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This Day In History Of Music.

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Elvis Presley made his first public appearance as a singer on this day. It did not go well: he came fifth in a local talent show. But he was only ten years old. October 3, 1945; Chopin: The Day the Music Died The brief life of Chopin, one of music’s earliest superstars, ended on this day when the sickly composer fell victim to tuberculosis.  Source- | This Day In Music. For those who may not know. Elvis Presley was known as the King of Rock-n-Roll. 

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Another late post, as I mentioned in the GSOTD post, posting in the evening will probably become the norm. So here is what happened on This Day In History Of Music for this Thursday. 

1964 - The Supremes: record 'Where Did Our Love Go' at Motown Studios in Detroit. The song would become their first US No.1 single. Originally founded as the Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes were the most commercially successful of Motown's acts and are, to date, America's most successful vocal group with 12 No.1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

1965 - Unit Four Plus Two: were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Concrete And Clay', the English group's only No.1 hit.  

1967 - Otis Redding: Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Arthur Conley, and Booker T And The MG's all appeared at London's Hammersmith Odeon, England.  

1967 - Sandie Shaw: won the Eurovision Song Contest held in Vienna representing Britain with the song 'Puppet On A String'. She became the first UK female artist to win the contest. 

1967 - John Lennon: took his Rolls Royce to coachbuilders J.P. Fallon Ltd in Surrey to enquire if they could paint his car in psychedelic colors. This was based on an idea by Marijke Koger ("The Fool" who was a member of a Dutch team of gypsy artists). J.P. Fallon commissioned Steve Weaver's pattern of scroll and flowers for the Phantom V. The cost for having the work done came in at £2,000. A custom interior/exterior sound system was also installed as well as a Sony television; telephone (WEYBRIDGE 46676) and a portable refrigerator.  

1973 - David Bowie: During his Ziggy Stardust world tour, David Bowie played the first of three sold-out nights at Shinjuku Koseinenkin, Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan.  

1975 - Aerosmith: released their third studio album Toys In The Attic. The album is their most commercially successful in the US, with eight million copies sold, and features the hit 'Walk This Way' which peaked at No.10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1977 when re-released and was one of the songs that helped break Aerosmith into the mainstream in the seventies.  

1977 - Clash: CBS released the self-titled first album by The Clash in the UK. The album is widely celebrated as one of the greatest punk albums of all time. CBS in the US refused to release it until 1979 and Americans bought over 100,000 imported copies of the record making it one of the biggest-selling import records of all time.  

1977 - The Damned: played at the home of the New York punk scene CBGBS, the first UK Punk group to play live dates in the USA.  

1978 - Brian and Michael: (Kevin Parrott and Michael Coleman), were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with a song inspired by painter LS Lowery 'Matchstalk Men And Matchstalk Cats And Dogs.' The backing vocals are by the St Winifred's School Choir, who had a No.1 in 1980.  

1985 - Fred Coots: American songwriter J Fred Coots died aged 87. Co-wrote, 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town' and the Pat Boone US No.1 hit 'Love Letters In The Sand.' He wrote over 700 songs. 

1991 - Massive Attack: English trip-hop group Massive Attack released their debut studio album, Blue Lines. In 1997, Blue Lines was named the 21st greatest album of all time in a "Music of the Millennium" poll conducted by HMV, Channel 4, The Guardian, and Classic FM. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.  

1994 - Pink Floyd: The Recording Industry Association of America announced that Pink Floyd's 1973 album The Dark Side Of The Moon had become the fourth biggest-selling album in US history and had passed the 13 million mark in sales. The album has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.  

1994 - Kurt Cobain: Electrician Gary Smith who was working at Kurt Cobain's house in Seattle discovered Cobain's body lying on the floor in the greenhouse. Local radio station KXRX broke the news at 9.40 am that the Nirvana singer and guitarist were dead. A shotgun was found next to Cobain's body. A suicide note was found that said, 'I haven't felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music, along with really writing . . . for too many years now. A high concentration of heroin and traces of Valium were also found in Cobain's body.  

1995 - Take That: had their sixth UK No.1 single when Gary Barlow penned 'Back For Good' went to the top of the UK charts. The song sold over 300,000 copies in its first week and was also a US Top 10 hit. The song won Best British Single at the 1996 Brit Awards.  

1997 - Laura Nyro: American singer, songwriter Laura Nyro died from ovarian cancer. Suzanne Vega, Phoebe Snow, Roseanne Cash, Frank Sinatra, and Linda Ronstadt all covered her songs. She wrote 'And When I Die' a hit for Blood, Sweat & Tears, and 'Stoney End' which was covered by Barbra Streisand.  

1998 - Ron Wood: Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood was rescued, along with 11 other passengers, in the nick of time, from a boat when an engine caught fire. The boat was exploring the islands near Angra Dos Reis, south of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, when one of the boat's engines caught fire. Passengers were rescued by nearby journalists, just before the boat exploded.  

2001 - Emma Bunton: Former Spice Girl Emma Bunton scored her first UK No.1 single with 'What Took You So Long.' She became the fourth Spice Girl to have a solo No 1. Written by Richard Stannard who wrote six of the Spice Girls' UK No.1 hits.  

2002 - Marilyn Manson: denied claims that he was responsible for the death of a woman after a party at his mansion in 2001. Jennifer Syme, a former girlfriend of actor Keanu Reeves, died when her Jeep Cherokee hit three parked cars. Her mother, Maria St John, was suing the singer for wrongful death, claiming Manson was negligent in "instructing the woman to operate a motor vehicle in her incapacitated condition".  

2006 - The Rolling Stones: Following 2003's false starts, The Rolling Stones finally performed for the first time in mainland China, at Shanghai's Grand Stage Theatre. The Stones were banned from performing three songs ('Brown Sugar', 'Honky Tonk Women', 'Rough Justice'). Chinese rock star Cui Jian joined the band on stage for a duet with Mick Jagger on 'Wild Horses'.  

2008 - Babyshambles: frontman Pete Doherty was jailed for 14 weeks for violating his probation and for using drugs. Doherty had been given a suspended jail sentence for possession of drugs and driving illegally in October 2007. The singer's supervision order had required him to make regular visits to the court for progress reports, as well as take part in a drug rehabilitation program but he missed one appointment with his probation team and had been late for another. The sentence forced Doherty to cancel his biggest gig to date at the Royal Albert Hall scheduled for later this month.  

