Welcome To Tay Bridges Radio

Broadcasting Across The Internet From The Banks Of The River Tay

Welcome To Tay Bridges Radio

The radio station big enough to count but small enough to care (photos coutesy of Graphics Mouse)

Welcome To Tay Bridges Radio

Broadcasting across the internet 24/7 with much more music variety

Welcome To Tay Bridges Radio

Broadcasting around the world from the banks of the River Tay

Welcome To Tay Bridges Radio

More music variety right here on the listeners choice

Welcome to Tay Bridges Radio

Welcome to Tay Bridges Radio with Dundee's original internet station broadcasting across the internet from the banks of the River Tay.

We aim to give you the biggest and best variety of music from right across the decades along with many genres.

A big welcome also to new and old listeners we hope you enjoy the music and the station.

Playing the hits and forgotten classics from the charts of yesteryear and today.

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Requests for The 70's & 80's Sunday and The 70's & 80's Sunday triple plays


We want to hear from you at Tay Bridges Radio.

If you would like to hear your favourite 3 tracks from the 70's & 80's by different artists or from the same artists Peter McD will give you a mention and play them back to back during the 70's & 80's Sunday live shows.

please send your lists to the email requests@taybridgesradio.org or send them via our request box on the website here at www.taybridgesradio.org

The same email also for all your requests during the 70's & 80's Sunday

We'll hear from you all soon and keep enjoying our shows. 

A guide to specialist services for women via Dundee Protects and the Dundee Violence Against Women Partnership

A guide to specialist services for women via Dundee Protects and the Dundee Violence Against Women Partnership http://www.dundeeprotects.co.uk/

Maryfield Update No 9 14th May 2020 for Stobswell / Woodside / Maryfield / City Centre, Dundee

Support: Are you on the Scottish Government’s shielding list or ‘vulnerable’ and in need of support? Please get in touch if you, or someone you know, needs assistance. Contact the Support Line Number: 433697

Benefits: If you need assistance with benefits or are in financial hardship then to contact: Council Advise Services: 01382 431188 and select the service you need: Scottish Welfare Fund press 1, Council Advice Services press 2, Energy Advice press 3

Food: Boomerang Community Centre are distributing take-away lunches from Kemback Street from 12.15pm Monday to Friday. Stobie Larder also operates from Boomerang. This allows people who are able and following social distancing rules to collect food.

Recovery: We Are With You Team are covering the Boots hub on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday – with telephone support for individuals and families affected by drug and alcohol use. Contact 206888.

Wellbeing: Feeling Strong deliver 'Food & Care Packages' to those self-isolating. If you are in need of any of these items please fill out this form: http://foodpackage.feelingstrong.co.uk/

Contact Information: Community Health Team website gives a collection of agencies and help: http://www.dundeehealth.co.uk/content/coronavirus

Universal Credit: Job Centre Plus - 0800 328 5644

Dundee Foodbank: 01382 690540 or 01382 698020 10am-4pm Monday-Friday (referral needed).

NHS 24: 111

Social Work First Contact Team: 01382 434019 Social Work Out of Hours: 01382 307964

For referrals contact Stuart or Val on 438858 or email: stuart.fairweather@dundeecity.gov.uk or val.kane@dundeecity.gov.uk

Community Activity: Stobswell Forum have been delivering leaflets in the area. You can assist by letting friends and neighbours know about the Stobswell facebook page and by asking them to ‘like and share’. The IYN Maryfield facebook page also provides regular updates.

Dundee International Women’s Centre, City Centre and Harbour Community Council, Dundee and Angus ADHD Project and many others are still working to support those that use their services and the wider community.

If you have any other information about groups or activities the Stobswell area or the City Centre please let Stuart or Val on the above number know.

Easter Weekend Programmes 2020 #StayHome #StaySafe #HelpTheNHS


Please be aware some of our Easter Weekend shows were recorded before the Covid 19 Coronavirus Pandemic so may mention people going out or gathering etc, please do not do this #StayAtHome, #StaySafe #HelpTheNHS

Good Friday

6 - 8pm The Friday Dance & Old Skool Easter Show (music non-stop)

8pm - midnight  The Friday Party Show at Easter with Peter McD


Easter Saturday

midnight - 2am The Friday Dance & Old Skool Easter Show (music non-stop)

2 - 6am The Friday Party Show at Easter with Peter McD (repeat)

6 - 9am Non Stop Across The Decades

9 - 11am Flashback To The 60's with Peter McD

11am - 2pm Flashback To The 70's with Peter McD

2 - 6pm The 80's Meltdown with Peter McD

6 - 9pm The Saturday Dance & Old Skool Easter Show (music non stop)

9pm - midnight The Saturday Party Show at Easter with Peter McD


Easter Sunday

midnight - 3am The Saturday Dance & Old Skool Easter Show (music non stop)

3 - 6am The Saturday Party Show at Easter with Peter McD (repeat)

6am - 1pm The 70's & 80's Sunday with Non Stop Music From Both Decades

1 - 4pm The 70's & 80's Easter Sunday Afternoon Requests with Peter McD

4 - 8pm The 70's & 80's Sunday with Non Stop Music From Both Decades

8 - 11pm The 70's & 80's Easter Sunday Evening Requests with Peter McD

11pm - midnight The 70's & 80's Love Zone


Easter Monday 

midnight - 3am The 70's & 80's Easter Sunday Afternoon Requests with Peter McD      (repeat)

3 - 6am The 70's & 80's Easter Sunday Evening Requests with Peter McD (repeat)

6am - 2pm Non Stop Music Selection From Across The Decades

2 - 6pm Peter McD Live on Easter Monday with your requests, competitions and much more please join us and send requests to our email requests@taybridgesradio.org

6 - 8pm Flashback To The 60's with Peter McD

8 - 11pm Flashback To The 70's with Peter McD

11pm - midnight The Love Zone

Music History On This Day the 2nd of March

2nd March 1955 Bo Diddley has his first recording session at Universal Recording Studio in Chicago, where he laid down 'Bo Diddley', which went on the top the US R&B chart by the following June.

