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This Day In The 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. 

P.S I am thinking about posting each day. If anyone in the Pandora community would like to add or suggest this post, then please do. I welcome all who are interested. Thank you. Take care everyone, and please stay safe as well.

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P.S. I will be using two sources of information for "This Day In The History Of Music". The first source is This Day In Music and the second source is On This Day in Music History. And for the faithful readers of this post, you probably have also noticed I use a third source when the two sources that I do use are not in agreement with the facts, the third source will always be listed. When the third source has to be used I will always list it as a (Side Note:) and it will always be highlighted in bold red just as you see it now. When I have to use a third source it will normally agree with one of the other two sources, that is when I will agree with that information, in the case where the third source also differs from the other two I will just go with the first date and information given. When this happens I will leave it up to the reader to look into the fact and or facts for that blog, and please feel free to leave a reply about any additional information you may have found, and please list the source and or sources that you used for that additional information. I try my very best to add nothing but true facts to this post, and I will always give the source that I took those facts from. When I add my own personal opinion I will do so as a side note as well, but that will be highlighted in bold blue. I do hope you enjoy reading this post, history has always been my favorite subject throughout my whole life, from grade school through college, and even to this day. 

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Good Thursday morning, This Day In The History Of Music. Have a great Thursday. 


1946: "Tidbits of 1946" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 8 performances.

1954: Producer Sam Phillips took an acetate recording of Elvis Presley singing 'That's All Right' to Memphis radio station WHBQ DJ Dewey Phillips. He played the song just after 9.30 that evening, the phone lines lit up asking the DJ to play the song again.  

1958: The first Gold record album presented by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) was awarded to the soundtrack LP, 'Oklahoma'. The honor signified that the album had reached one million dollars in sales. The first Gold single issued by the RIAA was 'Catch a Falling Star' by Perry Como in March of 1958. A Gold single represented sales of one million records.  

1965: The Dave Clark Five had their movie, Catch Us If You Can, premiere in London. The film was renamed Having a Wild Weekend for its US release. Songs featured by the group in the movie included 'Catch Us If You Can,' 'Having a Wild Weekend' and 'I Can't Stand It.'  

1966: The Beatles released the ‘Nowhere Man’ 4-track EP in the UK, which included: ‘Drive My Car’, ‘Michelle’ and ‘You Won't See Me’. All four tracks were taken from The Beatles' sixth UK studio album, Rubber Soul.  

1967: UK music weekly the Melody Maker ran a front-page comment condemning the 3-month jail sentence given to Rolling Stone Mick Jagger for possession of Benzedrine tablets. Jagger was later given a conditional discharge.  

1967: The Monkees began a 29-date tour with The Jimi Hendrix Experience as a support act. Hendrix was dropped after six shows after being told his act was not suitable for their teenybopper audience.  

1968: Pink Floyd kicked off their first 20-date North American tour at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago. The club became a driving force in the music business, hosting famous rock acts such as The Doors, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Byrds, Janis Joplin, The Mothers of Invention, Grateful Dead, MC5, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, Iron Butterfly, Fleetwood Mac, Vanilla Fudge, Muddy Waters, and Jefferson Airplane.  

1969: Marianne Faithfull collapsed on the set of 'Ned Kelly' after taking a drug overdose. She was admitted to a Sydney Hospital, (she was later dropped from the movie).  

1970: The Everly Brothers Show, started an eleven-week prime time slot on ABC- TV in the US. It began as a summer replacement in 1970 for The Johnny Cash Show.  

1971: Over-enthusiastic fans at a Mott The Hoople gig at the Royal Albert Hall, London, England, caused some injuries and two damaged boxes, prompting a temporary ban on rock gigs at the venue. The group paid £1,467 for damages to the property.  

1972: Bill Withers started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Lean On Me', his only No.1 hit, it made No.18 in the UK.  

1972: Donny Osmond was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the Paul Anka song 'Puppy Love.' The first of three solo No.1's for Donny.  

1973: Led Zeppelin's fifth album Houses Of The Holy was on both the US and UK album charts. The album spent a total of 39 weeks on the US chart. The cover art for Houses Of The Holy was inspired by the ending of Arthur C. Clarke's novel Childhood's End. It is a collage of several photographs which were taken at the Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland, by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis.  

1978: Gerry Rafferty's album City To City went to No.1 on the US chart, knocking off 'Saturday Night Fever, which had been at the top of the charts for almost six months.  

1978: Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon from The Clash were arrested for being drunk and disorderly after a gig at the Apollo in Glasgow, both were fined.  

1979: The B-52's made their UK live debut at London's Lyceum Ballroom, supported by The Tourists.  

1982: "7 Brides for 7 Brothers" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 5 performances.  

1984: Bob Dylan's current European tour came to an end at Slane Castle, County Meath in Ireland. Dylan was joined on stage by Van Morrison and they duetted on It’s All Over Now Baby Blue. U2's Bono, who was sent to interview Dylan for the Irish rock magazine Hot Press, ended up duetting with Dylan on Blowin’ In The Wind and Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat. Carlos Santana also joined Dylan on stage and played guitar on the last seven songs of the set.  

1988: Rockers Jonathan "Chico" & Robert DeBarge indicted on drug trafficking.  

1988: Stevie Wonder announces he will run for mayor of Detroit in 1992.  

1995: TLC started a seven-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Waterfalls', the group's second US No.1, a No.4 hit in the UK.  

1996: British girls group the Spice Girls release their debut single "Wannabe" in the UK.

1997: Weezer fan club founders Mykel Allan and her sister Carli both died along with their younger sister, Trysta, in a car accident in Colorado on the way back from one of the band's shows. The girls were later honored through many tribute songs, including Weezer's 'Mykel and Carli and Jimmy Eat World's 'Hear You Me.'  

1999: Take That former manager Nigel Martin-Smith started a new business, as an undertaker. It was reported that he was unhappy with a service he had used so he decided to buy a local funeral firm in Manchester.  

2002: Michael Jackson spoke out against the music industry's treatment of artists, alleging that the business was rife with racism. Speaking at a civil rights meeting in New York, Jackson claimed there was a 'conspiracy' among record companies, especially towards black artists. A spokesman for Jackson's record label said the remarks were 'ludicrous, spiteful and hurtful.'  

2004: Mark Purseglove known as the world's ‘biggest bootlegger’ was sentenced to 3 years 6 months in jail by Blackfriars Crown Court. Purseglove had built up a £15 million pirate CD empire by bootlegging live concerts of some of the world's biggest stars including The Beatles, David Bowie, and Pink Floyd.  

2006: Queen guitarist Brian May made a "substantial" donation to save hedgehogs from slaughter in the Outer Hebrides. Although the exact amount was not revealed it was said to be enough to pay for the rescue of hundreds of hedgehogs from the Uists, where Scottish Natural Heritage has been culling the animals for the past four years. May's money would go towards funding cash rewards for islanders so hundreds of more hedgehogs can be saved.  

2007: Chemical Brothers went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'We Are The Night' the duo's sixth studio album.  

2007: Prince was forced off stage by police halfway through his set at the First Avenue nightclub during a late-night gig in his hometown of Minneapolis. The club was only allowed to stay open until but Prince took to the stage at 2.45 am. The singer had already played two concerts in Minneapolis before his late-night club appearance; His first performance was at a department store, where he promoted his new cologne with a nine-song, 45-minute set.  

2016: Canadian rapper and singer Drake was at No.1 on the US chart with his fourth studio album Views. With Views, Drake also joined Adele, Michael Bublé, and Taylor Swift as the only artists in the 2010s decade to have an album remain at No.1 on the Billboard 200 for six consecutive weeks.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:  

1574: Giovanni Battista Stefanini, composer.  

1604: Heinrich Albert, German composer (Arien oder Melodien)  

1637: Johann Georg Ebeling, German composer, born in Lüneburg (d. 1676)  

1638: Matteo Coferati, composer.  

1757: Richard Wainwright, English composer and church organist (d. 1825)  

1819: Vatroslav Lisinski [Ignatius Fuchs], Croatian composer (Love and Malice), born in Zagreb, Kingdom of Croatia, Austrian Empire (d. 1854)  

1857: Rudolf Dellinger, composer.  

1871: Clement Harris, English composer, born in London (d. 1897)  

1882: Percy Grainger, Australian-American concert pianist and composer (Hill Songs; Country Garden), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  

1900: George Antheil, American composer (Airplane Sonata), was born in Trenton, New Jersey.  

1904: Bill Challis, arranger/pianist.  

1907: Kishio Hirao, composer.  

1908: Louis Jordan, American musician, songwriter, and bandleader ("Caldonia"), born in Brinkley, Arkansas (d. 1975)  

1911: Gertrude Niesen, American actress, comedian, and songwriter (Start Cheering, Rookies on Parade), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)  

1914: Billy Eckstine, an American jazz singer ("Tenderly"; "A Fool In Love"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)  

1924: Johnnie Johnson, American blues and jazz piano player (Chuck Berry's band), born in Fairmount, West Virginia (d. 2005)  

1928: Norma Donaldson, American singer and actress (Poetic Justice, 5 Heartbeats), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1994)  

1930: American soul musician Earl Van **ahem**, most notable as the main keyboardist for Motown Records' in-house Funk Brothers band during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Van **ahem** died of prostate cancer on 18 September 1992 at age 62.  

1931: Jerry Vale [Gennaro Vitaliano], American pop singer ("Arrivederci Roma"; "Have You Looked Into Your Heart"), born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 2014)  

1931: Louis Ballard [Honganózhe], Native American composer and educator (The Four Moons), born near Quapaw, Oklahoma (d. 2007)

1935: Steve Lawrence [Sidney Leibowitz], American singer ("Go Away Little Girl"), and actor (The Lonely Guy), born in Brooklyn, New York  

1938: Alan Aldridge, British artist, graphic designer, and illustrator whose artwork was used in record covers for The Beatles and The Who, born in London, England (d. 2017)  

1940: American bass player, songwriter, Joe B. Mauldin, best known as the bassist for the early rock and roll group The Crickets. He later became a recording engineer at Gold Star Studios, the Los Angeles studio which became the "hit factory" for Phil Spector, Brian Wilson, and other major 1960s rock performers. Mauldin died on 7 Feb 2015 aged 74.  

1944: Jaimoe "Johnny" Johanson, American rock drummer (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.  

1945: Ricky Wolf, from English pop group The Flowerpot Men who had the 1967 UK No.4 single 'Let's Go To San Francisco'.  

1946: Finnish rock drummer Pentti Glan, best known for his work with Alice Cooper and Lou Reed. He also appeared in the movie The Rose as the drummer of The Rose Band. He died on November 7, 2017, of lung cancer at the age of 71.  

1946: Cynthia Gregory, American ballerina (NY Ballet Company), born in Los Angeles, California.  

1948: Raffi [Cavoukian], Armenian-Canadian children's singer and lyricist ("Baby Beluga"), born in Cairo, Egypt.  

1951: Greg T Walker, rock bassist (Blackfoot)  

1951: Ned Sublette, composer.  

1955: Russell Christian, singer with English group The Christians who had the 1988 UK No.8 single 'Harvest For The World'. The name of the band refers to the surname of the three brothers that were originally in the line-up. (Side Note: On This Day has him born in 56', This Day and Wikipedia has him born in 55')  

1958: Carlos Cavazo, rocker (Quiet Riot - Metal Health)  

1958: Fred Young, American singer (Kentucky Headhunters - "Davy Crockett"), born in Glasgow, Kentucky.  

1961: Andy Fletcher, bass, synth, with English electronic band Depeche Mode. The group has had 50 songs in the UK Singles Chart and seventeen top 10 albums in the UK chart and has sold over 100 million records worldwide.  (Side Note: This Day has him born in 1960, On This Day and Wikipedia has him born in 61')   

1961: Toby Keith, country music singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor. His debut 'Should've Been a Cowboy', topped the US country charts and was the most-played country song of the 1990s. The song has received three million spins since then, according to Broadcast Music Incorporated.  

1961: Graham-Jones, guitar, Haircut 100. The band had four UK Top 10 hit singles between 1981 and 1982, including 'Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)', 'Love Plus One' and 'Fantastic Day'.  

1963: Joan Osborne, American singer, and songwriter who had the 1996 UK No.6 single 'One Of Us'. She toured with Motown sidemen the Funk Brothers and was featured in the documentary film about them, Standing in the Shadows of Motown.  

1967: Jordan Chan, Hong Kong actor, and singer.  

1969: Sugizo [Yasuhiro Sugihara], Japanese guitarist and singer, born in Hadano, Kanagawa.  

1970: Beck, American singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Beck David Campbell, 1994 UK No.15 single 'Loser' from his 1994 album 'Mellow Gold'. His second official studio album Odelay has appeared in numerous publications' lists of the greatest records of the 1990s.  

1971: Neil Mavers, drums, The La's, (1990 UK No.13 single 'There She Goes').  

1974: Zhanna Friske, Russian actress, and singer.

1975: Elias Viljanen, Finnish Guitarist.

1976: David Kennedy, American guitarist, and songwriter who was a member of Box Car Racer, a band formed by Blink-182 members Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker.

1985: Jamie Cook, guitarist, with English rock band Arctic Monkeys who had 2005, UK No.1 single ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, and the 2006 UK No.1 album Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not. The band has won six Brit Awards – winning both Best British Group and Best British Album three times and has been nominated for three Grammy Awards.

1992: Benjamin Grosvenor, a British pianist.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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This Day In The History Of Music, have a great night.


1762: Louis-François Roubiliac's monument to George Frideric Handel is unveiled at Westminster Abbey in London.

1937: Dutch Django Reinhardt's "Quintette, premieres in du Hot Club"1948 "Allegro" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 318 performances.

1948: "Ballet Ballads" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 62 performances.

1948: "Look Ma, I'm Dancin'" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 188 performances.

1950: The US music shows Your Hit Parade premiered on NBC-TV. The program, which featured vocalists covering the top hits of the week, had been on the radio since 1935. It moved to CBS in 1958 but was canceled the following year, unable to cope with the rising popularity of Rock 'n' Roll.  

1961: Bobby Lewis started a seven-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Tossin' and Turnin', the longest-running No.1 single of 1961, spending seven weeks at the top of the chart.  

1964: 200,000 Liverpudlians took to the streets to celebrate The Beatles' return to Liverpool for the northern premiere of the group's first film 'A Hard Day's Night.' The group was honored in a public ceremony in front of Liverpool Town Hall and as The Beatles stood on a balcony looking at the large crowd gathered below, John Lennon gave a few Nazi "Sieg Heil" salutes. Not everyone appreciated his sense of humor.  

1965: The Rolling Stones started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with '(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction' the group's first chart-topper there. In the UK, the song was initially played only on pirate radio stations because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive.  

1966: Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Tillotson, The Jive Five, The Tymes, The Shangra-Las, and local band The Castiles (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals) all appeared at the Surf 'n See Club in Seabright New Jersey.  

1968: Eric Clapton announced that Cream would break up after their current tour. The group's third album, Wheels of Fire, was the world's first platinum-selling double album, and Cream is widely regarded as being the world's first successful supergroup.  

1968: The Nice were banned from appearing at London's Royal Albert Hall after burning an American flag on stage. Two years later, Keith Emerson, leader of the Nice, joined Greg Lake and Carl Palmer in Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.  

1969: The funeral of Rolling Stone Brian Jones took place in his hometown at Hatherley Road Parish Church, Cheltenham. Canon Hugh Evan Hopkins read Jones' own epitaph, 'Please don't judge me too harshly. Bill Wyman, Keith Richards, and Charlie Watts from The Stones attended the funeral.  

1972: Harry Nilsson's eighth album, Son of Schmilsson was released. It featured George Harrison under the name George Harrysong and Ringo Starr, listed as Richie Snare, on some of the tracks. Peter Frampton also played guitar on most of the album.  

1974: David Bowie played the first of five dates at The Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, the recordings of which made up the David Live album released later that year. The album catches Bowie in transition from the Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane glam-rock era of his career to the 'plastic soul' of Young Americans.  

1976: One Hit Wonders Starland Vocal Band started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Afternoon Delight', it was also their only hit in the UK making No.18 on the chart.  

1977: "Happy End" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 75 performances.  

1978: Rolling Stone Bill Wyman was knocked unconscious after falling from the stage during a Stones concert at the Coliseum, St Paul, Minnesota.  

1979: Chuck Berry was sentenced to four months in jail after being found guilty of tax evasion. (Side Note: This Day says he was sentenced to five months, On This Day and Famousdaily agree that it was four months).  

1984: Prolific studio drummer Jim Gordon was convicted of murdering his mother and sentenced to 16 years to life in prison. Diagnosed with schizophrenia after the killing, he is serving time in a medical/psychiatric prison and has been denied parole 10 times as of 2018.  

