1943, Born on this day, Spooner Oldham, American songwriter and session musician, organist, best known as part of the studio backing band known as the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section of Alabama. He played on many hits including, Percy Sledge (When a Man Loves a Woman), Aretha Franklin (Respect,, Wilson Pickett (Mustang Sally) and worked with Bob Dylan, Delaney Bramlett, Willy DeVille, Joe Cocker, the Hacienda Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, the Everly Brothers, Dickey Betts, Cat Power, J. J. Cale and many others.
1945, Born on this day, Rod Argent, keyboards, The Zombies, (1964 UK No.12 single ‘She’s Not There’). Argent, (1972 UK No.5 single ‘Hold Your Head Up’). Now a TV and film composer.
1949, Born on this day, Alan White, drummer, Plastic Ono Band, (1970 UK No.5 single ‘Instant Karma!’), Yes, (1977 UK No.7 single ‘Wonderous Stories’).
1949, Born on this day, Born on this day, Jim Lea, bass, piano, violin, Slade, (1971 UK No.1 single ‘Coz I Luv You’, plus five other UK No.1 hits and 18 UK Top 40 hit singles).
1964, Touring Australia The Beatles arrived in Melbourne and were greeted at the airport by over 5,000 fans. Another 20,000 fans lined the route from the airport to the hotel, army and navy units were brought in to help control the crowds, cars were crushed, hundreds of girls fainted and over 50 people were admitted to hospital with broken bones.
1964, The Manish Boys, (featuring David Bowie) auditioned for the UK television talent show Opportunity Knocks.
1967, The Doors appeared at Steve Paul’s Scene, New York City, Jimi Hendrix was in the audience.
1970, Derek and the Dominoes played their first gig when they appeared at London’s Lyceum.
1974, Ray Stevens was at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘The Streak’ a song about the latest craze of streaking, (running naked in a public place).
1975, America went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sister Golden Hair’, the group’s second US No.1. Not a hit in the UK
1977, Led Zeppelin played the last of six sold out nights at Madison Square Garden, in New York City during their 11th and final North American tour. The 3-hour set included: The Song Remains The Same, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll and When the Levee Breaks.
1980, Billy Joel started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Glass Houses’, his second US No.1 album.
1980, Peter Gabriel scored his first UK No.1 album with his third solo release ‘Peter Gabriel’.
1986, Bob Geldof was named in HRH The Queen’s Birthday Honours List, receiving an honorary Knighthood in recognition of his humanitarian activities.
1986, Queen scored their 5th UK No.1 album with ‘A Kind Of Magic’, featuring the single ‘One Vision’
1986, Three fans died during an Ozzy Osbourne gig at Long Beach Arena, California after falling from a balcony.
1995, Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher died after a chest infection set in following a liver transplant. Had been a member of Taste before going solo, sold over 30m albums worldwide. Voted Melody Maker’s Top Musician of the Year in 1972, auditioned for The Rolling Stones following the departure of Mick Taylor. Gallagher made his final performance on 10 January 1995 in the Netherlands.
2002, Mick Jagger became a Sir when he was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
2007, Bob Dylan won Spain’s Prince of Asturias Arts Award, one of the country’s most prestigious honours. Jury chairman Jose Llado called Dylan a ‘living legend of popular music and the guiding star of a generation that dreamed of changing the world’. Previous winners of the annual prize include US film-maker Woody Allen.
2012, Ringo Starr’s birthplace in Liverpool was saved from the threat of demolition. The house, a run-down three-bedroom Victorian terrace, was one of 400 buildings marked for demolition in the Dingle area of Liverpool, but Beatles fans and city residents had successfully lobbied to save the house, along with 15 others in the area. The Liverpool City Council has agreed to give locals the opportunity to fix up the properties.