Elvis Presley appeared at Porky's Rooftop Club in Newport, Arkansas. Constantly on the road, performing night after night this was the group's 46th show this year, (Elvis along with Scotty Moore and Bill Black).

2nd March 1960 After completing his national service and flying back to America, Elvis Presley stepped on British soil for the first and only time in his life when the plane carrying him stopped for refuelling at Prestwick Airport, Scotland.

2nd March 1961 The Everly Brothers had their third UK No1 single with 'Walk Right Back' a song written by Sonny Curtis of The Crickets.

2nd March 1963 The Four Seasons became the first group to have 3 consecutive No1's in the US when 'Walk Like A Man', started a three week run at the top, a No12 in hit the UK.

2nd March 1964 The Beatles began filming what would become their first feature film A Hard Day's Night at Marylebone train station in London.

2nd March 1967 Engelbert Humperdinck was at No1 on the UK singles chart with 'Release Me.' The singers first of two number 1's, the song spent six weeks at the top of the chart and a record fifty six weeks on the chart.

2nd March 1974 At this year's Grammys Stevie Wonder won four awards: Album of the year for 'Innervisions', Best R&B song and Best vocal for ‘Superstition’ and Pop vocal performance for ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life’.

Terry Jacks started a three week run at No1 on the US singles chart with 'Seasons In The Sun', also No1 in the UK. The song (written in French by Belgian, Jacques Brel), had English lyrics by poet Rod McKuen. 

2nd March 1975 A policeman who stopped a Lincoln Continental for running a red light in Los Angeles was surprised to find Paul McCartney at the wheel with his wife Linda. The cop detected a smell of marijuana and on searching the car found eight ounces of the drug. Linda was arrested for the offence.

2nd March 1977 The Jam played the first of a five-week Wednesday night run at The Red Cow, Hammersmith, London. The group had just signed a four-year recording contract with Polydor records.

2nd March 1985 The Smiths were at No1 on the UK indie charts with 'How Soon Is Now.' Soho had the 1990 No8 UK hit with 'Hippy Chick.' a song based on a guitar sample from the song.

Wham! started a three week run at No1 on the US singles chart with 'Make It Big', which eventually went on the sell over 5 million copies in the US.

2nd March 1991 21 years after it's first release 'All Right Now', by Free made No2 in the UK singles chart after being re-issued to coincide with its use in a Wrigleys Chewing gum TV ad.

French singer Serge Gainsbourg died of a heart attack. Famous for his 1969 UK No1 duet with Jane Birkin on 'Je t'aime... Moi Non Plus.' During his career, he wrote the soundtracks for more than 40 films.

Madonna's 'Rescue Me', entered the US hot 100 at No15, making her the highest- debuting female artist in rock history. The record had been held by Joy Llayne whose 1957 single 'Your Wild Heart', entered the chart at No30.

2nd March 1996 Oasis scored their second UK No1 single when 'Don't Look Back In Anger' went to No1. From the bands 'What's The Story Morning Glory' album it was the first Oasis single to feature Noel on lead vocals instead of his brother, Liam Gallagher.

2nd March 1999 Dusty Springfield died after a long battle against cancer, aged 59. The British singer had her first UK hit single in 1963 with ‘I Only Want To Be With You’, which reached No4, the 1966 UK No1 & US No4 single with 'You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles.

2nd March 2002 The NME published the winners from this year's Carling Awards: Band of the year went to The Strokes, Album of the year, The Strokes for 'Is This It', Best live act was U2, Single of the year went to Ash for 'Burn Baby Burn' and Best solo artist was won by Ian Brown.

2nd March 2003 Singer, songwriter Hank Ballard died from throat cancer. Wrote and recorded 'The Twist' but it was only released on the B-side of a record. One year later, Chubby Checker debuted his own version of 'The Twist' on Dick Clark's Philadelphia television show. It topped the charts and launched a dance craze that prompted the creation of other Twist songs, including 'Twist And Shout' by the Isley Brothers and 'Twistin' The Night Away' by Sam Cooke.

Christina Aguilera started a two week run at No1 on the UK singles chart with Linda Perry written and produced song 'Beautiful'. The singers fourth UK No1 which earned her a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Norah Jones started a four week run at No1 on the UK album chart with her debut album 'Come Away With Me'. The album spent over a year on the chart and was also a US No1.

2nd March 2007 American R&B singer Kelis was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida, after the singer started screaming racial obscenities at two female police officers who were working on an undercover operation on South Beach as prostitutes. Kelis was detained and charged with two misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and for resisting arrest.

Jimi Hendrix was crowned the 'wildest guitar hero' of all-time in a poll of music fans for Classic Rock magazine. Hendrix beat Keith Richards into second place, with Stevie Ray Vaughan in third. Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page made it to number four, followed by Dimebag Darrell, who played for several heavy metal bands including Pantera and Damageplan.

