It all happened on this day…..
1933, Born on this day, James Brown, ‘Soul Brother No.1’, (1966 US No.8 and UK No.13 single ‘It’s A Man’s World’, 1986 UK No.5 single ‘Living In America’, 1963 album ‘Live At The Apollo’). Brown demanded extreme discipline from his musicians and dancers, and had the practice of assessing fines on members of his band who broke his rules, such as wearing un-shined shoes, dancing out of sync or showing up late on stage. Brown died on 25th Dec 2006 at the age of 73
1944, Born on this day, Pete Staples, The Troggs, (1966 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Wild Thing’)
1951, Born on this day, Christopher Cross, singer, songwriter, (1981 US No.1 single ‘Arthur’s Theme’, a No.7 UK hit in 1982).
1953, Born on this day, Bruce Hall, REO Speedwagon, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Keep On Loving You’).
1959, Born on this day, David Ball, Soft Cell, (1981 UK No.1 single ‘Tainted Love’).
1965, The Beatles spent the day filming for their forthcoming film Help!, on Salisbury Plain, England, with the British Army’s Third Tank Division.
1967, Pink Floyd appeared at The Moulin Rouge, Ainsdale, Southport, England. The promotion flyers for the club said: ‘The Moulin Rouge night club. Wine, Dine, Dance! And have a gay time’.
1968, The Beach Boys opened their US tour on which the co-headliner was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The second half of the concert which featured the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, lectured the audience on “spiritual regeneration.” The reaction was so negative, more than half of the remaining tour dates were cancelled.
1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded ‘Voodoo Chile.’ It was featured on the ‘Electric Ladyland’ double album and became a UK No.1 single on 21st November 1970 two months after the guitarist’s death. Hendrix’s solo on the track was named the 11th greatest solo of all-time in Guitar World’s 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.
1972, Les Harvey guitarist with Stone The Crows died after being electrocuted on stage during a gig at Swansea University, Wales. He was the brother of Scottish singer Alex Harvey and a member of the Alex Harvey Soul Band.
1972, “Old Man,” by Neil Young, peaks at #31 on the pop chart. It is the third and last time Young will crack the Top Forty
1974, Led Zeppelin launches their Swan Song label, which releases their albums and ones by handpicked artists like Bad Company and the Pretty Things.
1975, The Bay City Rollers started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their second album ‘Once Upon A Star.’
1976, David Bowie played the first of six sold out nights at Wembley, his first UK gig in three years.
1976, Paul McCartney made his first concert appearance in America in almost ten years when Wings kicked off their 31-date ‘Wings Over America’ tour at the Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas.
1980, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band started a six week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Against The Wind’.
1986, Robert Palmer went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Addicted To Love’, it made No.5 in the UK. Palmer originally recorded the song as a duet with Chaka Khan but due to contractual problems her voice was removed.
1997, Michael Jackson went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Blood On The Dance Floor’. The singers 7th UK No.1 peaked at No.42 on the US charts.
2001, London based bank Coutts And Co. turned down applications from members of Oasis to open accounts on the grounds of the bands bad behavior.
2004, The US Supreme Court rejected an appeal by two musicians who claimed they were owed royalties from Ozzy Osbourne. Bassist Robert Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake had fought a long-running battle since
1997 with the Osbourne family claiming they were entitled to money from the albums ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and ‘Diary of a Madman.’ Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy’s wife and manager, said that the pair had “harassed” her family and had had their contributions removed from the albums because of their “abusive and unjust behavior”.
2006, The first Bob Dylan radio program was aired on XM Satellite Radio. Tracks played on his show included Blur, Prince, Billy Bragg, Wilco, Mary Gauthier, L.L. Cool J and The Streets.