2010 - Malcolm McLaren: former manager of the Sex Pistols, the New York Dolls, and Bow Wow Wow died from cancer aged 64. As a solo artist, he scored the 1983 UK No.3 single 'Double Dutch'. He set up the fashion store Let It Rock in the late 60s with Vivienne Westwood selling rubber and fetish gear.  

 2016 - Alex Turner: secured his seventh consecutive UK No.1 album with The Last Shadow Puppets' Everything You've Come To Expect. It was the second time the band had debuted at the top of the album chart and Turner's five albums with Arctic Monkeys also all debuted at No.1 in the UK.  

2017 - Tupac Shakur: The late rapper Tupac Shakur, singer, songwriter Joan Baez, and Pearl Jam were all entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They were inducted alongside the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Journey, and Yes during a concert in New York City.  

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1929 - Jacques Brel: Belgian singer, songwriter. Marc Almond, Alex Harvey, David Bowie, Dusty Springfield, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, The Kingston Trio, and Gavin Friday have all covered his songs. Brel has sold over 25 million records worldwide, including over 12 million albums and singles in France and Belgium. He died of cancer on 9th October 1978.   

1942 - Roger Chapman: English rock vocalist best known as a member of the progressive rock band Family, which he joined in 1966, and also the rock, R&B band Streetwalkers formed in 1974. Family scored the 1971 UK No.4 single 'In My Own Time'. They released the 1968 album Music in a Doll's House. The Beatles had originally intended to use the title A Doll's House for the album they were recording during 1968. The release of Family's similarly titled debut then prompted them to adopt the minimalist title The Beatles for what is now more commonly referred to as The White Album.  

1947 - Steve Howe: guitarist, Yes, (1977 UK No.7 'Wonderous Stories', 1983 US No.1 & UK No. 28 single 'Owner Of A Lonely Heart'). Asia, (1982 US No 4 & UK No. 46 single 'Heat Of The Moment'). Has also been a member of The Syndicats, Bodast, Tomorrow, and GTR. Released over a dozen solo albums. Howe was voted Best Overall Guitarist in Guitar Player magazine five years in a row (1977-1981).  

1951 - Mel Schacher: best known as the bassist for Grand Funk Railroad who had the US No.1 single with their version of 'The Loco-Motion' which was produced by Todd Rundgren. They were the most successful US Heavy Metal band of the 70s selling over 20m albums.  

1962 - Adam Mole: from English alternative rock band, Pop Will Eat Itself who scored the 1991 UK No.15 single 'X Y & Zee' and the 1993 top ten hits, 'Get The Girl! Kill The Baddies!'  

1962 - Izzy Stradlin: American guitarist, singer, and songwriter Izzy Stradlin, from Guns N' Roses. Their 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction reached No.1 on the Billboard chart a year after its release, on the strength of 'Sweet Child o' Mine', the band's only single to reach No.1. The album has sold approximately 30 million copies worldwide, including 18 million in the US, making it the best-selling debut album of all time as well as the eleventh best-selling album in the US.  

1962 - Jerry Kelly:  from the English new wave band The Lotus Eaters who had the 1983 UK No.15 single 'First Picture Of You' which was a hit in continental Europe, notably France, Italy, Belgium, and Spain.  

1963 - Donita Sparks: guitar, vocals with American rock band L7 who were associated with the grunge movement of the late 1980s and early 1990s. L7 influenced many of the riot grrrl bands of the 1990s.    

1963 - Julian Lennon: the first son of Beatle John Lennon and the only child of Lennon's first wife Cynthia Lennon. His godfather was Beatles' manager Brian Epstein. Julian Lennon had the 1991 UK No.6 single 'Saltwater'. Had a cameo role in the 1995 film 'Leaving Las Vegas, as a bartender. 

1971 - Darren Jessee: the drummer from American alternative rock trio Ben Folds Five. Their single 'Brick' from the 1997 album Whatever and Ever Amen gained airplay on many mainstream radio stations.

1984 - Ezra Koenig: singer, guitarist, Vampire Weekend. 2010 US & UK No.1 album, ‘Contra’ and the 2013 US No.1 album 'Modern Vampires of the City.

1989 - Matthew Healy: lead vocals, guitar, and keyboards with English indie rock band 1975. Their second album released in 2016, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, went to No.1 on both the UK and US album charts, (setting the record for longest title of a Billboard No.1 album with 71 characters).

Until sometime tomorrow (probably in the evening). Take care and stay safe.  


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I apologize to the regular readers who read this post. I have a friend moving out of state, I have been helping them pack as well as load the U-Haul they are taking on their one-way trip. So here is what happened on This Day In The History Of Music. 

1962 - Stuart Sutcliffe: former bass player Stuart Sutcliffe died, (original bassist for eighteen months - January 1960 - June 1961). Sutcliff had stayed in Hamburg Germany after leaving the group. He died of a brain hemorrhage in an ambulance on the way to the hospital, aged 22.

1965 - Wayne Fontana: British acts started a run of seven weeks at the top of the US charts when Freddie and the Dreamers went to No.1 with 'I'm Telling You Now', followed by Wayne Fontana's 'Game Of Love', Herman's Hermits 'Mr's Brown' and The Beatles 'Ticket To Ride.'  

1965 - The Rolling Stones: A British school in Wrexham, North Wales, asked parents to please keep children in school uniform and not to send them to school in 'corduroy trousers', like the ones worn by The Rolling Stones.  

1967 - Marvin Gaye: recorded his version of 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine. The song was first recorded by The Miracles and had also been a million-seller in 1967 for Gladys Knight and the Pips.  

1970 - Jim Morrison: was dragged off stage by keyboardist Ray Manzarek during a Doors concert in Boston, after Morrison asked the audience, 'Would you like to see my genitals?'. Theater management quickly switched off the power. Morrison had been arrested in Miami a year earlier for 'lewd and lascivious behavior' during a performance.  

1970 - Paul McCartney: 27-year-old Paul McCartney issued a press statement, announcing that The Beatles had split, (one week before the release of his solo album). McCartney said, 'I have no future plans to record or appear with The Beatles again, or to write any music with John'. John Lennon, who had kept his much-earlier decision to leave The Beatles quiet for the sake of the others, was furious. When a reporter called Lennon to comment upon McCartney's resignation, Lennon said, 'Paul hasn't left. I sacked him.  

1970 - Elton John: released his self-titled second studio album which included his breakthrough single 'Your Song'. The album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year the following year.  

1976 - Peter Frampton: went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Frampton Comes Alive', one of the biggest selling 'live' albums in rock history. It was the best-selling album of 1976, selling over 6 million copies in the US. Frampton Comes Alive! was voted Album of the year in the 1976 Rolling Stone readers poll. It stayed on the chart for 97 weeks.  