1986: Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead went into a five-day diabetic coma, resulting in the band withdrawing from their current tour.  

1987: Producer and record company executive John Hammond died. He brought Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Leonard Cohen, and Bruce Springsteen to Columbia Records. Hammond also worked as a producer with Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, and Count Basie.  

1989: David F Pearsall age 18 from Manchester, New Jersey was charged with theft after stealing a guitar at a concert in Riverfront Park belonging to Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi.  

1994: "Hedda Gabler" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 33 performances.  

2000: Coldplay release their debut album "Parachutes" (Grammy Award Best Alternative Album 2002)  

2005: The four members of Led Zeppelin were voted the UK's ideal supergroup after 3,500 music fans were asked to create their fantasy band for Planet Rock Radio. Jimmy Page won the best guitarist, followed by Guns N' Roses' Slash and Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore. John Paul Jones was named top bassist, with John Bonham, who died in 1980, winning best drummer and Robert Plant beat the late Freddie Mercury to the best singer.  

2008: The drum skin used on the cover of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's album sold for £541,250 ($1m) at Christie's Memorabilia auction in London. Other items sold included John Lennon's lyrics for 'Give Peace a Chance' which sold for £421,250 ($832,257) and a pair of tinted prescription sunglasses belonging to Lennon, which he wore for the cover of the single 'Mind Games', sold for £39,650 ($79,000). A rare 1/4 inch reel-to-reel master tape recording of the Jimi Hendrix Experience performing at the Woburn Music Festival in 1968 went for £48,050 ($95,000), a Marshall amplifier used by Hendrix in concert fetched £25,000 ($50,000).  

2011: A pub in Dundee, Scotland called Lennon's Bar was forced to change the name of the venue and remove all Beatles memorabilia the former Beatles wife Yoko Ono threatened legal action for copyright infringement.  

2015: John Fogerty filed a countersuit alleging that his former bandmates in Creedence Clearwater Revival had breached their contract in which he allowed them to use the name Creedence Clearwater Revisited while touring and playing the music they recorded together four decades ago. Fogerty’s action claimed that Creedence bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford had not paid him in more than three years under terms of the agreement they set up more than a decade ago.  

2016: Cliff Richard instructed lawyers to make formal legal complaints to South Yorkshire Police and the BBC over their handling of a police raid on his home in 2014. Police investigating historical sex allegations launched an investigation in 2014, which was filmed by the BBC.  

2018: Drake surpasses The Beatles record of most singles in Billboard Hot One 100 with seven against their five from his album "Scorpion"  

2019: Bob Dylan super-fan Bill Pagel purchased the ultimate rock collectible: the Hibbing, Minnesota house where Dylan lived from 1948 to 1959. He bought the 1,600 square foot home from Gregg and Donna French, who had lived there since 1990 for $84,000. Pagel, a pharmacist in his late seventies, has run the Bob Dylan essential fan website since 1995.  

2019: Taylor Swift named the world's highest-paid entertainer by Forbes earning $185 million in 2018. 

Born On This Day In The Music World:  

1697: Francois Hanot, French composer and violinist, born in Dunkirk (d. 1770)  

1759: Eleanore Sophia Maria Westenholz, German composer (d. 1838)  

1778: Sigismund Ritter von Neukomm, Austrian composer and royal chaplain master, born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1858)  

1779: Alois Basil Nikolaus Tomasini, Italian violinist and composer, born in Pesaro, Italy (d. 1858)  

1826: Theodore Lajarte, French writer on music and composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1890)  

1835: Henryk Wieniawski, Polish violinist and composer (Souv de Moscou), born in Lubin, Poland (d. 1880)  

1858: Karl Flodin, Finnish composer and critic, born in Vassa (d. 1925)  

1882: Ima Hogg, American society leader, Texas art patron, and founder of Houston Symphony, born in Mineola, Texas (d. 1975)  

1882: Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli, Italian composer, born in Strakonice, Czech Republic (d. 1949)  

1887: Alfred Ernest Whitehead, English-Canadian composer, born in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England (d. 1974)  

1890: André Souris, Belgian composer, born in Marchienne-au-Pont, Belgium (d. 1970)  

1894: Jimmy McHugh, American composer ("I Can't Give You Anything But Love"; "On the Sunny Side of the Street"; "I'm In The Mood For Love"), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1969)  

1895: Carl Orff, German composer (Carmina Burana; Mozart Prize 1969), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1982)  

1900: [Elsie] Evelyn Laye, English singer & actress (Bitter Sweet, Merry Widow), born in London, England (d. 1996)  

1900: Mitchell Parish [Michael Pashelinsky], American lyricist (Stardust; It's Wonderful), born in Lithuania, Russian Empire (d. 1993)  

1904: Iša Krejčí, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1968)   1908: Cootie Williams, American jazz trumpeter, born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1985)  

1913: Ljuba Welitsch, Bulgarian Austrian opera soprano (Nedda-Pagliacci), born in Borisovo, Bulgaria (d. 1996)  

1915: Milt Buckner, American jazz pianist and Hammond organ pioneer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1977)  

1916: **ahem** Cary, American jazz musician, born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1994)  

1919: British singer John Johnston. With the Johnston Brothers, he had the 1955 UK No.1 with their version of 'Hernando's Hideaway, from the movie The Pajama Game, beating off the American versions by both Johnnie Ray and Archie Bleyer. Johnston died on 10 June 1998.  

1919: Ralph "Rusty" Gill, American singer (Polka Time), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2008)  

1921: Revaz Il'yich Lagidze, Georgian composer (Tbilisi), born in Baghdad (d. 1981)  

1923: Amalia Mendoza, Mexican singer (Échame a mi la culpa), born in Huetamo de Núñez, Michoacán, Mexico (d. 2001)  

1923: Rudolf Kehrer, Soviet classical pianist of German heritage, born in Tiflis, Georgia (d. 2013) 

1926: Carleton Carpenter, American actor, magician, songwriter, and novelist (Up Periscope, Summer Stock), was born in Bennington, Vermont.  

1930: Jacques Klein, Brazilian pianist, and composer, born in Aracati, Ceará, Brazil (d. 1982)  

1933: Jerry Herman, American musical theater composer (Hello, Dolly!; Mame; La Cage aux Folles), born in NYC, New York (d. 2019)  

1936: Jan Wincenty Hawel, Polish composer, born in Pszów, Poland.  

1936: American Keyboard player Johnny Griffith. He was a member of the Motown records in-house Funk Brothers studio band and played on Marvin Gaye's 'Heard It Through The Grapevine, ‘I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)’ by Four Tops, and ‘Stop! In the Name of Love by The Supremes. He died of a heart attack on 10 November 2002 aged 66.  

1937: Sandy Stewart [Galitz], American jazz and cabaret singer ("My Coloring Book") was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

1938: Lee Morgan, American hard-bop trumpeter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1972)  

1939: Mavis Staples, American rhythm and blues and gospel singer, actress, and civil rights activist. She recorded and performed with her family's band The Staple Singers who scored two No.1 singles, 'I'll Take You There' and 'Let's Do It Again'.  

1940: Helen Donath, an American soprano, was born in Corpus Christi, Texas.  

1941: Ian Whitcomb, English rocker (You Turn Me On), born in Woking, Surrey (d. 2020)  

1941: Jake Eberts, Canadian film producer (Chariots of Fire; Dances with Wolves), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2012)  

1942: Ronnie James Dio, vocals, Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and his own band Dio. He died on May 16, 2010, after a six-month battle with stomach cancer. He was 67 years old.  

1943: Jerry Miller, guitarist from American psychedelic rock group Moby Grape, known for their debut album Moby Grape (1967).  

1944: John Dymond, (Beaky), guitarist from British pop/rock group, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, who scored the 1968 UK No.1 single 'Legend Of Xanadu'.  

1945: Peter Michalica, Slovak violinist, born in Kremnica, Slovakia.  

1947: Arlo Guthrie, US singer, songwriter, son of folksinger Woody Guthrie, (1967 album 'Alice's Restaurant', 1972 US No.18 single 'The City Of New Orleans').  

1949: Dave Smalley, The Raspberries famous for their hits 'Go All The Way', 'I Wanna Be With You' and 'Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)'. 

1949: Greg Kihn, American pop musician ("They Don't Write 'Em Like That Any More"; "Jeopardy"), and radio personality, born in Baltimore, Maryland. (Side Note: On This Day and Wikipedia has him born in 1949, This Day has his DOB in 1950).   

1949: John C. Whitehead, American singer (McFadden & Whitehead), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2004)  

1950: Willie Ford, an American R&B singer (Dramatics-Me & Mrs. Jones), was born in LaGrange, Georgia.  

1951: Cheryl Wheeler, American singer, and songwriter, born in Timonium, Maryland.  

1952: Kim Mitchell, Canadian guitarist, and singer, born in Sarnia, Ontario.  

1953: Rik "The Rocket" Emmett, rock vocalist (Triumph), was born in Toronto, Ontario.  

1954: Gene Holder, American musician (the DBS)  

1954: Neil Tennant, vocals, Pet Shop Boys, (1986 UK & US No.1 single 'West End Girls', plus 3 other UK No.1 singles and over 20 UK Top 40 hits), ex-editor of music paper Smash Hits.  

1958: American banjo player Béla Fleck, widely acknowledged as one of the world's most innovative and technically proficient banjo players. Fleck has shared Grammy wins with Asleep at the Wheel, and has been nominated in more categories than any other musician, namely country, pop, jazz, bluegrass, classical, folk, spoken word, composition, and arranging.  

1958: Fiona Shaw, Irish actress and theatre and opera director was born in County Cork, Munster, Ireland.  

1959: Sandy West, drummer, founding member of US all-girl group The Runaways. West died on 21 Oct 2006.  

1960: Martyn P Casey, keyboards, from Australian rock band Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds who have released over 15 studio albums including the 2013 Australian No.1 Push the Sky Away.  

1961: Jacky Cheung, Hong Kong singer and actor (Bullet in the Head), was born in Hong Kong.  

1964: Graham Lambert, guitarist from English alternative rock band Inspiral Carpets who had the 1990 UK No.14 single 'This Is How It Feels'.  

1965: Peter DiStefano, an American guitarist, and songwriter, best known for his work in the alternative rock band Porno for Pyros.   1970: Helen Sjöholm, Swedish singer and actress.  

1970: Gary LeVox, singer, with American country band Rascal Flatts who scored the 2004 US country No.2 single ‘I Melt’, and the 2006 US No.1 album ‘Me And My Gang’.  

1970: Jason Orange, vocals, Take That (1995 UK No.1 single 'Back For Good' and seven other UK No.1 singles, 1993 UK No.1 album 'Everything Changes spent 78 weeks on the UK chart). Re-formed without Robbie Williams in 2006 for a sold-out European tour. Topped the UK singles and album charts simultaneously for the first time in their career when the single ‘Patience’ and album ‘Beautiful World’ both reached No.1 in Dec 2006.  

1972: Damon Sharpe, actor/musician (Guys Next Door), was born in Cleveland, Ohio.  

1972: Tilo Wolff, German musician (Lacrimosa)  

1974: Imelda May, Irish singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist who has worked with Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and David Gilmour. May is known for her musical style of rockabilly revival and has also been compared to female jazz musicians such as Billie Holiday.

1976: Elijah Blue Allman, American musician (Deadsy)

1978: American musician, singer-songwriter Jesse Lacey, the lead vocalist and guitarist for Brand New. Their fifth album Science Fiction released in 2017 went to No.1 on the US chart.

1980: Jessica Simpson, an American singer who had the 2000 UK No.7 single 'I Wanna Love You Forever. Her debut studio album released in 1999 sold over four million copies worldwide.

1980: Alejandro Millán, Mexican singer and songwriter.

1982: Alex Arrowsmith, American musician.

1983: Kim Heechul, Korean Singer.

1989: Sameer Gadhia, American musician (Young the Giant)

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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Good Monday morning, This Day In The History Of Music. Have a great Monday.


1946: Benjamin Britten's "Rape of Lucretia" premieres at Glyndebourne Opera Festival.

1954: 19-year-old Elvis Presley signed a recording contract with Sun Records. He also gave in his notice at his day job at The Crown Electric Company. Sam Phillips from Sun Records originally wanted to use the 19-year-old to make demos of songs meant for other artists, but soon realized that here was the man who could bridge the gap between white and black performances.

1958: "Li'l Abner" closes at St James Theater NYC after 693 performances.

1958: The Quarrymen, featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John "Duff" Lowe on piano, and Colin Hanton on drums, recorded a vanity disc at a small studio in an electronics shop owned by a man named Percy Phillips. The band recorded 'That'll Be The Day' and 'In Spite Of Danger' in one take each. With the names of the tunes and the song's writers handwritten on the label, each band member was to keep the 10-inch 78 rpm disc for a week before passing it on. Both recordings eventually ended up on Anthology 1.  

1962: The Rolling Stones made their live debut at the Marquee Jazz Club, London, with **ahem** Taylor on bass (later of The Pretty Things) and Mick Avory on drums, (later of The Kinks). Billed as The Rollin’ Stones, they were paid £20 for the gig, the equivalent of £330 in 2010.  

1962: Ray Charles was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Don Gibson penned country ballad 'I Can't Stop Loving You. His only UK No.1 was taken from his Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music album.  

1964: The Beatles appeared at the Hippodrome Theatre in Brighton with The Fourmost and the Shubdubs (whose drummer, Jimmy Nicol, who had filled in for an ill Ringo Starr on The Beatles' world tour). Also in the US, The Ed Sullivan Show re-broadcast The Beatles' first live television appearance on the Sullivan show (from February 9). On the way to tonight's gig, George Harrison was involved in a minor crash in his brand new E-Type Jaguar in Kings Road, Fulham, London. Passing pedestrians collected bits of broken glass as souvenirs.  

1968: Mickey Dolenz from The Monkees married Samantha Juste who he met when working in the UK on the BBC TV show Top Of The Pops.  

1969: One Hit Wonders Zager and Evans started a six-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'In The Year 2525, (Exordium And Terminus)'. The song was also No.1 in the UK, making them the only one-hit wonders ever in both the US and UK singles charts.  

1979: American singer-songwriter Minnie Riperton died of cancer aged 31. The Stevie Wonder produced 'Loving You' gave Minnie a US No.1 single in 1975. She worked at Chess records singing backup for various artists such as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, and Muddy Waters. She also sang lead for the experimental rock/soul group Rotary Connection, from 1967 to 1971. Also a member of Wonderlove in 1973, a backup group for Stevie Wonder.  

1980: During their 23 dates, '11 O'clock Tick Tock' U2 played at The Moonlight, West Hampstead in London, England.  

1980: Olivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra had the UK No.1 single with 'Xanadu', taken from the film of the same name. It gave Olivia Newton-John her third UK No.1 single.  

1983: Former Traffic member Chris Wood died of liver failure after a lengthy illness. He also played with Jimi Hendrix in 1968, appearing on the Electric Ladyland album and worked with Free, John Martyn, and the Small Faces.  

1985: "Singin' in the Rain" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 367 performances.  

1986: Boy George and singer Marilyn were arrested in London, England for possession of drugs.  

1986: Simply Red scored their first US No.1 single with 'Holding Back The Years'. Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall wrote the song when he was seventeen while living at his father's house. The chorus did not come to him until many years later.  

1988: Michael Jackson arrived in the UK for his first-ever solo appearance. He performed a total of eight nights to 794,000 people.  

1990: "Les Miserables," opens at National Theatre, Washington.  

1991: Take That released their debut single 'Do What U Like' which was a commercial failure, peaking at No. 82 on the UK Singles Chart. The low-budget video for the track featured the band getting naked, showing their bare buttocks, and smearing jelly over themselves, resulting in the video being banned from daytime television.  

1992: Axl Rose arrested on riot charges in St Louis stemming from a concert on Jul 2.  

1993: Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Sunset Promenade" opens in London.  

1996: Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was charged with drug possession after the death of the bands' keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin in his New York Hotel room.  

2000: A statue erected in the memory of John Lennon was unveiled in London's Trafalgar Square. The sculpture featured a revolver with a knotted barrel created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reutersward.  

2003: Saxophonist, composer, and arranger Benny Carter died aged 95. He worked with Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and composed many TV themes including Ironside and M-Squad.  

2008: Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood left his wife of 23 years and moved in with an 18-year-old Russian cocktail waitress. The 61-year-old dad-of-four had met the teenager while out drinking and had taken her away to his luxury pad in Ireland.  

2008: American singer Earl Nelson (Earl Lee Nelson) died in Lake Charles, Louisiana. One half of the duo, Bob And Earl, (recorded ‘Harlem Shuffle’ in 1963). Nelson sang background vocals on ‘Rockin' Robin’, a US No. 2 for the Jackson 5 in 1972.  