2nd March 2008 Canadian guitarist, singer, Jeff Healey, died of cancer. Healey lost his sight to retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eyes when he was 8 months old, resulting in his eyes being surgically removed. After living cancer-free for 38 years, he developed sarcoma in his legs. Despite surgery for this, the sarcoma spread to his lungs and ultimately was the cause of his death. Healey released over 12 albums, presented a long running radio show and worked with many artists incuding; Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, ZZ Top & Eric Clapton.

Three months after its initial release, the deluxe edition of Amy Winehouse's Grammy Award-winning album 'Back To Black' went to No1 on the UK album chart. 

2nd March 2009 DJ and Ivor Novello award winner Norman Cook checked himself into rehab to battle an alcohol addiction. His manager Garry Blackburn said. "Norman is voluntarily seeking help for his alcohol problem but he's in good shape."
Liverpool University launched a Masters degree on The Beatles, popular music and society. Liverpool Hope University claimed the course which looked at the studio sound and compositions of The Beatles was the first of its kind in the UK.

2nd March 2013 A pencil doodle by Paul McCartney when he was a teenager sold for over $5,000. The sketches were drawn by McCartney during the late 1950s while a student at the Liverpool Institute High School For Boys. The drawings showed multiple faces with different expressions on a single sheet of paper in pencil. The auction house said the drawing sold for £3,764 ($5,692). 

2nd March 2016 Bob Dylan sold his personal archive of notes, draft lyrics, poems, artwork and photographs to the University of Tulsa, where they would be made available to scholars and curated for public exhibitions. The 6,000 item collection also included master recording tapes of Dylan's entire music catalog, along with hundreds of hours of film video.

Born On This Day

2nd March 1938 Lawrence Payton, American singer with The The Four Tops, who had the 1965 US No1 single with ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ and a 1967 UK No6 single with ‘Standing In The Shadows of Love’. Payton died on June 20th 1997. Founded as the Four Aims they helped established the Motown Sound heard around the world during the 1960s.

2nd March 1943 American musician, singer and songwriter Lou Reed from the Velvet Underground. After leaving the band in 1970, Reed released twenty solo studio albums. His second, 'Transformer' (1972), was produced by David Bowie and arranged by Mick Ronson, and brought mainstream recognition. Reed scored the 1973 solo hit 1 'Walk On The Wild Side', and the 1997 UK No1 charity single 'Perfect Day'. Reed died from liver disease on 27th Oct 2013 aged 71.

Tony Meehan, English drummer. A founder member of the British group The Drifters which would evolve into The Shadows. They scored the 1963 UK No1 single 'Foot Tapper' plus 28 other UK Top 40 singles. Meehan quit the music industry in the 1990s for a major career change as a psychologist. He died on 28 November 2005 aged 62 from head injuries sustained in a fall.

2nd March 1948 American guitarist Larry Carlton who built his career as a studio musician in the 1970's and 80's for acts such as Steely Dan and Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Herb Alpert, Christopher Cross, Dolly Parton, Andy Williams, and the Partridge Family.

Rory Gallagher, Irish blues guitarist. Gallagher recorded solo albums throughout the 1970's and 1980's, after forming the band Taste during the late 1960's. His albums have sold over 30 million copies worldwide. Gallagher died on June 14th 1995.

2nd March 1950 American singer and drummer Karen Carpenter, who with The Carpenters had the 1973 UK No2 single 'Yesterday Once More' plus 3 US No1's including the 1975 US No1 single 'Please Mr Postman'. Their 1974 UK & US No1 album 'The Singles 1969-1973' spent 125 weeks on the UK chart. The Carpenters' album and single sales total more than 90 million making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She died on 4 February 1983 of anorexia nervosa.

2nd March 1955 Jay Osmond, from American family group The Osmonds. They had the 1971 US No1 single 'One Bad Apple', the 1972 hit 'Crazy Horses' and the 1974 UK No1 single 'Love Me For A Reason'. They had their own 1972–1973 Saturday morning cartoon series, The Osmonds, on ABC-TV. The Osmonds have sold over 75 million records world wide.

2nd March 1956 Mark Evans, bass, AC/DC. He quit in 1977 after becoming tired of touring.
John Cowsill, from American singing group The Cowsills, who had the 1967 US No2 single 'The Rain, The Park & Other Things', and the 1969 US No2 single the theme from 'Hair'. TV's Partridge Family was based on The Cowsills family.

2nd March 1962 American singer-songwriter Jon Bon Jovi, who had the 1990 solo UK No13 single 'Blaze Of Glory', and with Bon Jovi, the 1987 US No1 & UK No4 single 'Livin' On A Prayer'. Their 1986 US & UK No1 album Slippery When Wet spent eight weeks at No1 on the US Billboard 200 chart. He has had various movie roles, including: Moonlight and Valentino and U-571 and made several TV appearances including: Sex and the City and Ally McBeal.

2nd March 1965 Martin Gilks from British alternative rock band The Wonder Stuff who had the 1991 UK No1 single with their version of the Tommy Roe hit 'Dizzy' (with Vic Reeves). Gilks died, aged 41, on 3 April 2006, after losing control of his motorbike in London, England.

