This Day in Music History: May 10

This Day in Music History: May 10May 10, 2017

We cover all sorts of news, facts and historical and interesting facts that happened on this day in music history.


Today: May 10.


1960: The Silver Beetles who were Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore, auditioned for promoter Larry Parnes and singer Billy Fury for a job as the backing band for Fury. Parnes was also looking for backing bands for his lesser-known performers and acts, and The Silver Beetles were the ones selected to be the backing band during the tour of Scotland for singer Johnny Gentle. The band had changed its name from 'The Beatals' to 'The Silver Beetles' after Brian Casser (of Cass and the Cassanovas) mentioned that the name 'Beatals' was "ridiculous". He suggested that they use the name 'Long John and the Silver Beetles', but John Lennon refused.

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1963: The Rolling Stones recorded the song 'Come On' by Chuck Berry, at Olympic Studios, London. It was released on June 7, 1963 by Decca Records.

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1969: Frank Sinatra's version of the song 'My Way' made the British Top 10 for the first time. Over the next three years, the song re-entered the Top 50 singles chart on eight different occasions. Paul Anka re-wrote the original French song for Sinatra, after he told Anka that he decided to quit the music business. Anka changed the melodic structure of the song and the lyrics with Sinatra in mind.


1969: The Moody Blues started a two-week run at the top of the UK album chart with 'On The Threshold Of A Dream', the band's first No.1 album.

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1969: Led Zeppelin entered the UK album chart for the first time when the their debut album charted at the No. 6 spot. The album spent a total of 71 weeks on the UK chart. It entered the US chart the following week at the No. 10 spot. Recorded in around 36 hours, the album is considered today as one of the most important debuts in rock music, creating an entirely new interpretation of the Rock And Roll genre, along with groundbreaking recording techniques and musical styles.

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1985: Girl band The Go-Go's announced they decided to break up. The members of the band were still successful even with their solo careers (Belinda Carlisle and Jane Wiedlin). Later on during the late 90's, the band reformed.

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1986: Falco topped the UK singles chart with the song 'Rock Me Amadeus.' He became the first-ever Austrian musician that scored a UK and US No.1 hit single and the first German speaking artist that achieved a No.1 on the US charts. Unfortunately, Falco died of severe injuries due to a car crash he was involved in on 6 February 1998, as his Mitsubishi Pajero collided with a bus in the Dominican Republic. Investigation discovered that the bus driver was speeding and for that accident he went to jail for three years. It is estimated that he has sold 20 million albums and 15 million singles, and that makes him the best selling Austrian singer of all time.


1986: The Pet Shop Boys topped the US singles chart with 'West End Girls', the band's first US No.1 and also a chart topper in the UK.

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