WEDNESDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER 2012
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WEDNESDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER 2012

YOU CAN CALL ME LUCKY – ZEN ALLIGATORS 

THE ZEN ALLIGATORS WAS A POST-HORSLIPS PROJECT OF EAMON CARR AND JOHNNY FEAN.

THE PAIR HAD INITIALLY FORMED AN OUTFIT CALLED THE DEFENDERS IN 1979. THIS OUTFIT EVENTUALLY MORPHED INTO THE ALLIGATORS WHO, IN TURN, BECAME KNOWN AS THE ZEN ALLIGATORS.

THE LINEUP WAS COMPLETED BY GARY EGLINGTON [BASS GUITAR], WHO HAD ALSO PLAYED WITH THE DEFENDERS, AND PHILIP FAY [GUITAR] PREVIOUSLY OF VULTURES.

THE BAND PLAYED ITS FIRST GIG AT THE NATIONAL BALLROOM IN 1981. THE GROUP WENT ON TO RELEASE FIVE FURTHER SINGLES.

BY THE MIDDLE OF 1983,PHILIP FAY HAD LEFT THE GROUP. THE REMAINING MEMBERS CONTINUED ON AS A TRIO FOR A SHORT PERIOD, RELEASING A FINAL SINGLE, ‘I NEVER FORGET A FACE’ BEFORE SPLITTING.

CARR AND FEAN WOULD CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER AS PART OF THE HOST

– BAND FORMED 1981 – RELEASE OF ‘WHO CAN THAT SOMEONE BE?’ SINGLE – RELEASE OF ‘CALL ME LUCKY’ SINGLE 1992 – RELEASE OF ‘THE INVISIBLE MAN’ SINGLE – RELEASE OF ‘YOU MAKE MY DAY’ SINGLE 1983 – RELEASE OF ‘I NEVER FORGET A FACE’ SINGLE – BAND SPLIT

1937, AMERICAN BLUES SINGER BESSIE SMITH DIED AGED 43 AFTER BEING INVOLVED IN A CAR ACCIDENT WHILE TRAVELING ALONG ROUTE 61 OUTSIDE MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE. HER 1923 SONG ‘DOWNHEARTED BLUES’ WAS INDUCTED INTO THE GRAMMY HALL OF FAME IN 2006.

1965, AT THE END OF A EUROPEAN TOUR ROGER DALTRY KNOCKED OUT KEITH MOON AND THE DRUMMER WAS SACKED FROM THE WHO. THE BAND WERE PLAYING TWO SHOWS IN ONE NIGHT IN DENMARK, WHEN AN ARGUMENT BROKE ABOUT BETWEEN ALL FOUR BAND MEMBERS. DALTRY WAS REINSTATED THE FOLLOWING DAY.

1969, THE BEATLES RELEASED ‘ABBEY ROAD’ IN THE UK. THE FINAL STUDIO RECORDINGS FROM THE GROUP FEATURED TWO GEORGE HARRISON SONGS ‘SOMETHING’ (HARRISON’S FIRST A-SIDE SINGLE), AND ‘HERE COMES THE SUN’. IN THEIR INTERVIEWS FOR THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY, THE SURVIVING BAND MEMBERS STATED THAT, ALTHOUGH NONE OF THEM EVER MADE THE DISTINCTION OF CALLING IT THE “LAST ALBUM”, THEY ALL FELT AT THE TIME THIS WOULD VERY LIKELY BE THE FINAL BEATLES PRODUCT AND THEREFORE AGREED TO SET ASIDE THEIR DIFFERENCES AND “GO OUT ON A HIGH NOTE”

1987, MICHAEL JACKSON STARTED A SIX-WEEK RUN AT NO.1 ON THE US ALBUM CHART WITH ‘BAD’. RELEASED NEARLY FIVE YEARS AFTER JACKSON’S PREVIOUS STUDIO ALBUM, THRILLER, BAD, WENT ON TO BECOME THE WORLD’S BEST-SELLING ALBUM HAVING SOLD BETWEEN 30 TO 45 MILLION COPIES WORLDWIDE. THE ALBUM PRODUCED FIVE US NO.1’S, THE FIRST ALBUM TO DO SO.

1997, THE IRISH INDEPENDENT RADIO COMMISSION PLACED A BAN ON RADIO STATIONS PLAYING ANY SONGS BY EUROVISION SONG CONTEST WINNER DANA. IT WAS SEEN TO BE GIVING HER AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE DURING THE CURRENT ELECTION CAMPAIGN SHE WAS INVOLVED WITH.

2003, ENGLISH SINGER, SONGWRITER ROBERT PALMER DIED OF A HEART ATTACK AGED 54 IN PARIS FRANCE. HE WAS A MEMBER OF VINEGAR JOE AND POWER STATION (WITH DURAN DURAN MEMBERS ANDY TAYLOR AND JOHN TAYLOR WITH DRUMMER AND FORMER CHIC MEMBER TONY THOMPSON). AS A SOLO ARTIST HAD THE 1986 US NO.1 & UK NO.5 SINGLE ‘ADDICTED TO LOVE’ AND THE 1988 HIT ‘SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE’.

BORN TODAY

1925, MARTY ROBBINS, US COUNTRY SINGER, HE DIED ON 8TH DECEMBER 1982.

1943 GEORGIE FAME, UK SINGER, KEYBOARDS, (1965 UK NO.1 SINGLE ‘YEH YEH’. 1968 UK NO.1 SINGLE ‘THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE’).

1945, BRYAN FERRY, SINGER, ROXY MUSIC

,1951, STUART TOSH, PILOT,

1948 –  OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN, UK SINGER, ACTRESS,

1954 – CRAIG CHAQUICO, JEFFERSON STARSHIP

1972 – SHAWN STOCKMAN, BOYZ II MEN

 

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