1911, Born on this day, Big Joe Turner, US blues songwriter. Wrote ‘Shake Rattle and Roll’, ‘Sweet Sixteen’. He died on 23rd November 1985.
1949, Born on this day, Rick Wakeman, keyboards, Strawbs, Yes, (‘1974 UK No.1 album ‘Journey To The Centre Of The Earth’).
1949, Born on this day, William Wallace, Guess Who, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.19 single ‘American Woman’).
1950, Born on this day Mark Mothersbaugh, co-founder of the new wave band Devo. His other musical projects include work for television series, films, and video games.
1956, Born on this day, Jim Moginie founding member, guitarist, keyboardist and songwriter with Midnight Oil.
1964, A riot broke out in Hamilton, Scotland during a Rolling Stones UK tour when over 4,000 fans with forged tickets gate-crashed the bands gig at the Chantingall Hotel.
1966, The Castiles (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals), made their first recordings at Mr Music Inc in Brick Town, New Jersey. They cut two Springsteen songs, ‘Baby I’ and ‘That’s What You Get’. The songs were cut directly to disc, of which seven or eight test pressings of the studio takes were made.
1966, During his 1966 world tour, Bob Dylan and Robbie Robertson from The Band were filmed singing several songs in a hotel room in Glasgow, Scotland, the footage turning up in the film Eat The Document. The film was originally commissioned for the ABC television series Stage ’66, but after Dylan edited the film himself ABC rejected it as ‘incomprehensible for a mainstream audience’.
1967, John Lennon and Paul McCartney sang backing vocals on The Rolling Stones track ‘We Love You’ during a session at Olympic Studios, London.
1967, The Beatles were selected to represent the UK for the first-ever global-wide satellite broadcast. The group agreed to be shown in the studio recording a song written especially for the occasion, scheduled for June 25. John Lennon wrote ‘All You Need is Love’ which was thought to sum up the 1967 ‘summer of love’ and The Beatles’ sympathies. With the satellite broadcast being broadcast to many non-English-speaking countries, the BBC asked The Beatles to ‘keep it simple’.
1967, Pink Floyd started recording their forthcoming single ‘See Emily Play’ at Sound Techniques Studios, Chelsea, London. Syd Barrett was inspired to write See Emily Play, by the ‘looning about’ of the early Pink Floyd fan Emily Young, (who is now a renowned sculptor). Guitarist David Gilmour, playing gigs in France with his own band in that period, visited Floyd in the studio during a trip to London.
1968, The first Miami Pop event took place with an estimated 100,000 people attending the concert, which was promoted by Richard O’Barry & Michael Lang (later famous as the promoter of Woodstock). Bands featured at the festival included Steppenwolf, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Mothers of Invention, Blue Cheer, Chuck Berry, The Blues Image, Pacific Gas and Electric, Three Dog Night and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown.
1974, Ray Stevens started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the novelty song ‘The Streak’ which capitalized on the then popular craze of streaking. Also No.1 in the UK.
1978, Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first night on a 19-date North American tour at the Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
1984, Simple Minds were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’, (a No. 7 hit in the UK). Written by Keith Forsey (who won an Oscar for “Flashdance… What a Feeling”) and Steve Schiff (guitarist and songwriter from the Nina Hagen band, the track was featured in the 1985 American teen drama film The Breakfast Club.
1988, Fleetwood Mac played the first of six sold out nights at Wembley Arena, London on their ‘The Tango In The Night’ Tour.
2004, Clint Warwick the original bass player with The Moody Blues died from liver disease at the age of 63. Clint left the band in 1966 after playing on their only number one hit, ‘Go Now’.
2011, John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for the 1967 Beatles song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ sold for $237,132 (£145,644) at an auction in the US. The sale of the sheet, which featured the song’s third verse and the opening words to ‘She’s Leaving Home’, took place at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Both songs feature on the 1967 album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was speculated the song was about the drug LSD, however, The Beatles denied this, with Lennon saying the inspiration had come from a picture his son Julian had drawn of a classmate named Lucy Vodden – who died of the immune system disease Lupus in 2009.