2012: Pollstar magazine announced that former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters had grossed up to $158.1 million in concert ticket sales worldwide so far this year with The Wall Live show. Bruce Springsteen came in second place with $79.9 million.  

2019: Tarazaga-Orero was arrested by police and remanded in custody for stalking former One Direction singer Harry Styles. The Spaniard had been sleeping ­on a bench near the London house owned by Styles and had been posting notes through his letterbox for over two months. Permission was granted for Styles to give ­evidence from behind a screen during the trial. 

2020: English singer-songwriter Judy Dyble died at age 71. She was a founding member of the Fairport Convention and Trader Horne. In addition, she and multi-instrumental Ian McDonald joined and recorded several tracks with Giles, Giles, and Fripp, who later became King Crimson. During Fairport's early live shows in London in the late 1960s, Dyble shared stages with acts such as Jimi Hendrix and Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd. Famously, she sat on the front of the stage at the Speakeasy Club knitting, while Hendrix and Fairport Convention guitarist Richard Thompson jammed.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:  

1675: Evaristo Felice dall'Abaco, Italian cellist and composer, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1742)  

1757: Christian Danner, German violinist, and composer, born in Schwetzingen, Germany (d. 1813)  

1802: Charles-Louis Hanssens, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1871)  

1821: Cesare Dominiceti, Italian composer, born in Desenzano del Garda, Italy (d. 1888)  

1861: Anton Arensky, Russian composer, born in Novgorod, Russia (d. 1906)  

1885: George Butterworth, English composer, born in Paddington, London (d. 1916)  

1895: Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner), born in Hamar, Norway (d. 1962)  

1895: Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist (Rodgers & Hammerstein - "Oklahoma!"; "South Pacific"; "The King And I"; " The Sound Of Music"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)  

1908: Johan Franco, Dutch composer, born in Zaandam, Netherlands (d. 1988)  

1920: Paul Foster, American singer (Soul Stirrers), born in Grand Cane, Louisiana (d. 1995)  

1924: Jaap Geraedts, Dutch composer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2003)  

1925: Yasushi Akutagawa, Japanese composer (Orpheus of Hiroshima, Ellora Symphony), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1989)  

1927: Pavle Merku, Italian-Slovene composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Trieste (d. 2014)  

1928: Barbara Cowsill, singer, and mother of The Cowsills, born in Cranston, Rhode Island (d. 1985)  

1931: André Laporte, Flemish composer, born in Oplinter, Tienen, Belgium  

1934: Van Cliburn, American pianist (Tchaikovsky Competition winner, 1958), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2013)  

1937: Michel Louvain, French Canadian singer (Buenas Noches Mi Amor), born in Quebec, Canada.  

1937: Saxophonist Howie Casey who was a member of Derry and the Seniors, the first rock and roll band from Liverpool to play clubs in Germany and later, as leader of the renamed Howie Casey and the Seniors, the first Liverpool group to record an LP. He later featured on several albums by Paul McCartney (Band on the Run, Wings at the Speed of Sound, and Back to the Egg) and played live with Paul McCartney on the Wings Over the World tour. He also worked with Marc Bolan The Who, Chuck Berry, and Carl Perkins.  

1942: Richard Stoltzman, American clarinetist (Tashi), was born in Omaha, Nebraska.  

1943: Christine McVie, English rock vocalist (Fleetwood Mac-Got A Hold on Me), was born in Bouth, England.  

1945: Chuck Daellenbach, American-Canadian tubist (Canadian Brass, 1970-present), born Rhinelander, Wisconsin.  

1947: English singer, guitarist, songwriter Wilko Johnson who with Dr. Feelgood had the 1979 UK No.9 single 'Milk And Alcohol' and a founding member of Solid Senders. Wilko started in early 2013 that he had terminal cancer and was given just 10 months to live, and aptly announced he was going on a farewell tour. On 22 March 2013, Wilko played what he thought would be his final show guesting with Madness on the television program Madness Live: Goodbye Television Centre which was broadcast on BBC Four. In Oct 2014 Johnson said he has been "cured" of terminal pancreatic cancer.  

1948: Walter Egan, American rock vocalist (Not Shy, Fundamental Roll), was born in NYC, New York. 

1950: Eric Carr, drummer with American hard rock band Kiss. Their 1976 US No 11 album Rock and Roll Overspent 26 weeks on the chart and they had the 1987 UK No.4 single 'Crazy Crazy Nights. Carr died on 24th November 1991.  

1951: Sylvia Sass, Hungarian soprano, was born in Budapest, Hungary.  

1952: Philip Taylor Kramer, bass guitar, Iron Butterfly. His disappearance on February 12, 1995, caused a mystery lasting four years. On May 29, 1999, Kramer's Ford Aerostar minivan and skeletal remains were found by photographers looking for old car wrecks to shoot at the bottom of Decker Canyon near Malibu, California. Based on forensic evidence his death was ruled as a probable suicide.  

1952: Liz Mitchell, singer, from German vocal group Boney M, who had the 1978 UK No.1 & US No.30 single 'Rivers Of Babylon' and with more than 150 million records sold, they are one of the best-selling artists of all time.  

1953: Billy and Bobby Alessi, (identical twin brothers), known as the Alessi Brothers who scored the 1977 UK No.8 single 'Oh. Lori. Both Billy and Bobby Alessi had previously worked in the Broadway cast of the musical Hair.  

1960: Corynne Charby [Corinne Charbit], French model, actress, and pop singer, was born in Paris, France.  

1962: American musician Dan Murphy, guitarist with American alternative rock band Soul Asylum, who had the 1993 US No.5 and UK No.7 single 'Runaway Train'.  

1964: Tim Gane, guitar, keyboards, with British indie group Stereolab, who had the 1994 UK minor hit single 'Ping Pong'.  

1965: Robin Wilson, an American rocker (Gin Blossoms), was born in Detroit, Michigan.  

1967: American guitarist John Petrucci, best known as a founding member of the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater.  

1969: Jesse Pintado, Mexican-American guitarist (Napalm Death), born in Sonora, Mexico (d. 2006)  

1969: Kumiko Ida, Japanese classical pianist (d. 2007)  

1972: Brett Reed, American rock drummer (Rancid), was born in Oakland, California.  

1974: Sharon den Adel, Dutch singer (Within Temptation)  

1975: Cheyenne Jackson, American stage/film actor, and singer, born in Spokane, Washington.  

1976: Tracie Spencer, American singer (Make The Difference), was born in Waterloo, Iowa.  

1977: Dominic Howard, drums, from English rock band Muse who scored the 2003 UK No.1 album Absolution, and the 2003 UK No.8 single, ‘Time Is Running Out. Muse was nominated for five Grammy Awards, of which they won Best Rock Album for The Resistance.  

1978: Mélanie De Biasio, Belgian jazz singer (A Stomach Is Burning), was born in Charleroi, Belgium. 

1981: Adrienne Camp, South African singer/songwriter.  

1983: Kimberly Perry, a singer with American country music group The Band Perry, scored the US Country No.1 hit 'If I Die, Young'. The band's second album, Pioneer, released in 2013 produced additional No.1 singles in 'Better Dig Two', and 'DONE.'

1984: Gareth Gates, UK singer, TV's Pop Idol runner up, (2002 UK No.1 single 'Unchained Melody').

1985: Luiz Ejlli, Albanian singer.

1988: Melissa O'Neil, Canadian pop singer (Canadian Idol-2005), was born in Calgary, Alberta.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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Good Thursday morning, I do apologize for missing a few days of posting, but between work and a new building project here at home I have been very busy busy busy. So without further ado, here is This Day In The History Of Music. Have a great Thursday. 


1922: Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake's musical "Shuffle Along" closes on Broadway, July 15, 1922, after 504 performances.

1949: "Miss Liberty" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 308 performances.

1956: The Teenagers featuring Frankie Lymon were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love'. A No.6 hit in the US. At 13, Lymon was the youngest performer to make No.1.

1958: John Lennon's mother Julia was killed by a car driven by an off-duty drunken police officer named Eric Clague (Clague was later acquitted of the offense). Lennon was 17 years old at the time.  

1960: Chubby Checker releases his version of "The Twist" in the US (date approximate)  

1961: "Donnybrook!" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 68 performances.  

1963: Paul McCartney is fined £17 for speeding.  

1965: This week's US Top three singles, No.3 The Byrds, 'Mr. Tambourine Man', No.2 The Four Tops, 'I Can't Help Myself and at No.1 The Rolling Stones with ’(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.  

1967: The Doors and The Jefferson Airplane both played an afternoon and evening show to over 8,000 fans at Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California.  

1967: "Sweet Charity" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 608 performances.  

1972: Elton John started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with his fifth studio album Honky Chateau, his first US chart-topper. The album was titled after the 18th-century French chateau where it was recorded, Château d'Hérouville. Both the tracks from the album 'Rocket Man' and 'Honky Cat' were released as singles.  

1973: Ray Davies announces his retirement from The Kinks, then soon after he attempts suicide.   

1978: Bob Dylan with special guest Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading, and Graham Parker all appeared at Blackbushe Aerodrome, Surrey, England. Reputedly this was the biggest ever UK audience for Bob Dylan, with over 200,000 fans attending. 

1978: The Rolling Stones started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Some Girls the group's seventh US No.1 album. The cover designed by Peter Corriston featured The Rolling Stones in garish drag alongside select female celebrities and lingerie ads. The cover immediately ran into trouble when Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Liza Minnelli (representing her mother Judy Garland), Raquel Welch, and the estate of Marilyn Monroe all threatened legal action.  

1983: The film version of "The Pirates of Penzance", starring Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, and Angela Lansbury premieres in the US.  

1984: John Lennon's single "I'm Stepping Out" was released posthumously.  

1987: Boy George was barred from the British TV show, he may be a bad influence.   

1989: Pink Floyd appeared in Canal di San Marco, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy on a floating stage. Over 200,000 people attended the gig (almost double the number authorities had planned for) causing damage to buildings and bridges. The cleaning of the area after the concert was said to be around £25,000 and the concert was broadcast live on TV to over 20 countries with an estimated audience of almost 100 million. Two Venice councilors were later ordered to stand trial for the costs incurred by the concert.  

1998: Aerosmith was forced to cancel a forthcoming US tour after Joey Kramer was involved in a freak accident. The drummer's car was set on fire and was completely destroyed as he was filling up with petrol. He was admitted to the hospital with second-degree burns.  

2000: A Manchester judge reprimanded Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder after he turned up a day late in court to give evidence. Ryder told the court he had been on ' a bender'. A man was cleared of dangerous driving and assaulting Ryder.  

2000: Sad Cafe singer Paul Young died of a heart attack at his Manchester home aged 53. ‘Run Home Girl’ was a hit for Sad Cafe in the US, ‘Everyday Hurts’ was a UK No.3 hit in 1979. Joined Mike Rutherford and Paul Carrack in Mike and the Mechanics and had the hits ‘The Living Years’ and ‘Silent Running’.  

2002: Sir Paul McCartney was named the highest-earning music star of the year so far after selling tickets worth £33.9m during his recent US tour.  

2005: Victor Edward Willis, the original policeman in the Village People, was arrested after police found a gun and drugs in his convertible in Daly City, south of San Francisco. Willis also had an outstanding $15,000 felony warrant for possession of narcotics.  

2007: The UK music industry reacted angrily at a decision to give away ‘Planet Earth’ the new album by Prince as a ‘covermount’ with the Mail on Sunday newspaper. The 10-track CD was not due to be released in stores until 24 July. Stephen Miron, the newspaper's managing director, said: "No one has done this before. We have always given away CDs and DVDs, but this is just setting a new level."  

2007: Over 10,000 people applied for a job with P Diddy after the rapper posted an advert on Youtube looking to find a new personal assistant. He warned applicants that the job would be far from easy and would involve everything from getting him ready for the red carpet to aiding in billion-dollar deals to helping him jump out of planes in movies.  

2012: Queen was crowned top of the patriotic pops in a survey of 100,000 music fans. The band's anthem We Are The Champions was named number one by fans who were asked what song made them proud to be British. The track, which got to number two in 1977, picked up 13,000 votes in the survey carried out among users of the Lucky Voice website. It was followed by the Oasis hit Wonderwall which was nominated by 11,000 karaoke singers and then Let It Be by The Beatles which got 10,000 votes. Elton John's Candle In The Wind and London Calling by The Clash rounded off the top five.  

2015: Robbie Williams announces he is returning to the boy band Take That.  

2015: A judge trimmed more than $1m (£639,000) from the damages Pharrell Williams was ordered to pay after the Blurred Lines copyright trial. The case revolved around the question of whether Williams and his co-writer Robin Thicke had copied Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit 'Got To Give It Up'. The judge also gave Gaye's family a 50% cut of future earnings from the song.  

2015: The Los Angeles home of US singer Chris Brown was raided and ransacked by three masked men who locked his aunt in a closet. Officials said the suspects, who were armed with handguns, got away from the Tarzana property with an unknown amount of money and some personal items.  

2015: Robbie Williams made a surprise appearance at an auction selling some of his memorabilia for charity. The singer took control of the gavel as 150 items, including handwritten lyrics and bespoke suits, went under the hammer for a Staffordshire hospice. The auction raised over £120,000, ($177,300).  

2016: In what they famously describe as a 'conscious uncoupling,' Chris Martin of Coldplay and actress Gwyneth Paltrow officially divorce after more than ten years of marriage.  

2018: 'November Rain' by Guns N’ Roses became the first '90s video to pass a billion views on YouTube. The next closest '90s video was ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries, at 739 million.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:   

1638: Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani, Italian composer, born in Florence (d. 1693)  

1700: Johann Christoph Richter, German composer Pantaleon Player and Organist, born in Dresden (d. 1785)  

1802: John Barnett, English composer (The Mountain Sylph), born in Bedford, England (d. 1892)  

1818: Heinrich Esser, German violinist and composer, born in Mannheim (d. 1872)  

1849: Moritz Heuzenroeder, German pianist and composer who settled in Australia, born in Ottersberg, Germany (d. 1897)  

1870: Ernest Walker, British composer, born in Bombay, British India (d. 1949)  

1884: Enrique Soro, Chilean composer, born in Concepción, Chile (d. 1954)  

1898: Noel Gay [Reginald Moxon Armitage], British composer (Who's Been Polishing The Sun), born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England (d. 1954)  

1898: Norman Demuth, British composer and musicologist specializing in French works, born in Croyden, Surrey, England (d. 1968)  

1901: John Wesley Work III, African-American composer, musicologist, and scholar of African-American folklore and music, born in Tullahoma, Tennessee (d. 1967)  

1904: Dorothy Fields, American lyricist ("I'm In The Mood For Love"; "The Way You Look Tonight" ), born in Allenhurst, New Jersey (d. 1974)  

1910: Ronald Binge, British composer (Elizabethan Serenade, Sailing By), born in Derby, England (d. 1979)  

1913: Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas, an American country singer ("Candy Kisses"; "Alabam"), born in Blue Creek, Ohio (d. 1963)  

1913: Dorothy Schwartz, an American violinist (d. 2007)  

1921: Jack Hamilton Beeson, a composer  

1923: "Philly" Joe Jones, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis Quintet), born in Philadelphia (d. 1985) 

1926: John Arthur Neill Lambert, a composer.   

1928: Joseph Arthurlin "Joe" Harriott, Jamaican-British be-bop and free-form jazz alto saxophonist (Abstract), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1973)  

1929: Charles Anthony [Caruso] tenor (2,928 performances at Metropolitan Opera), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)  

1930: Toshiya Sukegawa, Japanese contemporary classical and electro-acoustic composer (The Eternal Morning 1945.8.6; A Projection) was born in Sapporo, Japan (d. 2015)  

1932: Nina Van Pallandt, Danish actress and singer (American Gigolo), born in Copenhagen Denmark  

1933: Frederico Davia, opera singer  

1933: Julian Bream, English classical guitarist, and lutenist, born in London, England (d. 2020)  

1934: Harrison Birtwistle, an English composer, was born in Accrington, Lancashire.  

1939: William David Hellerman, a composer.  

1941: Geoffrey Burgon, a composer.  

1944: Millie Jackson, US soul singer, (1973 US No. 24 single, 'Hurts So Good, 1985 UK No.32 single with Elton John 'Act Of War').  

1945: Peter Lewis, from American psychedelic rock group Moby Grape, known for their debut album Moby Grape (1967).  

1946: American singer Linda Ronstadt who had the 1975 US No.1 single 'You're No Good', and the 1989 UK No.2 single with Aaron Neville, 'Don't Know Much' plus over 15 other US Top 40 hits. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, and an ALMA Award.  

