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3 Sept 1970, Arthur Brown was arrested at the Palermo Pop ’70 Festival in Italy, after he set fire to his helmet (during the performance of his hit ‘Fire’), and stripped naked during his stage performance. The singer spent four days in solitary confinement before he was released. https://youtu.be/en1uwIzI3SE Fire – The Crazy World Of […]

23 Aug 1969, The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Honky Tonk Women’ the group’s fifth US No.1. The song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards was inspired by Brazilian gauchos at the ranch where Jagger and Richards were staying in Matao, Sao Paulo. https://youtu.be/1KyFrDY1hz8 […]

23 July 1969, The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Honky Tonk Women,’ the group’s eighth and last UK No.1. The song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards while on holiday in Brazil and the Stones initially recorded the track as Country Honk in London in early March […]

6 July 1967, Pink Floyd made their first appearance on BBC TV music show Top Of The Pops to promote their new single ‘See Emily Play’. A badly damaged home video recording recovered by the British Film Institute of this show was given a public screening in London on 9th January 2010 at an event […]

29 April 1993, Guitarist, producer, Mick Ronson died of liver cancer aged 46. Ronson recorded and toured with David Bowie from 1970 to 1973. Released the 1974 solo album ‘Slaughter On Tenth Avenue’. Ronson co-produced Lou Reed’s album Transformer, also part of Hunter Ronson Band with Ian Hunter. And worked with Morrissey, Slaughter & The […]

17 April 1955, born on this day, English singer, songwriter and guitarist Pete Shelley from punk rock band Buzzcocks, who had the 1978 UK No.12 single ‘Ever Fallen In Love, With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve’. They made their first appearance in 1976 in Manchester, opening for the Sex Pistols. Shelley also had a solo career: his […]

6 Dec 2018, English singer, songwriter and guitarist Pete Shelley died of a suspected heart attack aged 63. He formed the new wave/punk rock band Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto in 1976, (who latter left to formSee More Magazine). Buzzcocks had the 1978 UK No.12 single ‘Ever Fallen In Love, With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve’ and was […]

28 Nov 1991, Nirvana recorded a performance for BBC TV music show Top Of The Pops in London. When asked to lip-sync ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ to a pre-recorded tape Kurt Cobain protested by singing an octaveSee More lower (he later confirmed he was imitating Morrissey from The Smiths), and attempted to eat his microphone […]

3 Sept 1970, Arthur Brown was arrested at the Palermo Pop ’70 Festival in Italy, after he set fire to his helmet (during the performance of his hit ‘Fire’), and stripped naked during his stage performance. The singer spent four days in solitary confinement before he was released. https://youtu.be/en1uwIzI3SE Fire – The Crazy World Of […]

27 July 1968, Cass Elliot released her first solo single following the break up of The Mamas and Papas. ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’ had been around since 1931 and had been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine and many others. Cass' version would be the most successful when it peaked at No. 12 […]


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