin, hits #1 in the US.

1973A taped Elvis Presley concert entitled Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii is telecast on NBC and proves to be a huge success. The total worldwide audience for the show, the first commercial worldwide satellite broadcast, amounts to over a billion people.

1964The Beatles hold the top five spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the following singles:

5) “Please Please Me
4) “I Want To Hold Your Hand
3) “She Loves You
2) “Twist And Shout
1) “Can’t Buy Me Love

1960Frank Sinatra’s version of “High Hopes” from the movie A Hole In The Head wins the Oscar for Best Original Song.

2015Marilyn Manson is sucker punched by a fellow patron at a Denny’s in Alberta, Canada. The rocker, who stopped by the restaurant for a late-night meal after a show promoting his Pale Emperor album, denies claims that he insulted the assailant’s girlfriend and spurred the incident.

2014Richard Marx and Cynthia Rhodes announce the end of their 25-year marriage that included the birth of three sons. The pair met in 1983 when both were working on the film Staying Alive (Marx on the soundtrack, Rhodes as a dancer).

2009At the Public Hall in Cleveland, Jeff Beck, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Metallica, Run-DMC and Bobby Womack are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2008Procol Harum‘s Gary Brooker wins an appeal in London to an earlier ruling, which stated that Harum organist Matthew Fisher was entitled to 40 percent of the royalties from the band’s 1967 smash “A Whiter Shade Of Pale.” Though the new ruling notes that Fisher wrote the organ line and should be co-credited, it also overturns the royalty award by noting that Fisher waited 38 years to sue.

2008The Martin Scorsese-directed Rolling Stones concert documentary Shine A Light hits theaters. The next week, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Jack White appear on the cover of Rolling Stone with the headline, “Blues Brothers.”

2007An article is published in New Musical Express quoting Keith Richards as saying, “I snorted my father.” Richards later claims it was an April Fools’ joke.


1996
Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia’s ashes are scattered in the Ganges river in India by Dead guitarist Bob Weir and Garcia’s widow, Deborah.

1996More trouble for Wilson Pickett, who after serving a one-year jail sentence in 1994 is arrested at his New Jersey home and charged with possession of two grams of cocaine. Still on probation, he enters a rehab center in August.


1992
Beastie Boys make their first concert appearance playing instruments at a show at The Palladium in Los Angeles.

1978Loretta Lynn sings “One’s On The Way” on episode #308 of The Muppet Show. Because the Muppet Theatre is supposedly being fumigated, the entire show takes place at a railroad station.


1974
R&B singer Andre Dalyrimple is born in Georgia. Along with his three brothers, he’ll form the group Soul For Real, known for their 1994 hit “Candy Rain.”

https://youtu.be/LJWlkQv42wI

2004 – Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy enters rehab to treat an addiction for painkillers… — 2004 – Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy enters rehab to treat an addiction for painkillers, pushing back the release of their A Ghost is Born album. 

2003 – Avril Lavigne walks away with four Junos at the Canadian… — 2003 – Avril Lavigne walks away with four Junos at the Canadian awards ceremony, including New Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for Let Go.

Queen has announced that they will release a series of unreleased live recordings from their legendary performance at Live Aid as part of the original soundtrack to Bohemian Rhapsody, the upcoming Queen biopic.

This Day in Music

An elderly couple who lived in a quiet retirement community in Stockholm, Sweden has reportedly been sued for blasting Iron Maiden too loud – blasphemy, right?

According to Aftonbladet, the couple used the English heavy metal band’s music to take revenge on a new couple that moved to their neighborhood.

Other neighbors say the issues started in October when the new neighbors arrived and their sex life was too loud. Apparently the new couple would go at it “all night” – just a reminder, this is a retiremnt community. Respect.

However, the unnamed couple – an 81- and 71-year old – were having none of it and decided to make more noise but turning up the dial on their sterio and chucking on some Maiden.

It got so bad police were called and had to force their entrance to the house while “Afraid To Shoot Strangers” was playing. Thankfully no shots were fired.

Police reportedly charged the couple with harrasement and the lawsuit was later dropped.

