Those Were the Days My Friend

Those were the days my friend: week of 31 May

We’re checking out the week of 31 May 2021 with the help of Jocks’ Journal …

Superman made his debut in DC’s Action Comics in 1938

Monday 31 May

Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame is 83 today.

The Who entered the Guiness Book of World Records as the loudest band on this day in 1976. The conceert was held at the Charlton Athletic Football ground in England. The total power output of the band waas 76,000 watts. My Generation, I Can See for Miles, Pinball Wizard

Tuesday 1 June

Superman made his debut in DC Comics’ Action Comics in 1938.

Two albums were released in the UK on this day on 1967: The Beatles’ album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds) and David Bowie’s first solo album David Bowie.

The Plastic Ono Band recorded Give Peace a Chance on this day in 1969. The recording took place at a “bed-in” that John Lennon and his wife Yoko staged at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal.

Pink Floyd began recording The Dark Side of the Moon at Abbey Road Studios in 1973.

The Rolling Stones played their first concert with new member Ronnie Wood (former Faces guitarist) on his 28th birthday in 1975. He replaced Mick Taylor.

Wednesday 2 June

Charlie Watts is 80 today. He, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger are the three remaining original members of The Rolling Stones. Paint it Black, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Let’s Spend the Night Together

22 year old Italian-Irish inventor Guglielmo Marconi patented the wireless in 1896. Thank you Guglielmo! We got to know many of the great hits of the 60s and 70s by listening to the “wireless”!

Mary Hopkin recorded her first hit single Those Were the Days on Apple Records in 1968.

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Sherbet. Photo: Lewis Morley

Thursday 3 June

Lead guitarist and co-founder of Sherbet, Clive Shakespeare, was born in 1949. He co-wrote most of their hits with Garth Porter. (Clive died in 2012) Cassandra, Silvery Moon

Suzi Quatro, who gave us 48 Crash, Can the Can, Daytona Demon and Devil Gate Drive is 71 today.

Ringo Starr collapsed in 1964 due to illness and was replaced by Jimmy Nicol as the Beatles’ drummer until Starr was well enough to rejoin the group in Melbourne a few weeks later. Photograph

In 1970, Ray Davies travelled from New York to London to re-record one word in The Kinks’ song Lola. Because the BBC wouldn’t allow commercial references in song lyrics, he changed “Coca Cola” to “cherry cola”.

Friday 4 June

Australian musician and record producer Rob E.G. is 79 today. After recording his own hit songs in the ’60s, Rob formed the Sparmac record label with Ken Sparkes in 1970 and produced the early Daddy Cool albums. In the 70s he also began Wizard Records whose main artist was Marcia Hines. Hi Honey Ho, From the Inside.

Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas is 77. Move in a Little Closer, Baby

Rolling Stone magazine bagan in 1967, its title taken from the Bob Dylan song Like a Rolling Stone.

Hair opened in Sydney at the Metro Theatre in 1969. Directed by Jim Sharman, the cast included John Waters and Reg Livermore. Hair

John Williamson released his debut single Old Man Emu on the Fable Label in 1970.

Saturday 5 June

Bass player and songwriter with UK band Badfinger Tom Evans was born this day in 1947 (he died in 1983). Baby Blue, Come and Get It, Day After Day.

David Bowie, under his real name David Jones, released his first single Liza Jane in 1964.

Sunday 6 June

The Beatles made their first recording for George Martin at EMI studios in 1962. For many years this was regarded as an audition, however new evidence indicates that the Beatles had already been signed by EMI.

Billy Swan recorded I Can Help in 1974.


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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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