1982 - Iron Maiden: scored their first UK No.1 album with The Number Of The Beast. The band's third studio album saw the debut of vocalist Bruce Dickinson and the final appearance of the late drummer Clive Burr. This was their first album to reach No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart, and be certified platinum in the US.  

1984 - Nate Nelson: lead vocalist for The Flamingos on their 1959 hit 'I Only Have Eyes For You', died of heart disease aged 52, a day after his wife had made a plea to his fans to find a heart for her ailing husband.  

1985 - Madonna: kicked off her very first North American tour by playing the first of three nights at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington. The Beastie Boys opened for Madonna on this 40-date Virgin Tour.  

1990 - Tom Waits: took Doritos Chips to court for using a 'Waits', sound-alike on radio ads. The jury awarded him $2.475 million in punitive damages, Tom Waits comments after the case, 'now by law I have what I always felt I had...a distinctive voice.'  

1994 - Kurt Cobain: Over 5,000 fans attended a US public memorial service for Kurt Cobain at Seattle Flag Pavilion.  

1999 - Linda McCartney: A charity tribute concert for the late Linda McCartney was held at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Among the performers were Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hynde, George Michael, Elvis Costello, and Sinead O’Connor.  

2001 - Bruce Springsteen: won a court battle to keep the rights to his early songs. Ronald Winter of Masquerade Music had released the album 'Before The Fame' was found to be in breach of copyright. Springsteen was awarded more than £2m damages.  

2001 - Sean Puffy Combs: was stopped by police in Golden Beach, Miami who informed him that his driving license was suspended. Combs was not arrested because he claimed he was unaware of the suspension, but he was cited for the traffic violation.  

2001 - Eminem: was given 2 years probation and fined £1,800 and £3,600 costs after admitting to carrying a concealed weapon. The charges followed an incident outside a club in Warren, Michigan last June when Eminem 'pistol whipped' John Guerra after he saw him kissing his wife.  

2003 - Little Eva: American singer Little Eva died in Kinston, North Carolina, aged 59. She had the 1962 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'The Loco-Motion'. Eva was working as a babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin who asked her to record the song they'd just written. 'The Loco-Motion' was also a hit for Grand Funk Railroad in 1974 (US No.1) and for Kylie Minogue in 1988 (US No.3).  

2003 - Noel Fox: Former Oak Ridge Boys member Noel Fox died at a Nashville hospital following a series of strokes aged 63. Fox sang with the Oak Ridge boys until 1972 and later became a music business executive.  

2005 - Ozzy Osbourne: The final episode of The Osbournes was aired on MTV in the UK. The show reached a peak audience of eight million at its height during a three-year run. Ozzy Osbourne was at a loss to explain its popularity, saying, 'I suppose Americans get a kick out of watching a crazy Brit family like us make complete fools of ourselves every week.'  

2006 - Chris Martin: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay singer Chris Martin announced they had named their second child, a boy, Moses Martin. The couple also had a daughter named Apple.  

2007 - Johnny Cash: The former home of Johnny Cash burnt to the ground. Cash and his wife June Carter used the base in Tennessee to write many of their songs and to entertain fans and US presidents. Part of Cash's famous late-period video 'Hurt' was shot inside the house, 20 miles northeast of country music capital Nashville. After the couple's deaths in 2003, the home in Henderson was bought by Bee Gee Barry Gibb who was preparing to refurbish the property when fire struck - within a few hours, only the stone chimneys remained of the building.  

2013 - Kate Bush: received her CBE for services to music from the Queen at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, England. The singer-songwriter, who was catapulted to fame in 1978 when Wuthering Heights topped the charts, said she was 'incredibly thrilled'. The 54-year-old dedicated the award to her family and joked that it would have pride of place at the top of her Christmas tree.  

2015 - All Time Low: was at No.1 on the UK album chart with their sixth studio album Future Hearts. The American rock band also reach No.2 in the US, giving them their highest placing on the US album chart to date.  

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1921 - Sheb Wooley: actor and singer, best known for his 1958 novelty song and US No.1 'The Purple People Eater'. He died at the age of 82 in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 16, 2003.  

1932 - Nate Nelson: The Flamingos, 1959 hit 'I Only Have Eyes For You. Died of heart disease on April 10th, 1984 aged 52, a day after his wife had made a plea to his fans to find a heart for her ailing husband.

1936 - Bobbie Smith: from American rhythm and blues vocal group the Detroit Spinners who had the 1980 UK No.1 & US No.2 single 'Working My Way Back To You'. Smith died on 16th March 2013 in Orlando, Florida at the age of 76 due to complications from pneumonia and influenza.

1936 - Ricky Valance: (born David Spencer), who became the first Welsh singer to score a UK No.1 with 1960 single, 'Tell Laura I Love Her' which sold over a million copies. He died on 12 June 2020 at his home in Spain at the age of 84.

1947 - Karl Russell: from American pop and soul trio The Hues Corporation, who scored 1974, US No.1 & UK No.6 single 'Rock The Boat' which sold over 2 million copies.

1947 - Bunny Livingston: Jamaican singer-songwriter and percussionist Bunny Wailer, who was an original member of reggae group The Wailers along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.

1947 - Burke Shelley: bass guitarist, and vocalist from Welsh hard rock Budgie. They were one of the earliest heavy metal bands and a seminal influence on many acts. Budgie had the 1971 single 'Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman'.

1948 - Fred Smith: bassist with Television. The group's debut album, Marquee Moon, is often considered one of the defining releases of the punk era. He was the original bassist with Blondie until he replaced Richard Hell when Hell left Television in 1975.  

1950 - Ernest Stewart: keyboards, with American disco and funk group KC and the Sunshine Band who had the 1975 US No.1 single 'That's The Way, I Like It', and the 1983 UK No.1 single 'Give It Up'. He died on 26th April 1997.

1950 - Eddie Hazel: American guitarist and singer Eddie Hazel, who played lead guitar with Parliament-Funkadelic. They had the 1978 US No.16 album One Nation Under A Groove. He died on December 23, 1992, from internal bleeding and liver failure.

1953 - Terre Roche: singer, songwriter, The Roches, who has also worked with Paul Simon and Loudon Wainwright.

1957 - Steven Gustafson: from American alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs that was founded in 1981. They achieved their greatest success between 1987 and 1993 when they released four albums that charted in the top 50 in the US.

