May 18 birthdays include Albert Hammond (1944) who only had one top 10 hit for himself (It Never Rains In Southern California), but wrote nine top 10 hits for other artists including Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now (Starship) and The Air That I Breathe (The Hollies). And celebrating his 63rd birthday is Rick Wakeman, who joined Yes during their peak years in the early 70’s for such classics as Your Move (I’ve Seen all Good People), Roundabout, And You And I, and America.
On this day in 1966, Bruce Springsteen made his first recordings with The Castiles cutting two songs he’s written directly to disc. In 1967, The Beatles were selected to represent Britain for the first-ever global-wide satellite broadcast scheduled for June 25, 1967. They agreed to be shown in the studio recording a song written especially for the occasion which sent George Martin‘s head spinning. How would The Beatles and their producer write, record, and produce a song for worldwide broadcast in just one week? We may never know exactly how, but the what turned out to be All You Need Is Love.