1915 Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) born in Issaquena County, Mississippi. US Blues guitarist/Singer Songwriter. Recorded ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’, ‘I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man’, ‘Got My Mojo Working.’ Died 30th April 1983.
1936 Margo J. Sylvia born in Woburn, Massachusetts. US Lead Singer with the Tune Weavers formed in 1956. They had their only hit with ‘Happy Birthday Baby’ in 1957. Died 25 October 1991
1939 Hugh Masekela born in Witbank, South Africa. South African Trumpeter/Bandleader/Singer/Songwriter. His only hit is (1968 US No.1 single ‘Grazing In The Grass’). Masekela died in Johannesburg on the early morning of 23 January 2018 from prostate cancer, aged 78.
1940 Sharon Sheeley born in Los Angeles, California. US songwriter. Hits include ‘Poor Little Fool’ US No.1 for Ricky Nelson in 1958 and 1959 hit for Eddie Cochran ‘Somethin’ Else’. Sheeley became Cochran’s girlfriend and survived the crash that killed Cochran in 1960. She died on May 17th 2002 aged 62.
1941 Born on this day born in Chicago, IIIinois. US Soul singer Major Lance, died of heart failure 9th March 1994. (1964 US No. 5 & UK No.40 single ‘Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um’).
1942 Allan Clarke (Harold Alan Clarke) born in Lancashire, England. Lead Singer for the Hollies.
1948 Berry Oakley born in Chicago, IIIinois. US Bass Player/Songwriter with The Allman Brothers Band, (1973, US No.12 single ‘Ramblin Man’). He was killed in a motorcycle accident 11th November 1972.
1948 Pick Withers born in Leicester, England. English rock and jazz drummer. He was the original drummer for the rock band Dire Straits and played on their first four albums, which included hit singles such as “Sultans of Swing,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Private Investigations”. Withers was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Dire Straits in 2018.
1950 Dicken (Jeff Robert Pain) UK Singer/Lead Guitarist/Songwriter with Mr Big formed in 1973. With one hit ‘Romeo’ in 1977.
1952 Dave Hill born in England. Guitarist with Slade, (1971 UK No.1 single ‘Coz I Luv You’ plus 5 other UK No.1 and 18 top 40 singles).
1952 Gary Moore born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Guitarist/Vocals with Thin Lizzy, (1973 UK No.6 single ‘Whisky In The Jar’), solo, (1979 UK No.8 single ‘Parisian Walkways’). He had solo hit with ‘Still Got The Blues’ in 1991.
1952 Pete Haycock born in Stafford, England. UK Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter with the Climax Blues Band, (1976 UK No.10 & 1977 US No.3 single ‘Couldn’t Get It Right’).
1952 Dave Hill born in England. Guitarist with UK rock band Slade.
1953 The Stargazers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Broken Wings.’ The first record by any British group to reach No.1. Stargazers’ member Fred Dachtler is the father of Clark Datchler of 80’s group Johnny Hates Jazz.
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.
1957 Graeme Kelling born in Paisley, Scotland. Guitrist with Scottish group Deacon Blue, (1988 UK No.8 single ‘Real Gone Kid’, plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles).Following a four year battle with cancer of the pancreas, he died on 10 June 2004, at the age of 47.
1958 Julie Forsyth – UK Singer with The Guys’n’Dolls with one hit ‘A Whole Lot Of Loving’ in 1975.
1960 Elvis Presley recorded ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ & ‘Such A Lovely Night’ .
1960 “Puppy Love” by Paul Anka peaked at #2 on the pop singles chart.
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.
1962 Craig Adams, bassist from the English gothic rock band The Mission who scored the 1988 UK No.12 single ‘Tower Of Strength’. Adams has also worked with The Cult, Spear of Destiny, The Alarm and Theatre of Hate.
1963 David Gavurin with English alternative rock band The Sundays. Their first album, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic, was released in 1990 and was a UK Top 5 hit along with the single ‘Here’s Where the Story Ends’.
1964 The Beatles held the top five places in 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’.
1964 Beatles Dynasty (entry part 1): The Beatles became the first act in history to hold all top five places in the U.S. singles chart with “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Twist And Shout”, “She Loves You”, “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, and “Please Please Me”. A top five grand slam that noone has come close to ever since. The also had seven more songs in the Hot 100 at notch #’s 31 (I Saw Her Standing There), 41 (From Me To You), 46 (Do You Want To Know A Secret), 58 (All My Loving), 65 (You Can’t Do That), 68 (Roll Over Beethoven), and 79 (Thank You Girl). A week later, “Love Me Do” and “There’s A Place” would establish a record 14 Beatle hits in the Hot 100 chart. They also held the top two positions on the Billboard Album chart.
1964 Beatles Dynasty (entry part 2): furthermore, the group also becomes the only to have three consecutive No. 1 songs (“Can’t Buy Me Love” took over the No. 1 spot from “She Loves You,” which succeeded “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”) In addition, The Beatles also had the number one album as “Meet the Beatles” continued to lead all others. The LP was the top album from February 15 through May 2, when it was replaced by “The Beatles Second Album”. It was estimated at the time that The Beatles accounted for 60 percent of the entire record singles business during the first three months of 1964. “What song was number six that week?” you ask. “Suspicion” by Terry Stafford.
1964 Billboard reported that “just about everyone is tired of Beatles. Disc jockeys are tired of playing the hit group, the writers of trade and consumer publications are tired of writing about them and the manufacturers of products other than Beatles records are tired of hearing about them. Everyone’s tired of the Beatles — except the listening and buying public.”
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.