1959 - Brian Setzer: American guitarist, singer, and songwriter Brian Setzer, guitar, vocals, The Stray Cats who spearheaded the neo-rockabilly movement of the early 1980s. They scored the 1980 UK No.9 single 'Runaway Boys', and the 1983 US No.3 single 'Stray Cat Strut'. He later worked with his swing revival band, the Brian Setzer Orchestra.

1959 - Katrina Leskanich: from British-American rock band Katrina And The Waves, best known for the 1985 hit 'Walking on Sunshine. They also won the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Love Shine a Light'.

1963 - Mark Oliver Everett: (known by the stage name E), lead singer, guitarist, and keyboardist with American rock band Eels. Since 1996, Eels has released eleven studio albums, seven of which charted in the Billboard 200.

1964 - Reni: Alan 'Reni' Wren, English rock drummer with The Stone Roses who had the hit singles 'Sally Cinnamon' (1987) and 'Fool's Gold' (1989).

1968 - Kenediid Osman: bassist from English Britpop band Sleeper, who scored the 1996 UK No.10 single 'Sale Of The Century.

1970 - Q- Tip: US male rapper who had the 1997 UK No. 6 single 'Got 'Til It's Gone. He embarked on his music career as part of the critically acclaimed East Coast hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest.

1970 - Mike Mushok: guitarist with American rock band Staind who had the 2001 US No.1 album, Break The Cycle.

1979 - Sophie Ellis Bextor: English singer, with the audience who had the 2000 UK No.25 single 'If You Can't Do It When You're Young, When Can You Do It', the 2000 UK No.1 single with Spiller, 'Groovejet If This Ain't Love'. As a solo artist Bextor scored the 2001 UK No.2 single 'Murder On The Dancefloor.

1980 - Bryce Dane Soderberg: bassist and singer, with American rock band Lifehouse who had the 2001 US No.10 & UK No.25 single 'Hanging By A Moment' from their debut studio album, No Name Face.  

1981 - Liz McClarnon: a singer who with Atomic Kitten had the 2000 UK No.1 single 'Whole Again'. McClarnon co-wrote several Atomic Kitten songs, including the UK Top 10 hits 'See Ya', 'I Want Your Love', and 'Someone like Me'.

1983 - Andrew Dost: American multi-instrumentalist, Andrew Dost from Fun. Fun's second album, Some Nights saw the band score their first No.1 hit single, 'We Are Young'.  

1984 - Mandy Moore: American singer-songwriter and actress Mandy Moore who had the 2000 UK No.6 single 'Candy'.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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Here is what happened on This Day In History Of Music for this Sunday. 

1953 - Hank Williams: 'Your Cheatin' Heart was at No.1 on the Billboard country chart. The story goes that Williams was prompted to write the song when thinking about his first wife, Audrey Williams while driving around with his second, Billie Jean Jones who she is supposed to have written down the lyrics for him whilst sat in the passenger seat. The song was recorded during his last ever recording sessions, on September 23, 1952, and had been released the following year, shortly after he died.

1956 - Elvis Presley: Traveling from Amarillo to Nashville, the plane that Elvis Presley was flying on developed engine trouble and was forced to make an emergency landing. The incident created a fear of flying for Presley.

1961 - Bob Dylan: played his first live gig in New York City at Gerde's Folk City, opening for John Lee Hooker.

1963 - Gerry and the Pacemakers: were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'How Do You Do It'' The group's first of three UK No.1's.

1964 - The Beatles: set a new chart record when they had 14 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. The songs ranged from 'Can't Buy Me Love' at No.1 to 'Love Me Do' at No. 81.

1966 - Buffalo Springfield: made their live debut at The Troubadour in Hollywood, California. The folk-rock band is renowned both for their music and as a springboard for the careers of Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, and Jim Messina. Buffalo Springfield was among the first wave of North American bands to become popular in the wake of the British invasion.

1970 - Peter Green: quit Fleetwood Mac while on tour in Germany, to avoid breach of contract he agreed to finish the current tour. While touring Europe in late March 1970, Green took LSD at a party at a commune in Munich, an incident cited by Fleetwood Mac manager Clifford Davis as the crucial point in his mental decline.

1970 - The Beatles: started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Let It Be'. It became the group's 19th US No.1 in 6 years. The track was a No.2 hit in the UK.

1973 - Beach Boys: appeared at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia. The Beach Boys were at a very low ebb in popularity in America and this show proved a financial disaster for the promoter, with less than 3,000 tickets sold for the 16,000 capacity venue. The opening act was Mothers Finest and the middle of the bill was Bruce Springsteen who played a 60-minute set. Elvis Presley performed twice in the Omni and a plaque was placed on an interior wall to that effect after his death.

1977 - Alice Cooper: played to an audience of 40,000 in Sydney, Australia, the largest crowd to attend a rock concert in the country's history. After the show, Cooper was placed under house arrest at his hotel until he posted a bond for $59,632. That amount was the sum that a promoter claimed to have paid Cooper for a 1975 Australia tour he never made. The two settled when it was found that the promoter did not fulfill his part of the agreement either.

1981 - Eddie Van Halen: married actress Valerie Bertinelli, co-star of the 1980s television hit, One Day at a Time. The two had met eight months earlier when Bertinelli's brother took her to a Van Halen concert in Shreveport, Louisiana.

1994 - Oasis: released their first single 'Supersonic' which peaked at No.31 on the UK charts. However, over time it has amassed sales of over 215,000, making it their 13th biggest selling single ever in the UK. 'Supersonic' was also the band's first single to chart in the United States, where it peaked at No. 11 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

2001 - Robbie Williams: raised 165,000 pounds at a charity auction with the money going to his old school in Stoke to build a performing arts block. The items sold were Robbie's personal possessions, including a toilet from a stage show, a Union Jack bikini, Tiger's head briefs, a Millennium jet pack, and the handwritten lyrics to 'Angels' which sold for 27,000.

2006 - Eminem: A member of Eminem's rap collective D12 was killed in a nightclub shooting in Detroit after an argument broke out at the CCC nightclub. Proof, (real name Deshaun Holton), was shot at a club on Eight Mile Road, made famous in Eminem's autobiographical film 8 Mile. Holton was a longtime friend of Eminem and was the rapper's best man at his wedding in January of this year.

2006 - Pointer Sisters: June Pointer, the youngest of the four Pointer Sisters who went from teenage Gospel singers to the top of the pop charts with such hits as 'Fire', 'Slow Hand' and 'I'm So Excited', died of cancer at the age of 52.

