1936 Cathy Carr born (Angelina Helen Catherine Cordovano) in The Bronx, New York. Known for the 1956 hit “Ivory Tower.”
1945 David Knights born in Islington, North London. UK Guitarist & basist in the original lineup of Procol Harum. He played bass on the hit single “A Whiter Shade of Pale”. He was in the band long enough to play on their first three albums. He departed in 1969, to be replaced by Chris Copping. When he was in Procol Harum he used a Gibson EB-0 bass. (1967 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’).
1959 Clint Boon born in Oldham, England. English musician, DJ and radio presenter. Boon originally rose to fame as the keyboard player (and sometimes vocalist) of Inspiral Carpets.(1990 UK No.14 single ‘This Is How It Feels’). The Clint Boon Experience.
1959 Bobby Darin was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Dream Lover’.
1962 The Drifters recorded ‘Up On The Roof’.
1963 Beverley Craven born in Colombo, Ceylon. British singer-songwriter best known for her 1991 UK Top 5 hit single “Promise Me”. Her most recent album, Change of Heart, was released in 2014. She has sold over four million records in her career. (1991 UK No.3 single ‘Promise Me’, 1991 UK No.3 self titled album).
1963 Charles Clouser born in Hanover, New Hampshire. Keyboards, drums, and engineer. Once a member of Nine Inch Nails (1994-2000) Worked with Deftones, White Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Killing Joke and Type O Negative.
1963 Andy Cousin born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. English bassist and radio presenter from Huddersfield in England. He is principally known for being the bassist of All About Eve: he has also played for The Mission. Since 2016 he presents the Andy Cousin show on Deal Radio. (All About Eve – 1988 UK No.10 single ‘Martha’s Harbour’). The Mission, The Lucy Nation.
1964 The Eagles started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fourth studio album ‘One Of These Nights’. The album which became their breakthrough album released three US Top 10 singles, ‘Lyin’ Eyes’, (which won a Grammy), ‘Take It To The Limit’ and the title track. Also including ‘After The Thrill Is Gone’.
1965 Saul Davis born in Liverpool, Lancashire. Guitarist/Violinist with James, (1991 UK No.2 single ‘Sit Down’).
1966 Bobby Bare Jr. born in Nashville, Tennessee. American singer-songwriter, (the son of country musician Bobby Bare, Sr.). In 1974, when Bobby was only eight, he and his father were both nominated for a Grammy for the song ‘Daddy What If’, which was written by Shel Silverstein.
1966 The Small Faces appeared live at The Marquee Club in Wardour Street, London. Admission cost 7s & 6d, ($1.05).
1968 Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles recorded ‘Good Night’, John Lennon’s lullaby for his 5-year-old son Julian with Ringo singing the lead vocal. The track appeared on The White Album.
1968 Pink Floyd released their second album A Saucerful Of Secrets in the UK. It is both the last Pink Floyd album on which Syd Barrett would appear and the only studio album to which all five band members contributed. The album sleeve was designed by Hipgnosis, a new company formed by the band’s friends Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell, who were paid £110 for their efforts.
1968 Aretha Franklin appears on the cover of Time magazine.
1968 Jefferson Airplane make the cover of Lifemagazine under the headline: “Jefferson Airplane, Top Rock Group, With Music That’s Hooked the Whole Vibrating World.”
1969 Henry Mancini started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Love Theme from Romeo And Juliet’. The film’s love theme was used as the backing for “Our Tune” by DJ Simon Bates on his BBC Radio 1 show.
1969 Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, The Nice, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Ten Years After, Taste, The Liverpool Scene and Chicken Shack all appeared at The Bath Festival of Blues in England, with DJ John Peel. Tickets cost 18/6. The festival proved very popular, selling out all 30,000 tickets in the first week, surprising both the townsfolk and the promoters. The only major problem occurred when the Nice’s use of bagpipers caused the stage to collapse.
1969 “Bad Moon Rising” by Credence Clearwater Revival peaked at #2 on the US singles chart.
1969 “One” by Three Dog Night peaked at #5 on the US singles chart.
