Today In Music History – May 2nd

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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. May2nd in Music History looks like this.

1969, The Beatles recorded the George Harrison penned ‘Something’ They apparently recorded 36 takes of the song, which included Billy Preston on piano. Though Nicky Hopkins is seen in this clip.

1970, One Hit Wonder Norman Greenbaum was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Spirit In The Sky.’ Also a No.1 hit for Doctor and the Medics in 1986 and Gareth Gates in 2003.

1972, Bruce Springsteen auditioned for CBS Records A&R man John Hammond in New York. Springsteen played a short set for him in his office; Hammond was so impressed that he arranged a real audition that night at the Gaslight Club in New York for other Columbia executives. Bruce passed the audition.

1980, Joy Division played what would be their last gig with singer Ian Curtis when they appeared at Birmingham University, England. Curtis committed suicide two weeks later.

1989, English rock band the Stone Roses released their self titled debut album

1991, The video for the R.E.M. song ‘Losing My Religion’, was banned here in Ireland because its religious imagery was seen as unfit for broadcast.

2005, Fresh Cream! Eric Clapton Ginger Baker and bass player Jack Bruce played the first of four nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall 36 years after they had split up.

2006, Keith Richards was released from hospital after falling out of a palm tree!

1950, Born on this day, Lou Gramm, singer, songwriter,with English-American rock band Foreigner.

Check out the weekly Podcast. Marty Miller’s This Week in Music History.