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The Doors Break Up, John Peel’s 72nd Birthday and I Got You Babe

30th August 2011 -

We decided to have a little Dolphin Music Twitter debate over which date you’d like to hear about today. The votes were tied, and we weren’t sure how pleased you’d be about receiving the 1965 news over 1971! So we have three dates for you today, John Peel’s 72nd birthday, a Sonny & Cher number 1 and the day The Doors split up, just 2 years after Jim Morrison’s death.

John Peel, born 30 August 1939

John Peel has been one of the longest serving BBC Radio 1 DJ in all time. From 1967 until his death in 2004, he became notorious for his “Peel Sessions” and “Festive Fifty” shows whilst presenting Top of the Pops in the 80’s and voice-over commentary for a number of BBC programmes.

Producer and Musician Dyl Mei said about Peel

“As most of the welsh media ignored a whole underground happening in Wales during the 1980s, he gave it the time of day. Thank god. Without that attention, you could say that the majority of Welsh language music bands would still sound like Cliff Richard or Bros”. Peel gave sessions to a number of Welsh acts such as: Stereophonics, Super Furry Animals, John Cale, The Carling Buds and Mclusky.

The BBC have wrote a great tribute to the work of John Peel and his admiration and enthusiasm from the music industry.

The Doors Break Up, 30 August 1972

With a total of nine studio albums and eighteen singles before their 1972 break-up, the doors have been included in VH1’s “Greatest Rock Artists” and in the 1993 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

At the young age of 27, The Doors lost their frontman Jim Morrison to an unknown cause of death. The Doors continued with their career, and reportedly recorded new songs, but finally split before the public were to hear it all. You can see influences of the doors in major acts of today, from Pearl Jam, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, INXS, Joy Division and Stranglers to Tori Amos and Iggy Pop. Where are they now? Manzarek (keys) and Kreiger (guitar) reunited in 2002 to form The Doors of the 21st century. Never heard of them? John Densmore (keys) took Manzarek and Kreiger to court after disputing he was never invited to the reunion and so the band now uses the name “Riders on the Storm”, a song by the Doors from their 1971 album, L.A Woman.

Number 1 Record, 30 August 1965

For those of you who wanted to know the music news of 1965, the number 1 record on this day was pop classic, “I got You Babe” by husband-and-wife duo Sonny & Cher. In the decade they spent as a duo, a married couple and TV personalities, they sold 80 million records worldwide. Incase you need a reminder of the track…



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