This Week in Music History No.3


Christian Lapsey, Writer

Monday the 14th

Birthdays: The American musician Steve Gaines who is the guitarist with Lynyrd Skynyrd was born today. Barry Cowsill, from the American band The Cowsills was born in 1954. Morten Harket, the lead vocalist for A-Ha, was born in 1954. Graig Montoya was born in 1972, he was the bassist from American rock band Everclear. Ashley Roberts, a member of The Pussycat Dolls, was born in 1981. Amy Winehouse who is a UK singer/songwriter was born in 1983.

Events: Roy Orbison’s house in Nashville burnt down in 1968, sadly his two eldest sons both died in the fire. During a US tour, Led Zeppelin appeared at Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley , California in 1971. Eric Clapton scored a US No.1 spot with his version of I Shot The Sheriff in 1974. The film Quadrohenia was released in 1979 it is based off of The Who’s rock opera. The Rolling Stones played a secret show at Sir Morgan’s Cove club in Worcester, 1981. David Bowie won Video of the year for China Girl at the first MTV Video awards which took place in 1984. The US singer Steve Earle was sentenced to 1 year in jail after being found guilty of possession of crack cocaine in 1994. The lyrics to The Beatles song Getting Better hand-written by Paul McCartney sold for £161,000 in 1995. Britney Spears gave birth to her baby boy in 2005. HMV stores in Canada removed Bob Dylan CDs from their shelves in protest only to sell his new album in 2005. Kanye West is charged with battery and attempted theft after a fight with a photographer at an Airport in 2013

Album anniversaries: The Byrds released Untitled during their hit run in 1970. Supertramp finished up their album Crisis? What Crisis? in 1975. Jethro Tull published Stormwatch in 1979. Meat Loaf released their second part to Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell in 1993.


Wednesday the 16th


Birthdays: B.B. King the US blues guitarist was born today in 1925. He gained the nickname Beale Street Blues Boy, which was later shortened to “Blues Boy” and finally to B.B. King. Bernie Calvert the bassist for the British pop/rock group The Hollies was born in 1942. Ron Blair from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers was born in 1952. Dave Sabo was born in 1964 he’s the guitarist from the American heavy metal band Skid Row. Flo Rida the American rapper was born in 1979. Nick Jonas was born in 1992.


Events: She Loves You by The Beatles was released by Swan Records in 1963. Jimi Hendrix’s debut LP, Are You Experienced? entered the Billboard Hot 200 album chart, where it stayed for 106 weeks in 1967. Working at Abbey Road studios Beatles recorded 11 takes of ‘Your Mother Should Know’, giving the song a stronger beat, but this version of the song was discarded in favor of the original recording in 1967. Led Zeppelin won the best group in the Melody Maker Poll in 1970. Jimi Hendrix joined Eric Burdon on stage at Ronnie Scotts in London in 1970. This would become the guitarist’s last ever public appearance. Former Clash drummer Topper Headon was released from jail after serving 10 months on a narcotics charge in 1988. Bob Dylan was at No.1 spot on the US album chart with Modern Times in 2006. American singer Ariana Grande hit No.1 on the US album chart with My Everything in 2014.

Album anniversaries: The Kinks finished up Something Else in 1967. Crosby & Nash released Wind on the Water during 1975. Foghat released Fool for the City in 1975. Huey Lewis finished Sports in 1983. The Band released Jubilation during 1998.


Friday the 18th


Birthdays: American drummer Michael Hossack was born in 1950. He was a member of The Doobie Brothers. Martin Beedle was born in 1962. He was the drummer with an English rock band Cutting Crew. Mike Heaton, the drummer from the alternative rock band Embrace was born in 1966. American singer Ricky Bell, from American R&B group New Edition, was born in 1967.

Events: Working at Abbey Road studios on new songs for their next album The Beatles recorded 20 takes of Birthday in 1968. Jimi Hendrix was pronounced dead at the age of 27 after choking on his vomit in 1970. The Who got their first UK No.1 album with Who’s Next in 1971. The Eagles released ‘Heartache Tonight’ from their album The Long Run in 1979. The seven-minute song by Dire Straits Private Investigations hit No.2 on the UK singles chart. Kiss appeared without their ‘make-up’ for the first time during an interview in 1983. Garth Brooks went to No.1 on the US album chart with In Pieces in 1993. Meat Loaf hit No.1 on the UK album chart for the first of five times with Bat Out Of Hell II also in 1993. Britney Spears married Kevin Federline during 2004 in Los Angeles. 73-year-old country singer Willie Nelson and four members from his band were charged with drug possession after marijuana and mushrooms were found by the police in 2006. Britney Spears was dropped by her management company in 2007. Taylor Swift hit no.1 on the US singles chart with Shake It Off in 2014.

Album Anniversaries: Fleetwood Mac released Kiln House in 1970. Also in 1970 Black Sabbath released Paranoid. Kiss finished Lick It Up in 1983 4 years later they also released Crazy Nights. Bob Dylan finished Oh Mercy in 1989.