2nd March 1977 Chris Martin, English singer-songwriter, pianist, guitarist, and the lead vocalist and co-founder of Coldplay. The band had the 2000 UK No4 single 'Yellow', and the 2000 UK No1 album Parachutes and the 2005 worldwide No1 album X&Y. In December 2009, Rolling Stone readers voted the group the fourth-best artist of the 2000's.

2nd March 1985 Luke Pritchard, lead vocalist and guitarist with British group The Kooks, who had the 2008 UK No1 album 'Konk'. They took their name from the David Bowie song with the same title. 

2nd March 1988 British singer and songwriter James Arthur who won the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012. He scored the 2016 UK No1 hit 'Say You Won't Let Go'.

Music History On This Day the 1st of March

1st March 1958 Buddy Holly played the first of 25 dates on his only UK tour at the Trocadero, Elephant & Castle, London. Also on the bill was Gary Miller, The Tanner Sisters, Des O'Connor, The Montanas, Ronnie Keene & His Orchestra.

1st March 1961 Elvis Presley signed a five-year movie deal with producer Hal Wallis. During his career, Elvis made 31 feature films and two documentary feature films.

1st March 1967 Working at Abbey Road studios, London, The Beatles started recording a new John Lennon song 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds'. The song was inspired by a drawing his 3 year-old son Julian returned home from school with one day. The picture, which was of a little girl with lots of stars, was his classmate - Lucy O’Donnell, who also lived in Weybridge, and attended the same school as Julian.

1st March 1968 Elton John's first single 'I've Been Loving You' was released on the Phillips label, with lyrics credited to Bernie Taupin (although John later admitted that he wrote the song by himself, giving Taupin credit as an effort to earn Taupin his first publishing royalties). The song didn't chart.

1st March 1969 Jim Morrison of The Doors was charged with lewd and lascivious behaviour after showing his penis to the audience during a show in Miami. He was found guilty and sentenced to eight months hard labour. Morrison died in Paris while the sentence was on appeal.

1st March 1973 Pink Floyd released their eighth studio album 'The Dark Side of The Moon' in the US. It remained in the US charts for 741 discontinuous weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history. After moving to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, the album notched up a further 759 weeks, and had reached a total of over 1,500 weeks on the combined charts by May 2006. With an estimated 45 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd's most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling albums worldwide.

1st March 1974 Chris Difford placed an advert in a shop window saying: 'lyricist seeks musician for co-writing'. Glen Tillbrook answered the ad and the pair went on to form Squeeze and had hits with 'Cool for Cats', 'Up the Junction', 'Tempted', 'Labelled With Love', and 'Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)'.

1st March 1975 The Eagles went to No1 on the US singles chart with 'Best Of My Love', the first of five US No1's for the band. The song was included on their 1974 album On the Border and was released as the third single from the album. According to Don Henley, the lyrics were written while in a booth in Dan Tana's Restaurant close to the Troubadour in West Hollywood.

1st March 1979 Joy Division appeared at The Hope & Anchor, Islington, London, England. Admission was 75p ($1.28). 

1st March 1980 Blondie were at No1 on the UK singles chart with 'Atomic' the group's third UK No1 single from their album 'Eat To The Beat'.

1st March 1986 Mr Mister started a two week run at No1 on the US singles chart with 'Kyrie', the group's second US No1, a No11 hit in the UK. Also the group's album 'Welcome To The Real World' went to No1 on the US album chart.

1st March 1990 Janet Jackson played the first night on her 120-date Rhythm Nation world tour at the Miami Arena in Florida. As part of the show Jackson's had a live panther on-stage, but after concerns were raised over safety of the crowds and several incidents of the panther urinating on the stage Jackson axed the cat from the show in the summer leg of the tour.

1st March 1991 Frank Smith from Air Supply died of pneumonia in Melbourne, Australia. (1980 UK No11 single 'All Out Of Love', 1981 US No1 single 'The One That You Love').

1st March 1994 Nirvana played their final ever concert when they appeared at The Terminal Einz in Munich, Germany. The 3,000 capacity venue was a small Airport Hanger. The power went off during the show so they played an impromptu acoustic set including a version of The Cars 'My Best Friend's Girl.'

1st March 1995 During a gig at the Patinoire Auditorium in Lausanne, Switzerland, R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry collapsed on stage from a ruptured brain aneurysm. He recovered and later re-joined the band.

Bruce Springsteen's 'Streets of Philadelphia' won three Grammys for Song of the Year, Best Male Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song. The track was featured in the film Philadelphia (1993), an early mainstream film dealing with HIV/AIDS which stars Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington.

1st March 1997 A Motley Crue fan who claimed his hearing had been irreparably damaged after a show in New Jersey had his lawsuit thrown out of court. The judge told Clifford Goldberg who had sat near the front of the stage, knew the risk he was taking.

'Bowie Bonds' were issued on the US Stock Exchange. Linked to David Bowie's back catalogue albums with money earned on the bonds via interest from royalties, investors could expect to make an 8% profit in about 10 years.

1st March 2001 Sean 'Puffy' Combs became the star witness of his own defence in a New York court claiming he didn't have a gun during a shooting in a New York club. The singer claimed he thought he was being shot at.

1st March 2004 Michael Jackson unveiled a new website, www.mjjsource.com. The site featured a celebration of his music career plus news on his current criminal trial, including short biographies of his attorneys and a calendar listing upcoming court dates.

1st March 2009 Kelly Clarkson went to No1 on the UK singles chart with 'My Life Would Suck Without You'. US singer Clarkson won American Idol in 2000 and became the only American Idol contestant to have topped the UK charts.

