Today In Music History – May 19th


Every day on Radio Nova, just before 11am, we play a couple of songs key to “today in music history” Have a listen! But for now – here’s some light reading and watching. May 19th in Music History looks like this.

1967, The Beatles held a press party at manager’s Brian Epstein’s house in London for the launch of the Sgt Pepper album. Linda Eastman was hired as the press photographer for the event! You know the rest!


1976, Rolling Stone Keith Richards crashed his car after falling asleep at the wheel; marijuana and cocaine were found by the police resulting in another fine for the guitarist.

1978, Dire Straits released their first major label single ‘Sultans Of Swing’, recorded on a £120 budget.

1979, Eric Clapton held a party at his Surrey house celebrating his recent marriage to Patti Boyd. Clapton had set-up a small stage in the garden Paul McCartney, Ringo, George Harrison ended up jamming together along with Clapton, Ginger Baker and Mick Jagger. What a party!

1979, Supertramp went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Breakfast In America’, the group’s only US No.1.

2013, A guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison sold for $408,000 at auction. The custom-made instrument, built in 1966 by VOX was used by Harrison as he played ‘I am the Walrus’ on the guitar in a scene from ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ in 1967. Lennon used it in a film for ‘Hello Goodbye’ later that year.

Happy Birthday Pete Townshend of The Who, Grace Jones, Phil Rudd of AC/DC. If still with us, it would have been ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill, Joey Ramone and Stuart Cable (ex Stereophonics) birthday’s too.

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