This week in music history, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Michael Jackson[/lastfm] offered $50,000 to buy the remains of the Elephant Man. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Coldplay[/lastfm]’s new album was leaked under a fake album name and a certain famous singer/ left-handed guitarist was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone that sold for 35 cents. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm] had some fun recording one of their more popular songs marching around the studio conga-line style, and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Barry Manilow[/lastfm] had a little mishap in his home knocking himself silly. And get this… [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Franz Ferdinand[/lastfm]’s frontman, Alex Kapranos was detained by Russian police after being suspected of being a spy of all things!
This Week in Music Over the Years (May 29- June 4)
May 29, 1987 – Michael Jackson offered $50,000 to buy the remains of the Elephant Man.
May 30, 2005 – Coldplay’s new album was illegally put on the internet a week before its UK and US release. The leak took place on the day copies were sent to UK radio stations and the day before it went on sale in Japan. Security measures around the release included hosting album playbacks at Abbey Road studios for journalists instead of sending them copies of the album, any CDs that were sent out were labelled with a false name – The Fir Trees – to throw would-be pirates off the scent.
May 31, 1969 – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jimi Hendrix[/lastfm] was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents.
June 1, 1966 – During a 12 hour session at Abbey Road studios, The Beatles added overdubs on ‘Yellow Submarine’, with John Lennon blowing bubbles in a bucket of water and shouting “Full speed ahead Mister Captain!” Roadie Mal Evans played on a bass drum strapped to his chest, marching around the studio with The Beatles following behind (conga-line style) singing “We all live in a yellow submarine.”
June 2, 2005 – Franz Ferdinand’s frontman, Alex Kapranos was detained by Russian police after being suspected of being a spy. Kapranos was attempting to board a plane in Moscow when the altercation took place. Travelling under his actual surname, Huntley, Alex was accused of being an MI6 agent who was previously suspected of stealing information on Russian weaponry. Unlucky for Alex that the surname Huntley was also used by actual former MI6 agent Richard Tomlinson who did steal secrets in the early 90s. The singer was freed after he pointed out that the Huntley they were so concerned about was 42, 13 years older than him.
June 3, 2003 – Barry Manilow suffered a broken nose after he accidentally walked into a wall at his home in Palm Springs, California and knocked himself unconscious. Although he passed out for four hours, he didn’t endure any lasting effects as doctors determined that surgery was not necessary.
June 4, 1997 -[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Jeff Buckley[/lastfm]’s body was discovered floating in the Mississippi River. A passenger on a tourist boat spotted the body near the southern tip of Mud Island. The singer, songwriter had disappeared when swimming on May 29th.
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