1939 Billy’Crash’ Craddock born in Greensboro, North Carolina. US Singer.
1941 Lamont Dozier born in Detroit, Michigan. (Holland/Dozier/Holland), producer, songwriter, wrote many hits for Motown records, including The Supremes Baby love, Stop In The Name Of Love, Where did Our Love go, You Can’t Hurry Love. He also combined with Phil Collins to write Two Hearts. As well as writing music for, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas plus Freda Payne and Chairmen Of The Board.
1942 Edward “Eddie” Levert born in Bessemer, Alabama. US Singer with The O’Jays, (1973 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘Love Train’).
1946 Ian Matthews born in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England. UK Singer & Songwriter with Fairport Convention & Matthews Southern Comfort, (1970 UK No.1 & 1971 US No. 23 single ‘Woodstock’). Solo.
1949 Peppy Castro – Vocalist and Guitarist with the Blue Magoos, (1967 US No.5 single, ‘We Ain’t Got Nothin’ Yet’).
1950 James Smith born in New York City, New York. Bass Vocalist with The Stylistics, (1974 US No.2 single ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’, 1975 UK No.1 single ‘Can’t Give You Anything But My Love’ plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
1952 Gino Vannelli born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Canadian Singer & Songwriter.
1953 Ian Mosley born in Paddington, London. UK Drummer. He joined Marillion in 1983. (1983, 1985 UK No.2 single ‘Kayleigh’).
1954 Gerry Roberts – Guitarist with The Boomtown Rats, (1979 UK No.1 single ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ plus 10 other UK Top 40 hit singles).
1958 Patrick Waite – Bass Player with Musical Youth, died 13/2/93, (1982 UK No.1 single ‘Pass The Dutchie’).
1959 Russ Conway was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Roulette’.
1962 The Konrads (featuring Dave Jay later to become David Bowie), made their live debut when they played at Bromley Technical School in Kent, England.
1964 The Rolling Stones paid £1,500 ($2,500) in return air fares from America back to the UK to honour a booking made a year earlier for £100 ($170) at Magdalen College Oxford. Local group, The Falling Leaves were the support act, and the Stones’ bass player, Bill Wyman, had to use one of the Oxford band’s amplifiers because of a malfunction with their equipment.
1965 Bob Dylan recorded ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City, in the sessions for the forthcoming ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ album. Session musicians included Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper, whose Hammond organ on ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ became one of rock’s most recognizable sounds.
1966 John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (featuring guitarist Eric Clapton), appeared at The Marquee Club, London, England.
1966 Cliff Richard joined evangelist Billy Graham on stage at Earls Court London and talked about his discovery of the Christian faith.
1966 The Beatles made a surprise live appearance on the UK television program Top of the Pops, performing ‘Paperback Writer’ and ‘Rain’. It became The Beatles’ last live musical television appearance, with the sole exception of the June 1967 worldwide transmission of ‘All You Need Is Love’.
1966 MC Ren, NWA, (1990 UK No.26 single ‘Express Yourself’).
1967 The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and Soft Machine both appeared at The Liverpool Love Festival in Liverpool, England.
1967 1The three day Monterey Pop Festival in California began. All the proceeds went to charity when all the artists agreed to perform for free, the ‘Summer of Love’ was born. The festival saw the first major US appearances by The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Also on the bill: The Byrds, Grateful Dead, Otis Redding, Simon & Garfunkel, The Steve Miller Band, Canned Heat, The Mamas And The Papas, Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield and The Electric Flag. Tickets cost $3.50 – 6.50 (£2 – 3.80). John Phillips, of The Mamas and The Papas would later write, ‘San Francisco, (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)’ about the festival, which became a hit for Scott McKenzie.
1970 Mungo Jerry were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘In The Summertime’. It went on to become the best selling UK single of 1970 spending seven weeks at No.1 and was a hit in 26 other countries. The UK release was a maxi-single playing at 33 rpm, (whereas singles generally played at 45 rpm).
1971 Tupac Amaru Shakur, (born Lesane Parish Crooks). Died from bullet wounds on September 13th 1996. 1996 US No.1 single ‘How Do U Want It / California Love.’ 1996 UK No. 6 single, ‘California Love’.
1973 Suzi Quatro had her first UK No.1 single with the Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman song ‘Can The Can’. 10CC were at No.2 with ‘Rubber Bullets’ and Fleetwood Mac at No.3 with ‘Albatross.’
1976 The Jackson Five four-week summer variety show premiered on CBS- TV featuring The Jacksons plus sisters Latoya, Rebbie and Janet.
1977 Kenny Rogers was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Lucille’. It was the American Country music singer’s first of two UK No.1’s.
1979 Donna Summer scored her second US No.1 album with ‘Bad Girls’.
1979 The Electric Light Orchestra started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Discovery’ their first No.1 LP, featuring the tracks ‘Shine A Little Love’, ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’ and ‘The Diary Of Horace Wimp’.
1980 The Blues Brothers film starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd premiered in Chicago. The film also featured Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Ray Charles in the role of a streetwise storeowner.
1980 Skyhooks officially disbanded. The group has re-united on a few occasions including a national tour in 1983 and 1990.