2014 - Nirvana: were enlisted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, alongside the likes of Kiss and Beatles manager Brian Epstein. REM's Michael Stipe inducted the group, saying: "Nirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard. Nirvana was kicking against the mainstream. They spoke the truth and a lot of people listened.".

2014 - Jesse Winchester: American musician and songwriter Jesse Winchester died aged 69. To avoid the Vietnam War draft he moved to Canada in 1967, where he began his career as a solo artist. His best-known songs include 'Yankee Lady', 'The Brand New Tennessee Waltz, 'Mississippi, You're on My Mind', 'A Showman's Life', and 'Biloxi'.

2017 - J Geils: American guitarist, with The J. Geils Band, died aged 71. With the J. Geils Band he had the 1982 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Centerfold', which was taken from their US No.1 1981 album Freeze Frame.

2017 - Toby Smith: British musician Toby Smith died aged 46. He was most famous for being the keyboardist and co-songwriter for Jamiroquai from 1992 until his departure in 2002. He was music producer and manager for The Hoosiers and in 2013, Smith co-produced Matt Cardle's third album Porcelain. 2019 - Nipsey Hussle: One person was shot dead and three others injured in a drive-by shooting during Nipsey Hussle's funeral procession in Los Angeles. Thousands of fans and scores of big-name stars including Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Beyonce and Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, and 50 Cent had gathered at the Staples Centre to pay tribute to the murdered 33-year-old rapper.

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1921 - Ronnie Milne: British musician Ronnie Milne who as a member of The Stargazers had two UK No.1 singles, 'Broken Wings' in 1953 (which was the first recording by a native British act to top the UK Singles Chart) and the 1954 'I See the Moon'. He died on 9 February 2014.

1946 - Bob Harris: English music presenter known for being a host of the BBC2 music program The Old Grey Whistle Test, and as a co-founder of the listings magazine Time Out.

1956 - Neville Staples: Jamaican-born English singer Neville Staples who with The Specials had the 1981 UK No.1 single 'Ghost Town'. When The Specials split up, Neville along with Terry Hall and Lynval Golding, formed Fun Boy Three. They had a string of chart hits, some in collaboration with the all-female trio Bananarama.

1958 - Stuart Adamson: Scottish guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Stuart Adamson. He formed The Skids, who had a 1979 UK No.10 single with ‘Into The Valley’ than Big Country, who had the 1983 UK No.10 single with ‘Fields Of Fire’ plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles. On 26 November 2001, Adamson was reported missing by his wife Melanie. At the time, the couple had been estranged for six weeks, and Melanie filed for divorce on the day he disappeared. Adamson had been due to face drunk-driving charges in March 2002 and had been ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous. He died on December 16th, 2001, his body found in a closet in his room at the Best Western Plaza Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1965 - Nigel Pulsford: of the rock band Bush who had the 1997 UK No.7 single 'Swallowed'. The bands' debut album, Sixteen Stone sold over 7 million copies in the US.

1966 - Lisa Stansfield: English singer, songwriter, and actress Lisa Stansfield, who had the 1989 UK No.1 & US No.3 single 'All Around The World', taken from her first solo album, Affection.

1969 - Cerys Matthews: Welsh singer, songwriter, author, and broadcaster Cerys Matthews, who with alternative rock band Catatonia who had the 1998 UK No.3 single 'Mulder And Scully'. She founded 'The Good Life Experience', a festival of culture and the great outdoors in Flintshire in 2014.

1970 - Delroy Pearson: from British pop/R&B group Five Star who had the 1986 UK No.3 single 'System Addict' plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles.

1971 - Oliver: Oliver "Ollie" Riedel, bassist, for the German rock band Rammstein who formed in Berlin in 1994. Five of their albums reached No.1 on the German album charts.

1977 - DJ Fresh: Daniel Stein knew by his stage name DJ Fresh, English musician, DJ, and record producer. His two 2011 UK No.1 singles, ‘Louder’ and ‘Hot Right Now’ became the UK's first dubstep and drum and bass No.1's.

1978 - Tom Thacker: Canadian musician Tom Thacker, guitar, vocals, and co-founder of Sum 41. They had the 2001 UK No 13 single 'In Too Deep', and the 2001 UK No. 7 albums 'All Killer No Filler.

1987 - Joss Stone: (Joscelyn Eve Stoker), UK soul singer who rose to fame in late 2003 with her multi-platinum debut album, The Soul Sessions, which made the 2004 Mercury Prize shortlist. Her multi-platinum Mind Body & Soul topped the UK Albums Chart for one week and spawned the top ten hit 'You Had Me. Stone also joined the supergroup SuperHeavy which was formed by Mick Jagger together with Dave Stewart and Damian Marley (the youngest son of Bob Marley).

Until Sometime Tomorrow. Take care and stay safe. 


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Here is what happened This Day In History Of Music for this Monday. 

1954 - Bill Haley: recorded 'Rock Around the Clock' at Pythian Temple studios in New York City. Considered by many to be the song that put rock and roll on the map around the world. The song was used over the opening titles for the film 'Blackboard Jungle and went on to be a worldwide No.1 and the biggest selling pop single with sales over 25 million. Written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers, 'Rock Around The Clock' was first recorded by Italian-American band Sonny Dae and His Knights.

1957 - Lonnie Donegan: The 'King of Skiffle' Lonnie Donegan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Cumberland Gap.' The Scottish musician was a former member of Chris Barber's Jazz Band.

1963 - Bob Dylan: performed his first major solo concert at the Town Hall in New York City. Dylan played a 24 song set including 'Blowin' In The Wind', 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall', 'Highway 51', and 'Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie'.

1966 - Jan Berry: (Jan and Dean) was almost killed when he crashed his car into a parked truck a short distance from Dead Man's Curve in Los Angeles. Berry was partially paralyzed and suffered brain damage. Berry was able to walk again after extensive therapy.

1967 - Mick Jagger: was punched in the face by an airport official during a row at Le Bourget Airport in France. Jagger lost his temper after The Rolling Stones were being searched for drugs resulting in them missing their flight.

1968 - Pink Floyd: released their fourth UK single 'It Would Be So Nice', written by Richard Wright with Roger Waters' 'Julia Dream' on the B-side. Pink Floyd was on tour in Europe on this day, and played their second night at the Piper Club, in Rome, Italy.

1969 - The 5th Dimension: started a six-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In', a No.11 hit in the UK.

1975 - David Bowie: During an interview with Playboy Magazine David Bowie announced his second career retirement, saying, 'I've rocked my roll. It's a boring dead end, there will be no more rock 'n' roll records from me. The last thing I want to be is some useless f—ing rock singer.'