1947: Peter Banks [Brockbanks], British rock guitarist and singer-songwriter described as "the architect of progressive music" (Yes, the Syn, Flash), born in Chipping Barnet, London (d. 2013)  

1947: Roky Erickson [Roger Kynard], American musician (The 13th Floor Elevators - "Starry Eyes"; "Don't Slander Me"), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2019)  

1948: Alicia Bridges, American pop singer ("I Love The Nightlife"), was born in Charlotte, North Carolina.  

1948: Artimus Pyle, drummer with Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1974 to 1977 and from 1987 to 1991. Lynyrd Skynyrd is best known for their 1974 US No. 8 single, 'Sweet Home Alabama' and the 1982 single 'Freebird'.  

1949: John Arthur Casken, British composer (The Dream of the Rood), was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England.  

1949: Trevor Horn, British rock musician/producer (Buggles - "Video Killed The Radio Star"; Yes - Drama; Frankie Goes To Hollywood), born in Durham, England.  

1950: Ian McCredie guitarist from Scottish pop group Middle Of The Road, who had the 1971 UK No.1 single 'Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep', which is one of only a few singles to have sold in excess of 10 million physical copies.  

1951: Jamaican reggae musician Gregory Isaacs, famous for his song 'Night Nurse', which gave Simply Red a hit in 1997. He died on 25 October 2010 after a long battle with lung cancer.  

1952: Jeff Carlisle, a member with 38 Special, (1982 US No.10 single 'Caught Up In You').  

1952: Johnny Thunders, (John Genzale), guitar, vocals, The New York Dolls, 1973 album 'New York Dolls'. Died of a drug overdose on 23rd April 1991.  

1952: David Pack, rocker with (Ambrosia)  

1952: Larken Collins, rocker (Rossington-Collins Band)  

1952: Johnny Thunders [Genzale], American punk rock guitarist (New York Dolls), born in Queens, New York (d. 1991)  

1953: Alicia Bridges, US singer, (1978 US No.5 & UK No. 32 single 'I Love The Night Life')  

1956: Joe Satriani, an American rock guitarist, was born in Westbury, New York.  

1956: Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division - "Transmission") (d. 1980)    

1959: Shep Pettibone, American record producer, born in Ocean Grove, New Jersey  

1966: Jason Bonham, drummer, and son of Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham. As well as playing with Led Zeppelin, (at Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary concert and the 02 concerts), Jason has worked with Jimmy Page (on his Outrider album), UFO, Foreigner, Steel Dragon, Democracy, Airrace, Virginia Wolf, Black Country Communion, and Paul Rodgers.  

1970: Chi Cheng, American musician (Deftones), (d. 2013)  

1971: Danijela, a Croatian singer.  

1974: Chot Ulep, Filipino musician, born in Quezon City, Philippines.  

1976: Jim Jones, African Puerto Rican American rapper.  

1977: Ray Toro, lead guitarist with American rock band My Chemical Romance who had the 2006 UK No.1 single ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’, and the 2006 US No.2 album The Black Parade.  

1977: Faraz Anwar, a Pakistani guitarist (Mizraab)  

1979: Laura Benanti, an American musical theatre actress.  

1984: Vice Cooler, an American musician.  

1990: Olly Alexander, actor and lead singer of Years & Years who scored the 2015 UK No.1 single 'King',

1992: Koharu Kusumi, a Japanese pop singer (Morning Musume), was born in Ojimaya, Niigata Prefecture, Japan.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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Good Monday evening, This Day In The History Of Music. And I once again apologize for missing several days of posting. Have a great Monday night.


1913: Billboard publishes earliest known "Last Week's 10 Best Sellers Among Popular Songs"; "Malinda's Wedding Day" by singers Byron Harlan and Arthur Collins is #1 (recorded in Camden, New Jersey)

1951: "2 in the Aisle" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 276 performances.

1952: "Paint Your Wagon" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 289 performances.  

1954: Sun Records released the first Elvis Presley single, 'That's All Right', a cover of Arthur Crudup's 1946 tune 'That's All Right, Mama'. Only about 7,000 original copies were pressed, but the disc became a local hit in Memphis.  

1958: "Oh, Captain!" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 192 performances.  

1967: The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All You Need Is Love' the group's 12th UK No.1 single. The Beatles had been selected to represent the UK for the first-ever global-wide satellite broadcast. The group agreed to be shown in the studio recording a song written especially for the occasion, (which was aired on June 25). John Lennon wrote ‘All You Need is Love’ which was thought to sum up the 1967 'summer of love' and The Beatles' sympathies.  

1967: Elvis Presley was working on his latest movie Speedway co-starring Nancy Sinatra at the MGM Soundstage, Hollywood, California. (It was Presley's twenty-seventh film).  

1968: Pink Floyd played the second of three nights at the Boston Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts. Opened in January 1967 as a psychedelic club, many many famous artists, including Grateful Dead, Neil Young, The J. Geils Band, Frank Zappa, Cream, Fleetwood Mac, The Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jeff Beck, The Who, Santana, Taj Mahal, Ten Years After and Sly & the Family Stone all appeared.  

1969: Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Ed Ames, Roy Clark, The Monkees, and Joni Mitchell. Cash introduced The Monkees by playing the first verse of their hit 'Last Train To Clarksville' with The Monkees on backing vocals, The Monkees then performed a version of the Johnny Cash song 'Everybody Loves a Nut', with Cash.  

1972: Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were arrested in Warwick, Rhode Island on charges of assault after a fight broke out with a newspaper photographer.  

1974: The Ozark Music Festival was held over three days at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri. One of the largest music festivals ever held, some estimates have put the crowd count at 350,000 people. Acts who appeared included, Bachman–Turner Overdrive, Blue Öyster Cult, the Eagles, America, Marshall Tucker Band, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Boz Scaggs, Ted Nugent, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Electric Flag, Joe Walsh, Aerosmith, and Spirit.  

1974: David Bowie's "Diamond Dog" tour ends in NYC.  

1975: On his Natty Dread tour, Bob Marley & the Wailers appeared at the Lyceum Theatre in London. The show was recorded and the live single 'No Woman, No Cry' was later released.  

1975: The Bay City Rollers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Give A Little Love', the group's second and final UK No.1.  

1975: Paul McCartney and Wings went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Listen To What The Man Said', his fourth US No.1, and No.6 hit in the UK, (the track features Tom Scott playing the saxophone solo). It would go on to sell a million copies in America and reach No.6 in the UK. Wings also had the US No.1 album chart with 'Venus And Mars'. Paul McCartney's fourth No.1 album since The Beatles.  

1976: Deep Purple split up at the end of a UK tour. David Coverdale went on to form Whitesnake, Jon Lord and Ian Paice formed a band with Tony Ashton. The classic lineup of Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord & Paice reformed in 1984. Glenn Hughes returned to Trapeze and Tommy Bolin put together his own band, (but would die before the end of the year).  

1980: Queen scored their third UK No.1 album with 'The Game', featuring the single 'Another One Bites The Dust'.  

1981: It was Roy Orbison Day in Odessa, Texas. Orbison was given the keys to the city, and performed for the crowd, the first time in Odessa in 15 years.

1986: Genesis went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Invisible Touch'. The band's former lead singer Peter Gabriel was at No.2 with 'Sledgehammer'.  

1987: Bruce Springsteen played his first-ever show behind the Iron Curtain when he appeared in East Berlin in front of 180,000 people. The show was broadcast on East German TV.  

1989: James Brown changed accommodations behind bars after $40000 in cash and cheques was discovered in his minimum-security cell. The Godfather of Soul had been given a six-year sentence the previous December after several run-ins with the law, including illegal gun possession, resisting arrest, assault, and leading the authorities on a number of car chases. His new home was at a medium-security cell at the Stevenson Correctional Institute.  

1989: Residents of Washington, Connecticut formed a ‘Roll the Stones Out of Town’, action group after they were unhappy with The Rolling Stones and their entourage setting up in the town for rehearsals for their forthcoming tour. Residents said it was like the army had moved in and taken over, with security guards stopping locals and asking them what they were doing there.  

1991: Steven Adler ex-drummer with Guns N' Roses filed a suit in Los Angeles county court alleging that he was fraudulently removed from the group and that the band introduced him to hard drugs.  

1992: "Price" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 47 performances.  

1996: The Spice Girls made their debut on UK TV music show Top Of The Pops performing their debut single ' Wannabe' which gave them their first of nine UK chart-toppers.  

1997: Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'D'You Know What I Mean'. The first single from their third album 'Be Here Now.  

1999: A gunman who sprayed bullets at Westwood's car in Kensington, London, shot BBC Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood. A statement the following day said he was recovering in a London Hospital.  

2001: Wu-Tang Clan rapper ODB, (Russell Jones), was sentenced to spend between two and four years behind bars after being found guilty of drug possession. He was arrested in July 1999 when police found cocaine and marijuana in his car after he was pulled over for driving through a red light. The rapper was later sent to a Los Angeles rehabilitation center but went on the run from authorities last October.  

2001: American soul and gospel singer Judy Clay died. Was a member of the Drinkard Singers - who later became better known as The Sweet Inspirations, also worked with Billy Vera, and had hits with William Bell (Private Number), and sang with Wilson Pickett and Ray Charles.  

2005: James Blunt was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You're Beautiful', from his debut album 'Back To Bedlam. The UK singer-songwriters first No.1, spent 5 weeks at the top of the charts.  

2010: Ozzy Osbourne and his former Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi settled a long-running legal dispute over the use of the group's name. Ozzy had filed suit against the guitarist in May of last year, accusing Iommi of falsely proclaiming to be the sole owner of the Black Sabbath name by lodging an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office. The pair released a joint statement confirming they have settled the dispute "amicably".  

2013: Selena Gomez releases her debut solo studio album "Stars Dance".  

2014: Ed Sheeran was at No.1 on the UK album chart with X (pronounced multiply), his second studio album. The album peaked at No. 1 in fifteen countries, and the lead single, 'Sing', became Sheeran's first UK No.1 song. By the end of 2014 Spotify named X the most-streamed album in the world 2014, racking up more than 430 million streams for the year.  

2017: A US judge halted an auction of personal items of Madonna after she said her privacy was violated. Madonna's underwear, a checkbook, a hairbrush, photos, and a break-up letter from the late rapper Tupac Shakur had been among the scheduled lots. The singer said her possessions had been stolen by a former friend.  

2019: Crowds dancing at a festival triggered minor earthquakes. The biggest tremors were recorded during a headline set by indie band Two Door Cinema Club at Tramlines Festival in Sheffield, England. Manic Street Preachers, Lewis Capaldi and Nile Rogers, and Chic were also on the bill.  

2020: American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and recording engineer Emitt Rhodes died at age 70. He was a member of The Palace Guard as the group’s drummer before joining The Merry-Go-Round as a multi-instrumentalist. He worked as a recording engineer and record producer for Elektra Records.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:  

1592: Erhard Buttner, German composer, born in Römhild (d. 1625)  

1670: Richard Leveridge, English bass singer and composer, born in St Martin-in-the-Fields, London (d. 1758)  

1735: Garret Wesley, 1st Earl of Mornington, Anglo-Irish composer, born in Dangan Castle, County Meath, Ireland (d. 1781)  

1742: Jean-Baptiste Devaux, French classical composer, born in La Côte-Saint-André, France (d. 1822) 

1750: Alessio Prati, Italian composer, born in Ferrara, Italy (d. 1788)  

1782: Jonathan Blewitt, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1853)  

1797: Johann Gottlieb Schneider, German composer, born in Neugersdorf, Germany (d. 1856)  

1811: Vincenz Lachner, German composer, born in Rain am Lech, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1893)  

1855: Emil Paur, Austrian conductor (Boston Symphony; New York Philharmonic; Pittsburgh Symphony; Berlin State Opera), born in Czernowitz, Austria (d. 1932)  

1863: Hermann Bahr, Austrian writer (Concert), born in Linz, Austria (d. 1934)  

1863: Dwijendralal Ray, Bengali poet, playwright, and lyricist (Dwijendrageeti), born in Krishnanagar, British India (d. 1913)  

1873: Louis Zimmermann, Dutch violinist and 1st concert master of Concert building, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1954)  

1898: Juan Bautista Plaza, Venezuelan composer, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1965)  

1905: Boyd Neel, English conductor (Story of an Orchestra), born in Blackheath, London (d. 1981)  

1905: Louis Kentner, Hungarian-British pianist, and composer, born in Karviná, Austrian Silesia (d. 1987)  

1906: Klaus Egge, Norwegian composer (Noregsonger), born in Gransherad, Telemark, Norway (d. 1979)  

1907: Günter Bialas, German composer, born in Bielschowitz, Prussian Silesia (d. 1995)   1909: Jeno Vecsey, Hungarian composer, born in Cece (d. 1966)  

1914: Josef Páleníček, Czech composer, born in Travnik, Bosnia, Yugoslavia (d. 1991)  

1920: Robert Mann, American composer and violinist (String Quartet 1952), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2018)  

1925: Sue Thompson [Eva Sue Mckee], American pop and country music singer ("Sad Movies (Make Me Cry"), born in Nevada, Missouri  

1926: Helen Gallagher, American Emmy, and Tony Award-winning singer, dancer, and actress (No, No, Nanette; Ryan's Hope), born in Brooklyn, New York.  

1931: Thomas Allen, (Papa Dee), percussionist with American funk band War. Their album The World Is a Ghetto was the best-selling US album of 1973. Allen died from a heart attack while performing on stage on 30 August 1988.  

1932: Arley "Buster" Benton, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Texarkana, Arkansas (d. 1996)  

1937: George Hamilton IV, US country singer, (1958 US No.10 & UK No.22 single 'Why Don't They Understand'). Hamilton had a heart attack on September 13 and died on September 17 at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville.  

1940: Vikki Carr [Florencia Vicenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona], American Grammy Award winning pop and Latin singer ("It Must Be Him"; "Cosas del Amor"), born in El Paso, Texas.  

1941: American blues, jazz, and R&B guitarist and bassist Phil Upchurch who has worked with Curtis Mayfield, Otis Rush, Jimmy Reed, Cat Stevens, David Sanborn, and appeared on Michael Jackson's Off The Wall album.  

1941: Natalia Bessmertnova, Soviet ballerina (Bolshoi, Lenin Prize 1970), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2008)  

1944: Commander Cody, (George Frayne), piano, vocals, Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen, country-rock group.  

1946: Allan Gorrie, bassist from Scottish funk and R&B group the Average White Band who scored the 1975 US No.1 and UK No.6 single 'Pick Up The Pieces.  

1947: Bernie Leadon, guitar, the Eagles, quit the band in Jan 1976. (1974 US No.1 single 'Best Of My Love').  

1947: Brian May, guitarist, singer, and songwriter with Queen who had the 1975 UK No.1 single 'Bohemian Rhapsody' which returned to No.1 in 1991. Queen scored over 40 other UK Top 40 singles, and also scored the 1980 US No.1 single 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love'. May had the solo 1992 UK No.5 single 'Too Much Love Will Kill You'. May was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2005 for 'services to the music industry and his charity work'. May earned a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Imperial College, London, in 2007.  

1948: Keith Godchaux, American pianist, and singer (Grateful Dead, 1971-79 - "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away"), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1980)   (Side Note: On This Day & Wikipedia agree on 1948, This Day has his D.O.B at 1947).   

1950: Freddy Moore, an American rock musician, and songwriter was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

1952: Allen Collins, guitarist with southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd who had the 1974 US No. 8 single 'Sweet Home Alabama' the 1977 US No. 5 album Street Survivors, and the 1982 UK No.21 single 'Freebird'. Collins was behind the wheel in a car accident in 1986 that killed his girlfriend and left him paralyzed from the waist down. Collins died on January 23, 1990, from chronic pneumonia, a complication of paralysis.  

1952: Dominic Muldowney, an English composer, was born in Southampton, England.  

1958: David Robertson, an American symphony orchestra conductor, was born in Malibu, California.  

1960: Kevin Haskins, from English post-punk band Bauhaus, had the 1982 UK No.15 single with their version of the David Bowie song 'Ziggy Stardust'.  

1965: Evelyn Glennie, Scottish marimba player, percussionist, and bagpiper, was born in Methlick, Aberdeenshire Scotland.  

1968: Ged Lynch drums, Black Grape, (1995 UK No.8 single 'In The Name Of The Father').  

1968: Robert Flynn, American musician (Machine Head), was born in Oakland, California.  

1969: Gabrielle [Bobb], British pop singer and songwriter ("Dreams"; "Rise"), was born in Hackney, London.  

1971: Urs Bühler, Swiss tenor (Il Divo), born in Willisau, Lucerne, Switzerland.

1971: Russell Allen, American rock vocalist (Symphony X; Trans-Siberian Orchestra), was born in Long Beach, California.

1972: Naohito Fujiki, Japanese actor and singer.

