1938 Billy Storm born in Dayton, Ohio US Singer.
1943 Roger Spear born in Hammersmith, London. is a multi-instrumentalist (saxophones, clarinet, piano, guitars, percussion) who was a founding member of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, 1968 UK No.5 single ‘I’m The Urban Spaceman.’ Died on 18th January 1990.
1945 Little Eva(Eva Boyd) born in North Carolina. US singer. Babysitting for Carole King and Gerry Goffin who asked her to record a song they had written, which gave her the 1962 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘The Loco-Motion’. She continued performing until she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in October 2001. She died 18 months later in Kinston, North Carolina, aged 59 on April 10th 2003.
1947 Carlo Santanna born in Nottingham, England.UK Guitarist & Singer with Paper Lace, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Billy Don’t Be A Hero’, 1974 US No.1 single ‘The Night Chicago Died’).
1948 Derv and Lincoln Gordon born in Jamaica. UK Twins who joined the Equals in 1965 (1968 UK No.1 & US No.32 single ‘Baby Come Back’).
1948 Ian Paice born in Nottingham, England. UK Drummer/Songwriter & producer. He was a founder member of Deep Purple with Rod Evans in March 1968. (1970 UK No.2 single ‘Black Night’).
1953 Colin Hay born in Kilwinning, Scotland , but emigrated to Australia with his family at age 14 in 1967. Scottish/ Australian singer & actor. Lead Vocalist/Guitarist with Men At Work. (1983 UK and US No.1 single ‘Down Under’).
1956 Johnnie Ray recorded ‘Just Walkin’ In The Rain’.
1957 Buddy Holly recorded ‘Peggy Sue’.
1958 The Platters went to No.1 on the Australian Singles Chart with “Twilight Time”. Staying at No.1 for four weeks in a row.
1959 James Freud (Colin McGlinchey) born in Melbourne, Victoria. Australian musician/vocalist with his band the Radio Stars & with The Models. James’ battle with alcoholism has been well chronicled. His two books on his recovery and five years’ sobriety were best-sellers and gave a lot of people who were suffering the same affliction comfort and hope. Unfortunately, James has succumbed to his disease and took his own life when n 4 November 2010, Freud was found dead at his home in Hawthorn, Melbourne.
1961 Evelyn “Champagne” King is born in the Bronx, N.Y. She is discovered at Sigma Studios, where she is a cleaning woman. Her biggest hit is the million-selling top 10 single “Shame” in 1978.
1961 Del Shannon was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Runaway.’ His only UK No.1 and the first of 14 UK Top 40 hits.
1963 “Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer” by Nat King Cole peaked at #6 on the US singles chart.
1964 Touring Australia The Beatles played two shows at the Festival Hall, Brisbane. Over 8,000 fans had waited until after midnight to greet the group as they landed at Brisbane Airport.
1964 Stedman Pearson born in Islington, North London. UK Singer with the sibling group 5 Star, (1986 UK No.3 single ‘System Addict’, plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles).
1965 Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts bought the 16th century house that once belonged to an Archbishop of Canterbury.
1967 Rolling Stone Keith Richard was found guilty of allowing his house to be used for the illegal smoking of cannabis. He was sentenced to one year in jail and a £500 ($850) fine, (prison number 5855). Mick Jagger was also fined £100 ($170) and given three months in jail on drug charges. Jagger and Richards were both released and granted bail of £7,000 the following day.
1967 Graham Nash wrote the song ‘Marrakesh Express’ while on tour with The Hollies in Yogoslavia.
1968 The Small Faces started a six week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake.’ A concept album with a round cover designed to look like a tobacco tin. The album featured the hit ‘Lazy Sunday.’
1968 “Choo Choo Train” by The Box Tops peaked at #26 on the US singles chart.
1968 “The Horse” by Cliff Nobles & Company peaked at #2 on the US singles chart.
