1912 Prolific songwriter Mack David, known for his work on Disney films such as Cinderella and Alice In Wonderland, is born in New York City. David was credited with writing lyrics or music or both for over one thousand songs His younger brother is songwriter Hal David, known for his collaborations with Burt Bacharach. David died December 30, 1993 (aged 81) in his Rancho Mirage, California home and his remains are buried at the Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
1913 Smiley Lewis born in DeQuincy, Louisiana. US R&B singer. Wrote ‘One Night’ covered by Elvis Presley and ‘I Hear You Knocking’ 1955 US No.2 for Gale Storm & UK No.1 & US No.2 for Dave Edmunds’. Lewis died on 20th October 1966 in DeQuincy, Louisiana, of stomach cancer.
1938 Thomas “Snuff” Garrett born in Tucson, Arizona. A record producer known for his work with Bobby Vee, Del Shannon, Sonny Curtis, and Sonny & Cher, is born in Dallas, Texas. Garrett died of cancer in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 77 on December 16, 2015.
1944 Robbie Robertson (Jamie Robertson) born in Toronto, Canada. Guitairst/Vocalist with the Canadian group The Band. (1969 US No.25 single ‘Up On Cripple Creek’, 1970 UK No.16 single ‘Rag Mama Rag’). Solo, (1988 UK No.15 single ‘Somewhere Down The Crazy River’
1945 Dick Scoppettone born in Santa Cruz, California. US Guitarist & Singer with Harpers Bizarre, (1967 US No. 13 & UK No.34 single ‘The 59th Street Bridge Song, Feelin’ Groovy’).
1946 Michael Monarch born in Los Angeles, California. Guitarist with Steppenwolf. He left in April 1969. (1968 US No.2 and 1969 UK No.30 single ‘Born To Be Wild’).
1950 Huey Lewis (Hugh Cregg 111) born in New York City, New York. US Singer with Huey Lewis & The News.(1985 UK No.11 & US No.1 single ‘The Power Of Love’).
1950 Andy Ellison born in Finchley, North London. He’s a musician and vocalist best known as the frontman in John’s Children, Jet and Radio Stars.
1954 Working together for the first time in a recording studio with Scotty Moore and Bill Black, Elvis Presley fools around during a break with an up-tempo version of ‘That’s All Right.’ Producer Sam Phillips has them repeat the jam and records it. It became Presley’s first release on Sun Records.
1955 Chuck Berry’s song “Maybellene” is copyrighted in Berry’s name alone, but Alan Freed’s name is added as a form of payola.
1959 Marc Cohn born in Cleveland, Ohio. US Singer. (1991 UK No. 22 single ‘Walking In Memphis’).
1960 Elvis Presley releases “It’s Now Or Never.” in the US.
1961 Ray Charles releases “Hit The Road Jack” and “Unchain My Heart.” In the US.
1963 The Beatles played at the Plaza Ballroom in Dudley in the West Midlands. Appearing with The Beatles – Denny and the Diplomats, led by Denny Laine, who went on to join the Moody Blues and eventually, Paul McCartney’s group Wings.
1964 Them (with Van Morrison) release “Gloria.”
1965 The Four Tops release “It’s the Same Old Song.” In the US.
1965 Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed a Folk-Rock group that would evolve into the Jefferson Airplane, the premier San Francisco psychedelic band of the late ’60s. The Airplane made its debut the following month at a Haight-Ashbury club, and was signed to RCA later in the year.
1966 On the recommendation of Rolling Stone Keith Richards’ girlfriend, Chas Chandler from The Animals went to see Jimi Hendrix play at The Cafe Wha in New York City. Chandler suggests that Hendrix should come to England, which he does and Chandler became his manager.
1966 Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers has an operation in a Los Angeles hospital to remove nodes on his vocal cords.
1969 Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, the future RZA, is born in Brownsville, New York. He will become leader of Wu-Tang Clan .
1969 The Rolling Stones gave a free concert in London’s Hyde Park before an audience of 250,000, as a tribute to Brian Jones who had died two days earlier. Mick Jagger read an extract from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s ‘Adonais’ and released 3,500 butterflies; it was also guitarist’s Mick Taylor’s debut with the Stones, King Crimson, Family, The Third Ear Band, Screw and Alexis Korner’s New Church also appeared on the day.
