Metallica On This Day May 4th 2000, were demanding online music service Napster cut off 335,000 users who they claimed had been illegally trading their songs. The band had passed on the names of all those they considered to be “stealing” their material over the internet in the latest development in an ongoing battle over the protection of music copyrights on the web.
Other interesting things that happened on this day in music history.
1961 – The Marcels
The Marcels were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Rodgers & Hart song from the 1930s ‘Blue Moon’, their only UK No.1.
1967 – Young Rascals
The Young Rascals started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Groovin.’ Atlantic Records head Jerry Wexler did not want to release the song. US disc jockey Murray the K heard the track and encouraged Atlantic to release it.
1967 – Jimi Hendrix
The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on UK TV’s Top Of The Pops, performing ‘Purple Haze’. During afternoon rehearsals for the show, Mick Jagger went into the studio to see Jimi Hendrix.
1968 – Mary Hopkin
Mary Hopkin won her heat on the ITV talent show ‘Opportunity Knocks’. She later signed with The Beatles owned Apple Records, Paul McCartney produced her UK No.1 single ‘Those Were The Days’, which also made No. 2 in the US. Hopkin later married record producer Tony Visconti.
1974 – Abba
ABBA were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Waterloo’, the group’s first of nine UK No.1 singles was the 1974 Eurovision song contest winner for Sweden. The song was first called ‘Honey Pie’.
1977 – CBGB’s
The Patti Smith Group, David Johansen, Dead Boys, Blondie, Suicide and Richard Hell & The Voidoids all appeared at a Punk Benefit at CBGB’s in New York City.
1978 – Bee Gees
‘Night Fever’ by The Bee Gees was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The group’s third No.1 and the theme from the film ‘Saturday Night Fever.’ The song was a US No.1 for over two months.
1985 – Phyllis Nelson
Phyllis Nelson was at No.1 on the UK singles with ‘Move Closer’, her only UK hit making the American singer a One Hit Wonders.
1987 – Paul Butterfield
American blues vocalist, harmonica player Paul Butterfield, who fronted The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, died at his home in North Hollywood, California, of drug-related heart failure, he was 44. Gained international recognition, as one of the early acts performing during the Summer of Love, at Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock festival.
1989 – Stevie Ray Vaughan
Stevie Ray Vaughan set out on what would be his last ever tour at the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia. The guitarist was killed in a helicopter crash on 27th Aug 1990 after a concert at Alpine Valley Music Theater in Wisconsin, after playing 107 of the 110 dates.
1991 – Cher
Cher scored her first solo UK No.1 single with ‘The Shoop Shoop Song’ from the film ‘Mermaids’. The song had been a hit for Betty Everett on 1964, and gave Cher her first No.1 in the UK since 1965’s ‘I Got You Babe’.
Metallica On This Day May 4th 2000