George Clooney’s aunt “doesn’t reach standards of good taste”, “moaning from the back”, Charlie Watts takes up his stool with The Stones, all today, in music history.
Back to 1955 to start, Rosemary Clooney was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mambo Italiano’ the singers second No.1. The song was banned by all ABC owned stations in the US because it “did not reach standards of good taste”.
1963, Drummer Charlie Watts joined The Rolling Stones after leaving Blues Incorporated and his job working as a graphic designer.
1970, During a UK tour Led Zeppelin appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London, the night of Jimmy Page’s 26th birthday. John Lennon, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck were all in the audience.
1981, Terry Hall and Jerry Dammers from The Specials were both fined £400 after being found guilty of using threatening words during a gig in Cambridge, England
1997, David Bowie performed his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, New York with guests Frank Black, Sonic Youth, Robert Smith of The Cure, The Foo Fighters, Lou Reed, and Billy Corgan and Placebo. Proceeds from the concert went to the Save The Children fund.
2002, Irish singer, songwriter David McWilliams died of a heart attack at his home in Ballycastle, County Antrim aged of 56. Released over 10 solo albums and wrote ‘The Days Of Pearly Spencer,’ 1992 UK No.4 for Marc Almond.
2016, rockers paid tribute to Motorhead frontman Lemmy at his funeral at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in LA. Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Slash from Guns N’ Roses, Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich from Metallica, Judas Priest singer Rob Halford and Anthrax frontman Scott Ian. Lemmy’s bass guitar was plugged in to a stack of amplifiers and the volume turned up, with the congregation applauding as feedback from the speakers filled the space.
Don’t forget you can now get This Week in Music History every Friday from Nova.ie and Radio Nova.
To subscribe to the podcast, just click here