WEDNESDAY 24TH OCTOBER 2012
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WEDNESDAY 24TH OCTOBER 2012

FORGOTTEN SONG – DRIVER’S SEAT – SNIFF N THE TEARS

DRIVER’S SEAT” IS A 1978 SONG BY THE BRITISH BAND SNIFF ‘N’ THE TEARS THAT APPEARS ON THEIR DEBUT ALBUM, FICKLE HEART. THE BAND IS CONSIDERED A ONE-HIT WONDER AS “DRIVER’S SEAT” WAS THEIR ONLY HIT.

THE GENESIS OF THE SONG DATES BACK TO 1973 AND A DEMO TAPE RECORDED FOR A FRENCH RECORD LABEL BY SINGER/GUITARIST PAUL ROBERTS FOR THE BAND ASHES OF MOON. HOWEVER, THAT BAND BROKE UP AND, AT THE SUGGESTION OF DRUMMER LUIGI SALVONI, ROBERTS RE-FORMED IT AS SNIFF ‘N’ THE TEARS WHO SHOPPED THE DEMO TAPE AND SIGNED WITH THE SMALL CHISWICK LABEL IN 1977.

LENGTH 3:42 (SINGLE)
LABEL CHISWICK
WRITER(S) PAUL ROBERTS

 TODAY’S DIARY

1962, US SOUL SINGER JAMES BROWN RECORDED HIS LEGENDARY ‘LIVE AT THE APOLLO’ ALBUM. THE ALBUM WAS LISTED AT NO.24 IN ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE’S 2003 LIST OF THE 500 GREATEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME.

1979, PAUL MCCARTNEY RECEIVED A MEDALLION CAST IN RHODIUM AFTER BEING DECLARED THE MOST SUCCESSFUL COMPOSER OF ALL TIME. FROM 1962 TO 1978, MCCARTNEY HAD WRITTEN OR CO-WRITTEN 43 SONGS THAT HAD SOLD OVER A MILLION COPIES EACH.

1998, FORMER STONE ROSES LEAD SINGER IAN BROWN WAS JAILED FOR 4 MONTHS AFTER BEING FOUND GUILTY OF DISORDERLY BEHAVIOUR DURING A FLIGHT FROM PARIS TO MANCHESTER.

2005, MADONNA GAVE A SURPRISE LECTURE AT A NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, DISCUSSING HER CAREER AND NEW FILM AFTER SHE ARRIVED UNANNOUNCED AT CITY UNIVERSITY’S HUNTER COLLEGE AS PART OF THE MTV SERIES STAND IN. STUDENTS EXPECTED A SCREENING OF HER NEW DOCUMENTARY, “I’M GOING TO TELL YOU A SECRET” BUT THEY WERE ALSO GIVEN THE CHANCE TO QUESTION THE SINGER.

2001, KIM GARDNER FORMER BASSIST WITH ASHTON GARDNER & DYKE DIED OF CANCER. HAD THE 1971 UK NO.3 SINGLE ‘THE RESURRECTION SHUFFLE’ AND GARDNER FORMED 60’S BAND THE BIRDS WITH GUITARIST RON WOOD.

2006, FORBES.COM REVEALED THAT KURT COBAIN HAD OVERTAKEN ELVIS PRESLEY AS THE HIGHEST EARNING DEAD CELEBRITY. COBAIN’S WORK EARNED $50M (£27M) IN THE 12 MONTHS TO OCTOBER 2006, COMPARED WITH PRESLEY’S $42M (£22M). FORMER BEATLE JOHN LENNON EARNED $35M (£19M).

2009, MICHAEL BUBLE’ WENT TO NO.1 ON THE US ALBUM CHART WITH ‘CRAZY LOVE’, THE CANADIAN SINGERS FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM.

 

BORN TODAY

1936 – BILL WYMAN, BASS, THE ROLLING STONES, NOW TOURS WITH HIS BACKING BAND, THE RHYTHM KINGS, WHICH HAS FEATURED ALBERT LEE AND GEORGIE FAME.

1944 – PATTI LABELLE, SINGER,

1946, JERRY EDMONTON, STEPPENWOLF,. KILLED IN A CAR CRASH ON 28TH NOVEMBER 1993.

1948 – DALE GRIFFIN, DRUMS, MOTT THE HOOPLE,

1948 – PAUL AND BARRY RYAN, IDENTICAL TWINS

BARRY HAD A SOLO 1968 UK NO.2 SINGLE  WITH ‘ELOISE’ WRITTEN BY HIS BROTHER PAUL. PAUL DIED OF CANCER ON 29TH NOVEMBER 1992 AGED 44.

1969 – ROB GREEN, TOPLOADER,

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