May


4th 1979 The band embark on their acclaimed Jam Pact UK tour.

7th 1977 The Jam join The Clash on their White Riot tour, but pull out after just 3 gigs following a row over money.

8th 1974 Auditions are held for a second guitarist in a Woking Pub, after Dave Waller leaves. Bruce Foxton is asked to join the band.

12th 1977 Paul Weller interviewed in 'Sniffin Glue' and quotes - 'Next time round we will be voting Conservative.' A remark that has come back to haunt him many times since.

12th 1973 The Jam win a trophy for best group with their version of Chuck Berry's 'Reelin And Rockin'.

13th 1978 The original version of Billy Hunt is recorded and planned as a single, but the idea is dropped in favour of David Watts. It is later re-recorded and included on All Mod Cons.

20th 1977 Debut album In The City is released, having been recorded in just 11 days. It breaks into the top 20.

21st 1977 The Band sign to the Cow Bell Agency and announce a national UK tour.

25th 1958 John William Weller born in Stanley Road, Woking. Later changes his name to Paul, after Paul McCartney.

26th 1980 The Jam go pink - The band play at the Pink Pop Festival in Geleen, Holland.

29th 1981 The Buckler / Foxton created Funeral Pyre is released in Britain, reaching number 4 in the UK chart.

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