1989 - Garth Brooks: released his self-titled debut album which was both a critical and chart success, peaking at No.13 on the Billboard 200 and No.2 on the Top Country Albums. This album contains Brooks earliest hits, including his first-ever single, 'Much Too Young (To Feel This **ahem** Old)', and his first No.1, 'If Tomorrow Never Comes' and the Academy of Country Music's 1990 Song of the Year and Video of the Year, 'The Dance'.

1989 - David Cassidy: Two DJs on the Los Angeles station KLOS asked 'whatever happened to David Cassidy' The singer called the station up and the presenters invited him onto the show. David played three songs live on air and was subsequently signed by a new record label.

1990 - The Beatles: The Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Centre announced that Asteroids 4147-4150, would be named Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr after the four members of The Beatles.

1995 - Selena: Two weeks after her death, George W. Bush, (then the governor of Texas), declared 'Selena Day' in Texas. The Mexican American singer Selena was murdered aged 23 by the president of her fan club Yolanda Sald'var on 31st March 1995.

1997 - R Kelly: started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his Grammy award-winning song 'I Believe I Can Fly.' A No.2 hit in the US, the track was featured in the film 'Space Jam'.

2000 - Metallica: filed a suit against Napster, Yale University, The University of Southern California, and Indiana University for copyright infringement.

2005 - Mariah Carey: released The Emancipation of Mimi, the album entered the US chart at number one, going six times platinum in less than a year, and subsequently became the most successful album of 2005.

2007 - The Beatles: company, Apple Corps, settled a £30 million ($59.2 million) royalties dispute with the band's label, EMI. The suit alleged unpaid royalties on Beatles albums based on an audit of sales between 1994 and 1999, a period which included the release of three Anthology compilations. Details of the settlement were not disclosed.

2010 - The Beatles: The Vatican's official newspaper L'Osservatore Ramano published a story praising The Beatles and saying that it forgave John Lennon for his 1966 comment that the group was 'bigger than Jesus.' Lennon told a British newspaper in 1966 - at the height of Beatlemania - that he did not know which would die out first, Christianity or rock and roll.

2012 - Andrew Love: Saxophone player Andrew Love died aged 70. He was best known for being a member of The Memphis Horns with trumpet player Wayne Jackson where the two created the signature horn sound at Stax Records on hit records by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and others such as Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, and Dusty Springfield.

2014 - The Pulp: hit 'Common People' was voted the top Britpop anthem by listeners of BBC Radio 6 Music in the UK, beating Oasis, Blur, and Suede to take the title. More than 30,000 people voted, with The Verve's 'Bittersweet Symphony' second and Oasis tracks 'Don't Look Back in Anger' and 'Wonderwall' in third and fourth.

2015 - Nelly: Grammy Award-winning rapper Nelly was arrested on drug charges after police stopped the bus in which he was traveling in Tennessee. Officers found 'five colored crystal-type rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia' and handguns on board the tour bus.

2016 - British Artists: A report showed that British artists including Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, and Adele had helped the music industry return to meaningful growth for the first time in almost 20 years. British artists accounted for five of the top 10 selling albums during 2015, as the global music industry generated $15bn (£10.5bn).

2016 - Led Zeppelin: A US court ruled that Led Zeppelin founders Robert Plant and Jimmy Page must face trial in a copyright row over the song 'Stairway to Heaven. The copyright infringement action had been brought by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the late Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe, who played on the same bill as Led Zeppelin in the 1960s, and claimed he should be given a writing credit on the track.

2019 - John Hutch: drummer with the Liverpudlian group The Big Three died age 79. The Big Three rivaled The Beatles for popularity before the Mersey sound became a national and international phenomenon in the early Sixties. Hutch filled in on drums behind Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison in both 1960 and 1962 and later claimed he was offered the opportunity to become Pete Best’s successor before Ringo Starr was given the job in The Beatles.

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1933 - Tiny Tim: American singer Tiny Tim, who had a 1968 US No.17 single with ‘Tiptoe Through The Tulips’. He died of a heart attack on November 29th, 1996 on stage while playing his hit ‘Tiptoe Through the Tulips’ at a club in Minneapolis.

1940 - Herbie Hancock: American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer Herbie Hancock who had the 1983 UK No.8 single 'Rockit'. His 2007 tribute album River: The Joni Letters won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, only the second jazz album ever to win the award, after Getz/Gilberto in 1965.

1944 - John Kay: German-Canadian rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist John Kay, from Steppenwolf who had the 1969 US No.2 hit single 'Born To Be Wild'. Steppenwolf sold over 25 million records worldwide, released eight gold albums, and scored 12 Billboard Hot 100 singles.

1949 - Donald Ray Mitchell: from American group Was Not Was, who had the 1992 UK No.4 single 'Shake Your Head'.

1950 - David Cassidy: American actor, singer, songwriter, and guitarist David Cassidy, known for his role as Keith Partridge, the son of Shirley Partridge (played by his stepmother Shirley Jones), in the 1970s musical sitcom The Partridge Family, which led to him becoming one of the popular culture's teen idols and pop singers of the 1970s. The Partridge Family had the 1970 US No.1 single 'I Think I Love You', and the 1972 UK No.3 single 'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do'. As a solo artist, he scored the 1972 UK No.1 single 'How Can I Be Sure. He died of liver failure on November 21, 2017, aged 67.

1956 - Alexander Briley: from American disco group The Village People. They had the hit singles 'Macho Man', 'In the Navy', 'Go West and the 1978 US No.2 hit 'YMCA'. The group's name refers to New York City's Greenwich Village, at the time known for its large gay population.

1957 - Vince Gill: American country singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Vince Gill who has won 17 Country Music Awards and 14 Grammy Awards. He has recorded more than 20 studio albums and charted over 40 singles.

1958 - Will Sergeant: English guitarist, best known for being a member of Echo & the Bunnymen who had the 1983 UK No.8 single 'The Cutter' and the single 'The Killing Moon'.

1962 - Art Alexakis: guitar, vocals, from American rock band Everclear. The band found success with their first three albums Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow, and Songs from an American Movie Vol. One:

1962 - Rob Baker: Canadian guitarist Rob Baker, best known as the lead guitarist for the rock band The Tragically Hip.

1964 - Amy Ray: from Grammy Award-winning folk-rock music American duo Indigo Girls who have released over 15 albums.

1965 - Sean Welch: bassist with The Beautiful South, who had the 1990 UK No.1 single 'A Little Time' plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles.

