THURSDAY 31th MAY 2012
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THURSDAY 31th MAY 2012

PANDORAS BOX – PROCOL HARUM
16th AUG 1975

PANDORA’S BOX IS A SONG WRITTEN BY PIANIST GARY BROOKER AND LYRICIST KEITH REID. IT WAS RECORDED BY THEIR BAND, PROCOL HARUM IN 1975 AS PART OF THE ALBUM PROCOL’S NINTH. THIS SINGLE WAS THE LAST HIT PROCOL HARUM WERE TO HAVE BEFORE DISBANDING IN 1977.

THE SONG WAS COVERED IN FINNISH BY PEPE WILLBERGIN 1976. THE VERSION WAS CALLED HERMES.

1975, DURING A PRESS CONFERENCE HELD AT THE 5TH AVENUE HOTEL IN NEW YORK CITY TO ANNOUNCE THE ROLLING STONES FORTHCOMING AMERICAN TOUR, THE STONES THEMSELVES CAME DOWN THE STREET PLAYING LIVE FROM THE BACK OF A FLAT-BED TRUCK.

1976, THE WHO GAVE THEMSELVES A PLACE IN THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS AS THE LOUDEST PERFORMANCE OF A ROCK BAND AT 120 DECIBELS, WHEN THEY PLAYED AT CHARLTON ATHLETIC FOOTBALL GROUND.

1977, THE BBC ANNOUNCED A BAN ON THE NEW SEX PISTOLS SINGLE ‘GOD SAVE THE QUEEN’ SAYING IT’S, “IN GROSS BAD TASTE”. AND THE IBA ISSUED A WARNING TO ALL RADIO STATIONS SAYING THE PLAYING THE SINGLE WOULD BE IN BREACH OF SECTION 4:1:A OF THE BROADCASTING ACT. THE SINGLE REACHED NO.2 ON THE UK CHART.

1986, THE NOTTING HILLBILLIES MADE THEIR LIVE DEBUT WHEN THEY APPEARED AT THE GROVE IN LEEDS. THE GROUP FEATURED MARK KNOPFLER, STEVE PHILLIPS AND BRENDAN CROCKER WHO WERE EACH PAID £22.

1998, GERI HALLIWELL ANNOUNCED SHE HAD QUIT THE SPICE GIRLS SAYING “THIS IS BECAUSE OF DIFFERENCES BETWEEN US. I AM SURE THE GROUP WILL CONTINUE TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND I WISH THEM ALL THE BEST.”

2005, FORMER EAST 17 SINGER BRIAN HARVEY WAS IN A CRITICAL CONDITION IN A LONDON HOSPITAL AFTER HE FELL UNDER THE WHEELS OF HIS MERCEDES CONVERTIBLE. THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED OUTSIDE HIS HOME IN WALTHAMSTOW WHEN HARVEY WAS REVERSING FROM AN ACCESS ROAD INTO THE STREET. THE SINGER SUFFERED A BROKEN LEG, PELVIS AND A CRUSHED ABDOMEN AND RIBS.

BORN ON THIS DAY

1938, PETER YARROW, PETER PAUL AND MARY, (1969 US NO.1 & 1970 UK NO.1 SINGLE ‘LEAVING ON A JET PLANE’)
1948, BORN ON THIS DAY, JOHN BONHAM, DRUMMER WITH LED ZEPPELIN, WHO HAD THE 1969 US NO.4 SINGLE WHOLE LOTTA LOVE. THE BANDS FOURTH ALBUM RELEASED IN 1971 FEATURING THE ROCK CLASSIC STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN, HAS SOLD OVER 37 MILLION COPIES.
BONHAM DIED ON SEPTEMBER 25TH 1980
1952, BORN ON THIS DAY, KARL BARTOS, KRAFTWERK
1964 – MC DARRYL ‘D’ MCDANIELS, RUN-DMC
1965 – STEVE WHITE, DRUMS, THE STYLE COUNCIL
1963 – WENDY SMITH, GUITAR, VOCALS, PREFAB SPROUT

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