1973: Martin Powell, English musician (Cradle of Filth)  

1976: Eric Prydz, Swedish DJ, and producer, ( 2004 UK No.1 single 'Call on Me').

1979: Michelle Heaton, singer, from British-Irish group Liberty X, who had the 2002 UK No.1 single 'Just A Little. The group was formed by the five finalists of the British talent show Popstars who failed to make it into the group Hear'Say. Liberty X went on to achieve ten consecutive UK Top 20 singles.

1981: Didz Hammond, British bassist and backing vocalist (Dirty Pretty Things; The Cooper Temple Clause) was born in Reading, England.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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Good Tuesday evening, This Day In The History Of Music. 


1940: Billboard's first comprehensive record chart was published. The magazine had previously published best-seller lists submitted by the individual record companies, but the new chart combined the top sellers from all major labels. Their first number one song was ‘I'll Never Smile Again’ by Frank Sinatra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

1942: Time Magazine puts Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich on its cover.

1954: The Blue Moon Boys made their live debut appearing on the back of a flatbed truck outside a new drug store for its grand opening in Memphis. The band lineup was Elvis Presley Scotty Moore and Bill Black. The name was taken from a song they had recorded just two weeks previously, 'Blue Moon of Kentucky.'  

1962: Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 13th Symphony.  

1963: Jan and Dean started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Surf City', written by The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, with the Beach Boys on backing vocals. The single peaked at No.26 in the UK.  

1964: Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 10th String quartet.  

1968: Jane Asher announced on the national British TV show, Dee Time, that her engagement to Paul McCartney was off. Paul reportedly was watching at a friend's home and was surprised by the news. She was said to have inspired many of McCartney's songs, such as 'All My Loving', 'And I Love Her, and 'We Can Work It Out. Jane went on to have a career in films and television as well as becoming a successful author and businesswoman.  

1968: Cream started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Wheels Of Fire'. The double album which consisted of a studio and a live record reached No.3 in the United Kingdom.  

1968: Iron Butterfly's second album, 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida', entered the US album chart for the first time. The album contained the 17-minute title track that filled the second side of the LP which went on to sell over four million copies in the US alone.  

1971: The Carpenters show 'Make Your Own Kind Of Music', started a six-week run on NBC-TV.  

1973: TV talent show Opportunity Knocks winners Peters And Lee were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their first single and only chart-topper 'Welcome Home.'  

1975: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the opening night on their Born To Run Tour at The Palace Theatre, Providence, Rhode Island. This also saw the live debut of Steven Van Zandt, (Miami Steve) as a member of The E Street Band.  

1976: Buzzcocks made their live debut supporting the Sex Pistols and Slaughter & The Dogs at The Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester. In the audience was Morrissey, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook (soon to form Joy Division) and Mark E Smith, (The Fall), and Mick Hucknall. Tickets cost £1.  

1977: Gary Kellgren studio engineer at the Los Angeles Record Plant studio drowned in a Hollywood Swimming pool. Kellgren had worked with John Lennon, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Barbra Streisand, and Rod Stewart.  

1982: T Macauly & D Vosburghs musical "Windy City," premieres in London.  

1984: Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America due to the publication of nude photos of her. 

1986: The film based on the life of Sex Pistols bassist, Sid Vicious, 'Sid And Nancy' premiered in London, England.  

1986: Carlos Santana celebrated his 39th birthday, and 20th anniversary in the music business, with a concert in San Francisco. Previous group members were assembled for the event, as 17 of them performed together on stage.  

1991: EMF went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Unbelievable' it spent 14 weeks on the chart before reaching the top.  

1996: Gary Barlow scored his first UK No.1 single with 'Forever Love' taken from his debut album Open Road. Barlow became the first member of Take That to top the charts with a solo record.  

1999: The Rolling Stones reported a gross income of $337 million, (£168m), from almost two years of touring from their Bridges to Babylon and No Security tours. The Stones had played to over 5.6 million people, selling out all but 20 shows.  

1999: Church groups in middle America claimed that pictures of Britney Spears printed in Rolling Stone magazine encouraged child pornography. The shots showed Britney with not many clothes on in her bedroom.  

2000: The Evergreen Ballroom in Lacey, Washington was destroyed by a fire. During the ballroom's heyday in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, many of music's greats played there: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Duke Ellington, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Ike & Tina Turner, and Fats Domino. Glen Campbell had lived in the kitchen at the venue for a while before he became famous.  

2003: A tooth said to have been pulled out of Elvis Presley's mouth after an injury failed to sell on the auction site eBay. The tooth had been put on a 10-day sale with a reserve price of $100,000 (£64,100). Bids had pushed the price up to $2m (£1.28m) but they were later found out to be fraudulent.  

2008: Rapper DMX was arrested on suspicion after he gave a false name to get out of paying for hospital medical expenses. County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the star told Mayo Clinic in Arizona that his name was Troy Jones and failed to pay a $7,500 (£3,752) bill in April. The rapper whose real name is Earl Simmons - was arrested at a shopping center in Phoenix.  

2008: John Lydon denied claims by Kele Okereke from Bloc Party that he was racially abused and attacked by a member of the Sex Pistols' entourage at a music festival in Barcelona. Okereke claimed he had been attacked by several men after approaching Lydon backstage at the Summer case festival. He said the 'unprovoked' attack left him with a split lip and bruises. Lydon said: ‘I feel very sorry for a man that needs to lie about what was a perfect evening.’  

2009: Jackson Browne settled his lawsuit against US Senator John McCain and the Republican Party after his 1977 hit 'Running On Empty' was used without permission in a 2008 McCain presidential campaign ad that aired on TV and the Internet. McCain and the Republican Party apologized for using the song in the ad and said that McCain himself "had no knowledge of, or involvement in, the creation or distribution of the video."  

2011: Never-before-seen photographs of The Beatles' first US concert in Washington DC sold in New York for more than $360,000 (£223,600). The Fab Four played their first US concert on February 11, 1964, at the Washington Coliseum, two days after their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Mike Mitchell, of Washington, was 18 at the time and took photographs just feet away. Among the highlights was a backlit photograph Mitchell shot while standing directly behind the Fab Four which sold for more than $68,000 dollars.  

2015: American country musician, songwriter, and record producer Wayne Carson died at the age of 72 after suffering congestive heart failure. He co-wrote 'Always on My Mind', (a hit for Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, and others), 'The Letter', (recorded by The Box Tops, Joe Cocker, and Leon Russell), and 'Soul Deep'.  

2017: Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington died aged 41. His body was found at a private home, Bennington apparently hanged himself. The singer was said to be close to Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell, who took his own life in May of this year. Formed in 1996, Linkin Park had sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and won two Grammy Awards.  

Born On This Day In the Music World:  

1600: Simon Ives, English court composer (d. 1662).

1726: William Jones, British composer, and clergyman, born in Lowick, England (d. 1800)

1744: Henri Hamal, Belgian organist, and composer, born in Liège (d. 1820)  

1761: Joseph Lefèbvre, French composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1822?)  

1762: Jakob Haibel, Austrian composer, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1826)  

1779: Ignaz Schuster, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1835)  

1796: Edward Hodges, English organist and composer, born in Bristol (d. 1867)  

1803: Jakob Zeugheer, Swiss composer, born in Zürich (d. 1865)  

1819: Paul Henrion, a French composer, was born in Paris (d. 1901).  

1837: Hans Sommer, German theatre composer, born in Brunswick (d. 1922)  

1872: Alexander "Alick" Maclean, British composer and conductor (Scarborough Spa Orchestra, 1912-35), born in Windsor, Berkshire, England (d. 1936)   

1872: Déodat de Séverac, French composer (Cerdaña), born in Saint-Félix-de-Caraman, France (d. 1921)  

1873: Witold Maliszewski, Polish composer (founder and first director of Odessa Conservatory), was born in Mohyliv-Podilskyi, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1939)  

1902: Jimmy Kennedy, Irish singer-songwriter ("Teddy Bears' Picnic"; "My Prayer"), born in Omagh, Ireland (d. 1984)  

1908: Gunnar de Frumerie, Swedish pianist and composer (Circulus Quintus), born in Nacka, Sweden (d. 1987)  

1910: Vilém Tauský, Czech conductor (BBC Concert Orchestra, 1956-66), opera director and educator (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 1966-92), and composer, born in Prerov, Moravia (d. 2004)  

1911: William Dillard, American jazz trumpeter and Broadway singer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)   

1918: Cindy Walker, American songwriter ("Dream Baby"; "You Don't Know Me") and country singer, born in Mart, Texas (d. 2006)  

1922: Karel Krautgartner, Czech jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, arranger, composer, conductor, and teacher, born in Mikulov, Moravia (d. 1982)  

1924: Lola Albright, American singer, and actress (Delta Country; Kid Galahad; A Cold Wind in August), was born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2017)  

1924: Mort Garson, Canadian-American composer ("Our Day Will Come") and Moog synthesizer pioneer, born in St. John, New Brunswick (d. 2008)  

1927: Michael Gielen, Austrian conductor (Frankfurt Opera, 1967-87); Cincinnati Symphony, 1980-86); Southwest German Radio Symphony, 1986-99), and composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 2019)  

1928: Peter Ind, British jazz double bassist, born in Middlesex, England.  

1930: Sally Ann Howes, British singer and actress (Truly Scrumptious - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Brigadoon), born in London, England.  

1932: Nam June Paik, Korean avant-garde composer, and video artist (Medium is the Medium; hommage à john cage), born in Seoul, Korea (d. 2006)  

1933: Buddy Knox, singer, a songwriter who had the 1957 US No.1 & UK No.29 single 'Party Doll' which sold over one million copies. He was the first person in the rock 'n' roll era to write and record a No.1 hit. His other hits include 'Rock Your Little Baby To Sleep' and 'Hula Love'. Knox died of lung cancer on 14 February 1999.  

1933: José Vicente Asura, Chilean electronic music composer, born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2017)  

1936: Kaleria Fadicheva, Russian ballerina (Kirov) and choreographer, born in Ust-Ijori, Leningrad, Russia (d. 1994)   

1938: Jo Ann Campbell, American pop singer ("I'm The Girl From Wolverton Mountain"; "Mother, Please!"), born in Jacksonville, Florida  

1938: Natalie Wood [Natasha Gurdin], American actress (Gypsy; Rebel WithoutAa Cause; West Side Story), was born in San Francisco, California (d. 1981)  

1942: T.G. Sheppard [William Browder], American country singer ("Devil in the Bottle"), born in Humbolt, Tennessee.  

1943: Dennis Yost, American vocalist (The Classics IV), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)  

1945: John Lodge, bass, vocals, with English rock band The Moody Blues who had the 1965 UK No.1 & US No.10 single 'Go Now' and the hits singles including 'Go Now', 'Nights in White Satin' and 'Question'.  

1945: Kim Carnes, US female singer, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.10 single 'Betty Davis Eyes').  

1945: Johnny Loughrey, Irish singer, born in Newtownstewart, Northern Ireland (d. 2005)  

1946: Wendy Richard, actress, (1962 UK No.1 single with Mike Sarne, 'Come Outside', cast member of UK TV soap 'Eastenders').  

1947:  Carlos Santana, Mexican and American rock guitarist. Santana had the 1977 UK No.11 single 'She's Not There', and their 1999 US No.1 single 'Smooth' spent eleven weeks at No.1, (also No.1 in the UK). He won eight Grammy Awards for his Supernatural album at the 2000 awards.  

1947: Tony Thorpe, from English pop band The Rubettes who had the 1974 UK No.1 single 'Sugar Baby Love'.  

1952: Jay Jay French, guitar, Twisted Sister, (1983 UK No.18 single 'I Am, I'm Me', 1984 album 'Stay Hungry'). (Side Note: This Day & Wikipedia agree with 1952, On this Day has his D.O.B at 1954). 

1953: Marcia Hines, American-born Australian singer (Marcia Shines), born in Boston, Massachusetts.

1955: (Jeremy) "Jem" Finer, British Celtic-folk-punk banjo player (The Pogues; Longplayer), born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.  

1955: Marisa DeFranco, from family pop group The DeFranco Family, who scored the 1973 US No.3 single 'Heartbeat-It's A Lovebeat', the biggest selling US single of 1973. Based on The Osmonds, the group featured 10-year-old Tony DeFranco.  

1956: Paul Cook, drums, Sex Pistols, (1977 UK No.2 single 'God Save The Queen', and 1977 UK No.1 album Never Mind The Bollocks, Here are The Sex Pistols'.  

1957: Gernot Wolfgang, Austrian contemporary composer (Dance Of The Polar Bears; Yugoslavian Railroad Song), was born in Bad Gastein, Austria.  

1958: Michael McNeil, keyboards, with a Scottish rock band, Simple Minds, who had the 1985 US No.1 single 'Don't You, Forget About Me', and the 1989 UK No.1 single 'Belfast Child', plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles.  

1959: Radney Foster, American country singer, and songwriter (Foster & Lloyd - "Crazy Over You"), was born in Del Rio, Texas.  

1959: James Irvin, a singer from British new wave band Furniture, had the 1986 UK No.21 single 'Brilliant Mind'.  

1962: Dig Wayne, with British new wave group Jo Boxers, who had the 1983 UK No.3 single 'Boxer Beat'.  

1962: Lee Harris, an English drummer who joined Talk Talk in 1981. They had the hits 'It's My Life' (1984) and Life's What You Make It', (1986).  

1964: American musician, singer, and songwriter Chris Cornell, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as lead vocalist and songwriter for the group Audioslave. Cornell died suddenly in Detroit on 17 May 2017 after performing at a show with Soundgarden.  

1966: Andrew Levy, bassist from English group The Brand New Heavies, had the 1994 UK No.13 single with their version of 'Midnight At The Oasis'.  

1966: Stone Gossard, guitar, Pearl Jam, (1992 UK No.15 single 'Jeremy', 1993 US No.1 & UK No.2 album 'Vs', 1994 US No.1 & UK No.4 album Vitalogy' and 1996 US No.1 & UK No.3 album 'No Code') Also a member of Brad. (Side Note: This Day & Wikipedia agree on 1966, On this Day has his D.O.B in1965)  

1968: Kool G Rap [Nathaniel Thomas Wilson], American rapper, born in Queens, New York.  

1969: Tobi Vail, an American musician (Bikini Kill, The Go Team, The Frumpies), was born in Auburn, Washington.  

1972: Vitamin C [Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick], American singer and actress, born in Old Bridge, New Jersey.  

1976: Andrew Stockdale, Australian rock musician (Wolfmother), was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.  

1980: Mike Kennerty, American guitarist (The All-American Rejects) and record producer was born in Houston, Texas.  

1987: Brent Wilson, American rock bassist (Panic! At The Disco, 2004-06), was born in Las Vegas, Nevada  

1987: Nicola Benedetti, Scottish classical violinist, born in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire.  

1988: Julianne Hough, American ballroom dancer and TV personality (Dancing With The Stars) was born in Orem, Utah.  

1999: American rapper, singer, and songwriter Pop Smoke. His debut studio album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, was posthumously released in July 2020 and debuted at No.1 on the Billboard chart with all 19 tracks from the album charting on the Billboard Hot 100. He died on 19 Feb 2020 after being shot twice in the chest during a home invasion in Hollywood Hills, California.

Until sometime tomorrow take care and stay safe. 



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Good Wednesday morning, and afternoon (morning when I started, afternoon when finished) I hope you have a great Wednesday. This Day In The History Of Music. 


1938: Paul Hindemith and Leonide Massine's ballet Nobilissima Visione premieres in London.

1966: Georgie Fame was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Get Away'. The song started life as a TV jingle for a petrol advert.

1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of three nights at the Cafe-a-Go-Go in New York City. The club featured many well-known acts including Grateful Dead, Tim Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Jefferson Airplane, and Cream who all appeared at the club.  

1969: The Beatles started work on the John Lennon song 'Come Together' at Abbey Road studios in London. The track became the opening song on The Beatles Abbey Road album and was later released as a double A-sided single with ’Something’, their twenty-first single in the UK and twenty-sixth in the US where it reached the top of the charts.  

1973: Jim Croce started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Bad, Bad Leroy Brown. Croce was killed in a plane crash three months later.  

1973: Canned Heat, Nazareth, Edgar Broughton Band, Groundhogs, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Medicine Head, all appeared at Buxton Festival in Derbyshire, England. Hell's Angels arrived in force and proceeded to drink the site dry. Initially, they paid for the booze, but when the money ran out a deputation was sent into the audience to collect donations of 10p per person. About 20 minutes into his set Chuck Berry was showing one of the Angels how to do his duck-walk properly. He did one from one end of the stage to the other and disappeared into the wings. The band played on, the Angels bopped, and Chuck legged it to his car and drove off at high speed, never to return.  

1976: "Guys & Dolls" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 239 performances.  

