Tuesday, May 3, 2016

40 Year Itch : It Happened on May 3, 1976

   On May 3, 1976,  Paul McCartney and Wings kicked off the "Wings Over America" tour at the Tarrant County Convention Hall in Ft Worth Texas. It was McCartney's first appearance on stage since the Beatles farewell show at Candlestick Park in 1966. Beatle fans had many reasons to rejoice. Among them: McCartney played five Fab Four songs on the tour: "Yesterday", "The Long and Winding Road", "Blackbird", "I've Just Seen a Face" and "Lady Madonna".

That same night at Madison Square Garden, Paul Simon put on a benefit concert for the New York Public Library. Phoebe Snow, the Brecker Brothers and Jimmy Cliff also performed . Tickets cost between $10 and $12.50. Asked why, Simon said "Because I love the library and I'm a New Yorker." 

May 3, 1976 is also the official date Aerosmith got back in the saddle with the release of Rocks, arguably the hardest rocking and most critically acclaimed of the band's albums. Joe Perry said "There's no doubt we were doing a lot of drugs by then, but whatever we were doing, it was still working for us." 

Meanwhile, across the pond, ABBA was celebrating the ascent of "Fernando" to the top of the UK pop chart. People in the UK must have been pleased as well because that meant the Brotherhood of Man's "Save Your Kisses For Me" was finally on the descent after spending six week at number one.

No comments:

Post a Comment