1967 - Sarah Cracknell: English singer-songwriter, best known as the lead singer of the electronic music band Saint Etienne who had the 1993 UK No.12 single 'You're In A Bad Way'.

1978 - Guy Berryman: Scottish musician, multi-instrumentalist Guy Berryman, Coldplay who had the 2000 UK No.4 single 'Yellow', the 2000 UK No.1 album Parachutes, and the 2005 worldwide No.1 album X&Y which was the best-selling album worldwide in 2005.

1980 - Bryan McFadden: from Irish pop vocal group Westlife who scored 14 UK No.1 singles, and have sold over 50 million records worldwide. Despite their success worldwide, Westlife never managed to break into the US market, achieving only one hit single in 2000, 'Swear It Again'.

1984 - Alessandro Venturella: British heavy metal musician Alessandro Venturella is a member of the American band Slipknot.

1987 - Brendon Urie: a singer with American rock band Panic! at the Disco who scored the 2008 Australian No.1 and US & UK No.2 album Pretty.Odd.

1987 - Mark Ian Hoyle: commonly known by his Internet pseudonym LadBaby. With his wife, Roxanne they scored the Christmas No.1’s on the UK Singles Chart in 2018, 2019, and 2020 with the novelty songs ‘We Built This City, ‘I Love Sausage Rolls’, and ‘Don't Stop Me Eatin'’. This made them only the third act to secure three consecutive Christmas number ones, following The Beatles and the Spice Girls.

Until sometime tomorrow. Take care and stay safe. 


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This Day In The History Of Music for this Tuesday. 

1962 - The Beatles: made their third trip to Germany for a 48-night residency at The Star Club, Hamburg. During the seven-week run, The Beatles had only one day off.

1965 - The Beatles: record the song ‘Help!’ during an evening recording session at Abbey Road in London. During an interview with Playboy Magazine in 1980, John Lennon recounted: "The whole Beatles thing was just beyond comprehension. I was subconsciously crying out for help".

1967 - Frank Sinatra: Nancy and Frank Sinatra were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Somethin' Stupid', (making them the only father and daughter who have a UK No.1 single as a team). The song was written by folk singer C. Carson Parks and originally recorded in 1966 by Parks and his wife Gaile Foote, as "Carson and Gaile". Robbie Williams recorded the song as a duet in 2001 with actress Nicole Kidman which went on to top the UK charts.

1971 - The Rolling Stones: released 'Brown Sugar' taken from their latest album Sticky Fingers, the first record on their own label, Rolling Stones Records, which introduced the infamous licking- tongue and lips logo.

1973 - Bob Marley: and the Wailers released Catch a Fire their first album on Island Records and which is now regarded as one of the greatest reggae albums of all time. The album was also groundbreaking as its singles were released as long-playing records as against the early reggae songs coupled with two sides.

1973 - David Bowie: released his sixth studio album Aladdin Sane, the name of the album is a pun on 'A Lad Insane"' Two hit singles included on the album preceded its release, 'The Jean Genie' and 'Drive-In Saturday'.

1974 - Elton John: went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Bennie And The Jets', his second US No.1. John was set against releasing it as a single, believing it would fail. CKLW in Windsor, Ontario, began heavy airplay of the song and it became the No.1 song in the Detroit market with other radio stations adding it to playlists.

1974 - Paul McCartney: Band On The Run went to No.1 on the US album charts. McCartney's third US No.1, went on to sell over 6 million copies worldwide. Its commercial performance was aided by two hit singles 'Jet' and 'Band on the Run'.

1979 - Thin Lizzy: released their ninth studio album Black Rose: A Rock Legend. The album, which featured guitarist Gary Moore, contained the hits 'Do Anything You Want To', 'Waiting For An Alibi' and 'Sarah', which was written with Moore about Lynott's newborn daughter.

1982 - David Crosby: was arrested when police found him preparing cocaine backstage in his dressing room before a show in Dallas.

1993 - Aerosmith: The first Aerosmith Day was observed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts after the band was given their very own holiday.

1996 - Rage Against The Machine: appeared on NBC's Saturday Night Live. Their two-song performance was cut to one song when the band attempted to hang inverted American flags from their amplifiers.

2002 - Robbie Williams: Thieves broke into a house in Bexhill, Sussex, and stole a hi-fi system and several CDs. They left albums by Madonna, Robbie Williams, and Oasis but took the owner's entire Showaddywaddy collection.

2003 - The Beatles: Apple Corp company was listed as Britain's fastest profit-growth firm with annual profit growth of 194%.

2003 - Madonna: struck back at websites that were offering illegal downloads of her new album, 'American Life' by flooding file-sharing networks with decoy files. When the files were opened they were greeted by the voice of Madonna asking, 'What the **ahem** do you think you're doing?' The latest Madonna album has been kept under tight wraps to avoid piracy, with promotional copies being held back from journalists until just before the official release.

2007 - Julian Lennon: sold a 'significant' stake of his share in the songs his father John wrote for The Beatles to US music publishing company Primary Wave. The firm would now receive payments when any Lennon compositions were sold on CD, performed live, or played on the radio. The company, who were about to market Julian Lennon's new music project, declined to reveal how much the deal was worth.

2008 - Clifford Davies: Producer and drummer Clifford Davies, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home in Atlanta, aged 59. Davies had worked with Ted Nugent from 1979-1982. It was reported that Davies was "extremely distraught" over outstanding medical bills.

2009 - Phil Spector: 68-year-old US music producer Phil Spector was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson, after a five-month retrial. He had pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder of 40-year-old Ms. Clarkson, who was shot in the mouth at Spector's home in Los Angeles. During the five-month retrial, five female acquaintances testified that Spector had threatened them at gunpoint in incidents dating back to the 1970s. An earlier trial was abandoned in 2007 after a jury failed to reach a unanimous decision. Spector was remanded in custody until sentencing on 29 May 09.

2009 - Procol Harum: 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' was the most played song in public places in the past 75 years, according to a chart compiled for BBC Radio 2. Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody was at number two followed by 'All I Have To Do Is Dream by the Everly Brothers. Wet Wet Wet's 1994 hit, 'Love Is All Around', was at number four followed by Bryan Adams's 1991 hit '(Everything I Do), I Do It For You.'

2010 - Brian May: launched a major new campaign to try to prevent the return of legalized blood sports to the British Countryside. The 'SAVE-ME' campaign - named after May's song, called on the British public to consider how their vote will affect the welfare of animals; and in particular fox-hunting, stag hunting, and hare-coursing. The first 'SAVE-ME campaign poster was unveiled by Brian at a prime advertising site on London's West Cromwell Road.