1969 “Too Busy Thinking About My Baby” by Marvin Gaye peaked at #4 on the US singles chart.
1969 Crosby, Stills & Nash release their self-titled debut album.
1971 Ray Slijngaard born in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Dutch rapper and musician best known as the front person of the duo 2 Unlimited. (1993 UK No.1 single ‘No Limit’).
1975 The Eagles started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fourth studio album ‘One Of These Nights’. The album which became their breakthrough album released three US Top 10 singles, ‘Lyin’ Eyes’, (which won a Grammy), ‘Take It To The Limit’ and the title track. Also including ‘After The Thrill Is Gone’.
1975 Wings went to No.1 on the UK chart with their fourth album ‘Venus And Mars’. The follow up to Band On The Run featured the US No.1 single ‘Listen What The Man Said’.
1975 American singer songwriter Tim Buckley completed the last show of a tour in Dallas, Texas, playing to a sold-out crowd of 1,800 people. This was Buckley’s last ever show, he died the following day of a heroin and morphine overdose aged 28
1975 David Bowie releases “Fame,” which features John Lennon on backing vocals. It will go on to become Bowie’s first #1 hit in the US.
1977 Mark Stoermer, bass guitarist, The Killers, (2005 UK No.1 with their debut album ‘Hot Fuss’).
1977 Elton John achieved a life long ambition when he became the Chairman of Watford Football Club.
1977 “Undercover Angel” single by Alan O’day was certified Gold by the RIAA
1978 The C.W. McCall hit “Convoy” is adapted into a movie of the same name, which opens in theaters. Kris Kristofferson plays the main character, a trucker who goes by “Rubber Duck.”
1980 The Paul McCartney single ‘Coming Up’ became one of the few ‘live’ recordings to reach the top of Billboard’s Hot 100. American disc jockeys preferred it to the studio version on the flip side of the record.
1980 Roxy Music scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘Flesh And Blood’. including “Oh Yeah”.
1980 “The Rose” by Bette Midler peaked at #3 on the pop singles chart.
1982 Harry Mills, Mills Brothers vocalist, died aged 68.
1985 Sister Sledge were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Frankie’, the sisters only UK No.1. Nile Rodgers from Chic produced the hit for the soul trio from Philadelphia.
1986 Kellie Pickler, American country music artist and television personality. Her debut album, Small Town Girl, has sold over 900,000 copies.
1986 Wham! were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their fourth and final UK No.1 ‘The Edge Of Heaven’. Also on this day Wham! played their farewell concert in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, London.
1989 Lucy Rose, English singer-songwriter. Her debut album, Like I Used To peaked at No.13 on the UK album chart.
1989 “A New Flame” album by Simply Red was certified Gold by the RIAA. Also including ‘Its Only Love’ & ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Know’.
1990 “Vogue” single by Madonna was certified Multi Platinum 2.00 by the RIAA
1993 “Are You Gonna Go My Way” album by Lenny Kravitz was certified Platinum by the RIAA
1993 “That’s The Way Love Goes” single by Janet Jackson was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA
1994 “Greatest Hits” album by Linda Ronstadt was certified Multi Platinum 5.00 by the RIAA
1996 Burt Bacharach appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London. Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher joined him on-stage for a version of ‘This Guy’s In Love With You.’
1997 Puff Daddy and Faith Evans started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’ll Be Missing You’. Released in memory of fellow Bad Boy Records artist Notorious B.I.G. who was murdered on March 9, 1997. The song sampled the melody of The Police hit ‘Every Breath You Take’.
1997 Radiohead went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their third album OK Computer. The British groups first self-produced album later appeared in many critics’ lists and listener polls for best album of the year and also won a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance.
1997 The Pink Floyd album The Dark Side of The Moon spent its 1056th week on the US album chart. It was rumoured at the time that if the album was played while watching The Wizard of Oz movie, and started exactly when the MGM lion roared the third time during the movie’s intro, very interesting connections could be made between the two.
