1913, Born on this day, Muddy Waters, US blues singer, guitarist, died 30th April 1983. Recorded ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’, ‘I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man’, ‘Got My Mojo Working.’ Rolling Stones take their name from Muddy’s song “Rollin Stone”.
1948, Born on this day, Berry Oakley, bass, Allman Brothers Band, (1973, US No.12 single ‘Ramblin Man’). He was killed in a motorcycle accident 11th November 1972.
1948, Born on this day, Pick Withers, drummer, Dire Straits, (1985 US No.1 single ‘Money For Nothing’, 1986 UK No.2 single ‘Walk Of Life’).
1952, Born on this day, Gary Moore, guitar, vocals, Skid Row, Thin Lizzy, solo, (1979 UK No.8 single ‘Parisian Walkways’). Died on 6th February 2011 while on holiday in Spain.
1956, Elvis Presley played the first of two nights in San Diego Arena in San Diego, California. The local Police chief issued a statement saying if Elvis ever returned to the city and performed like he did, he would be arrested for disorderly conduct.
1960, RCA Victor Records announced that it would be release all Pop singles in mono and stereo simultaneously, the first record company to do so. Elvis Presley’s single, ‘Stuck on You’ was RCA’s first mono / stereo release.
1964, The Beatles held the top five places on the US singles chart, at No. 5 ‘Please Please Me’, No.4 ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, No.3, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, No.2 ‘Love Me Do’ and at No.1 ‘Can’t Buy Me Love.’ They
also had another nine singles on the chart, bringing their total to fourteen singles on the Hot 100.
1968, Martin Luther King is killed in Memphis, Tennessee by James Earl Ray.
1968, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Joni Mitchell, Al Kooper and Ted Nugent met up for an all night blues, folk and rock session at The New Generation Club, New York after hearing the news of Martin Luther King’s assassination.
1969, Slade is formed.
1970, Crosby Stills Nash & Young went to No.1 on the US album chart with Deja Vu. The first album which saw Neil Young joining Crosby, Stills and Nash featured three US Top 40 singles: ‘Teach Your Children’, ‘Our House’ and ‘Woodstock.
1976, Sex Pistolsplayed the first night of a residency at the El Paradiso club in Soho, London, England.
1982, ‘Layla’ was on the UK singles chart. The re-released track originally featured on the Derek and the Dominos, album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (November 1970). Inspired by Clapton’s then unrequited love for Pattie Boyd, the wife of his friend George Harrison, ‘Layla’ is considered one of rock music’s definitive love songs, and features an unmistakable guitar figure played by Eric Clapton and Duane Allman
1987, Starship started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us’, taken from the film ‘Mannequin’, also a No.1 in the UK.
1987, U2 entered the US album chart at No.7 with ‘The Joshua Tree’ making it the highest chart new entry in America for seven years.
2007, A Swedish couple ran into trouble with authorities after trying to name their baby Metallica. Michael and Karolina Tomaro went to court with the country’s National Tax Authority about naming their daughter after the rock band. The six-month-old has been baptised Metallica, but tax officials said the name was “inappropriate”. Under Swedish law, both first names and surnames need to win the approval of authorities before they can be used.
2008, Procol Harum singer Gary Brooker won back full royalty rights to the band’s worldwide hit, ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’, at London’s Court of Appeal. The decision overturned a 2006 ruling that organist Matthew Fisher was entitled to a 40% portion of royalties on the 1967 hit after he argued he had written the song’s organ melody. The court ruled there was an “excessive delay” in the claim being made – nearly 40 years after the song was recorded.
2001, Ground is broken on the Stax Museum of American Music in Memphis.