1st March 2016 76-year-old Ginger Baker posted on his blog that he had cancelled all of his scheduled shows for the year and was going into immediate retirement. The former drummer for Cream and Blind Faith revealed that his doctor had just diagnosed him with serious heart problems, causing him to announce all forthcoming shows. 

1st March 2019 English blues and rock singer and musician Paul Williams died age 78. He joined Zoot Money's Big Roll Band on bass and vocals, alongside the guitarist Andy Summers. He then replaced John McVie in John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. He later worked with the progressive rock group Tempest.

Country Music Hall of Fame member Fred Foster died age 87. He is credited as producer behind all of Roy Orbison’s biggest hits including ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’, ‘Only the Lonely’, and ‘Crying’ and also produced major hits for Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Ray Stevens and Kris Kristofferson.

Born On This Day

1st March 1904 American big-band musician, arranger, composer, and bandleader Glenn Miller. He was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best-known big bands. In just four years Glenn Miller scored 23 No1 hits. Miller's recordings include 'In the Mood', 'Moonlight Serenade', 'Pennsylvania 6-5000', and 'Chattanooga Choo Choo'. On December 15, 1944, while traveling to entertain US troops in France during World War II, Miller's aircraft disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel.

1st March 1927 Harry Belafonte, US singer, who had the 1957 UK No1 & US No12 single with ‘Mary’s Boy Child’ and a 1957 UK No2 & US No5 with ‘Banana Boat Song’. He also scored over 15 US Top 40 albums, including the 1956 'Calypso'.

1st March 1928 American trumpeter, bandleader and producer Willie Mitchell. He was best known for his Hi Records label of the 1970s, which released albums by a large stable of popular Memphis soul artists, including Mitchell himself, Al Green, O. V. Wright, Syl Johnson and Ann Peebles. Mitchell died on 5th January 2010 from a cardiac arrest age 81.

1st March 1942 Jerry Fisher, from jazz-rock American music group Blood Sweat & Tears. They scored the 1969 US No2 single 'Spinning Wheel', and the 1969 US No12 single 'You've Made Me So Very Happy'. They had a US No1 with their second album 'Blood, Sweat & Tears' in 1968.

1st March 1944 Mike D'Abo, singer, songwriter, who with Manfred Mann had the 1968 UK No1 & US No10 single 'Mighty Quinn'. He wrote 'Handbags & Gladrags' covered by Rod Stewart and Stereophonics. Also wrote 'Build Me Up A Buttercup' a 1968 hit for The Foundations.

English singer and actor Roger Daltrey, The Who. They scored the 1965 UK No2 single 'My Generation' plus over 20 other UK hit singles, 16 US Top 40 singles, and the rock opera albums 'Tommy' and 'Quadrophenia'. Daltrey had the 1973 solo UK No5 single 'Giving It All Away'. The Who are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide. He and Pete Townshend received Kennedy Center Honors in 2008 and The George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement at UCLA in 2016.

1st March 1946 Tony Ashton, English rock pianist, keyboardist, singer and composer. With Ashton Gardner & Dyke he had the 1971 UK No3 single 'The Resurrection Shuffle'. He was a member of the Liverpool group The Remo Four (they backed George Harrison on his album 'Wonderwall Music'). He also worked with Jerry Lee Lewis, George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney. Ashton died from cancer on 28 May 2001 at the age of 55.

1st March 1958 Nik Kershaw, English singer, songwriter, producer, who had the 1984 solo UK No2 single 'I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me', as well as hits with 'Wouldn't It Be Good', 'Human Racing', 'The Riddle' and 'Don Quixote'. Kershaw appeared at the Live Aid concert in 1985 and has also penned a number of hits for other artists, including a UK No1 single in 1991 for Chesney Hawkes, 'The One and Only'.

1st March 1962 Peter Stephenson from Scottish electronic dance band The Shamen who had the 1992 UK No2 single 'Ebeneezer Goode'.

1st March 1963 Rob Affuso from American heavy metal band Skid Row. The group achieved commercial success in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with its first two albums Skid Row (1989) and Slave to the Grind (1991) the latter of which reached No1 on the Billboard chart.

1st March 1969 Dafydd Leuan, drummer with Welsh rock band Super Furry Animals. They have been described as "one of the most imaginative bands of our time" by Billboard and have released nine UK top 40 albums.
Christina Bergmark, keyboards, vocals, with alternative Swedish rock band The Wannadies who had the 1996 UK No18 single, 'You And Me Song'. 

1st March 1973 Ryan Peake, guitarist from Canadian rock band, Nickelback who had the 2002 US No1 & UK No4 single 'How To Remind You', and the 2001 album 'Silver Side Up'. Nickelback is one of the most commercially successful Canadian groups, having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide.

1st March 1985 American musician Melissa Reese known for her collaborations with Bryan "Brain" Mantia and as a member of Guns N' Roses who she joined in 2016 as the band's second keyboardist.

1st March 1987 Kesha Rose Sebert, (Kesha), 2009 US No1 single with Flo Rida, ‘Right Round’, solo US No1 single ‘Tik Tok’. Her third studio album 'Rainbow' went to No1 on the US chart in 2017.

1st March 1994 Justin Bieber, Canadian singer. Bieber is the first artist to have seven songs from a debut album chart on the Billboard Hot 100. His 2009 debut single 'One Time' was a Top 30 hit in over 10 countries and in 2016, Bieber became the first artist to surpass 10 billion total video views on Vevo.