1969 “Spinning Wheel” by Blood, Sweat & Tears peaked at #2 on the US singles chart.
1969 The Who, Mr Chuck Berry and Bodast all played two shows (5.30 and 8.30pm), on this Sunday night at The Royal Albert Hall. Tickets from 5 to 30 shillings.
1969 Aled Richards born in Wales. Drummer with Catatonia, (1998 UK No.3 single ‘Mulder And Scully’). He is now a music technology lecturer at Coleg Sir Gar in Llanelli, Wales.
1973 Bengt Lagerberg (drummer for Swesih group The Cardigans) is born in Jönköping, Sweden.(1997 UK No.2 single ‘Lovefool’).
1973 Roisin Murphy, Irish singer, Moloko (1999 UK No.4 single ‘Sing It Back’), now solo.
1973 Dobie Gray, who had the 1965 hit, “The In Crowd”, earns a gold record for the biggest smash of his career, “Drift Away”.
1974 “Caribou” album by Elton John was certified Gold by the RIAA. Including ‘The Bitch Is Back’ & ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’.
1975 The Carpenters started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with the album ‘Horizon’.Inluding ‘Please Mr.Postman’, ‘Solitare” & ‘Only Yesterday”‘.
1975 “Hey You” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive peaked at #21 on the US singles chart.
1975 Pink Floyd, Captain Beefheart, Steve Miller and Roy Harper all appeared at The Knebworth Festival, England, tickets cost £3.50. Pink Floyd premiered their new album ‘Wish You Were Here’ with the help of Spitfires, pyrotechnics and an exploding plane which flies into the stage.
1977 “J.T.” album by James Taylor was certified Gold by the RIAA. Including ‘ Your Smiling Face’ & ‘Handy Man’.
1978 Pressing of ‘Some Girls’ the new album by The Rolling Stones was halted at EMI’s pressing plant after complaints from celebrities including Lucille Ball who were featured in mock advertisements on the album sleeve. The album included ‘Miss You’, ‘Far Away Eyes’ & ‘Beast Of Burdon’.
1978 The manufacturing of ‘Some Girls’ the new album by The Rolling Stones was halted at EMI’s pressing plant after complaints from celebrities including Lucille Ball who were featured in mock advertisements on the album sleeve.
1979 Shane Filan – Vocalist with Westlife, (Irish boy band, scored 12 UK No.1 singles, first UK No.1 1999 ‘Swear It Again’ plus 4 UK No.1 albums).
1980 Jason Wade is born in Camarillo, California. Lead vocalist, main songwriter, and guitarist of the American alternative rock band Lifehouse.(2001 US No.10 & UK No.25 single ‘Hanging By A Moment’).
1980 The Rolling Stones scored their ninth UK No.1 album with ‘Emotional Rescue’. Also containing the single ‘She’s So cold’.
1980 At a concert in Munich, Simon Kirke of Bad Company joins Led Zeppelin to provide a two-drum assault on the song “Whole Lotta Love.” Kirke is the last guest musician to perform with the band, as the tour ends two days later and John Bonham dies in September.
1982 American country music singer-songwriter, Dave Haywood from Lady Antebellum. Their debut album included the trio’s debut hit, ‘Love Don’t Live Here’, along with the singles, ‘Lookin’ for a Good Time’ and ‘I Run to You’.
1982 Sun records musical director Bill Justis died of cancer aged 55. He worked with Sam Phillips at Sun Records, worked with also worked with Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich and Jerry Lee Lewis. Had the 1957 US No. 2 single ‘Raunchy’ (the first Rock and Roll instrumental hit). Also had a No.1 hit in Australia in 1963 with ‘Tamoure.’
1984 The Everly Brothers launch their first tour together in eleven years, in Cincinnati.
1985 Nick O’Malley, bass, Arctic Monkeys, (2005, UK No.1 single ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, ‘2006 UK No.1 album ‘Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not’)
1986 Adam Young born in Owatonna, Minnesota. An American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for creating the electronica project Owl City. 2009 / 2010 worldwide No.1 single ‘Fireflies’, 2009 debut album Ocean Eyes.
