This Day in Music, May 21: Springsteen, "Elten" John, Rod Stewart, James Brown, Bono

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May 21


On this day in 1966, The Castiles (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals) appeared at Freehold Regional High School in New Jersey. They were performing at their own high school for the very first time. All five members of the band were Juniors at Freehold High School.  

In 1974, Two would-be concert promoters were arrested by police in America on fraud charges in connection with selling mail order tickets for a forthcoming "Elten" John show. (Elten with an "e" and not an "o"). Police took away over $12,000 in cheques. 

In 1977, Rod Stewart was at #1 on the UK singles chart with the double A sided single "I Don't Want To Talk About It / First Cut Is The Deepest". The Danny Whitten song "I Don't Want To Talk About It" was also a UK #3 hit for Everything But The Girl in 1988. 


In 2003, Soul singer James Brown was pardoned for his past crimes in the U.S. state of South Carolina. Brown had served a two-and-a-half-year prison term after an arrest on drug and assault charges in 1988 was granted a pardon by the State Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. Brown, who appeared before the board, sang "God Bless America" after the decision. 

In 2010 U2's lead singer Bono had emergency spinal surgery after suffering an injury while preparing for tour dates. The 50-year-old singer was treated at a specialist neurosurgery clinic in Munich and was expected to stay there for a number of days. We are very please to report that Bono made a full recovery.

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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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