MONDAY 23RD JULY 2012
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MONDAY 23RD JULY 2012

CAN I TAKE YOU HOME TONIGHT
THE LOOKALIKES

SINGER, GUITARIST AND SONGWRITER SEAN O’CONNOR WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDING MEMBERS OF THE LOOKALIKES, UNDOUBTEDLY THE MOST POPULAR IRISH BAND PLAYING AROUND DUBLIN AND THE REST OF IRELAND DURING THE EARLY EIGHTIES.

THE LOOKALIKES HAD A MASSIVE LOYAL FOLLOWING AND BROKE ATTENDANCE RECORDS IN EVERY MAJOR MUSIC VENUE IN DUBLIN. ON THE STRENGTH OF SOME EARLY DEMO RECORDINGS WRITTEN BY SEAN, IT WASN’T LONG BEFORE A STEADY STREAM OF A&R PERSONNEL WERE MAKING THEIR WAY FROM LONDON TO DUBLIN TO GET THE LOOKALIKES’ SIGNATURE FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE LABELS. IN ALL, THE BAND WERE OFFERED A STAGGERING TOTAL OF THIRTEEN RECORDING CONTRACTS!

MONDAY 23RD JULY

1977, WHO DRUMMER KEITH MOON JOINED LED ZEPPELIN ON STAGE DURING A GIG AT THE FORUM, INGLEWOOD, LOS ANGELES PLAYING A DUET WITH ZEPPELIN DRUMMER JOHN BONHAM BEFORE TAKING TO THE MICROPHONE AND ATTEMPTING TO SING.

1983, PAUL YOUNG HAD HIS FIRST UK NO.1 SINGLE WITH HIS VERSION OF THE MARVIN GAYE SONG ‘WHEREVER I LAY MY HAT, (THAT’S MY HOME.)’ THE SONG TITLE WAS PARODIED BY THE UK INDIE BAND SUPER FURRY ANIMALS WITH THEIR 1999 SONG ‘WHEREVER I LAY MY PHONE (THAT’S MY HOME)’

1989, RINGO STARR KICKED OFF HIS FIRST TOUR SINCE THE BREAK-UP OF THE BEATLES WITH A SHOW IN DALLAS. HIS BACKUP BAND INCLUDED GUITARIST JOE WALSH, ORGANIST BILLY PRESTON AND BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S SAX MAN CLARENCE CLEMONS.

2011, AMY WINEHOUSE WAS FOUND DEAD AT HER NORTH LONDON HOME, SHE WAS 27. A METROPOLITAN POLICE SPOKESMAN CONFIRMED THAT A 27-YEAR-OLD WOMAN HAD DIED IN CAMDEN AND THAT THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS AS YET UNEXPLAINED. LONDON AMBULANCE SERVICE SAID IT HAD BEEN CALLED TO THE FLAT AT 1554 BST AND SENT TWO VEHICLES BUT THE WOMAN DIED. THE TROUBLED SINGER HAD A LONG BATTLE WITH DRINK AND DRUGS WHICH OVERSHADOWED HER RECENT MUSICAL CAREER.

2003, JAMES BROWN ANNOUNCED HIS SEPARATION FROM HIS FOURTH WIFE USING AN ADVERTISEMENT FEATURING THE DISNEY CHARACTER GOOFY. THE 70-YEAR-OLD PLACED THE NOTICE IN VARIETY MAGAZINE, IT FEATURED A PICTURE OF HIMSELF, HIS WIFE TOMI RAE AND THEIR TWO-YEAR-OLD SON, JAMES JOSEPH BROWN II, POSING WITH GOOFY AT WALT DISNEY WORLD.

2005, QUEEN’S 1985 LIVE AID PERFORMANCE WAS VOTED THE BEST ROCK CONCERT EVER BY OVER 7,000 UK SONY ERICSSON MUSIC FANS. RADIOHEAD WERE VOTED THE BEST FESTIVAL ACT FOR THEIR 1997 GLASTONBURY PERFORMANCE AND BOB DYLAN’S 1966 MANCHESTER FREE TRADE HALL GIG WON THE BEST EVER SOLO GIG.

BORN TODAY

1947, BORN ON THIS DAY, DAVID ESSEX, UK SINGER, ACTOR
1950, BORN ON THIS DAY, BLAIR THORTON, GUITAR, BACHMAN TURNER OVERDRIVE
1952, BORN ON THIS DAY, JANIS SIEGEL, SINGER, MANHATTAN TRANSFER
1961 – MARTIN GORE, KEYBOARDS, DEPECHE MODE
1965 – SLASH, (SAUL HUDSON), GUITARIST
1973 – FRAN HEALY, VOCALS, GUITAR, TRAVIS

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