Those Were the Days My Friend

Those were the days my friend: week of 10 May

We’re checking out the week of 10 May 2021 with the help of Jocks’ Journal … newmedia.com.au

Monday 10 May

Donovan and Graham Gouldman (10cc) are both 75 today.

The Rolling Stones recorded their first single Come On in 1963 and Eric Clapton recorded Bob Marley’s I Shot the Sheriff on this day in 1974.

Tuesday 11 May

Irving Berlin was born in Siberia, Russia in 1888. He wrote White Christmas, Blue Skies and so many other popular songs. And Eric Burdon is 80 today.

Johnny Chester‘s first single The Hokey Pokey was released in 1961 and The Partridge Family recorded I Think I Love You.

Wednesday 12 May

Prolific songwriter Burt Bacharach is 93 today and Billy Swan (I Can Help) is 79. Steve Winwood of Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith fame is 73.

Mick Jagger married Bianca Perez-Mora De Macias in 1971 and Robert Reed, aka The Brady Bunch‘s Mike Brady, died of AIDS-related cancer on this day in 1992.


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The details here are courtesy of the Jocks’ Journal by newmedia.com.au – a handy resource for people in any sector of the radio industry and for anyone intersted in historical events.


Thursday 13 May

Mary Wells (My Guy) was born in 1943, Rory O’Donoghue of The Aunty Jack Show fame was born in 1949 and Stevie Wonder is 71. It’s also PM Scott Morrison‘s 53rd birthday today – we’re not sure what music he listens to. Perhaps those Hillsong recordings that sell in the thousands and make a lot of money for the Hillsong church!

Judy Garland performed to a packed house at Sydney Stadium in 1964 and The Beatles‘ film Let It Be had its world premiere in the US in 1970. None of the Beatles attended.

Rory O’Donoghue was ‘Thin Arthur’ in the The Aunty Jack Show

Friday 7 May

Jan & Dean began recording Little Old Lady (from Pasadena) on this day in 1964 and the TV show Laugh-In, which was popular in Australia, ended on US television in 1973.

Saturday 15 May

Graeham Goble is 74 today – he was a member of bands including Allison Gros, Drummond, Mississippi and Little River Band, and has been a noted music producer. And the Tubular Bells guy, Mike Oldfield, is 68.

Australian wrestler Mario Milano, a ‘good guy’ on Channel 9’s World Championship Wrestling in the 60s and 70s, was born in Italy in 1935.

Sunday 16 May

Nicky Chinn is 76 today. The UK songwriter worked with Queensland-born Mike Chapman to write and produce a string of hits for Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Smokie, Mud and many others.

The popular Sunday TV show World of Sport began on HSV-7 in 1959. The show, hosted by Ron Casey, finally ended in 1987.

Ron Casey and Sandy Roberts on the final episode of HSV-7’s World of Sport in 1987.

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Jocks’ Journal … newmedia.com.au

Of course, the title of this feature on Bang a Gong is inspired by the Mary Hopkin song Those Were the Days.

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