1977: Despite protests, The Sex Pistols made their first appearance on the UK music show Top Of The Pops where they lip-synched to their third single, 'Pretty Vacant. The performance helped push the song up the charts to No.7.  

1979: Tubeway Army scored their first UK No.1 album with 'Replicas'. The band led by lead singer Gary Numan was the first band of the post-punk era to have a synthesizer-based hit, with their single 'Are 'Friends' Electric?'  

1985: "Leader of the Pack" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 120 performances.  

1987: Guns N' Roses released their debut album on Geffen Records: Appetite For Destruction featured the singles 'Welcome to the Jungle, 'Sweet Child o' Mine', and 'Paradise City. The album now has worldwide sales in excess of 28 million, 18 million of which are in the US, making it the best-selling debut album of all time there.  

1990: Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)  The Wall took place where the Berlin Wall once stood in Potsdamer Platz, Berlin to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall eight months earlier. Over 350,000 people attended and the event was broadcast live throughout the world, Van Morrison, Bryan Adams, Joni Mitchell, The Scorpions, Cyndi Lauper, Sinead O’Connor, and others took part.  

1994: Oasis played their first-ever American show as part of the New Music Seminar at Wetlands in New York City.  

1995: A judge in Los Angeles threw out a lawsuit against Michael Jackson by five of his former security guards. The guards had claimed they were fired for knowing too much about night-time visits by young boys to Jackson's estate. The singer denied any improprieties.  

1996: Alanis Morissette started a second run at No.1 on the UK album chart with Jagged Little Pill which stayed at the top for eight weeks. Overall, the album has sold over 33 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the most successful albums in music history.  

2001: Madonna kicked off the North American leg of her 47-date Drowned World Tour at the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was the singers' first world tour in eight years, following The Girlie Show in 1993. Over 730,000 people attended the shows throughout North America and Europe, the tour grossed over $75 million.  

2002: Producer Gus Dudgeon, who worked with artists including Elton John, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Kiki Dee, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Strawbs, XTC, and Joan Armatrading, was killed aged 59 in a car accident near Reading, together with his wife Sheila. They had been driving along the M4 motorway on their way home from a party when Gus fell asleep at the wheel of the Jaguar XK8 convertible, crashing down an embankment at speed and ending up in a ditch.  

2003: Coldplay singer Chris Martin was charged with malicious damage in Australia after he allegedly attacked a photographer's car after he had taken pictures of him surfing at Seven Mile Beach. Martin admitted he had lost his temper due to the constant harassment by that journalist, and consequently smashed his windscreen and let the air out of his tires.  

2004: Composer Jerry Goldsmith died after a long battle with cancer aged 75. Created the music for scores of classic movies and television shows ‘Star Trek’, ‘Planet of the Apes, ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ and ‘Dr. Kildare.’  

2005: UK singer Long John Baldry died of a chest infection. He was one of the founding fathers of British Rock 'n' Roll in the 1960s performing with Blues Incorporated and Cyril Davies' R&B All-Stars. He later fronted the Hoochie Coochie Men, with Rod Stewart and then Steam Packet with Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll. Also a member of Bluesology with Elton John. He also narrated on Winnie The Pooh recordings for Disney and was the voice for Robotnik on the Sonic The Hedgehog computer game.  

2007: Sharon Osbourne's music mogul father Don Arden died in a Los Angeles nursing home at the age of 81. Dubbed the Al Capone of Pop for his uncompromising business practices, he steered Small Faces, Black Sabbath, and ELO to stardom.  

2008: The Police played the first of two nights at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado during the final leg of their 152-date world Reunion tour. The tour became the third highest-grossing tour of all time, with revenues reaching over $340 million.  

2008: Amy Winehouse's husband was jailed for 27 months for attacking a pub landlord and perverting the course of justice. Blake Fielder-Civil, 26, of Camden, north London, admitted assaulting James King, 36, at the Macbeths pub in Hoxton, east London, in June 2006. He also admitted at Snaresbrook Crown Court trying to make Mr. King withdraw his complaint using a £200,000 bribe.  

2014: Ed Sheeran was at No.1 on the UK album chart with X (pronounced multiply), his second studio album. The album peaked at No. 1 in fifteen countries, and the lead single, 'Sing', became Sheeran's first UK No.1 song. By the end of 2014 Spotify named X the most-streamed album in the world 2014, racking up more than 430 million streams for the year.  

2017: Justin Bieber was banned from performing in China, according to Beijing's Culture Bureau. In a statement, the ministry said it was not appropriate to allow in entertainers who have engaged in "bad behavior." The pop star, who was allowed to tour China in 2013, joined a long list of musicians who have found themselves similarly blacklisted. Most though, like the British band Oasis and the US group Maroon 5, because of perceived political statements, rather than on the grounds of bad behavior.  

2019: Ed Sheeran spent £4million on new properties in a bid to stop his neighbors moaning about the noise. He bought two houses next door to his £19.8million mansion in London. The singer had also acquired a flat above his Notting Hill bar. Sheeran’s impressive portfolio of 22 properties had cost him almost £47million.  

Born On This Day In the Music World:  

1748: Louis-Henry Paisible, French composer, born in Saint Cloud, Paris (d. 1782)  

1779: Gottlob Wiedebein, German composer, born in Eilenstedt (d. 1854)  

1797: Franz Schoberlechner, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1843)  

1865: Robert Kahn, German composer, born in Mannheim (d. 1951)  

1898: Ernest Willem Mulder, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1959)  

1898: Sara Carter, American country musician, songwriter, and vocalist (Carter Family), born in Cooper Creek, Virginia (d. 1979)  

1903: Theodore Karyotakis, Greek composer, born in Argos, Greece (d. 1978)  

1906: Daniel Ayala Perez, Mexican composer and violinist, born in Abalá, Yucatán (d. 1975)  

1915: Floyd McDaniel, American blues singer and guitarist (Five Blazes), born in Athens, Alabama (d. 1995)  

1920: Isaac Stern, American-Ukrainian violinist (debut San Francisco Symphony), born in Kremenets, Ukraine, Soviet Union (d. 2001)  

1920: Manuel Valls, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1984)  

1921: Billy Taylor, American jazz pianist (Birdland), orchestra leader (David Frost Show), and broadcaster (NPR), born in Greenville, North Carolina (d. 2010)   

1922: American pop and jazz singer Kay Starr. She enjoyed considerable success in the 40s and 50s and is best remembered for introducing two songs that became No.1 hits in the 50s, ‘Wheel of Fortune’ and ‘The Rock And Roll Waltz’. Starr died on 3 November 2016, at age 94 from complications of Alzheimer's disease.   

1925: Lovro Zupanovic, a Croatian composer, was born in Šibenik, Croatia (d. 2004)  

1926: Queenie Watts [Mary Spenton], British singer and actress (Up the Junction, Holiday on the Buses), was born in London, England (d. 1980)   

1930: Anand Bakshi, Indian lyricist (d. 2002)  

1931: American soul-jazz and hard bop tenor saxophonist Plas Johnson. He is best known as the tenor saxophone soloist on Henry Mancini’s 'The Pink Panther Theme', as well as playing on innumerable records by Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Ricky Nelson, and Bobby Vee.  

1931: Leon Schidlowsky, a Chilean Israeli composer, was born in Santiago, Chile.  

1935: Kaye Stevens, American singer/comedienne (Jerry Lewis Show), was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)  

1938: Anton Kuerti, a Canadian composer, was born in Vienna, Austria.  

1939: Kim Fowley, US singer, producer, worked with The Mermaids, PJ Proby, The Beach Boys, The Runaways, Frank Zappa, Slade, Family. Produced 1962, B Bumble And The Stingers UK No.1 'Nut Rocker.' Fowley died of bladder cancer in Hollywood, California on January 15, 2015, at the age of 75.  

1943: Northern Ireland rock guitarist, Henry McCullough. He recorded with Paul McCartney and Wings, featuring on the hit James Bond theme, 'Live and Let Die and 'My Love', the solo which he made up on the spot in front of a live orchestra. He was also a member of Spooky Tooth and The Grease Band. McCullough died on 14th June 2016 aged 72.  

1945: Mike Wilson, from English 1960s pop group The Four Pennies who had the 1964 UK No.1 single 'Juliet'.  

1945: Rosalie “Rosie” Hamlin, American singer-songwriter (Rosie and The Originals – “Angel Baby”), born in Klamath Falls, Oregon (d. 2017)  

1946: Barry Whitwam, drummer with English beat rock band, Herman's Hermits who scored the 1964 UK No.1 single 'I'm Into Something Good' (cover of Earl-Jean's) and the 1965 US No.1 single 'Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter'.  

1948: Cat Stevens, singer, songwriter, had the 1967 UK No.2 single 'Matthew And Son', and the 1972 UK No.9 & US No.6 single, 'Morning Has Broken'. He wrote 'The First Cut Is The Deepest' covered by many artists including PP Arnold, Rod Stewart, and Sheryl Crow. Stevens converted to the Muslim religion in 1977 changing his name to Yusef Islam.  

1950: Larry Tolbert, rock drummer (Raydio)  

1953: Eric Bazilian, American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and mandolin player (The Hooters - "All You Zombies"; "And We Danced"), was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

1955: Howie Epstein, bass, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, (1977 single 'American Girl', 1989 UK No.28 single 'I Won't Back Down, 1991 UK No.3 album 'Into The Great Wide Open). Died of a suspected drug overdose in New Mexico on 23rd February 2003. 

1955: Henry Priestman, English rocker (Christians - "Harvest For The World"), born in Kingston upon Hull, England.  

1955: Taco Ockerse, an Indonesian singer, was born in Jakarta, Indonesia.  

1958: Jean Rivier, French composer and educator (Paris Conservatory, 1946-66), born in Villemonble, France (d. 1987)  

1958: Henry Priestman, keyboards, singer with English group The Christians who had the 1988 UK No.8 single 'Harvest For The World'. Also, a member of The Yachts and It's Immaterial.  

1961: Jim Martin, guitarist from an American rock band, Faith No More who had the 1993 UK No.3 and US No.4 hit single with their version of The Commodores 'I'm Easy'. They had the best-selling albums The Real Thing (1989) and Angel Dust (1992).  

1961: Amar Singh Chamkila [Dhanni Ram], Punjabi folk singer "The Elvis of Punjab", born in Dugri, Punjab, India (d. 1988)  

1962: Lee Aaron, Canadian rock singer (Metal Queen), was born in Belleville, Canada.  

1969: Emerson Hart, American singer-songwriter (Tonic -"If You Could Only See"), was born in Washington, Pennsylvania.  

1970: Michael Fitzpatrick, a French-American musician (Fitz and The Tantrums), was born in Montluçon, France.  

1974: Terry Caldwell, from English pop boy band East 17 who had the 1994 UK No.1 single 'Stay Another Day, plus 18 top-20 singles and four top-10 albums, and were one of the UK's most popular boy bands during the early to mid-1990s.  

1978: Damian Marley, a Jamaican musician, was born in Kingston, Jamaica.  

1981: Paloma Faith, British singer-songwriter and actress. Her 2009 debut album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?, featured the top twenty singles 'Stone Cold Sober' and 'New York'.  

1981: Blake Lewis, an American musician (American Idol), was born in Redmond, Washington.

1981: Romeo Santos, American Bachata singer-songwriter (Aventura), was born in The Bronx, New York.

1983: Eivør [Pálsdóttir], Faroese singer-songwriter, was born in Syðrugøta, Faroe Islands.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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Good Thursday evening, I do apologize for such a late post. This Day In The History Of Music. 


1933: Caterina Jarboro sings "Aida" at the New York Hippodrome, becoming the 1st black female opera singer to perform in the US.

1959: Benjamin Britten's "Missa Brevis" in D premieres.

1963: The Beatles' first US album, Introducing The Beatles was pressed by Vee-Jay Records, who thought they had obtained the legal rights from EMI affiliate, Trans-Global Records. When it was finally released in January 1964, Capitol Records would hit Vee Jay with an injunction against manufacturing, distributing, advertising, or otherwise disposing of records by the Beatles. After a trial, Vee-Jay was allowed to release any Beatles records that they had masters of in any form until October 15th, 1964. After that time, they no longer had the right to issue any Beatles product.

1965: Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, and Bill Wyman from The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 at East Ham Magistrates Court, London, after being found guilty of 'insulting behavior' at a Romford Road service station. The three had all urinated against a wall after the service station attendant had refused them the use of the facilities.  

1967: Pink Floyd appeared at The Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, Scotland. The venue is home to one of Scotland's finest dance floors - famous for its bounce - which floats on fixed steel springs. During the 1960s The Beatles (in 1963), Small Faces, and Cream all appeared at the Beach.  

1969: Aretha Franklin was arrested for causing a disturbance in a Detroit parking lot. After posting 50-dollars bail, she ran down a road sign while leaving the police station.  

1971: John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent the second day filming the Imagine promotional film at their home in Tittenhurst Park Ascot, England. Today's footage included the morning walk on the grounds through the mist and John Lennon singing ‘Imagine’ in the white room on his white piano.  

1976: "Let My People Come" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 106 performances.  

1977: Stiff Records released 'My Aim Is True' the debut album from Elvis Costello in the UK. The musicians who were featured on the album were uncredited on the original release (due to contractual difficulties), although the backing band was made up of members of the band Clover.  

1979: Little Richard now known as the Reverend Richard Penniman told his congregation about the evils of rock & roll music, declaring 'If God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody.' 

1989: Former actress Martika started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Toy Soldiers', a No.5 hit in the UK.  

1996: Donovan was forced to postpone a comeback tour of the US because of a 30-year-old marijuana conviction in the UK. American authorities delayed granting him a waiver to enter the country.  

1999: Woodstock '99, held July 22–25, 1999, was the second large-scale music festival that attempted to emulate the original Woodstock festival of 1969. Like the previous Woodstock festivals, it was held in upstate New York, this time in Rome, and the attendance was approximately 400,000 over four days.

2004: French singer and guitarist Sacha Distel died after a long battle with deteriorating health. He scored the 1970 UK No.10 single 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.' As a professional jazz guitarist, he worked alongside Dizzy Gillespie and Tony Bennett.  

2004: American singer, songwriter, and producer Arthur Crier died of heart failure. Member of The Chimes and had worked with Little Eva, Gene Pitney, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Ben E. King, Johnny Nash, and The Coasters.  

2005: Founder member and singer with The Chi-Lites, Eugene Record died of cancer. Had the 1972 US No.1 single 'Oh Girl' and 1972 UK No.3 single 'Have You Seen Her.' He also released three solo albums.  

2005: Research by a car insurance company showed that listening to the wrong sort of music when driving can lead to aggression and distraction. Dr. Nicola Dibben a music psychologist said ‘singing while driving stimulates the mind.’ Songs recommended included Pulp’s ‘Disco 2000’ and ‘Hey Ya’ by Outcast, but the Dr said songs like The Prodigy’s 'Firestarter' should be avoided.  

2006: Johnny Cash was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘American V: A Hundred Highways.’ Released posthumously on July 4, the vocal parts were recorded before Cash's death, but the instruments were not recorded until 2005.  

2007: Ja Rule and Lil Wayne were arrested after a concert in Manhattan on charges of carrying illegal firearms. The rappers were arrested separately, Rule was stopped for speeding when a weapon was discovered in his car, and officers who arrested Wayne for smoking marijuana also found a pistol in his car.  

2015: Music Taste, New research found that a person's taste in music may offer insight into the way in which they think. A study found empathetic people preferred more mellow, low-energy music, while those who were "systemizers" - people who sought to analyze patterns in the world enjoyed punk, heavy metal, and more complex music overall. Researchers at Cambridge University, England had recruited 4,000 participants and put them through a series of different tests.  

2019: American singer, songwriter, and keyboardist Art Neville died at age 81. Art shot to fame as part of the Neville Brothers when they started singing as children, but went their separate ways in the 1950s and 1960s. It was not until 1977 that the brothers finally got together again and in 1978 they recorded their first Neville Brothers album. Art was a founding member of The Meters, whose musical style represents New Orleans funk. He also played on recordings by many notable artists including Labelle (on "Lady Marmalade"), Paul McCartney, Lee Dorsey, Robert Palmer, Dr. John, and Professor Longhair.  

