Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 10th May!
On the 10th May 1957, Mr. John Simon Ritchie (later named John Beverley – after his stepfather) was born in Lewisham, South East London (UK). By the age 17, Ritchie hang a lot around in the London area – one of his favorite spot was the legendary clothing store „SEX„, which was run by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood. At this time he also crossed paths with John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), who nicknamed John „Sid Vicous“ after his pet hamster. Vicous started his musical career in 1976 as the singer of the Punk band The Flowers of Romance and he later also appeared with Siouxsie and the Banshees as their drummer.
In in 1977, Sid joined the Sex Pistols and replaced bassist Glen Matlock, who was dropped out, because of tensions with frontman Johnny Rotten. Before the British Punk band called it a day in January 1978, Sid Vicious met his future girlfriend Nancy Spungen. The relationship was completely desctructive and mainly based on drug abuse.
On the 12th October 1978, Sid found Nancy dead on the bathroom floor of their room in the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan. Spungen suffered a single stab wound and bled to death. Vicious, who confessed that he stabbed her but without meaning to kill her, was arrested and charged with murder. Ten days later, after Nancy’s passing, Vicious attempted suicide but survived. On the 1st February 1979, Vicious was out on bail. After a small celebration he overdosed around midnight and passed away on the 2nd February 1979.
Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 6th May!
On the 6th May 1965, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger worked on the legendary opening riff of „Satisfaction„. Keith recorded the very rough version of the legendary riff in a hotel room in Clearwater (Florida) before he fell asleep.
Keith Richards remembers, that the recording consisted of approximately two minutes of acoustic guitar before „hearing me drop the pick and starting snoring for the next forty minutes“.
The song was first recorded on 10th May 1965 at the Chess Studios in Chicago (feat. Brian Jones on harmonica). The Rolling Stones re-recorded the tune two days later at RCA Studios in Hollywood, with a slightly different beat and adding the „Gibson Maestro Fuzzbox“ to create a very special sound of the guitar riff. „(I can’t get no) Satisfaction“ was released on the 6th June 1965 in the USA following the 20th August 1965 for the UK. The track became one of the all-time greates rock songs ever recorded.
Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 2nd May!
On the 2nd May 1980, the final Joy Division concert took place at the University of Birmingham’s High Hall (UK). Two weeks later, on the 18th May 1980, singer Ian Curtis commited suicide. Curtis‘, who suffered from epilepsy and depression, hung himself in his kitchen in Macclesfield, Cheshire (UK). The tragedy happened on the eve of Joy Division’s first North American tour. The remaining trio consisting of Bernard Sumner (guitarist), Peter Hook (bass) and Stephen Morris (drums) formed shortly after this the band New Order.
The setlist of the final gig included the track „Ceremony„, which was later recorded and released by New Order. The very last song Ian Curtis performed live on stage was „Digital„. The complete recording of this final Joy Division performance is featured on the album „Still„, which was released in October 1981.