1982 Donny Vanzant of 38 Special was arrested on stage in Tulsa, Oklahoma, (a dry town) for drinking alcohol in a public place.
1982 Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott died following sustained cocaine and heroin addiction.
1984 Frankie Goes To Hollywood had their second UK No.1 single with ‘Two Tribes.’ It stayed at No.1 for nine weeks making Frankie Goes To Hollywood the first band to have their first two singles go to the top of the UK chart. During this run the group’s previous single ‘Relax’ climbed back up the charts to No.2.
1985 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Heaven,” Bryan Adams.
1988 Vince Neil of Motley Crue married mud wrestler Sharisse Rudell.
1989 The first day of the UK three day Glastonbury Festival took place featuring Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Throwing Muses, Pixies, All About Eve, Hot House Flowers, The Waterboys, Suzanne Vega and Fairground Attraction. Tickets cost £28 ($48).
1990 English singer and musician John Newman, best known for the track ‘Love Me Again’ which peaked at No.1 on the UK singles Chart in July 2013
1990 Roxette started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘It Must Have Been Love’. The song, taken from the film ‘Pretty Woman’ became the duo’s third US No.1 and a No.3 hit in the UK.
1990 After a court battle, pop duo Bros paid over £40,000 in settlement of a legal dispute over management.
1991 English singer and songwriter Joe McElderry who won the sixth series of the ITV show The X Factor in 2009. His first single ‘The Climb’ reached No.1 on the UK Singles Chart.
1991 Joseph “Joe” Kubert died.Guitarist, of Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels.
1994 Kristen Pfaff, bass player with Hole was found dead in her bathtub due to a heroin overdose aged 26.
1994 Oasis played at The Erotika Club, Paris in France, the bands first gig outside the UK.
1995 Cliff Richard became a ‘Sir’ when he was knighted for his services to charity.
1996 Screaming Lord Sutch was found dead after hanging himself. The Ecentric singer turned politician was 58.
1996 Metallica went to No.1 on the UK album charts with their album ‘Load’.
1996 Rage Against The Machine, Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, Fugees, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lee Hooker, Beck, Sonic Youth, Yoko Ono, De La Soul and Richie Havens all appeared at the two-day Tibetan Freedom Concert, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: A sell-out crowd of over 100,000 made it the largest US benefit concert since Live Aid in 1985.
1999 US jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald died in Beverly Hills, California, aged 79. Already blinded by the effects of diabetes, Fitzgerald had both her legs amputated in 1993. Winner of 13 Grammy Awards, the 1956 ‘Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook’ was the first of eight “Songbook” sets. Appeared in the TV commercial for Memorex, where she sang a note that shattered a glass while being recorded on a Memorex cassette tape. The tape was played back and the recording also broke the glass, asking “Is it live, or is it Memorex”
1999 Screaming Lord Sutch was found dead after hanging himself. The singer turned politician was 58. He was the first long-haired pop star-boasting hair over 18 inches long and the self-styled lord (real name David Sutch), was Britain’s longest-serving political leader, standing in nearly 40 elections.
2000 Elvis Presley started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Little Less Conversation’, (Elvis vs. JXL), giving Elvis a total of 18 UK No.1 singles, the most by any artist in chart history. This also set a new record for the longest span
2000 On the first night of his ‘Up in Smoke’ tour in Chula Vista, Snoop Dogg’s tour bus was stopped at the Temecula border checkpoint in San Diego after the border patrol smelled marijuana wafting from the tour bus. One member of the crew was arrested.
2001 Four-year-old Daniel Karven-Veres drowned in Tommy Lee’s swimming pool while attending a birthday party for Lee’s 5-year-old son, Brandon. His parents, James Veres and Ursula Karven, sued Lee for negligence, claiming they should have been told that a swimming pool was involved, (their son could not swim). Lee was cleared by a jury in April 2003.
2002 46 years after his first hit, Elvis Presley started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Little Less Conversation’, (Elvis vs. JXL), giving Elvis a total of 18 UK No.1 singles, the most by any artist in chart history. This also set a new record for the longest span of No.1 hits with 44 years, 11 months and 9 days. His first UK No.1 single was ‘All Shook Up’ in 1957.
2002 Rapper Flesh-N-Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony was convicted of assault with a firearm and for being an ex-convict in criminal possession of a firearm after threatening a friend with an AK-47.
2008 Coldplay kicked off their Viva la Vida, 161-date world tour at the Brixton Academy in London, England.
2010 American musician and guitarist Gary Shider died from cancer of the brain and lungs. He was musical director of the P-Funk All-Stars and as a member of Parliament-Funkadelic he scored the hit ‘One Nation Under A Groove’.
2013 Black Sabbath established a new UK chart record for the longest gap between No.1 albums when their new release, 13 debuted at the top of the charts, 42 years and 8 months after their second album Paranoid reached No.1.
2016 Meat Loaf was rushed to hospital after collapsing on stage during a concert in in Edmonton, Canada. The singer was performing his hit, ‘I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)’, when he dropped his microphone and fell to the floor.
1939 Billy’Crash’ Craddock born in Greensboro, North Carolina. US Singer.