Today In Music History – May 23rd.

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May 23rd 1969. Happy Anniversary to The Who Tommy!

1973, Jefferson Airplane were prevented from giving a free concert in Golden Gate Park when San Francisco authorities passed a resolution banning electronic instruments. The group later, as Starship,  wrote ‘We Built this City’ about the ban.

1979, Due to a record company dispute, Tom Petty was forced to file for bankruptcy owing $575,000. A long-running battle with his record company followed over ONE dollar.

1982, The UK Musicians Union moved a resolution to ban synthesizers and drum rhythm machines from sessions and live concerts fearing that their use would put musicians out of work. Today is also the birthday of the man who invented the Synth, Robert Moog.

1992, A statement issued by Freddie Mercury’s attorneys stated that Mercury had bequeathed the majority of his estate (£10 million) his long-time friend Mary Austin. (Jim Hutton his Carlow born fella had to move out of the house he shared with Freddie)

2000, Noel Gallagher walked out on band Oasis during a European tour.

2006, The King of Sweden presented the surviving members of Led Zeppelin with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm recognising them as “great pioneers” of rock music.

2019, two decades ater bringing out ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ Richard Ashcroft started getting paid for it. Richard had sampled The Rolling Stones tune ‘The Last Time’ (the orchestral version) so Stones got all the royalties for twenty years.

Happy birthday Philip James Selway, drummer with Radiohead.

Would have been Robert Moog’s birthday today –  inventor of the synthesiser. He built his first electronic instrument, a theremin – aged 14 and made the MiniMoog, “the first compact, easy-to-use synthesiser” in 1970.

Happy birthday Richard Jones, bassist from Welsh rock band, Stereophonics.

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