Music History On This Day the 29th of February

29th February 1964 The first night of a 29 date twice-nightly tour featuring The Searchers, Bobby Vee and Dusty Springfield kicked off at The Adelphi Cinema, Slough.

The Hollies appeared on UK music show 'Thank Your Lucky Stars.'

29th February 1968 The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' won album of the year, best cover and best-engineered and recorded album at this year's Grammy Awards.

29th February 1972 On the last date of an Australian tour Led Zeppelin played at the Festival Hall in Brisbane.

29th February 1976 10cc kicked off a 30-date UK tour at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon promoting their new album 'How Dare You'. Also this week 10CC member Eric Stewart had been nominated for a Grammy award in America for his work on the 'Original Soundtrack' album.

A Special 'Leap Year' concert with The Stranglers, Nasty Pop, Deaf School and Jive Bombers, at London's Roundhouse.

29th February 1977 Two members of Lynyrd Skynyrd were knocked unconscious after a scuffle broke out- between the band and members of the metropolitan police boxing team, who were holding a dinner at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

29th February 1980 The glasses that Buddy Holly had been wearing when he died were discovered in a police file in Mason, Iowa after being there for over 21 years.

29th February 1988 Robert Plant released his fourth solo album, Now And Zen. The album peaked at No. 10 on the UK chart. The tracks Heaven Knows and Tall Cool One featured guitarist Jimmy Page.

29th February 1992 Mr Big started a three week run at No1 on the US singles chart with 'To Be With You', a No3 hit in the UK.

U2 kicked off their north American leg of the 'Zoo TV Tour', at The Lakeland Civic Centre Arena, Florida. Many acts have appeared here, including Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Rush and Bob Dylan. It was here where Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley was nearly electrocuted, during a concert on December 11, 1976.

29th February 1996 American musician, songwriter and record producer, Wes Farrell died aged 56. He was one of the writers behind The Partridge Family American TV show and also wrote 'Hang On Sloopy' the 1965 hit for The McCoys.

Status Quo sued Radio 1 for £250,000 ($425,000) on the grounds that the BBC station was breaking the law by not including their new record on their playlist.
29th February 2000 Eric Clapton was banned from driving for six months after speeding at 45mph in a 30mph zone near his UK home in Surrey.
Sir Elton John stormed out of the opening of his new Broadway musical show, 'Aida', after 15 minutes complaining that his songs had been ruined.
29th February 2004 Peter Andre went to No1 on the UK singles chart with a re-issue of his 1996 No2 hit 'Mysterious Girl.' Andre had been a contestant in the UK TV show 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here' set in the Australian outback.
29th February 2008 Mike Smith, the lead singer of 1960s British group The Dave Clark Five, died from pneumonia at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, England at the age of 64. The Dave Clark Five had 19 UK Top 40 hits, including 'Bits and Pieces' and the number one single 'Glad All Over'. The band, which broke up in the 1970s, sold more than 100 million records and recorded 23 albums.
29th February 2012 American guitarist and session musician Roland Bautista died of natural causes. He was a former member of Earth, Wind & Fire and had also worked with artists such as Tom Waits, The Jackson 5, B.B. King, Ramsey Lewis, Randy Crawford and George Duke.
29th February 2012 Davy Jones, the Manchester-born lead singer with 60's band The Monkees, died aged 66, in his sleep at his home in Florida after suffering a massive heart attack. Jones who appeared as a teenager in soap opera Coronation Street, playing Ena Sharples's grandson was also a former apprentice jockey in Newmarket. Jones remained a keen horseman all his life, winning his first race in England as a jockey in 1996.

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29th February 1904 Jimmy Dorsey, alto saxophonist, clarinettist, bandleader, and brother of trombonist-bandleader Tommy Dorsey. Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra had 103 chart hits in the US, including 12 number ones. Their biggest hit was 'Amapola' in 1941, featuring the vocals of Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell. It was number one for ten weeks.

29th February 1940 Gretchen Christopher from American group The Fleetwoods who had the 1959 US No1 & UK No6 single 'Come Softly To Me'.

29th February 1972 Saul Williams, most known for his blend of poetry and hip-hop. Williams had the 2007 album 'The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!'

29th February 1976 Ja Rule, US rapper, (Jeffrey Atkins) who had the 2001 UK No4 with Jennifer Lopez, 'I'm Real', and the 2002 US No1 & UK No6 single 'Always On Time', and the 2001 US No1 album 'Pain Is Love'.

Music History On This Day the 28th of February

28th February 1966 Police were called after over a 100 music fans barricaded themselves inside Liverpool's Cavern Club to protest at the clubs closure. The club had run up debts of over £10,000. The Beatles made a total of 292 appearances at The Cavern Club, their final performance at the club was on 3 August 1963. 

28th February 1970 Billed as David Bowie's New Electric Band (so new they haven't got a name yet), played at the Basildon Arts Lab experimental music club at the Basildon Arts Centre in Essex, England. Also on the bill were High Tide, Overson and Iron Butterfly.

In an interview with the New Musical Express, Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green talked about his plans to give all his money away. The following year Green confronted his accountant with a gun after he sent him an unwanted royalty check. The guitarist went to jail briefly before being transferred to an asylum and was committed to a mental hospital in 1973. He re- launched his career in the 90's.

Led Zeppelin played a gig in Copenhagen as The Nobs after Eva Von Zeppelin a relative of the airship designer threatened to sue if the family name was used in Denmark.  