Elderly couple sued for blasting Iron Maiden too loud

1945  Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton guitarist, singer, songwriter who has been a member of The Roosters, Casey Jones and the Engineers, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Cream who had the 1967 UK No.11 single ‘I Feel Free’. Then formed Derek and the Dominoes who had the 1972 UK No.7 single ‘Layla’. As a solo artist Clapton scored the 1974 US No.1 single ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ and the 1992 UK No.5 & US No.25 single ‘Tears in Heaven’.
1948  Jim Dandy
Jim Dandy, from American Southern rock band Black Oak Arkansas, known for their 70s US No.1 radio hit single ‘Jim Dandy To The Rescue’.
1950  Dave Ball
Dave Ball, Procol Harum, 1967 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ (one of the few singles to have sold over 10 million copies) and scored the hits ‘Homburg’, ‘Conquistador’.
1950  Re Styles
Re Styles, guitar, vocals, with American band The Tubes known for their 1977 hit single ‘White Punks On Dope’ and the 1983 US No.10 single ‘She’s A Beauty’.
1954  Lena Lovich
English-American singer, songwriter Lena Lovich, who had the 1979 UK No.3 single ‘Lucky Number’.
1955  Randy VanWarmer
American singer-songwriter and guitarist Randy VanWarmer, who had the 1979 US No.4 & UK No.8 single ‘Just When I Needed You Most’). He died of leukaemia on January 12th 2004.
1962  MC Hammer
American hip hop artist MC Hammer, (Stanley Kirk Burrell) who had the 1990 US No.1 album Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Em, which spent a record-breaking 21 weeks at the Top of the chart. Also known for his 1990 hit single ‘U Can’t Touch This’. Burrell became a preacher during the late 1990s with a Christian ministry program on TBN called M.C. Hammer and Friends.
1964  Tracy Chapman
American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman who had the 1988 UK No.5 & US No.6 single ‘Fast Car’. Her 1988 debut album Tracy Chapman, garnered Chapman six Grammy Award nominations, including Album of the Year.
1965  Tim Dorney
Tim Dorney from English alternative rock band Republica who had the 1997 UK No.7 single ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’ and the single ‘Ready to Go’.
1966  Joey Castillo
Joey Castillo, American drummer best known for his ten-year tenure in Queens of the Stone Age, from 2002 to 2012.
1967  Martin Kent
Martin ‘Ace’, Kent, guitarist with British rock band Skunk Anansie who had the 1996 UK No.20 single ‘Weak’. The band have spent a total of 141 weeks on both the singles and album charts.
1968  Celine Dion
Celine Dion, French, Canadian singer who had the 1994 US No.1 single ‘The Power Of Love’ and the 1998 UK No.1 single ‘My Heart Will Go On’, plus over 10 other UK Top 40 singles. Her 1995 album D’eux became the best-selling French-language album of all time. She won the Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland, in 1988.
1973  Adam Goldstein
American disc jockey Adam Goldstein, (DJ AM). Worked with Crazy Town, Blink 182, Madonna and Will Smith. He was found dead in his New York City apartment on 28th Aug 2009 of an accidental drug overdose.
1979  Norah Jones
American singer, songwriter, pianist Norah Jones who had the 2002 US & UK Grammy award winning No.1 album ‘Come Away With Me’ which has sold over 27 million copies. Jones is the daughter of Indian sitar player and composer Ravi Shankar.
1979  Simon Webbe
Simon Webbe, singer with English boyband, Blue who had the 2002 UK No.1 single ‘If You Come Back’. The group also worked alongside artists such as Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Lil’ Kim.

Born On This Day March 30

1957  Buddy Knox
Buddy Knox became the first artist in the Rock ‘n’ Roll era to write his own number one hit when ‘Party Doll’ topped the US singles chart. Knox would go on to score four more US Top 40 hits between 1957 and 1961.

1963  George Harrison
The Chiffons started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘He’s So Fine’, which was a No.16 UK hit. In 1971 George Harrison was taken to court accused of copying the song on his 1970 ‘My Sweet Lord’ and ordered to pay $587,000 (£345,000) to the writers.

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

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

1967  The Beatles

The photo session took place at Chelsea Manor studios in London with Michael Cooper for the cover of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper album. After the shoot The Beatles resumed work at Abbey Road studios on ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ adding guitars, bass, tambourine, and backing vocals. The session began at 11:00 pm and ends at 7:30 am.

1974  John Denver

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

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

1978  Clash
Paul Simonon and Nicky Headon were arrested in Camden Town, London after shooting down racing pigeons with air guns from the roof of Chalk Farm Studios. Four police cars and a helicopter were required to make the arrest. Their fines totalled £800 ($1,360).

1985  Phil Collins
Phil Collins started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘One More Night’, his second US No.1, it made No.4 in the UK.

1991  Chensey Hawks
Chesney Hawks started a five-week run at the UK No.1 position with his debut single ‘The One And Only. The song was featured in the film ‘Buddy’s Song’ in which he appeared with Roger Daltrey. The song was written by 80s singer Nik Kershaw.

1996  Prodigy
The Prodigy started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Firestarter’, the first single from the album The Fat of the Land. The wah-wah guitar riff in ‘Firestarter’ was sampled from The Breeders’ track ‘S.O.S.’

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

2000  Ray Dorset
Mungo Jerry singer Ray Dorset was ordered to pay a former employee £620 ($1,054) in back wages after a tribunal heard he had harassed her after she left his company. Dorset told the court he had paid her double pay by mistake for ten months.

2001  LeAnn Rimes
LeAnn Rimes reached an out of court settlement with her father and her former manager. The country star filed a lawsuit claiming the pair had stolen £7 million ($12 million) from her.

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

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

2013  Simon Fuller
Music mogul Simon Fuller settled a copyright battle with TV network Fox over the US version of The X Factor. The British creator of Pop Idol and US version American Idol sued Fox and producers FremantleMedia, seeking a credit and fees from the US X Factor. The case followed a dispute between Fuller and Simon Cowell in 2004 over similarities between Fuller’s American Idol and Cowell’s UK show, The X Factor.

2013  Phil Ramone
US music producer and pioneer of digital recording, Phil Ramone, died aged 79. Ramone was regarded as one of the most successful producers in history, winning 14 Grammy awards and working with stars such as Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Elton John and Paul McCartney. He produced the first major commercial release on CD, Billy Joel’s 1982 album 52nd Street. Ramone had been in hospital for several weeks, where he was being treated for an aortic aneurysm.

2017  Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran was at No.1 on the US and UK album chart with his third studio album ÷ (pronounced ‘divide’). The album also topped the charts in 14 other countries. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

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