2011 - Pink Floyd: A portrait of Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett was returned to the London art gallery it had been stolen from the previous week. The late singer's former girlfriend, Libby Gausden, pleaded for its safe return and offered a reward of £2,000, and following an appeal, the image was returned undamaged and intact to the gallery by post.

2012 - Tom Petty: Five of Tom Petty's guitars were stolen from a soundstage in Culver City, California, where Petty and his band, the Heartbreakers, were rehearsing for their upcoming worldwide tour. The stolen gear included a 1967 Blonde Rickenbacker, a 1967 Epiphone Sheridan, a 1965 Gibson SG TV Jr., a Fender Broadcaster, and a Dusenberg Mike Campbell Model, which belonged to Campbell himself. Petty was offering a "no questions asked" reward bounty of $7,500 to anyone with information leading to the guitars' recovery.

2013 - Paul McCartney: Sir Paul McCartney topped the Sunday Times Rich List of musicians with the £680m fortune he shares with his wife Nancy Shevell. Sir Paul, whose American heiress wife is said to be worth £150m, has topped each list since 1989 when he was worth an estimated £80m. Andrew Lloyd Webber was second, with £620m, while U2 was third, with £520m. Adele topped the list for young music millionaires in Britain and Ireland with an estimated fortune of £30m.

2015 - Vinyl Chart: The UK's first weekly vinyl chart was launched by the Official Charts Company as sales of vinyl albums and singles continued to soar. The first official vinyl albums chart was topped by All Time Low's Future Hearts.

2019 - Paul Raymond: English keyboardist and guitarist Paul Raymond died at age 73. He joined Plastic Penny in the early 60s as their keyboardist, vocalist, and replaced Christine McVie in British blues band Chicken Shack. He first joined UFO in 1976 and played with the band during four different stints, he was a regular in the UFO lineup since 2003. Raymond had also worked with Michael Schenker in MSG.

Born On This Day In The Music World:

1934 - Horace Kay: from the American vocal group The Tams who had the 1964 US hit 'What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)' and the 1971 UK No.1 single 'Hey Girl Don't Bother Me. The group took their name from the Tam o'shanter hats they wore on stage.

1936 - Tim Feild: from the British pop-folk vocal trio The Springfields who had the 1962 US No. 20 single 'Silver Threads And Golden Needles', and the 1963 UK No.5 single 'Island Of Dreams'. The Springfields included singer Dusty Springfield and her brother, record producer Tom Springfield.

1942 - Bill Conti: American composer and conductor Bill Conti who had the 1977 US No.1 single 'Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky).

1944 - Brian Pendleton: rhythm guitar, backing vocals, bass (1963–1966) with Pretty Things who had the 1964 UK No.10 single 'Don't Bring Me Down'. He died of cancer on 15th May 2001 aged 57.

1944 - Jack Casady: American bass guitarist, best known as a member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Jefferson Airplane became the first successful exponent of the San Francisco Sound. Their singles, including 'Somebody to Love' and 'White Rabbit'.

1945 - Lowell George: American songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer, Lowell George from Little Feat who had two Top 40 albums during the 70s. Their best-known songs are 'Dixie Chicken' and 'Sailin Shoes'. George was once a member of Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention. Lowell died from a heart attack on 29th June 1979.

1946 - Roy Loney: from American rock band The Flamin Groovies who had the 1976 album 'Shake Some Action. In addition to the band's role in the advancement of power pop, the Flamin' Groovies have also been called one of the forerunners of punk rock. He died on 13 December 2019 age 73.

1946 - Al Green: American singer, songwriter Al Green (often known as The Reverend Al Green), who had the 1971 UK No.4 single 'Tired Of Being Alone and the 1972 US No.1 single 'Let's Stay Together' plus over 10 other Top 40 hits.

1951 - Max Weinberg: American drummer and television personality Max Weinberg with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Weinberg won an audition to become the drummer for Springsteen in 1974. He played on the 1975 single Born To Run.) He is also the leader of the Max Weinberg Seven on US TV Late Night with Conan O'Brien. And also the author of 1991 The Big Beat: Conversations with Rock's Greatest Drummers.

1951 - Peabo Bryson: American R&B and soul singer-songwriter Peabo Bryson who scored the 1983 UK No.2 single with Roberta Flack 'Tonight I Celebrate My Love' and the 1984 US No.10 single 'If Ever You're In My Arms Again'. Bryson is a winner of two Grammy Awards.

1954 - Jimmy Destri: American musician Jimmy Destri, keyboardist with Blondie They scored five UK No.1 singles including the 1979 UK & US No.1 single 'Heart Of Glass' and the 1978 worldwide No.1 album Parallel Lines. He was one of the principal songwriters for the band along with Chris Stein and Deborah Harry.

1955 - Mark Kamins: the American record producer and disc jockey famous for his role on the New York club scene. He is best known for helping launch the career of a one-time girlfriend, Madonna, by presenting a demo to Seymour Stein of Sire Records. He also produced her first single 'Everybody' in 1982. Kamins died on 14 February 2013.

1955 - Louis Johnson: from Brothers Johnson who had the 1980 US No.4 & UK No.6 single 'Stomp'. Johnson played on the Michael Jackson albums Off the Wall, Thriller and Dangerous, and hit songs 'Billie Jean' and 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough. Johnson died on May 21, 2015.

1957 - Wayne Lewis: from American band Atlantic Starr who had the 1987 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Always'.

1961 - Butch Taylor: keyboardist and long-time guest musician with Dave Matthews Band. Dave Matthews Band is the first group to have six consecutive studio albums debut at the top of the US charts.

1962 - Hillel Slovak: guitar, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Slovak recorded two albums with the band, Freaky Styley (1985) and The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987). He died from a heroin overdose on 27th June 1988.

1966 - Marc Ford: American blues-rock guitarist with The Black Crowes who had the 1991 hit single 'Hard To Handle' and the 1992 US No.1 & UK No.2 album The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion. The band has sold more than 30 million albums.

1972 - Aaron Lewis: American musician and songwriter Aaron Lewis with American rock band Staind who had the 2001 US No.1 album, Break The Cycle.

1975 - Lou Bega: German mambo musician Lou Bega is most famous for 'Mambo No. 5', his 1999 UK No.1 hit which was a remake of the Pérez Prado instrumental from 1949.

Until some time tomorrow, take care and stay safe.