Simon and Garfunkel started a six week run at the top of the US singles chart with 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', also No1 in the UK in March the same year. It became one of the most performed songs of the twentieth century, with over 50 artists, among them Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin, covering the song.

28th February 1974 Singer songwriter Bobby Bloom shot himself dead in the head at his Hollywood apartment aged 28. Bloom had the 1970 US No8 & UK No3 single 'Montego Bay'.

28th February 1976 Paul Simon's 'Still Crazy After All These Years' was named Best Pop Vocal Performance and Album Of The Year at the 18th annual Grammy Awards. In his acceptance speech, Simon told the audience "I'd like to thank Stevie Wonder for not releasing an album this year."

28th February 1977 Ray Charles was attacked onstage by a man who tried to strangle him with a microphone cord. The man was a member of a group called Project Heavy, a community program for disadvantaged youths. They promised that the matter would be handled within the organization and no charges were laid.

28th February 1981 Country music star Eddie Rabbitt crossed over to the Pop chart to score a US No1 hit with 'I Love a Rainy Night'. He had earlier written the Elvis Presley smash 'Kentucky Rain' before having a No5 hit with 'Drivin' My Life Away'. Although it sounds like he made up a stage name, his real name is Edward Thomas Rabbitt.

28th February 1983 U2 released their third studio album 'War'. Produced by Steve Lillywhite, the album has come to be regarded as U2's first overtly political album, in part because of songs like 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' and 'New Year's Day.' 'War' became the band's first No1 album in the UK (knocking Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' from the top of the charts). The boy on the cover of the album is Peter Rowen (the brother of Bono's friend, Guggi from The Virgin Prunes).

28th February 1984  Michael Jackson won a record seven Grammy awards including: Album of the year for 'Thriller'; Record of the year and Best rock vocal performance for 'Beat It'; Best pop vocal performance, Best R&B performance and Best R&B song for 'Billie Jean', and Best Recording For Children for E.T The Extra Terrestrial.

28th February 1985 David Byron, singer with Uriah Heep died from an epileptic fit and liver disease aged 38. Byron was the original singer of the English band between 1969 and 1976 and gained a reputation with his operatic vocals and harmonies as one of the best rock vocalists and frontmen in the world.

28th February 1986 George Michael announced that Wham! would officially split during the summer. Wham became one of the most successful pop acts of the 1980s, selling more than 30 million records worldwide from 1982 to 1986. The singles 'Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go', 'Everything She Wants' and 'Careless Whisper', all topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US. 

28th February 1987 The first five Beatles albums, 'Please Please Me', 'With the Beatles', 'A Hard Day's Night', 'Beatles for Sale' and 'Help!' were released on Compact disc. Capitol Records decided to release the original UK mixes of the Beatles albums, (the first four CD's were released in mono). This marked the first time that many of these mono mixes were available in the US.

28th February 1989 Bob Dylan recorded the first sessions for the 'Oh Mercy' album at The Studio, New Orleans, Louisiana. What became Dylan's 26th studio album, released by Columbia Records in September 1989 was produced by Daniel Lanois.

28th February 1994 Eric Clapton played his 100th performance at London's Royal Albert Hall, in aid of the 'Children In Crisis', charity.

28th February 1996 Grammy award winners included Alanis Morissette who won album of the year for 'Jagged Little Pill', best female rock vocal & best song for 'You Oughta Know', Nirvana's 'Unplugged' won best alternative album and Coolio best rap performance with 'Gangsta's Paradise.'

28th February 1997 Death Row Records boss Marion 'Suge' Knight was sentenced to nine years in prison for violating his probation for a 1995 assault conviction. Under US law, Knight would not be allowed to run Death Row Records while in prison.

28th February 2005 Chris Curtis, drummer with The Searchers died aged 63 after a long illness. The searchers scored the 1964 UK No1 single 'Needles And Pins', and the 1964 US No3 single 'Love Potion Number Nine'.

28th February 2006 Two stewards were shot during a concert by rapper Kanye West at the NEC in Birmingham, England. Police said the shootings took place after people who tried to gain entrance without tickets were escorted from the arena. A man, who had no ticket, entered the foyer and was ejected, he then returned and shot at the stewards, one was in a serious condition after being shot in the face.

28th February 2008 Boy George pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning a male escort by chaining him to a wall. The singer and DJ was also accused of assaulting Audun Carlsen during the alleged incident on 28 April 2007. He was released on bail until a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court in November.

Arctic Monkeys won three prizes, including best British band at this year's NME Awards held at the O2 in London. The band's single 'Fluorescent Adolescent' won them best track and they won best video for 'Teddy Picker'. Best album went to Klaxons for 'Myths of the Near Future' while Kate Nash won best solo artist. Muse were presented with the best live band award and US group The Killers took best international act. The Manic Street Preachers, who performed at the ceremony, were awarded the NME's Godlike Genius honour and Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty was voted hero of the year. Britney Spears's Blackout was voted worst album and The Hoosiers were named worst band.

Drummer Buddy Miles, who played with Jimi Hendrix in his last regular group, Band of Gypsys, died aged 60 at his home in Austin, Texas after struggling with a long-term illness. Born George Allen Miles in Omaha, Nebraska, Buddy's nickname was a tribute to his idol, jazz drummer Buddy Rich. Rich also played with The Delfonics, The Ink Spots, Wilson Pickett, Electric Flag, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Muddy Waters and Barry White. In the 1980s, he achieved a certain amount of notoriety in the US as the vocalist on the celebrated claymation California Raisins commercials.

