This Day in Music, Sept 3rd: Donovan's "Sunshine Superman"

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On this day in 1966, Donovan went to No.1 on the US singles chart with "Sunshine Superman", a No.2 hit in the UK. The track featured then Yardbird and future Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. The song was written for Donovan's future wife Linda Lawrence and has been described as having proven to be classic of the era, and as "the quintessential bright summer sing along".

In 1970, Alan Wilson, guitarist and songwriter with Canned Heat was found dead at fellow band-members Bob Hite's garden in Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles, aged 27. With Canned Heat, Wilson performed at two prominent concerts of the 1960s era, the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969. Canned Heat appeared in the film Woodstock, and the band's "Going Up the Country", which Wilson sang, has been referred to as the festival's unofficial theme song. Wilson also wrote "On the Road Again", arguably Canned Heat's second-most familiar song.

1970, Arthur Brown was arrested at the Palermo Pop '70 Festival in Italy after he set fire to his helmet (during the performance of his hit "Fire"), and stripped naked during his stage performance.

1977, The month after his death, Elvis Presley had 27 albums and 9 singles in the Top 100 charts in the UK. Moody Blue was the No.1 album while "Way Down" was No.1 on the singles chart, (putting him equal with the Beatles, each amassing 17 No.1 hits).

2008, Heavy metal band Slipknot scored their first US number one album, but only after a recount put them ahead of rapper The Game's latest release. Slipknot topped the US chart with their fourth studio album All Hope Is Gone, which, according to analysts Nielsen SoundScan, sold 239,516 copies - 1,134 more than the Game's album.

On this day in 2010, Mike Edwards, a founding member of ELO, was killed in a freak accident when a giant bale of hay tumbled down a hill and crashed into his van. The 62 year-old cellist died after the 600 kg (1,323 lb) bale rolled down a steep field in Devon, southern England, smashed through a hedge and careered onto the road. Edwards played cello with ELO, the seven-piece band led by Jeff Lynne, from their first live gig in 1972 until he left in January 1975.  He quit the band in 1975 to become a Buddhist, changing his name to Deva Pramada and making his living by teaching the cello.

 

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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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