2020: Kim Kardashian asks for understanding of her husband Kanye West's struggles with his bipolar disorder on Instagram.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:  

1597: Virgilio Mazzocchi, Italian composer, born in Veja (d. 1646)  

1642: Johann Quirsfeld, German composer, born in Dresden (d. 1686)  

1651: Ferdinand Tobias Richter, Austrian composer, born in Würzburg (d. 1711)  

1830: Herbert Stanley Oakeley, English composer, born in Ealing (d. 1903)  

1833: Benjamin Hanby, American composer (Jolly Old Saint Nicholas"), born in Rushville, Ohio (d. 1867)  

1853: Victor Roger, French composer (Les vingt-huit jours de Clairette), born in Montpellier, France (d. 1903)  

1871: Akos Buttykai, Hungarian composer, born in Halmi (d. 1935)  

1873: Ettore Pozzoli, Italian composer and pianist, born in Seregno (d. 1957)  

1879: Gustaf Heintze, Swedish pianist, organist, pedagogue and composer, born in Jönköping (d. 1946) 

1889: Frederick Preston Search, American cellist, composer, and conductor (Bridge Builders), born in Pueblo, Colorado (d. 1959)  

1901: Charles Weidman, American choreographer and modern dancer (Candide), born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1975)  

1902: Vladimir Nikolayevich Kryukov, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1960)  

1907: Zubir Said, Singaporean composer who composed Singapore's national anthem (d. 1987)  

1909: Licia Albanese, Italian-American operatic soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1940-66), born in Torre Pelosa (now Bari), Italy (d. 2014)  

1913: Gorni Kramer, Italian bandleader, and musician, born in Rivarolo, Mantovano, Italy (d. 1995)  

1914: Cecil Effinger, American composer, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1990)  

1923: Mukesh [Mathur], Indian "playback singer" for Bollywood films, born in Delhi, British India (d. 1976)  

1924: Margaret Whiting, American singer ("It Might As Well Be Spring"; "Time After Time"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2011)  

1928: Georg Dreyfus, German-born Australian composer, born in Elberfeld  

1928: Keter Betts, American jazz bassist (d. 2005)  

1930: Leoncjusz Ciuciura, Polish classical composer (Spirals), born in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland (d. 2017)   

1933: Bertice Reading, American stage and screen actress and singer (The Jazz Train; Requiem For A Nun; Moon In The Gutter), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)  

1936: Don Patterson, American jazz organist (Hip Cake Walk; Holiday Soul), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1988)  

1940: Thomas Wayne, American rockabilly singer ("Tragedy"), born in Batesville, Mississippi (d. 1971) 

1941: American singer, songwriter, bandleader, and record producer George Clinton. He is regarded, along with James Brown and Sly Stone, as one of the foremost innovators of funk music.  

1943: Bobby Sherman, US singer, (1969 US No.3 single 'Little Woman' and six other US Top 30 hits).  

1944: Estelle Bennett, The Ronettes, (1963 US No.4 & UK No.4 single 'Be My Baby'). Died at her home in Englewood, N.J. on 11th Feb 2009, aged 67.  

1944: Rick Davies, vocalist, and keyboardist with Supertramp, who had the 1979 UK No.7 and US No.6 single with 'The Logical Song' and the 1979 US No.1 and UK No.3 album Breakfast In America. Davies is the only member of Supertramp to have been with the group for their entire history and has composed many of their most well-known songs, including 'Goodbye Stranger, and 'Bloody Well Right. 

1946: Steve Wolownik, American ethnomusicologist, balalaika player, arranger, and co-founder of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America, born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 2000)  

1946: Mireille Mathieu, French pop and 'chanson réaliste' singer ("Pourquoi mon amour"; "La dernière valse"; "So Ein Schoner Abend"), born in Avignon, Vaucluse, France.  

1947: Don Henley, singer, songwriter, and drummer with the Eagles, who had the 1977 US No.1 & UK No.8 single 'Hotel California', plus 5 US No.1 albums. The Eagles 'Greatest Hits 1971-1975' is the second biggest selling album in the world with sales over 30m. Henley had the 1985 solo US No.5 & UK No.12 single 'The Boys of Summer'.  

1949: Alan Menken, an American 8-time Academy Award-winning composer (Disney's Aladdin; Disney's Beauty and the Beast), was born in New Rochelle, New York.  

1951: Steven Springer, Port of Spain, Trinidad, guitarist and songwriter (Sir Lancelot Pinard), (d. 2012) 

1951: American guitarist and record producer Richard Bennett. As a touring sideman, he performed with Neil Diamond for seventeen years and Mark Knopfler since 1994. As a session musician, he has worked with Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, Rodney Crowell, and Vince Gill and has produced albums for Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris.  

1953: Jimmy Bruno, an American jazz guitarist, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

1953: English rock singer Brian Howe, best known for replacing Paul Rodgers as the lead vocalist of Bad Company. Howe's career was jump-started in 1983 when Ted Nugent recruited him to handle lead vocals for his Penetrator album and front its subsequent world tour. He died on 6 May 2020 of cardiac arrest at age 66.  

1954: Al Di Meola, American jazz guitarist (Return To Forever; Elegant Gypsy), was born in Jersey City, New Jersey.  

1956: Mick Pointer, from British rock band Marillion who had the 1985 UK No.2 single 'Kayleigh'. The band achieved eight Top Ten UK albums between 1983 and 1994, including a No.1 album in 1985 with Misplaced Childhood.  

1960: Jon Oliva, American musician (Savatage; Trans-Siberian Orchestra), born in The Bronx, New York.  

1961: Keith Sweat, American R&B, soul, singer-songwriter, record producer, radio personality, and innovator of New Jack Swing.  

1962: Steve Albini, American writer, recording engineer, and musician (Big Black, Rapeman, Shellac), was born in Pasadena, California.  

1962: Martine St. Clair [Nault], a Canadian singer, was born in Montreal, Quebec.  

1963: Emily Saliers from Grammy Award-winning folk-rock music American duo Indigo Girls who have released over 15 albums.  

1964: William Calhoun, drums, Living Colour, (1991 UK No.12 single 'Love Rears Its Ugly Head').  

1967: Pat Badger, bass, Extreme, (1991 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'More Than Words).  

1967: Rhys Ifans [Evans], Welsh actor (Notting Hill, Enduring Love), and rock singer (The Peth), born in Haverfordwest, Wales.  

1969: Despina Vandi [Malea], Greek pop singer ("Ipofero"), born in Tübingen, Germany.  

1971: Chris Helme, vocals, The Seahorses, (1997 UK No.3 single 'Love Is The Law', UK No.2 album, 'Do It Yourself).  

1973: Rufus Wainwright, Canadian / American, singer-songwriter, son of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and the brother of Martha Wainwright. 2003 album ‘Want One’, 2005 UK No.21 album ‘Want Two’, 2007 UK No.2 album 'Release the Stars.'  

1973: Australian musician, songwriter, Daniel Jones, who with Savage Garden had the 1998 US No.1 & UK Top 5 single 'Truly Madly Deeply', the hit 'To the Moon and Back'.  

1974: Viktoria Tolstoy [Louise Viktoria Kjellberg], Swedish jazz singer ("Meet Me at the Movies"), was born in Sigtuna Municipality, Sweden.  

1980: Kate Ryan [Katrien Verbeeck], Belgian pop singer-songriter, born in Tessenderlo, Belgium.  

1980: Tablo [Daniel Lee], Korean-Canadian hip-hop musician (Epik High), was born in Seoul, South Korea.  

1983: Arsenium [Arsenie Todiraș], Moldovan pop singer (O-Zone) Chișinău.  

1992: American singer and actress Selena Gomez. She released her solo debut album Stars Dance in 2013 which debuted atop the Billboard 200 in the US and included the top ten single 'Come & Get It'.

1997: Field Cate, American actor (Pushing Daisies), and rock guitarist (Fencer), born in Burlington, Vermont.

 Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


Platinum Certified

Good Friday evening, This Day In The History Of Music. 


1955: Slim Whitman was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Rose Marie.' The single stayed at the top of the charts for eleven weeks. Whitman held the record for the most consecutive weeks at No.1 (11 weeks), until 1991.

1961: American opera singer Grace Bumbry becomes the first black singer to perform at the Bayreuth Festival, Germany, she earns 42 curtain calls.

1964: The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'A Hard Day's Night', the group's fifth UK No.1.

1965: The Beatles' single "Help" is released in the UK.

1966: Frank Sinatra went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Strangers In The Night'. The LP would be the most successful of his career, being certified Platinum for 1 million copies sold in the US. The title track would earn him two Grammy awards for Record Of The Year and Best Male Vocal Performance.

1968: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded 'Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey' for their forthcoming double album The Beatles.

1969: The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Honky Tonk Women,' the group's eighth and last UK No.1. The song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards while on holiday in Brazil and the Stones initially recorded the track as Country Honk in London in early March 1969 with Brian Jones present during these sessions.

1976: Wings release single "Let 'em In"

1977: Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham was charged with assault after a concert in Oakland California. Bonham and band manager Peter Grant had the help of their bodyguard in roughing up a security employee at the venue. After pleading guilty to misdemeanors, the accused settle out of court for two million dollars. The tour would eventually be canceled after Robert Plant's son died a few days later.

1979: Keith Godchaux keyboard player with the Grateful Dead died after being involved in a car accident aged 32. He co-wrote songs with Lowell George (of Little Feat) and was a member of The New Riders of the Purple Sage.

1983: The Police kicked off the North American leg of their Synchronicity 107-date world tour at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois. The Police also went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Synchronicity', which spent a total of seventeen weeks at No.1.

1983: Paul Young had his first UK No.1 single with his version of the Marvin Gaye song 'Wherever I Lay My Hat, (That's My Home.)' The song title was parodied by the UK indie band Super Furry Animals with their 1999 song 'Wherever I Lay My Phone (That's My Home)'.

1984: The Cars released 'Drive' from their Heartbeat City album as a single. Upon its release, 'Drive' became The Cars' highest-charting single where it peaked at No.3 on the US chart. The song is associated with the 1985 Live Aid event, where it was performed by Benjamin Orr during the Philadelphia concert and previously, the song was used as the background music to a montage of clips depicting the contemporaneous Ethiopian famine during the London event, which was introduced by David Bowie.

1989: Ringo Starr kicked off his first tour since the break-up of the Beatles with a show in Dallas. His backup band included guitarist Joe Walsh, organist Billy Preston, and Bruce Springsteen's sax man Clarence Clemons.

1992: The Bruce Springsteen 1992–1993 World Tour was a concert tour featuring Bruce Springsteen and a new backing band, that took place from mid-1992 to mid-1993. It followed the simultaneous release of his albums Human Touch and Lucky Town earlier in 1992.

1994: The International Astronomical Union named an asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter after Frank Zappa who had died the previous December.

1995: "Hamlet" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 121 performances.

1995: Two R.E.M. fans died at Dublin's Slane Castle gig, one drowned in the River Boyne and the other was allegedly pushed from a bridge.

1996: Rob Collins, keyboard player with The Charlatans died in a car crash, aged 29. Collins had been recording keyboard parts for the Charlatans 5th album ‘Tellin' Stories’ at a studio in Wales. An investigation into the accident showed that Collins had consumed a sizable amount of alcohol and was not wearing a seatbelt. He died from head injuries on the roadside shortly after the accident having been thrown through the windscreen.

2001: 59-year-old Paul McCartney, who lost his first wife Linda to cancer three years ago, became engaged to 33-year-old Heather Mills, an activist for the disabled. It was the first marriage for the 33-year-old Mills, a former swimwear model whose left leg was amputated below the knee after she was run down by a police motorcyclist in 1993. The pair would split in 2006 and divorce in 2008 with a settlement that cost Macca millions.

2003: James Brown announced his separation from his fourth wife using an advertisement featuring the Disney character Goofy. The 70-year-old placed the notice in Variety magazine, which featured a picture of himself, his wife Tomi Rae, and their two-year-old son, James Joseph Brown II, posing with Goofy at Walt Disney World.

2005: Queen's 1985 Live Aid performance was voted the best rock concert ever by over 7,000 UK Sony Ericsson music fans. Radiohead was voted the best festival act for their 1997 Glastonbury performance and Bob Dylan's 1966 Manchester Free Trade Hall gig won the best ever solo gig.

2006: George Michael was accused of engaging in anonymous public sex, after being photographed in London's Hampstead Heath with a 58-year-old unemployed van driver. Despite stating that he intended to sue both the News of the World tabloid who photographed the incident and van driver, Norman Kirtland, for slander, Michael stated that he openly cruised for anonymous sex and that this was not an issue in his relationship with partner Kenny Goss.

2008: Kid Rock was sentenced to a year on probation and fined $1,000 (£501) for his part in a fight in an Atlanta waffle restaurant in 2007. The 37-year-old also received 80 hours of community service and six hours of anger management counseling. The rapper pleaded no contest to one count of battery. Four other assault charges were dropped. Kid Rock had been performing at a gig in Atlanta before stopping off on his tour bus in the early hours of the morning. The fight took place when an argument broke out with another customer at the restaurant.

2008: A waxwork model of Amy Winehouse was unveiled at Madame Tussauds. The singer's parents, Mitch and Janis, revealed the model, ‘complete with trademark beehive and sailor tattoos’, at the London attraction. Earlier in the week her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, was jailed for 27 months for attacking a pub landlord and perverting the course of justice.

2009: On the afternoon of tonight's concert at First Energy Park, Lakewood, New Jersey, Bob Dylan was picked up by a young policewoman who had been alerted of a man who was 'acting suspiciously. The police officer drove up to Dylan, who was wearing a blue jacket, and asked him his name, but she did not recognize him. When he was unable to produce any identification, Dylan was driven to his hotel where the staff was able to vouch for him. 

2010: One Direction is formed during the X-Factor show as Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson join together.

2010: Surgical instruments allegedly used to conduct Elvis Presley's autopsy were removed from an upcoming auction amid doubts about their authenticity. Forceps, needle injectors, rubber gloves, and a toe tag were among the items that were expected to fetch about $14,000 at Chicago, Illinois' Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. The so-called "memorabilia" was supposedly kept by a senior embalmer at the Memphis Funeral Home where the singer's body was stored prior to his funeral, but the claims were questioned after another employee revealed that the equipment was sterilized and used again in other autopsies.

2011: Amy Winehouse was found dead at her north London home, she was 27. A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that a 27-year-old woman had died in Camden and that the cause of death was as yet unexplained. London Ambulance Service said it had been called to the flat at 1554 BST and sent two vehicles but the woman died. The troubled singer had a long battle with drink and drugs which overshadowed her recent musical career.

2011: A yellow Ferrari previously owned by Eric Clapton sold for £66,500 at auction. The rare 2003 Ferrari 575 Maranello, which had only 10,000 miles on the clock, was snapped up by a private buyer at a sale at the Classic Car Sale at Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England. The yellow Maranello was bought new by Mr. Clapton, who signed its service book, which was later sold to BBC radio presenter Chris Evans.

2013: Beyonce soldiered through a concert in Montreal, Canada after her hair got tangled in the blades of a fan. The singer was performing 'Halo' from an audience pit when the incident happened. She continued to sing her encore while security guards tried to extract her from the fan, which was mounted on the edge of the stage.

2018: The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) warned against the growing trend of people jumping out of moving cars and dancing to Drake's ‘In My Feelings. 

Born On This Day In The Music World: 

1735: Johannes Herbst, German composer, born in Kempten, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1812)

1769: Alexey Titov, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1827)

1773: Karl Ludwig Hellwig, German composer, born in Bliesdorf, Germany (d. 1838)

1793: Joseph Hartmann Stuntz, Swiss composer, born in Arlesheim, Switzerland (d. 1859)

1796: Franz Berwald, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1868)

1803: Johann Vesque von Püttlingen, Austrian lawyer and composer, born in Lubomirski Palace, Opole Lubelskie, Poland (d. 1883)

1806: Eduard Marxsen, German pianist and composer, born in Nienstädten, Hamburg, Germany (d. 1887)

1825: Richard Hol, Dutch composer, organist, and conductor, born in Amsterdam (d. 1904)

1838: Édouard Colonne, French composer and violinist, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1910)

1849: Geza Zichy, Hungarian composer and one-armed pianist, born at Sztára Castle (d. 1924)

1856: Arthur H. Bird, American composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1923)

1866: Francesco Cilea, Italian composer (L'arlesiana), born in Palmi (d. 1950)

1876: William Gillies Whittaker, English composer, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1944)

1884: Apolinary Szeluto, Polish pianist and composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1966)

1892: Petros John Petridis, Greek composer (Isotope Suite), born in Nigdé (Cappadocia), Turkey (d. 1977)

1902: Walter Burle Marx, Brazilian pianist, and composer, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1990)

1904: Adone Zecchi, Italian composer, born in Bologna (d. 1995)

1905: Erich Itor Kahn, German composer of Jewish descent, born in Rimbach, Odenwald (d. 1956)

1916: Ben Weber, American composer (Thorne Music Award, 1965), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1979)

1920: Amália Rodrigues, Portuguese fado singer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1999)

1921: Jerome Rosen, American composer, and educator, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2011)

1922: Stefans Grové, South African composer (Montana, The Ceremonial Dancer; Cyclops; Glimpses), born in Bethlehem, Orange Free State, Union of South Africa (d. 2014)

1925: Gloria DeHaven, American musical actress (Step Lively), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)

1928: Leon Fleisher, American pianist and conductor (Annapolis Symphony, 1970-82), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2020) 

1929: Jack Richardson, Canadian record producer (The Guess Who), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2011)

1935: Cleveland Duncan, The Penguins, (1954 US No.8 single 'Earth Angel, Will You Be Mine).          (Side Note: This Day & Wikipedia agree on 1935, On This Day has his DOB at 1934)

1940: Gary Stites, American rock vocalist ("Lonely For You"), was born in Denver, Colorado.

