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5th April 1998, British drummer Cozy Powell (Colin Flooks) was killed when his car smashed into crash barriers on the M4 motorway near Bristol, England. Powell had worked with the Jeff Beck Group, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Brian May, Peter Green and the ELP spin-off Emerson, Lake, and Powell. Powell, known as one of the […]

5th February 1929, Born on this day, Hal Blaine, American drummer and session musician. He is most known for his work with the Wrecking Crew in California. Blaine played on numerous hits by Elvis Presley, John Denver, the Ronettes, Simon and Garfunkel, the Carpenters, The Beach Boys, Nancy Sinatra, and the 5th Dimension. Blaine has […]

5th December 1899, Born on this day, Sonny Boy Williamson II, American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter. He used various names, including Rice Miller and Little Boy Blue, before calling himself Sonny Boy Williamson. Van Morrison, The Who The Animals, Yardbirds and Moody Blues and many blues and rock artists have recorded his songs. […]

5th November 1983, Billy Joel was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Uptown Girl', which stayed at the top of the chars for five weeks. The song was initially written about his relationship with his then-girlfriend Elle Macpherson, but it ended up also becoming about his soon-to-be wife Christie Brinkley (both women being […]

5th November 1977, The manager of the Virgin record store in Nottingham, England was arrested for displaying a large poster advertising the new Sex Pistols album, 'Never Mind The Bollock's, Here's The Sex Pistols'. High street stores banned the album after police warned they could be fined under the 1898 indecent advertising act. Read it […]

Yes released their 5th LP, "Close to the Edge" on Sept. 13, 1972. With the success the band had with "Fragile" they began to produce extended pieces which resulted in a record that was made up of three tracks with the 18-minute title track occupying side one and "And You and I" and "Siberian Khatru" […]

Mott the Hoople released their 5th LP "All The Young Dudes" on Sept. 8, 1972. The single of the same name had been released prior to the LP. The band was ready to call it quits when David Bowie offered them the title songs (David wrote it) and offered to produce the record. The band […]

48 years ago today, it was easy to tell the 5th Beatle. It was an old white VW Bug, first registered on April 10th 1968, with the number plate LMW 28IF. It was the Volkswagen Beetle that was parked on the street when The Beatles were photographed for the cover of their “Abbey Road” album. […]

5th August 1965, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Help!’ The group’s eighth consecutive UK No.1 single. John Lennon later stated he wrote the lyrics of the song to express his stress after the Beatles’ quick rise to success. “I was fat and depressed and I was crying out for […]

5th August 2016, Indie band Viola Beach scored a UK No.1 album, six months after they were killed in a car crash. The self-titled debut was compiled by the band’s families, using live sessions and studio recordings, many of which were originally bound for an EP. All four members of the Warrington band and their […]


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