Here’s what happened today….
1943, Born on this day, Keith Relf, vocals, The Yardbirds, (1965 UK No.3 & US No.6 single ‘For Your Love’). Relf died on May 14th 1976 from an electric shock received while playing his electric guitar at home.
1947, Born on this day, Patrick Olive, Hot Chocolate, (1975 US No.3 single ‘You Sexy Thing’, 1977 UK No.1 single ‘So You Win Again’ plus over 25 other top 40 hits).
1948, Born on this day, Andrew Lloyd Webber, songwriter, producer with Tim Rice, (1977 UK No.1 single by Julie Covington, ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’, biggest selling UK single by a female artist, until 1985, taken from musical ‘Evita’).
1965, ‘Bringing It All Back Home’, Bob Dylan’s fifth studio album was released. The album reached No.6 on Billboard’s Pop Albums chart, the first of Dylan’s LPs to break into the US top 10, and it also topped the UK charts later that Spring.
1971, US police arrested all the members from The Allman Brothers Band for heroin and marijuana possession.
1975, Frankie Valli went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Eyes Adored You’, his first solo No.1.
1975, Led Zeppelin started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Physical Graffiti, the group’s fourth US No.1 album. On its first day of release in the US, the album shipped a million copies – no other album in the history of Atlantic records had generated so many sales. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
1975, The tartan teen sensations Bay City Rollers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Bye Bye Baby’, the group’s first of two UK No.1’s.
1974, Apostrophe,’ Frank Zappa’s highest-charting album, is released. It reaches #10 and becomes Zappa’s second consecutive gold album.
1978, The Police sign with A&M Records
1980, Pink Floyd’s Another Brick In The Wall, (Part 2) started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart. The track, which was the group’s only US chart topper, was also a No.1 in the UK, Germany, Australia, Italy and in many other countries around the world. Pink Floyd received a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Rock Duo or Group for the song, but lost to Bob Seger’s Against The Wind.
1984, Queen filmed the video for ‘I Want To Break Free’ at Limehouse Studio in London, England. Directed by David Mallet, it was a parody of the northern British soap opera Coronation Street with the band members dressed in drag. Guitarist Brian May later said the video ruined the band in America, and was initially banned by MTV in the US.
1986, Heart went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘These Dreams’, it made No.8 in the UK in 1988.
1992, Polygram Records officially announced that Tears For Fears had split up, Roland Orzabal continued using the name Tears For Fears. During their career they scored 15 UK Top 40 singles and two US No.1’s. Re-formed in 2004.
1994, Singer, songwriter, producer Dan Hartman died of a brain tumor in Westport, Connecticut. Was a member of the Edgar Winter Group and wrote the band’s hit ‘Free Ride.’ Had the 1978 No.1 dance hit ‘Instant Replay,’ wrote ‘Relight My Fire’ a UK No.1 for Take That and Lulu, collaborated with Tina Turner, Dusty Springfield, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Tyler, Paul Young, James Brown, Holly Johnson and Steve Winwood.