1997 Bob Seger crashed in his BMW on the Trans-Canada Highway in Nipigon, Ontario. The singer later appeared in court charged with dangerous driving.
1997 George Harrison has an operation to remove a cancerous growth from his neck.
1997 Lela Howard (83) and her husband Raymond (88) drive to a festival 10 miles away in Temple, Texas, but don’t return. Fastball frontman Tony Scalzo writes the song “The Way” after reading about it. Days after completing the song, the couple is found dead about 200 miles from the festival.
2003 After Ruben Studdard beats Clay Aikento win Season 2 of American Idol, their first singles debut at the top of the Hot 100. Aiken takes the top spot, becoming the first new artist to go straight to #1 on the chart.
2005 2 Pac feat Elton John was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with Ghetto Gospel. Written by Tupac Shakur and produced by Eminem. The song uses samples from the Elton John song ‘Indian Sunset’ from his 1971 album Madman Across the Water.
2007 Benno Goldewijk, from Holland, and Spaniard Alfredo Pecina Matias were killed and two other men were injured during an accident dismantling the stage after a Rolling Stones concert in Madrid. Three of the workers fell 10m (33ft) from a metal structure and landed on a fourth. The Stones were currently on the European leg of their A Bigger Bang world tour.
2007 The Spice Girls confirmed they would reform for a world tour to take place in December 2007 and January 2008 with the original line-up who had not performed on stage since Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell quit in May 1998. The 11 dates announced included a London show on 15 December, eight days after the first date in Los Angeles. Other dates included Cologne, Madrid Beijing, Hong Kong, Sydney and Cape Town. The tour was being put together by Simon Fuller, whose 19 company masterminded the group’s global success more than a decade ago.
2007 Rod Stewart receives ten stitches in his leg after slipping onstage in Manchester, England.
2009 Three days after his death Michael Jackson was at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Number Ones’. The Essential Michael Jackson went to No.1 the following week for seven weeks.
2010 Bill Aucoin (band manager for Kiss, Billy Idol) dies of surgical complications from prostate cancer at age 66.
2010 Jake Holmes finally gets around to suing Led Zeppelin for plagiarizing his 1967 song “Dazed And Confused.” Led Zeppelin released a very similar song with the same title on their 1969 debut album, but Holmes waited decades to take legal action. The case is eventually settled, with the writing credit on the song changed to “Jimmy Page, Inspired By Jake Holmes.”
2011 Bluegrass duo Gillian Welch and David Rawlings release The Harrow & The Harvest, their first album in eight years
2012 Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe was arrested before the band’s scheduled show at Prague’s Hard Rock Cage and charged with manslaughter. The incident from which Blythe was charged reportedly took place in 2010 at the band’s show at Club Abaton, in Prague. According to reports, a fan jumped up on the stage where a tussle ensued in which the fan was injured. The fan later died, reportedly as a result of those injuries.
2013 Coldplay’s 2011 headline appearance on the Glastonbury Pyramid Stage was voted the top Glastonbury moment by BBC Radio listeners. Radiohead and Blur’s 2009 Pyramid Stage appearances polled second and third respectively, with Bruce Springsteen’s performance of Thunder Road in 2009 coming fourth.
2015 Brantley Gilbert, who was once engaged to Jana Kramer, marries Amber Cochran, a school teacher from his hometown of Jefferson, Georgia.
2016 Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley’s longtime guitarist died at his home in Nashville, aged 84. Moore had been in poor health in recent months. He formed the Starlite Wrangers with bassist Bill Black and in 1954, Sun Records impresario Sam Phillips paired Moore with a teenaged Elvis Presley. Together, along with Black, they recorded Presley’s first single, ‘That’s All Right (Mama).’ The recording session was only meant to be an audition; instead, the trio made music history. He played on rock classics like “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Jailhouse Rock,” was the last living member of the team.
2017 Gary DeCarlo, singer of the 1969 Steam hit “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,” dies of cancer at age 75
1936 Cathy Carr born (Angelina Helen Catherine Cordovano) in The Bronx, New York. Known for the 1956 hit “Ivory Tower.”