May 10th, 2012 By Mike Breen | Music | Posted In: Music Video, Music News, Music History

This Date in Music History: May 10

The Rolling Stones enter the studio for the first time and Sid Vicious would've been 55 today

2001The Rolling Stones' first single (Photo: www.chartstats.com)

On this date in 1963, right after signing their deal with Decca Records, The Rolling Stones entered London’s Olympic Sound Studios to track its first single, a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On." The single came out in the U.K. on June 7 and went to No. 21 on the U.K. charts, allowing them to begin playing shows outside of London. The band's singles steadily performed better in the U.K. — the second one, "I Wanna Be Your Man" (a Beatles cover) made it to No. 12 and their cover of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" went to No. 3 (it was their first U.S. chart single, as well, reaching No. 48). In early 1964, the band had its first No. 1 single (in the U.K.) with another cover, Bobby and Shirley Womack's "It's All Over Now."

The first original song by the Stones to make it to No. 1 didn't come until 1965's "The Last Time." Later in ’65 the Stones released the following tune, which signaled the coming of a legendary, enduring band — it reached No. 1 in countries across the globe. Over 50 years after forming, the Stones are still rocking. They ended up doing pretty OK for themselves.

A 50th anniversary tour is currently said to be in the works; reports are that the band has been rehearsing in New York and New Jersey for … something (details have not yet been publicly released). Keith Richards told Rolling Stone their aiming to hit the road next year.

Mick Jagger is hosting Saturday Night Live on May 19 for the show's season finale. He'll also be the musical guest. But with whom will he perform? Maybe those New York-area rehearsals will result in a full Stones performance on SNL? All four members of the Stones were present (along with Don Was on bass).

They reportedly rehearsed just a few songs, including "Miss You" and "Jumping Jack Flash."

But Jagger's most recent release was with the "supergroup" SuperHeavy, featuring Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, A. R. Rahman and Damian Marley. Perhaps that's who will play?

My money's on either a solo performance backed by SNL's band or the full Stones. Though if The Rolling Stones are performing on Saturday Night Live, you'd think NBC would be very, very eager to promote that. We'll see.

One thing of which I'm fairly certain — wanna bet Jimmy Fallon makes another cameo on SNL May 19?

Click on for Born This Day featuring Donovan, Bono, Craig Mack and Sid Vicious.

Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing a May 10 birthday include guitarist/autoharpist/banjoist and matriarch of the Carter Family, "Mother" Maybelle Carter (1909); recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Donovan (1946); legendary Reggae drummer Sly Dunbar (1952); Rock legend Paul Hewson, known to the world as Sir Bono (1960); drummer for Art Metal ensemble Tool, Danny Carrey (1961); late ’80s Hip Hop one-hit-wonder ("Bust a Move") Young MC (1967); ’90s Rap star ("Flava In Ya Ear") Craig Mack (1971); half of Norwegian Electronica outfit ‪Röyksopp‬, ‪Torbjørn Brundtland‬ (1975); multi-instrumentalist for Scottish Post Rock superheroes Mogwai, ‪Stuart Braithwaite‬ (1976); lead singer/guitarist for excellent AltRock crew We Are Scientists, Keith Murray (1977); and Punk Rock comet John Simon Ritchie, better known as Sid Vicious (1957).

The Sex Pistols' volatile bassist would have been 55 years old today had he not died in 1979 at the age of 21. Vicious' "better half" (?) Nancy Spungen died in October of 1978 after being stabbed in her and Sid's hotel room at the Chelsea in New York City. Poked in the stomach with Sid's alleged knife (purchased two days earlier), she bled to death on the bathroom floor. Though he claimed he was innocent, Sid was arrested and charged with Spungen's murder. He was bailed out of Riker's prison a week later.

On Oct. 22, 1978, Sid attempted suicide by slashing his wrist and taking loads of methadone. He survived and, by December, had a new gal pal. On Dec. 7, he got into a fight with Patti Smith's brother Todd, cutting his face with a bottle. Apparently that's a parole violation — Sid was sent back to Riker's. He detoxed in prison, where he stayed for seven weeks. Upon release, his mother reportedly bought him some heroin. His ma found him dead from an overdose on Feb. 1, 1979. Either his mother or a group of his friends allegedly spread his ashes on Nancy's grave.

Vicious embarked on a solo career after the Pistols broke up in January of 1978, recording and performing with the top Punk Rock stars of the day (including Mick Jones of The Clash, Rat Scabies of The Damned and several members of the New York Dolls). In the summer of 1978, Sid released his first solo single, a version of Frank Sinatra's hit "My Way." His next two singles — both Eddie Cochran covers — were released after his death. The first, "Something Else," came out immediately after Sid passed away.

Here's "Something Else" (NSFW, I suppose) followed by a weird appearance by Sid and Nancy on a New York cable access call-in show.

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