This week in music history, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Lennon[/lastfm] & [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Yoko Ono[/lastfm] spend eight days in bed to promote world peace while recording “Give Peace a Chance”. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jerry Lee Lewis[/lastfm] is exposed for marrying his 14 year old cousin, and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Madonna[/lastfm] cancels three shows in Israel due to terror threats to her and her kids. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Chrissie Hynde[/lastfm] of the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pretenders[/lastfm] gets in trouble with the law, and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dave Gahan[/lastfm] of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Depeche Mode[/lastfm] is rushed to the hospital. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kurt Cobain[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dave Grohl[/lastfm] are inspired by a documentary on water babies. And the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sex Pistols[/lastfm] were banned on TV and Radio causing an uproar with their new single, “God Save the Queen” resulting in very successful record sales, peaking at #2 on UK charts.
This Week in Music Over the Years (May 22- 28)
May 22, 1958 – Jerry Lee Lewis arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport to begin his first British tour, along with his new bride, 14 year old third cousin, Myra. Although advised not to mention it, Lewis answered all questions about his private life. The public’s shock over Lewis’ marriage marks the start of a controversy leading to his British tour being cancelled after just 3 of the scheduled 37 performances.
May 23, 1991 – Photographer Michael Lavine took what would be the publicity shots for [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nirvana[/lastfm]’s ‘Nevermind’ album at Jay Aaron Studios in Los Angeles. The idea for the front cover shot of the baby swimming was taken after Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl saw a TV documentary on water babies and was taken by Kirk Weddle. Several babies were used; five-month old Spencer Eldon’s photo came out best.
May 24, 2000 – A New York Judge told Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde that if she wanted her March arrest for protesting the sale of leather goods in a Gap store dismissed, she’d better keep her nose clean for the next six months.
[photogallerylink id=14158 align=left]May 25, 2004 – Madonna canceled three shows in Israel after terrorists threatened to kill her and her kids. A spokesperson said she was targeted because she symbolises the West and not because she practises the Jewish faith Kabbalah.
May 26, 1969 – John and Yoko began an eight-day ‘bed in’, in room 1742 of The Hotel La Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Canada, to promote world peace. They recorded ‘Give Peace a Chance’ in the hotel room (Petula Clark can be heard on the chorus). The song was credited to Lennon & McCartney, even though Paul had nothing to do with the record.
May 27, 1977 – The Sex Pistols single ‘God Save The Queen’ was released in the UK. Banned by TV and radio, high street shops and pressing plant workers refused to handle the record. It sold 200,000 copies in one week and peaked at No.2 on the UK charts.
May 28, 1996 – Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan was rushed to Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles after an apparent drug overdose. The singer was later arrested for possession of cocaine and heroin.