WEDNESDAY 11TH JULY 2012
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WEDNESDAY 11TH JULY 2012

RAZZAMATAZZ
QUINCY JONES

THE DUDE IS A 1981 ALBUM BY AMERICAN MUSIC RECORD PRODUCER QUINCY JONES.

THE ALBUM FEATURED THE DEBUT OF VOCALIST JAMES INGRAM

IT ALSO CONTAINED “RAZZAMATAZZ”, WHICH REACHED NO. 11 IN THE UK SINGLES CHART, ONE OF HIS FEW HITS THERE. HE WON THE GRAMMY AWARD FOR BEST R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE FOR HIS WORK ON THE ALBUM.

1969, ‘SPACE ODDITY’ BY DAVID BOWIE WAS RELEASED IN THE UK FOR THE FIRST TIME. IT WAS TIMED TO COINCIDE WITH THE APOLLO MOON LANDING BUT HAD TO BE RE-RELEASED BEFORE IT BECAME A HIT, LATER IN THE YEAR IN THE UK (BUT NOT UNTIL 1973 IN THE US).

1971, THE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN BAND OPENED FOR HUMBLE PIE AT THE SUNSHINE IN, ASBURY PARK IN NEW JERSEY. AFTER THE SHOW AN IMPRESSED PETER FRAMPTON FROM HUMBLE PIE, TELLS SPRINGSTEEN AND THE BAND HE’D LIKE TO HAVE THEM OPEN FOR THEM ON A NATIONAL BASIS. FRAMPTON ALSO SAID HE WOULD BE HAPPY TO GET THE BAND AN AUDITION WITH HIS RECORD LABEL, A & M RECORDS. FOR NO LOGICAL REASON SPRINGSTEEN’S MANAGER TINKER WEST DECLINED BOTH OFFERS ON THE SPOT.

1981, THE SPECIALS HAD THEIR SECOND AND FINAL UK NO.1 SINGLE WITH ‘GHOST TOWN’. DESPITE BEING A SONG ABOUT COVENTRY, THE BAND CHOSE TO FILM THE VIDEO OF THEMSELVES DRIVING A VAUXHALL CRESTA AROUND SOME EMPTY LONDON STREETS.

1998, BILLIE WENT TO NO.1 ON THE UK SINGLES CHART WITH ‘BECAUSE WE WANT TO’. THE 15 YEAR OLD MADE CHART HISTORY BY BECOMING THE SECOND YOUNGEST FEMALE TO SCORE A NO.1; HELEN SHAPIRO WAS THE YOUNGEST AT 14 WITH THE 1961 NO.1 SINGLE ‘YOU DON’T KNOW’

1999, RICKY MARTIN STARTED A THREE WEEK RUN AT NO.1 ON THE UK SINGLES CHART WITH ‘LIVIN’ LA VIDA LOCA’. A US NO.1 FOR 5 WEEKS. THE SONG WAS THE FIRST NO.1 SONG TO BE RECORDED, EDITED, AND MIXED TOTALLY ON A DAW (DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATION).

2002, THE FUNERAL OF THE WHO’S BASS PLAYER JOHN ENTWISTLE TOOK PLACE AT A CHURCH IN THE COTSWOLDS. MORE THAN 200 MOURNERS FILED INTO THE 12TH CENTURY CHURCH OF ST EDWARD IN STOW-ON-THE-WOLD

BORN ON THIS DAY

1951, BORN ON THIS DAY, BONNIE POINTER, SINGER, THE POINTER SISTERS
1959, BORN ON THIS DAY, RICHIE SAMBORA, GUITAR, BON JOVI
1959, BORN ON THIS DAY, SUSANNE VEGA, US SINGER, SONGWRITER
1966, BORN ON THIS DAY, MEL APPLEBY, (MEL AND KIM, 1987 UK NO.1 SINGLE ‘RESPECTABLE’)
1975, BORN ON THIS DAY, SAMER EL NAHHAL, BASSIST, LORDI. BECAME FINLAND’S FIRST EVER EUROVISION SONG CONTEST WINNERS AFTER THEIR SONG ‘HARD ROCK HALLELUJAH’ WON THE CONTEST HELD IN ATHENS IN 2006.
1975, BORN ON THIS DAY, RICK MCMURRAY, DRUMS, ASH

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