FRIDAY 31ST AUGUST 2012
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FRIDAY 31ST AUGUST 2012

EVERYBODY HAVE FUN TONIGHT – WANG CHUNG

EVERYBODY HAVE FUN TONIGHT” IS A SONG BY WANG CHUNG FROM THEIR ALBUM MOSAIC. IT WAS RELEASED AS A SINGLE IN 1986, REACHING #2 ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 CHART.

AFTER THEIR BREAKUP IN 1991, WANG CHUNG REUNITED IN 2005 TO PERFORM THIS SONG ON THE TELEVISION SHOW HIT ME BABY ONE MORE TIME.

THE SONG IS FEATURED ON NUMEROUS 1980S COMPILATION ALBUMS AND STILL RECEIVES SOME RADIO AIRPLAY ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.

IT HAS APPEARED IN THE “#2S” EPISODE OF VH1 CLASSIC’S ONE HIT WONDERS SERIES, EVEN THOUGH THE BAND HAD ONE MORE TOP 10 SINGLE, “LET’S GO”, IN APRIL 1987.

1957, ELVIS PRESLEY APPEARED AT THE EMPIRE STADIUM IN VANCOUVER, CANADA. THIS WAS ONLY THE THIRD TIME EVER PRESLEY HAD PERFORMED OUTSIDE OF THE U.S. AND FOR ELVIS IT WOULD BE THE LAST. 26,000 FANS ATTENDED THE SHOW

1969, DECCA RECORDS RELEASED WHAT HAS BEEN CALLED THE ROLLING STONES MOST POLITICAL SONG, ‘STREET FIGHTING MAN’, WRITTEN AFTER MICK JAGGER ATTENDED A MARCH 1968 ANTI-WAR RALLY AT LONDON’S US EMBASSY, DURING WHICH MOUNTED POLICE ATTEMPTED TO CONTROL A CROWD OF 25,000. THE SINGLE WAS KEPT OUT OF THE US TOP 40 (REACHING NO.48) BECAUSE MANY RADIO STATIONS REFUSED TO PLAY IT BASED ON WHAT WERE PERCEIVED AS SUBVERSIVE LYRICS.

1976, GEORGE HARRISON WAS FOUND GUILTY OF ‘SUBCONSCIOUS PLAGIARISM’ OF THE RONNIE MACK SONG ‘HE’S SO FINE’ WHEN WRITING ‘MY SWEET LORD’. EARNINGS FROM THE SONG WERE AWARDED TO MACK’S ESTATE; THE CHIFFONS THEN RECORDED THEIR OWN VERSION OF ‘MY SWEET LORD’.

1986, AFTER LIVING TOGETHER FOR 10 YEARS BOB GELDOF MARRIED TV PRESENTER PAULA YATES IN LAS VEGAS WITH DURAN DURAN SINGER SIMON LE BON AS THE BEST MAN. YATES DIED OF A DRUG OVERDOSE ON 17TH SEPTEMBER 2000.

2006, THE TIMES RAN A STORY ON THE DEMANDS OF ROCK STARS WHEN ON TOUR. OZZY OSBOURNE INSISTS ON AN EYE, EAR, NOSE AND THROAT DOCTOR AT EACH VENUE. THE BEACH BOYS REQUIRE A LICENSED MASSEUR, MEAT LOAF A MASK AND ONE SMALL TANK OF OXYGEN. DAVID BOWIE REQUESTS THAT THE DRESSING ROOM TEMPERATURE IS BETWEEN 14C AND 18C AND PAUL MCCARTNEY MUST HAVE A LARGE ARRANGEMENT OF WHITE CASABLANCA LILIES IN HIS DRESSING ROOM. MICK JAGGER MUST HAVE AN ONSTAGE AUTOCUE WITH THE LYRICS TO ALL THE SONGS, IT WOULD ALSO TELL HIM THE NAME OF THE CITY IN WHICH THEY WERE PERFORMING.

2007, HILLY KRISTAL, FOUNDER OF THE NEW YORK PUNK CLUB CBGB DIED FROM COMPLICATIONS ARISING FROM LUNG CANCER AT THE AGE OF 75. KRISTAL WAS CREDITED WITH DISCOVERING PATTI SMITH AND THE RAMONES AND HIS CLUB BECAME A BREEDING GROUND FOR PUNK ROCK. THE NEW YORK CITY VENUE, WHOSE FULL TITLE CBGB OMFUG STOOD FOR ‘COUNTRY, BLUEGRASS, BLUES AND OTHER MUSIC FOR UPLIFTING GOURMANDISERS’, WAS ORIGINALLY LAUNCHED TO SHOWCASE COUNTRY MUSIC.

BORN TODAY

1939 – JERRY ALLISON, DRUMS, THE CRICKETS
1940 – WILTON FELDER, THE CRUSADERS
1945 – VAN MORRISON
1955, BORN ON THIS DAY, ANTHONY THISTLETHWAITE, THE WATERBOYS,
1957, BORN ON THIS DAY, GLENN TILBROOK, GUITAR, VOCALS, SQUEEZE
1970, BORN ON THIS DAY, DEBBIE GIBSON, US SINGER

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