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GET IT ON – POWER STATION
#22 MAY 1985

THE POWER STATION WAS A 1980S SUPERGROUP MADE UP OF SINGER ROBERT PALMER, FORMER CHIC DRUMMER TONY THOMPSON, AND DURAN DURAN MEMBERS JOHN TAYLOR (BASS) AND ANDY TAYLOR (GUITAR). BERNARD EDWARDS, ALSO OF CHIC, WAS INVOLVED ON THE STUDIO SIDE AS RECORDING PRODUCER. FOR A SHORT TIME HE ALSO FUNCTIONED AS THE POWER STATION’S MANAGER. THE BAND WAS FORMED IN NEW YORK CITY LATE IN 1984 DURING A BREAK IN DURAN DURAN’S SCHEDULE THAT BECAME A LENGTHY HIATUS. THE POWER STATION WAS NAMED AFTER THE POWER STATION RECORDING STUDIO WHERE THEIR ALBUM WAS CONCEIVED AND RECORDED.

 

1959, THE FIRST EDITION OF JUKE BOX JURY AIRED ON THE BBC. THE SHOWS HOST, DAVID JACOBS, LEAD A REVOLVING PANEL OF GUESTS IN CRITIQUING THE WEEK’S TOP RECORD RELEASES. ALTHOUGH THE SONGS WERE NEVER PLAYED IN THEIR ENTIRETY, THE FOUR JUDGES GAVE A VERDICT ON WHETHER EACH WOULD BE A “HIT” OR A “MISS”.

1963, LESLEY GORE STARTED A TWO WEEK RUN AT NO.1 ON THE US SINGLES CHART WITH THE QUINCY JONES (THEN A STAFF PRODUCER FOR MERCURY RECORDS) PRODUCED ‘IT’S MY PARTY’, A NO.9 HIT IN THE UK. DAVE STEWART AND BARBARA GASKIN SCORED A UK NO.1 IN 1981 WITH THEIR VERSION OF THE SONG.

1966, DURING A 12 HOUR SESSION AT ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS, THE BEATLES ADDED OVERDUBS ON ‘YELLOW SUBMARINE’, WITH JOHN LENNON BLOWING BUBBLES IN A BUCKET OF WATER AND SHOUTING “FULL SPEED AHEAD MISTER CAPTAIN!” ROADIE MAL EVANS PLAYED ON A BASS DRUM STRAPPED TO HIS CHEST, MARCHING AROUND THE STUDIO WITH THE BEATLES FOLLOWING BEHIND (CONGA-LINE STYLE) SINGING “WE ALL LIVE IN A YELLOW SUBMARINE.”

1977, BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS PLAYED THE FIRST OF FOUR NIGHTS AT THE RAINBOW THEATRE IN LONDON. THERE WERE SIX NIGHTS BOOKED AT THE RAINBOW, BUT THE LAST TWO SHOWS WERE CANCELLED DUE TO A SERIOUS TOE INJURY MARLEY RECEIVED, (IN A FRIENDLY FOOTBALL GAME WITH FRENCH JOURNALISTS JUST BEFORE THE TOUR’S START IN PARIS). SUBSEQUENTLY THE TOUR’S SECOND LEG IN THE UNITED STATES WAS POSTPONED AND THEN CANCELLED.

2006, THE 1994 DEBUT ALBUM BY OASIS, DEFINITELY MAYBE, WAS VOTED THE GREATEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME IN A SURVEY TO MARK 50 YEARS OF THE OFFICIAL UK ALBUMS CHART. THE BEATLES CAME IN SECOND AND THIRD PLACE WITH ‘SGT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND’ AND ‘REVOLVER’, ‘OK COMPUTER’ BY RADIOHEAD WAS FOURTH AND ‘(WHAT’S THE STORY) MORNING GLORY’’ BY OASIS WAS VOTED FIFTH.

2007, CONTEMPORARY MUSICIANS RECORDED THEIR OWN VERSIONS OF SONGS FROM THE BEATLES’ SGT PEPPER’S ALBUM TO MARK 40 YEARS SINCE IT WAS RELEASED. ACTS INCLUDING OASIS, TRAVIS, THE FRAY, KAISER CHIEFS, RAZORLIGHT, BRYAN ADAMS AND THE MAGIC NUMBERS ALL WORKED WITH GEOFF EMERICK – THE ENGINEER IN CHARGE OF THE ORIGINAL 1967 SESSIONS, USING THE ORIGINAL ANALOGUE 4-TRACK EQUIPMENT TO DEMONSTRATES THE TECHNIQUES EMPLOYED FOR THE RECORDING AT ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS IN 1967.

BORN ON THIS DAY

1950, , TOM ROBINSON, SINGER, SONGWRITER
1950, BORN ON THIS DAY, GRAHAM RUSSELL, GUITAR, VOCALS, AIR SUPPLY
1959, BORN ON THIS DAY, ALAN WILDER, KEYBOARDS, VOCALS, DEPECHE MODE
1974 – ALANIS MORISSETTE, SINGER, SONGWRITER
1934, PAT BOONE, US SINGER
1947 – RON WOOD, GUITARIST, SONGWRITER, PAINTER AND RADIO PRESENTER. ORIGINALLY A MEMBER OF UK BAND THE BIRDS, HE FIRST WORKED ALONGSIDE ROD STEWART IN THE JEFF BECK GROUP, IN WHICH WOOD PLAYED BASS. HE THEN GOT TOGETHER WITH THREE MEMBERS OF THE SMALL FACES TO FORM THE FACES, JOINED BY ROD ON VOCALS.
1950, BORN ON THIS DAY, CHARLENE, SINGER
1968, BORN ON THIS DAY, JASON DONOVAN, AUSTRALIAN ACTOR, SINGER,

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