This Week in Music History
May 21st, 1972 – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons have a new album out named ‘Chameleon,’ it was notable for being their only album recorded for Motown. The album met with limited success in the US; no single was even issued from the album in America. “The Night”, however, met with success in the UK and peaked at No. 7 in 1975, becoming a Northern Soul mainstay.
May 22nd, 1971 – The Rolling Stones’ album ‘Sticky Fingers’ starts a four week run at No.1. It becomes one of the most famous album covers and was designed by Andy Warhol and originally released with an actual working zipper.
May 23rd, 1970 – Rock legend Paul McCartney’s solo album, ‘McCartney’, began it’s tenure at No.1 on the U.S. charts. The entire album was recorded solo, apart from a couple contributions from his late wife Linda. “McCartney,” is chock-full of classics, like ‘Maybe I’m Amazed.”
May 24th, 1968 – The Rolling Stones release the single ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’ in the UK, the track would give them their 7th No.1 hit in the UK. The lyrics for this song were inspired by Jack Dyer, Keith Richards’ gardener. One morning when Keith and Jagger were staying at Keith’s country house, Jack had woken them up by walking past their window and Richards uttered the words “Oh, that’s Jack – that’s Jumpin’ Jack.”
May 25th, 1985 – Dire Straits scored a No.1 album with “Brothers in Arms” in the US and 24 other countries. It was one of the first albums made for the new CD market, and was a full digital recording. Most recordings at the time were still recorded on analog equipment. The album won two Grammys at the 28th Grammy Awards, and also won Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards, and has gone on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide.
May 26th, 1969 – John and Yoko began their famous eight-day “bed in” to promote world peace. It was in room 1742 of The Hotel La Reine Elizabeth in Montreal, Canada. They recorded ‘Give Peace a Chance’ in the hotel room as well, and gave credit to Paul McCartney, even though Paul had nothing to do with it.
May 27th,1972 – David Bowie appears at Ebbisham Hall, Epsom, England on his Ziggy Stardust tour. Ziggy Stardust is the persona adopted by Bowie and the human manifestation of an alien being who is attempting to present humanity with a message of hope in the last five years of its existence. The Ziggy Startdust Tour promoted Bowie’s album of the same name and spanned across England, the US, and Japan.