1964 “Can’t Buy Me Love” by The Beatles peaked at #1 on the US singles chart and stayed there for five weeks.
1964 “From Me To You” by The Beatles peaked at #41 on the US singles chart.
1964 “Roll Over Beethoven” by The Beatles peaked at #68 on the US singles chart.
1964 “Twist And Shout” by The Beatles peaked at #2 on the US singles chart.
1964 Stay” by The Four Seasons peaked at #16 on the US singles chart.
1965 John Lennon and Paul McCartney composed `Help!’
1965 The #1 SONG IN ENGLAND is YARDBIRDS and “FOR YOUR LOVE”
1967 Jimi Hendrix was the special guest on the first edition of the UK BBC-TV’s ‘Dee Time’, along with Kiki Dee and Cat Stevens.
1968 Mark Yates, guitarist with, Terrorvision who had the 1999 UK No.2 single ‘Tequila’. Terrorvision were originally known as The Spoilt Bratz.
1968 “Honey” single by Bobby Goldsboro was certified Gold by the RIAA
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.
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.’
1970 Brinsley Schwarz’s promotion company sent 133 UK journalists, by plane to New York to see the band supporting Van Morrison at the Fillmore East, at a cost of £120,000 ($204,000). The event turned into a disaster. The group planned to leave a few days before the show to rehearse, but were denied visas on a technicality. They were finally given visas on the morning of the show, and arrived hours before the concert. The plane carrying the journalists developed a mechanical fault, delaying the flight and when the journalists arrived In New York 18 hours later, they were all hung over. Brinsley Schwarz gave a underwhelming live performance, resulting in a flood of scathing reviews.
1972 Magnus Sveningsson (Johan Magnus Sveningsson) Born in Falköping, Sweden.. Bass player with Swedish group The Cardigans, (1997 UK No.2 single ‘Lovefool’).
1972 American singer-songwriter Jill Scott. Her 2000 debut, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, went platinum, and her fifth album, Woman peaked at No.1 on the US album chart.
1973 Kelly Price, seven-time Grammy-nominated American R&B singer and songwriter, formerly on the Def Soul label.
1973 The Supremes appeared at the Granada, Tooting, the last date on a 20 date UK tour. The group played two shows at every venue.
1975 Phil A. Jimenez, percussion, vocals, from American rock band Wheatus who had the 2001 UK No 2 single ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ which appeared in the movie Loser.
1976 The Sex Pistols played the first night of a residency at the El Paradiso club in Soho, London, England.
1977 “Arrival” album by Abba was certified Gold by the RIAA
1978 Lemar Obika born in Tottenham, North London. UK singer, appeared on BBC TV talent show Fame Academy, 2003 UK No.2 single ‘Dance (With You)’.
1980 Johnny Borrell guitar, vocals with English indie rock band Razorlight who had the 2006, UK No.1 single ‘America’ and their 2006 UK No.1 self titled album.
1981 Bucks Fizz won the Eurovision Song Contest held in Dublin, Ireland with the UK entry ‘Making Your Mind Up’.
1981 Styx went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Paradise Theatre’. Including ‘Too Much Time On My Hands’ & ‘The Best Of Times’.
1982 “Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo peaked at #1 on the U.K. pop singles chart.
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 The charity record by Ferry Aid ‘Let It Be’ was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The single was recorded in aid of the 1986 Zeebrugge Ferry disaster, which killed almost 200 people. The song featured Paul McCartney, Boy George, Mark Knopfler, Kim Wilde, Nik Kershaw, Kate Bush and others.
1987 “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” by Genesis peaked at #3 on the US singles chart.
1987 U2 entered the Billboard Top-200 album chart with “The Joshua Tree” at number seven. the highest new entry on the chart since 1980. Including ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’, ‘I Still Haven’t found What I’m Looking For’ & ‘With Or Without You’.
1987 “What You Get Is What You See” by Tina Turner peaked at #13 on the US singles chart.
1989 “The Look” single by Roxette was certified Gold by the RIAA
1992 Bruce Springsteen scored his third UK No.1 album with ‘Human Touch.’
1992 The film soundtrack from ‘Wayne’s World’ started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart. Inclduing Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody, Gary Wright – Dream Weaver & Jimi Hendrix – Foxey Lady.
1996 Take That made their final performance on The Ivo Niehe Show on Dutch TV, playing two songs in front of a 250 strong studio audience.
1998 K-Ci & Jojo started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘All My Life.’
1999 The Corrs album ‘Talk On Corners’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart for the 10th time. They also had the No.2 position with ‘Forgiven, Not Forgotten.’ Both albums had spent over a year on the chart. Talk on Corners was the UK’s biggest selling album of 1998 and the 9th best selling album of 1999.
2003 50 Cent became the best selling artist in the US so far this year when his latest album ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ sold more than four million copies in two months.
2004 Anastacia was at No.1 on the UK album chart with her self-titled album, ‘Anastasia’, the singers first UK No.1.
2004 McFly scored thier first UK No.1 single with ‘Five Colours In Her Hair.’
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 Beyonce Knowles married Jay-Z at his New York apartment. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and wife Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyonces former bandmates in Destiny’s Child, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams all attended the private ceremony.
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.
2013 Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman turned himself in to British police after reports emerged suggesting he began a sexual relationship with his second wife, Mandy Smith, when she was 14 years old. After a brief meeting, the authorities decided not to pursue charges.
2016 It was reported that David Bowie had dominated the UK album charts for the first quarter of 2016. Bowie had the most entries to the chart with six albums in the top 40, after fans sought out his music in the wake of his death in January with his final album Blackstar becoming the second best selling album of the year so far, (behind Adele’s 25).