1968 “Angel Of The Morning” by Merrilee Rush/Turnabouts peaked at #7 on the US singles chart.
1968 A free concert was held in London’s Hyde Park with Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Roy Harper. This afternoon concert was the first free festival to be held in Hyde Park. The concert was held to coincide with the release of Pink Floyd’s second album, A Saucerful of Secrets.
1969 Led Zeppelin, The Liverpool Scene and Mick Abraham’s Blodwyn Pig all played two shows (5.30 and 8.30pm) on this Sunday night at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England. Tickets from 5 to 15 shillings.
1969 American soul singer Shorty Long drowned aged 29 after his boat capsized on the Detroit River in Michigan. Had the 1968 US No.8 single ‘Here Comes The Judge.’ He acted as an MC for many of the Motown Revue shows and tours.
1973 Deep Purple Singer Ian Gillan quit Deep Purple at the end of a tour in Japan.
1974 Charles Aznavour was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘She’, the French singers only UK No.1. At the time it made Aznavour the oldest living male chart-topper in the UK charts (at fifty years old).
1974 Gordon Lightfoot scored his only US No.1 single with ‘Sundown’.
1973 If You Love Me (Let Me Know)” by Olivia Newton-John peaked at #5 on the US singles chart.
1975 American singer songwriter Tim Buckley died of an overdose of heroin and morphine aged 28. Released nine albums including the 1972 release ‘Greetings from L.A.’ Buckley is the father of singer songwriter Jeff Buckley.
1977 Dr Hook went to No.1 on the Australian Singles Chart with “Walk Right In”. Staying at the top spot for three weeks.
1978 Nicole Scherzinger, singer, Eden’s Crush, (2001 US No. 8 single ‘Get Over Yourself’). The Pussycat Dolls, (2005, US No.2 & UK No.1 with their debut single ‘Don’t Cha’ featuring Busta Rhymes). The Pussycat Dolls became only the fourth ever girl band to enter the UK charts at No.1 with their debut single. (The other’s being the Spice Girls, B*Witched and Girls Aloud).
1978 Peter Frampton broke his arm and cracked several ribs when he was involved in a car crash in the Bahamas.
1978 David Bowie played the first of three nights on his Low / Heroes world tour at Earl’s Court in London, England.
1979 Richard Breen born in Chicago, Illinois. Vocalist with Five, (1998 UK No.2 single ‘Everybody Get Up’, 1999 UK No.1 single ‘Keep On Movin’).
1979 Tim McCord, bass, Evanescence, (joined in 2006), 2003 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘Bring Me To Life’, 2003 UK No.1 & US No.3 album ‘Fallen.’
1979 American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Lowell George died of a heart attack. The Little Feat front man was found dead at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.
1982 “Quarterflash” album by Quarterflash was certified Platinum by the RIAA. Including ‘Harden My Heart’.
1982 “Tug Of War” album by Paul McCartney was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA. Including ‘Take It Away’, ‘Ballroom Dancing’ & ‘Ebony & Ivory’.
1983 Aundrea Fimbres American singer with Danity Kane. The band became the first female group in Billboard history to have their first two albums open at the top of the charts.
1984 Prince’s “When Doves Cry” single was certified “gold.”
1984 Bruce Springsteen kicked off the first leg of his Born in the USA Tour with a three night run at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Springsteen would play a total of 156 shows ending on October 2, 1985 in Los Angeles.
1985 “Angel” by Madonna peaked at #5 on the US singles chart.
1985 David Bowie and Mick Jagger recorded a version of the Martha Reeves and the Vandellas 1964 hit ‘Dancing In The Street.” for the forthcoming ‘Live Aid’ fundraising event. The single went on to become a No.1 UK hit.
1985 Marillion scored their only UK No.1 album with ‘Misplaced Childhood’. Including ‘Kayleigh’.
1985 John Lennon’s 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine, with psychedelic paintwork, sold for a record sum of $3,006,385, (£1,768,462) at a Sotheby’s auction in New York.
