This Day in Music, May 2: Beatles 1st No.1, Bruce Springsteen's Audition, Keith Richards Conks his Coconut

British Invasion dominates May 2nd music history.

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The Beatles - 1963

The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with "From Me To You," the group's first No.1 and the first of eleven consecutive No.1's for the Liverpool group.

Lennon and McCartney began writing the song while traveling on a coach during a UK tour supporting British singer Helen Shapiro. The title of the song was inspired from a letters column called "From You To Us" that ran in the British weekly music newspaper, The New Musical Express.

"From Me To You" was one of the very last songs to be credited "McCartney/Lennon"; soon afterwards their songs began appearing credited to "Lennon/McCartney". Surprisingly, "From Me To You" failed to chart in the US when it was released on Vee-Jay records in June 1963, selling fewer than 4,000 copies (even though Cash Box magazine called it a "Pick of the Week").

However a cover version released by Del Shannon resulted in the song becoming the first Lennon/McCartney tune to enter the American pop charts. The Beatles would have to wait another year before they saw any success in the US, when they scored their first chart topper with "I Want To Hold Your Hand."

Bruce Springsteen - 1972

Bruce Springsteen auditioned for CBS Records A&R man John Hammond in New York. Hammond who was a record producer, musician and music critic from the 1930s and had discovered some of the greatest talents in jazz, folk, blues and rock and roll, including Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Pete Seeger, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.

Springsteen played a short set for him in his office; Hammond was so impressed that he arranged a real audition that night at the Gaslight Club in New York for other Columbia executives. Bruce passed the audition. Hammond (who's last major signing was Texas blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan), died in 1987 of complications following a series of strokes. Hammond was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Keith Richards - 2006

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was released from the hospital in New Zealand after the 62 year-old suffered a "mild concussion" when he fell out of a coconut tree while on holiday in Fiji. He was airlifted to Auckland's Ascot Hospital for observation, where he underwent a brain scan.

"Keef," as the Rolling Stone guitarist is lovingly known, was holidaying at the luxurious Club Resort on Wakaya, Fiji, when he and fellow Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood decided to explore the same tree. The consequences were spectacular. Half-way up Richards -- reformed heroin addict and one-time hell-raiser -- slipped and fell to the ground, severely banging his head in the process. The accident happened after the Stones had played in New Zealand as part of their Bigger Bang world tour, and were taking a break before the tour moved to Europe the following month.

Richards is no stranger to unexpected injuries. In 1998, The Stones were forced to delay a tour after he fell off a ladder while trying to retrieve a book in the library of his Connecticut home. He damaged his ribs and chest and there were even fears he had punctured a lung after he fell while stretching amid the library's floor-to-ceiling shelves.

A Rolling Stones spokesperson said the guitarist "had not been drinking."

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A former musician, Neil was in the 80's group The Cheaters who were once signed to EMI's Parlophone label, and released three albums. He was also a radio presenter and is still a regular music pundit on various BBC stations. Neil is the founder of the award winning web site This Day in Music which is…

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