1986 Billy Ocean went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘There’ll Be Sad Songs, (To Make You Cry)’ a No.12 hit in the UK.
1986 Janet Jackson started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Control’.
1986 “No One Is To Blame” by Howard Jones peaked at #4 on the US singles chart.
1986 “Like No Other Night” by 38 Special peaked at #14 on the US singles chart.
1986 Who’s Johnny” by El DeBarge peaked at #3 on the US singles chart; “Weird Al” parodied it into “Here’s Johnny” about a retired king of late-night talk shows.
1992 Helix guitarist Paul Hackman, age 38, is killed after a concert in Vancouver when the band’s van rolls down a 40-foot embankment and throws him from the vehicle.
1993 Whitney Houston played the first of three nights at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida. This was the first date on Houston’s 115 date world tour.
1995 “Shy Guy” single by Diana King was certified Gold by the RIAA
1995 More than 100 Grateful Dead fans were hurt when a wooden deck collapsed at a campground lodge in Wentzville, Missouri. Hundreds of people were on or under the deck sheltering from heavy rain. More than 4,000 Deadheads were staying at the campground while attending Grateful Dead concerts in the St. Louis suburb.
1997 Mrs. (Elva) Miller, who charted with an off-key rendition of “Downtown” in 1966, dies at age 89.
1998 Five went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut album ‘Five’.
1999 The Eurythmics announced their first world tour for more than 10 years and that all profits would be given to charity. The duo made the announcement from the Greenpeace boat ‘Rainbow Warrior’ moored on the River Thames in London.
2000 Cub Koda (Michael “Cub” Koda), founder member of Brownsville Station died of complications from kidney failure. Wrote the 2 million selling 1974 hit ‘Smokin’ In The Boys Room’, (which Motley Crue covered). He took his nickname from Cubby on television’s Mickey Mouse Club.
2001 Ernie K-Doe – US Singer who recorded the 60’s hit Mother-In-Law, died aged 65. He was born Ernie Kador but because of a misprint on the record label he became known as Ernie K-Doe. He died of kidney and liver failure from years of alcoholism on the July 5, 2001 (aged 68) New Orleans, Louisiana.
2002 It was reported that Dr Dre had become the richest music star after earning £62m in the last year, £37m from his own earnings plus £25m from his record label Aftermath.
2003 The Daily Star ran a front-page story claiming that the body of Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards had been found. Fishermen in an angling contest discovered bones half buried in mud on the riverbank near Avonmouth. Edwards disappeared in Feb 1995, his car was found at a service station at the Seven Bridge a well-known suicide spot.
2005 Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour said artists who had seen album sales soar after the Live 8 concerts should donate their profits to charity, saying: “This is money that should be used to save lives.” UK sales figures released two days after the London concert showed Pink Floyd’s Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd had risen by 1343%, The Who’s – Then and Now by 863% and Annie Lennox – Eurythmics Greatest Hits by 500%.
2007 English jazz and blues singer and film critic George Melly died at his London home at the age of 80 of lung cancer and vascular dementia. His final concert took place at the 100 Club in London on 10th June of this year in aid of Admiral Nurses, part of the charity for Dementia.
2007 A rock festival headlined by the Manic Street Preachers, Keane and Placebo in Swansea, Wales was postponed due to bad weather. More than 50 bands were due to play The Fflam Festival (the Welsh word for flame) at Singleton Park from 13-15 July.
2009 Michael Jackson started a seven week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with ‘The Essential Michael Jackson’, and was one of eight Jackson albums in the top twenty after the singers death on 25th June.
2012 For the second year in a row, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood was honoured in two categories at the annual Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards. The 65-year-old won the specialist programme of the year award for his Absolute Radio show, and saw his weekly guest slot named best feature. Absolute also took the station of the year award.
2014 The four surviving members of The Grateful Dead gave what they said would be their final performance, playing to over 70,000 fans at Chicago’s Soldier Field. The shows came 20 years after the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia, who played his last show in the nation’s third-largest city in 1995.