1987 Angry Anderson’s hit ‘Suddenly’ was released. It peaked at No.2 in Australia and in 1988 made No.3 in England.
1988 Kylie Minogue went to No.1 on the Australian Singles Chart with “Got To Be Certain”. Staying at No.1 for four weeks in a row.
1988 The Guardian newspaper reported that many music CD’s would fade and distort over the next few years due to manufacturing faults, sending shock-waves through the music industry.
1988 Brenda Richie, the wife of Lionel Richie was arrested in Beverly Hills, California after allegedly hitting the singer and a young woman after she found them in bed together. She was released on $5,000 bail and charges against her were eventually dropped.
1991 Cher started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with ‘Love Hurts’. Also including ‘Love & Understanding’.
1991 Jason Donovan had his third UK No.1 single with ‘Any Dream Will Do’ a song written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice for the 1968 musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Donovan was playing the lead role in a new London production of the musical.
1991 Skid Row entered the US album chart at No.1 with ‘Slave To The Grind’.
1993 “Have I Told You Lately” single by Rod Stewart was certified Gold by the RIAA
1994 “Don’t Turn Around” single by Ace Of Base was certified Gold by the RIAA
1994 Oasis made their debut on BBC TV’s ‘Top Of The Pops’ performing their new single ‘Shakermaker’.
1996 It was reported that US record company bosses were considering random drug tests for pop stars similar to those carried out on athletes to try and reduce the drug death toll in the industry.
1996 Record producer George Martin received a Knighthood, also music promoter Harvey Goldsmith became an MBE and Van Morrison an OBE.
1998 Horst Jankowski, German pianist, he died of lung cancer in 1998, at the age of 62. (1965 UK No.3 & US No.12 single ‘A Walk In The Black Forrest’).
1998 Ricky Martin went to No.1 on the Australian Singles Chart with “The Cup Of Life”, staying at the top spot for 4 weeks in a row.
1991 “Power Of Love/Love Power” by Luther Vandross peaked at #4 on the US singles chart.
1999 Michael Jackson suffered severe bruising after falling over 50 feet when a bridge collapsed during a concert at Munich’s Olympic stadium. Jacko was singing ‘Earth Song’ at the time of the accident.
2000 Eight men were trampled to death during Pearl Jam’s performance at The Roskilde festival, near Copenhagen. Police said the victims had all slipped or fallen in the mud in front of the stage.
2000 Eminem’s mother went to court claiming defamation of character in a $10 million (£5.8 million) civil suit, after taking exception to the line “My mother smokes more dope than I do” from her son’s single ‘My Name Is’.
2002 American singer and actress Rosemary Clooney died of lung cancer. Had the 1954 UK No.1 single ‘This Ole House’ appeared in the 1954 movie White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Her nephew, George Clooney was a pallbearer at her funeral.
2003 Destiny’s Child singer Beyonce started a five week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Dangerously In Love’, also a US No.1.
2004 Courtney Love was reprimanded by Los Angeles Judge Melissa Jackson for turning up five hours late to a hearing. Love pleaded guilty to a single charge of disorderly conduct and was given a discharge, on condition she paid the victim’s medical bills, joins a drug programme and stayed out of trouble.
2008 Ne-Yo was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Closer’ the American R&B artists second No.1.
2012 Photographers were planning to boycott the forthcoming Stone Roses reunion concerts in Manchester in a dispute over the use of their images. They claimed a contract issued by the band was unfair as it expected them to surrender all rights to their pictures. The National Union of Journalists was also supporting the boycott.
2016 Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie filed for divorce from her fourth husband, Michael Lockwood, just months after the couple celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary last January. Lisa Marie had previously been wed to Danny Keough from 1988 until 1994, Michael Jackson from 1994 to 1999 and to actor Nicolas Cage from 2002 to 2004.
1938 Billy Storm born in Dayton, Ohio US Singer.