THURSDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER 2012
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THURSDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER 2012

1965, THE PAUL MCCARTNEY SONG ‘YESTERDAY’ WAS RELEASED AS A BEATLES SINGLE IN THE US. THE FINAL RECORDING WAS SO DIFFERENT FROM OTHER WORKS BY THE BEATLES THAT THE BAND MEMBERS VETOED THE RELEASE OF THE SONG AS A SINGLE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. (HOWEVER, IT WAS ISSUED AS A SINGLE THERE IN 1976.)

1991, GEFFEN RECORDS THREW A PARTY TO LAUNCH NIRVANA’S SINGLE ‘SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT.’ THE BAND ENDED UP BEING THROWN OUT OF THEIR OWN PARTY AFTER STARTING A FOOD FIGHT.

1996, BOTH NOEL AND LIAM GALLAGHER ARRIVED BACK IN THE UK ON SEPARATE FLIGHTS FROM THE US AMID RUMOURS THAT OASIS WERE SPLITTING. A STATEMENT FROM THE RECORD COMPANY SAID THERE WOULD BE NO LIVE GIGS BUT THE BAND WOULD CONTINUE TO RECORD.

2000, ELTON JOHN THREW A TANTRUM WHEN HE WAS SET TO APPEAR AT A SELL-OUT SHOW AT THE ESTORIL CASINO NEAR LISBON. ELTON WAS UNHAPPY AFTER THE AUDIENCE WERE SLOW IN LEAVING A VIP DINNER BEFORE THE CONCERT, ELTON LEFT THE BUILDING AND FLEW HOME ON HIS PRIVATE JET WITHOUT PLAYING A NOTE.

2005, THE HOME WHERE JIMI HENDRIX GREW UP IN SEATTLE WAS SAVED FROM DEMOLITION AFTER A NEW LOCATION WAS AGREED AT THE LAST MINUTE. THE JAMES MARSHALL HENDRIX FOUNDATION AND THE CITY OF SEATTLE AGREED TO RENOVATE THE BUILDING INTO A COMMUNITY CENTRE OPPOSITE THE CEMETERY WHERE THE GUITARIST WAS BURIED IN 1970.

2005, THE SEX PISTOLS WERE AMONG NEW NAMES ADDED TO A CELEBRITY WALK OF FAME IN COVENT GARDEN LONDON. OTHER MUSICAL CELEBRITIES TO IMMORTALISED ON THE AVENUE OF THE STARS INCLUDE BOB GELDOF, TOM JONES, GRACIE FIELDS AND BOB HOPE.

BORN TODAY

1939, BORN ON THIS DAY, DAVE QUINCY, MANFRED MANN
1944, BORN ON THIS DAY, PETER CETERA, SINGER, CHICAGO
1952, BORN ON THIS DAY, RANDY JONES, THE VILLAGE PEOPLE
1954, BORN ON THIS DAY, DAN HEGARTY, THE DARTS
1965, BORN ON THIS DAY, ZAK STARKEY, DRUMMER, (SON OF RINGO). FORMED HIS OWN BAND THE FACE AND HAS WORKED WITH THE WHO, OASIS, JOHNNY MARR AND THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP
1975, BORN ON THIS DAY, JOE ROONEY, GUITARIST, RASCAL FLATTS

SIGN OF THE TIMES – THE BELLE STARS

THE BELLE STARS WERE AN ALL FEMALE BRITISH POP/ROCK BAND, FOUNDED IN LONDON IN 1980 BY FORMER MEMBERS OF THE 2 TONE SKA REVIVAL BAND, THE BODYSNATCHERS.

WITHIN A SHORT TIME, THE GROUP BECAME WELL KNOWN AROUND LONDON, NOTABLY APPEARING ON THE FRONT COVER OF SOUNDS MAGAZINE EARLY IN 1981. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, THEY WERE SIGNED BY STIFF RECORDS,

IN JANUARY 1983 THE BELLE STARS RELEASED WHAT WOULD BE THEIR SIGNATURE SINGLE, “SIGN OF THE TIMES”, PEAKING AT NUMBER THREE, AND A CHART SUCCESS THROUGHOUT EUROPE. THE SONG’S MUSIC VIDEO, SHOWING THE BELLE STARS IN TUXEDOS, WAS ALSO PLAYED FREQUENTLY BY MTV IN THE UNITED STATES. THE SONG WENT ON TO BECOME THE 30TH BEST SELLING SINGLE OF 1983 IN THE UK.

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