28th February 2010 Tom "Bone" Wolk, who played bass for nearly 30 years with Daryl Hall and John Oates died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 58. He had also recorded with Carly Simon, Jellyfish, Squeeze, Elvis Costello, Shawn Colvin and Billy Joel over the course of his career.

28th February 2016 Adele was at No1 on the UK and US album chart with her third studio album 25. The album was a massive commercial success, debuting at No1 in more than 25 markets. 25 received the BRIT Award for British Album of the Year and also won the 2017 Grammy Awards for Album of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album.

28th February 2019 German-American pianist, composer, arranger, and conductor Andr√© Previn died at home in Manhattan at the age of 89. He is best known for arranging and composing Hollywood film scores for over 50 films over his entire career. He won four Academy Awards for his film work and ten Grammy Awards for his recordings. 

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28th February 1927 Don Helms, steel guitarist best known as the steel guitar player in Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys. Helms was a featured musician on over 100 Hank Williams recordings and went on to play on many classic country hits, including Patsy Cline's 'Walking After Midnight,' and Loretta Lynn’s 'Blue Kentucky Girl.' He died on August 11, 2008.

28th February 1941 Marty Sanders, from Jay and the Americans, who had the 1962 hit with 'She Cried' and the 1969 US No6 single 'This Magic Moment'.

28th February 1942 Brian Jones, multi-instrumentalist and founding member of The Rolling Stones. Originally the leader of the group, Jones placed an advertisement in Jazz News of 2 May 1962 inviting musicians to audition for a new R&B group. Jones came up with the name the Rollin' Stones while on the phone with a venue owner, who asked 'What are you called?' Jones saw a copy of 'The Best Of Muddy Waters' lying on the floor - and track one was "Rollin' Stone Blues". Jones died on July 3rd 1969, after drowning in his swimming pool.

Joe South, American singer, songwriter who had the 1969 US No12 & UK No6 single 'Games People Play'. South started his career in July 1958 with the novelty hit ‘The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor’. He wrote ‘Rose Garden’, which was first released by Billy Joe Royal in 1967 and later became a 1970 hit for country music singer Lynn Anderson. South worked with Bob Dylan, ('Blonde on Blonde'), Simon And Garfunkel, ('Sounds of Silence') and Aretha Franklin, (‘Chain of Fools’). He died of heart failure on 5 Sept 2012 aged 72.

28th February 1943 Donnie Iris, guitarist with Wild Cherry who had the 1976 US No1 & UK No7 single 'Play That Funky Music'.

28th February 1945 Ronnie Rosman, from American rock band, Tommy James & The Shondells who had the 1966 US No1 single 'Hanky Panky', the 1968 UK No1 single 'Mony Mony' and the hit 'I Think We're Alone Now'.

28th February 1948 British musician and keyboardist, and longtime member of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, Geoff Nicholls. He died on 28 January 2017 aged 68. Until his death, Nicholls played keyboards with former Black Sabbath singer Tony Martin, in his band Tony Martin's Headless Cross.

28th February 1952 Eddie Manion, American saxophonist from the Jersey Shore group Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. As a session musician, he has recorded and toured, with, among others, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Diana Ross, Gary U.S. Bonds, Bon Jovi, Willy DeVille, Dave Edmunds, Little Steven, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, The Allman Brothers Band and Graham Parker. 

28th February 1957 Cindy Wilson, singer and founding member with American new wave rock band The B-52's who had the 1990 UK No2 & US No3 single 'Love Shack'. She sang with the Ramones in the early 1980s on the song ‘Chop Suey’, with Kate Pierson and Debbie Harry. 

Ian Stanley, keyboards, with Tears For Fears who had the 1985 US No1 & UK No2 single 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World' and played a key role in the making of their multi-platinum selling second album 'Songs from the Big Chair'.

British drummer, songwriter and singer Phil Gould from Level 42, who had the 1986 UK No3 & US No12 single 'Lessons In Love' & 19 other UK Top 40 hits.

28th February 1967 Marcus Lillington, guitars, keyboards with British group Breathe, who scored the 1997 US No2 single 'Hands To Heaven', (kept from the summit by 'Roll with It' by Steve Winwood). The song became a UK top 5 hit the following year.

28th February 1971 Nigel Godrich, Grammy Award-winning UK recording engineer and record producer. Best known for his work with Radiohead. He is a member of Atoms for Peace (with Yorke) and Ultraísta. Other acts Godrich has worked with include Beck, Paul McCartney, U2, R.E.M., Pavement and Roger Waters.

28th February 1977 Jason Aldean, American country music singer, who has scored six No1 singles on the country charts including the duet ‘Don't You Wanna Stay’ with Kelly Clarkson, and the 2011 US County No1 single 'Dirt Road Anthem'.

28th February 1986 Alex Tanas, musician, drummer, singer and songwriter from Canadian reggae fusion band Magic! who had the 2014 US and UK No1 hit single ‘Rude’, from their 2014 US Top 10 album 'Don't Kill the Magic'. 

28th February 1994 English singer and songwriter Jake Bugg, (born Jake Edwin Kennedy). His self-titled debut album, largely co-written with songwriters Iain Archer, Matt Prime and Crispin Hunt, was released in late 2012 and reached No1 on the UK Albums Chart.