1950, Born on this day, Roger Hodgson, guitar, Supertramp
1956, Elvis Presley appeared at the 4,000 seated YMCA Gymnasium in Lexington, North Carolina. Also on the bill, Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, featuring June Carter, Rod Brasfield, Hal and Ginger. Tickets cost $1 for general admission and $1.50 for reserved seats.
1961, The Beatles played their first ever evening show at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, supporting The Swinging Bluegenes, (later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans).
1965, After ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ had held the No.1 position on the US singles chart for seven weeks, The Beatles started a two-week run at No.1 with ‘She Loves You’.
1971, Led Zeppelin appeared at the Boat Club, Nottingham, England on their ‘Back To The Clubs’ tour. This was the first tour which saw Zeppelin performing ‘Stairway To Heaven’, ‘Black Dog’ and ‘Going To California’. Zeppelin opened the set with Immigrant Song and Heartbreaker. This small club on the banks of the River Trent had also seen performances by Elton John, Black Sabbath, Sex Pistols and Rod Stewart.
1973, The BBC banned all teenybopper acts appearing on UK TV show, ‘Top Of The Pops’ after a riot following a David Cassidy performance.
1976, Iggy Pop and David Bowie were involved in a drug bust at their hotel room in Rochester, New York.
1981, REO Speedwagon went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Keep On Loving You’, the group’s first top 40 hit and first No.1
1984, Strawberry Fields, an area in Central Park bought by Yoko Ono in memory of her late husband was opened.
1987, U2 scored their third UK No.1 album with ‘The Joshua Tree’, featuring the singles ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’, & ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’. The album became the fastest selling in UK history and the first album to sell over a million CDs, spending a total of 156 weeks on the UK chart. Also a US No.1.
1991 – Leo Fender dies. Invented the Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars and the much loved and used Fender Twin Reverb amplifier.
1994, Bruce Springsteen won an Oscar for the song ‘Streets of Philadelphia.’
2000, Kurt Cobain and Happy Monday’s singer Shaun Ryder both beat older stars such as Keith Richards and Keith Moon in a league of rock ‘n’ roll excess compiled by UK music weekly Melody Maker. Liam Gallagher, Robbie Williams, Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson all featured in the Top 10.
2001, Michael Jackson’s interior decorator told The Times newspaper that the singer kept 17 life size dolls, adult and child sizes, all fully dressed in his bedroom for ‘company.’
2001, A survey revealed that the music of older, established bands was being distributed illegally over the internet much more than that of their younger, chart-topping counterparts. Queen had the highest number of bootleg websites, with 12,225.
2004, Ozzy Osbourne was named the nation’s favourite ambassador to welcome aliens to planet earth. The 55-year-old singer came top of a poll as the face people want to represent them to alien life. The poll of internet users was carried out following the discovery of signs of water on Mars. Ozzy won 26 per cent of the vote. A spokesman for Yahoo! News said: “As the world waits desperately for signs of alien life, we decided to ask our users who they thought was best suited for this most auspicious of roles. Ozzy is a great choice but I’m not sure what the Martians would make of his individual approach to the English language.”
2013, Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ was set to seal its place in history at the US Library of Congress as part of its National Recording Registry.The recording that received the highest number of public nominations for this year’s registry was Dark Side, Floyd’s groundbreaking 1973 album.