Courtesy of Jocks’ Journal … newmedia.com.au
MONDAY 24 MAY
Canadian actor and comedian Tommy Chong is 83 today. One half of the comedy duo Cheech and Chong, they appeared in several movies and had novelty hit singles like Earache My Eye (1974) and Basketball Jones (1973). Tommy also starred in the ’90s TV series Nash Bridges.
Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman) is 80 today. Among the most popular songs by the American singer-songwriter are Blowin’ in the Wind, The Times They Are a-Changin’, Like a Rolling Stone, Positively Fourth Street, Rainy Day Women #12 and 35, Just Like a Woman, Lay Lady Lay, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door and Hurricane. Many of his songs have become hits for other artists. In 2016 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
Patti LaBelle is 77 today. The American singer was lead vocalist with Labelle who had the 1975 hit Lady Marmalade – #1 in the USA, #13 in Australia.
Here’s Humphrey debuted on Australian television in Adelaide on NWS9 on this day in 1965.
Peter Green played his last concert with Fleetwood Mac on this day in 1970, then left to join the Children of God sect. Among his compositions was the beautiful Albatross.
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TUESDAY 25 MAY
Hal David was born on this day in 1921. The US lyricist wrote the words to more than 700 songs, most of them co-written with Burt Bacharach. Among the best known are Anyone Who Had a Heart, Do You Know the Way to San Jose, I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself, (They Long to Be) Close to You, What’s New Pussycat, Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head and Trains and Boats and Planes.
Tom T Hall is 85 today. His biggest hit in Australia was Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine (1973). He also wrote Jeannie C Riley’s Harper Valley PTA.
Mike Oldfield‘s debut album Tubular Bells was released on this day in 1973. Every major record company rejected it before it was picked up by Richard Branson for his new label Virgin Records.
Star Wars, directed by George Lucas, premiered in America on this day in 1977.