1942: Jan de Hont, Dutch guitarist (ZZ & Masks), was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1942: Madeline Bell, UK singer, Blue Mink, (1970 UK No.3 single 'Melting Pot').

1943: Tony Joe White, American blues and swamp rock singer ("Polk Salad Annie"), and songwriter ("Rainy Night In Georgia"), born in Oak Grove, Louisiana (d. 2018)

1944: Dino Danelli, drummer with an American rock band, The Rascals (initially known as The Young Rascals) who had the US No.1 hits 'Good Lovin'' (1966), 'Groovin'' (1967), and 'People Got to Be Free' (1968).

1945: Harold W. Hennep, Arubians Dutch dancer and actor (Plus Echo)

1946: English multi-instrumentalist, Andy Mackay, who with Roxy Music scored the hit singles 'Street Life', 'Love is the Drug', 'Dance Away', 'Angel Eyes', 'Jealous Guy and 'Avalon'. Mackay has also worked with Duran Duran, Mott the Hoople, John Cale, and Paul McCartney.

1946: American bass guitarist Keith Ferguson who was a member of The Fabulous Thunderbirds who had two hit songs in the 1980s, 'Tuff Enuff' and 'Wrap It Up.' He died of liver failure at the age of 50, on April 29, 1997, due in part to a nearly thirty-year addiction to heroin.

1947: David Essex, UK singer, actor, (1974 UK No.1 single 'Gonna Make You A Star', plus 18 other UK Top 40 singles, 1974 US No.5 single, 'Rock On').

1947: Tony Joe White, a US singer, songwriter, is best known for his 1969 US No.8 single, 'Polk Salad Annie' (also recorded by Elvis Presley and Tom Jones) and ‘Rainy Night in Georgia’ which he wrote but was first made popular by Brook Benton in 1970. He also wrote 'Steamy Windows' a UK No.13 single for Tina Turner. White died of a heart attack on October 24, 2018, at the age of 75.

1950: Blair Thorton, guitar, Bachman Turner Overdrive, (1974 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet').

1950: Ian Thomas, Canadian singer-songwriter (Painted Ladies), was born in Hamilton, Ontario.

1952: Janis Siegel, singer, Manhattan Transfer, (1977 UK No.1 'Chanson D'amour', 1981 US No.7 single 'Boy From New York City).

1952: John Rutsey, a Canadian drummer, best known as a co-founding member of Rush, and performing on the band's debut album. Rutsey died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack, related to complications from diabetes on May 11, 2008.

1953: American guitarist and songwriter Chris Pinnick, best known for his work with the band Chicago from 1979-1986. His guitar work can also be heard on Herb Alpert's single 'Rise,' which reached No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1979.

1954: Marisa DeFranco, Canadian musician (The DeFranco Family), was born in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada.

1957: Dennis Greaves, guitar, vocals, with UK R&B group Nine Below Zero.

1961: Martin Gore, keyboards, with English electronic band Depeche Mode. The group has had 50 songs in the UK Singles Chart and seventeen top 10 albums in the UK chart and has sold over 100 million records worldwide.

1964: Nick Menza, drums, Megadeth, (1990 UK No.13 single 'No More Mr. Nice Guy, 1992 US No.2 album 'Countdown To Extinction). Menza died on 21st May 2016 after suffering a "massive heart attack" on stage, while performing with his band, OHM, in Los Angeles.

1964: Tim Kellett, keyboards and trumpet with Simply Red who had the 1986 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Holding Back The Years'). With Olive he had the 1997 UK No.1 single 'You're Not Alone.

1965: Rob Dickinson, vocals, Catherine Wheel, (1992 UK No.35 single 'I Want To Touch You').

1965: Slash, (Saul Hudson), guitarist with Guns N' Roses who had the 1988 US No.1 and 1989 UK No.6 single Sweet Child o' Mine and the 1991 US and UK No.1 album Use Your Illusion II. Their 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction has sold approximately 30 million copies worldwide, including 18 million in the US, making it the best-selling debut album of all time. Slash went on to form the side project Slash's Snakepit and then Velvet Revolver, who had the 2004 US No.1 and UK No.11 album Contraband.

1968: Nick Menza, an American musician and drummer (Megadeth), born in Munich, West Germany (d. 2016)

1970: Sam Watters, an American R&B singer, and songwriter (Color Me Badd - "Wanna Sex You Up") was born in Camp Springs, Maryland.

1971: Alison Krauss, bluegrass-country singer, songwriter, and fiddler. She released her first solo album in 1987 and then was invited to join the band with which she still performs, Alison Krauss and Union Station. Winner of 1996 Rolling Stone's critic's choice best country artist. Krauss recorded Raising Sand with Robert Plant in 2007 which was nominated for and won 5 Grammys at the 51st Grammy Awards.

1971: Chad Gracey, drummer, from an American rock band Live who achieved worldwide success with their 1994 album Throwing Copper, which sold eight million copies in the US.

1971: Dalvin DeGrate, American R&B singer and rapper, (Jodeci - "Cry For You"), was born in Hampton, Virginia.

1971: Christopher Lee [Lee Meng Soon], a Malaysian actor, singer, and model (Show Hand), was born in Malacca, Malaysia.

1971: Zindy Laursen, Danish-American pop singer (Cut'N'Move - "Give It Up"; Zindy Kuku Boogaloo), born in Svendborg, Denmark.

1973: Omar Epps, an American actor (House) and rapper was born in Brooklyn, New York.

1973: Fran Healy, vocals, guitar, with Scottish rock band Travis. Their 1999 UK album The Man Who spent nine weeks at No.1 on the UK Charts and one-hundred and thirty-four weeks in the top 100 of the chart. Travis had and 1999 UK No.10 single 'Why Does It Always Rain On Me', plus over 10 other UK Top 40 singles.

1973: Himesh Reshammiya, Indian Bollywood composer, singer, and actor (Aashiq Banaya Aapne), was born in Gujarat, India.

1976: Jonathan Gallant, a Canadian musician (Billy Talent), was born in Streetsville, Ontario.

1978: Stefanie Sun, Singaporean singer (Yan Zi), born in Singapore.

1980: Michelle Williams, Destiny's Child, (2000 US No.1 single 'Say My Name', 2001 US & UK No.1 single and album 'Survivor').

1980: Canadian musician Steve 'Stevo32' Jocz, drummer with Sum 41, who had the 2001 UK No 13 single 'In Too Deep', and the 2007 Canadian No.1 album Underclass Hero. He has also worked with Avril Lavigne and Iggy Pop.

1981: Steve Jocz, Canadian drummer (Sum 41 - "In Too Deep"), born in Ajax, Ontario.

1984: Matthew Murphy, vocals, guitar, and keyboards for English indie rock band The Wombats.

1985: Matthew Murphy, an English musician (The Wombats), was born in Liverpool, England.

1995: Hwasa [Ahn Hye-jin], South Korean singer-songwriter (Maria), was born in Jeonju, South Korea.

1995: Danna Paola [Rivera], Mexican telenovela, film, and stage actress, and singer (Wicked (en español)) was born in Mexico City.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


Platinum Certified

Good Saturday evening, This Day In The History Of Music. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


1917: Trial of Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari begins in Paris for allegedly spying for Germany and thus causing the deaths of 50,000 soldiers.

1942: Irving Berlin's musical "This is the Army" premieres in NYC.

1964: A riot broke out during a Rolling Stones gig at The Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, Lancashire, after Keith Richards kicked a yob in the mouth who was spitting at the group. Two policemen and 30 fans were injured and the damage was estimated at over £4,000. The Rolling Stones were then banned from playing in Blackpool for forty-four years, (until the ban was lifted).

1965: "Flora, the Red Menace" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 87 performances.

1965: The Byrds were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Bob Dylan song 'Mr. Tambourine Man'. The first Bob Dylan song to reach No.1. The Byrds' recording of the song was influential in initiating the musical subgenre of folk-rock, leading many contemporary bands to mimic its fusion of jangly guitars and intellectual lyrics. Bob Dylan also releases Like A Rolling Stone.   

1965: Rock group "The Animals" 1st time making it on the  British charts.  

1967: The Beatles meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, whose lecture on Transcendental Meditation (TM) they had gone to hear at the Hilton Hotel in London. TM involved the silent repetition of a word or sound to produce a state of mind that reduces stress, calms the mind, and energizes both mind and body. The Maharishi invited The Beatles to travel with him to Bangor, in North Wales, to attend more lectures. They accepted his invitation.  

1967: The Beatles sign a petition in Times to legalize marijuana.  

1969: Paul McCartney recorded a demo of his new song ‘Come and Get It’ at Abbey Road studios in London. McCartney gave the song to The Iveys, (soon to become known as Badfinger). The song was later used as the theme for the movie The Magic Christian. The Beatles also recorded ‘Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard’ for their forthcoming Abbey Road album.  

1971: Paul Revere and the Raiders went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Indian Reservation'. The song was first recorded in 1959 by Marvin Rainwater and released as 'The Pale Faced Indian' and then later by Don Fardon in 1968.  

1972: Bobby Ramirez drummer with Edger Winters White Trash was killed after becoming involved in a brawl in a Chicago bar. The fight started after comments were made about the length of his hair.  

1974: George McCrae was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Rock Your Baby'. Written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC and the Sunshine Band. Regarded by some as the first Disco No.1.  

1976: Elton John scored his first UK number 1 single with ‘Don't Go Breaking My Heart’ a duet with Kiki Dee. It was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin under the pseudonym "Ann Orson" and "Carte Blanche" and was Elton's first UK No.1 after 16 Top 40 hits. John had met Dee when she was working as a backing singer. John would later re-record the song with RuPaul for his 1993 'Duets' album.  

1977: Donna Summer was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Giorgio Moroder produced 'I Feel Love'. The disco diva's only UK chart-topper.  

1978: The Robert Stigwood film Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was released, featuring The Bee Gees and Peter Frampton. The film received extremely negative reviews from most critics and barely broke even at the box office.  

1982: "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" closes at E O'Neill NYC after 63 performances.  

1982: Survivor started a six-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Eye Of The Tiger', taken from the film 'Rocky III'. Also No.1 in the UK. Survivor won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance for the song.  

1983: "Mame" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 41 performances.  

1984: The Rev. C.L. Franklin died, (father of soul singer Aretha Franklin). Franklin who was an American Baptist minister as well as a Civil Rights activist had been in a coma since 1979 after being shot by burglars at his home in Detroit.  

1984: "Careless Whisper" single released by George Michael (credited in the US to Wham!) (Billboard Song of the Year 1985)  

1993: U2 started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Zooropa' the Irish bands' fourth US No.1. Zooropa won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1994.  

1993: UB40 started a seven-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Can't Help Falling In Love'. Elvis Presley had the first hit with the song, in 1961, Corey Hart was next up with a top 30 hit in 1987, and Hall and Oates recorded the song for the 1990s, The Last Temptation of Elvis charity album. UB40 originally covered the song for the Honeymoon in Vegas soundtrack, but Bono’s version was chosen instead. Also on the same day, UB40 went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Promises And Lies'.  

1997: Police gave Oasis singer Liam Gallagher a formal caution after he admitted criminal damage following an incident with a cyclist in Camden, north London. Gallagher had grabbed the rider from the window of his chauffeur-driven car and broken the man's Ray-Bans sunglasses.  

1999: Phil Collins married for the third time. The 48-year-old drummer wed marketing consultant Orianne Cevey in Lausanne, Switzerland. Guests at the wedding included Elton John, Eric Clapton, and Mark Knopfler.  

2002: A garden center was sued over claims it killed a collection of the late singer Freddie Mercury's prized koi fish. Mercury's former partner, Mary Austin who inherited the Japanese koi collection claimed 84 fish died when the electricity powering a temporary pond was accidentally turned off by a worker from Clifton Nurseries, of Maida Vale, West London. At the time of Mercury's death, he had amassed one of the best collections of fish in the UK. One koi can be worth £250,000.  

2003: Johnny Cash picked up six nominations in the MTV Video Music Awards for his remake of Nine Inch Nails' 'Hurt' from his album, American IV: The Man Comes Around. The video, featuring images from Cash's life and directed by Mark Romanek, was also named the best video of the year by the Grammy Awards and CMA Awards, and the best video of all time by NME.  

2005: Bad Beat singer Patrick Sherry died after a stage dive went wrong during a gig at the Warehouse in Leeds, England. Sherry lept towards the crowd at the end of the band's set and tried to grab a lighting rig from the ceiling but missed and hit the floor.  

2007: Beyonce tripped down twelve stairs while performing "Ring the Alarm" on tour in Orlando, Florida. Video from the night of the concert captured her stepping on her trench coat and then tumbling head-first down twelve steps at the Amway Arena appeared within hours on YouTube.  

2008: Pete Doherty pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage after smashing a photographer's camera. The 29-year-old lost his temper with news agency employee Catherine Mead when she followed him around Crewkerne, Somerset, in August 2007. Yeovil Magistrates' Court heard how he grabbed the camera and broke the lens, he was ordered to pay £918.27 in compensation to Ms. Mead.  

2008: Rapper 50 Cent was suing Taco Bell claiming the US fast-food chain used his name and image without permission in an advertising campaign. New York court papers say the advert features the star being encouraged to change his name to 79 Cent, 89 Cent, or 99 Cent. The rapper is accusing the chain of ‘diluting the value of his good name’. The advertisement is part of Taco Bell's ‘Why Pay More’’ campaign, which promotes items for under a dollar.  

2014: Duran Duran took legal action against a US company charged with running their fan club over unpaid revenues. The group claimed they are owed $40,000 (£23,500) by the Illinois-based outfit WorldWide Fan Clubs. The company had been charged with managing subscriptions and fan records for Duran Duran, with 75% of profits going to the musicians.  

2017: Linkin Park released their first official statement after the death of frontman Chester Bennington the previous week. "Our hearts are broken. The shock waves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened," it read.  

2018: Singer Demi Lovato is hospitalized after a drug overdose in Los Angeles.  

2019: Queen's iconic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ video reached one billion views on YouTube, a new record for one of the band’s videos. The milestone made it the first pre-1990s video to reach one billion views on the platform. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was also named as the most Googled song of 2018.  

Born On This Day In the Music World:  

1725: John Newton, English cleric and hymnist, born in Wapping, London (d. 1807)  

1818: Félix Godefroid, Belgian harpist and composer, born in Namur, Belgium (d. 1897)  

1832: Johann Christoph Lauterbach, German violinist and concertmaster, born in Kulmbach, Germany (d. 1918)  

1864: Michel-Gaston Carraud, French composer, born in Le Mée-sur-Seine, France (d. 1920)  

1880: Ernest Bloch, Swiss-born American composer (MacBeth, Schelomo, Israel), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1959)  

1885: Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist and composer, born in Nagybecskerek, Hungary (d. 1945)  

1894: Walter Schulthess, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1971)  

1898: Caterina Jarboro, African-American opera singer and 1st black female performer to sing on the opera stage in the US, born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1986)  

1902: Hans Chemin-Petit, German composer, born in Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1981)  

1903: Robert Mills Delaney, American composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1956)  

1904: Leo Arnaud, a French-American composer (Bugler's Dream), born in Lyon, France (d. 1991)  

1907: Hughie Charles, English songwriter, and impresario, born in Manchester, England (d. 1995)  

1913: Johnny McAfee, American singer (Sammy Kaye Show), born in Dallas, Texas  

1914: Riccardo Malipiero, Italian composer, born in Milan (d. 2003)  

1916: Bob Eberly [Robert Eberle], American singer (Jimmy Dorsey Band), born in Mechanicville, New York (d. 1981)  

1917: Robert Farnon, Canadian classical and light music composer and conductor, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2005)  

1918: Ruggiero Ricci, American composer and violinist (Paganini), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2012)  

1921: Giuseppe Di Stefano, Italian operatic tenor, born in Motta Sant'Anastasia, Catania, Sicily (d. 2008)  

1922: Leo Kraft, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)  

1924: Glenn Loren Glasow, American composer, born in Pine County, Minnesota (d. 2002)  

1924: Janine Charrat, French ballerina and choreographer, born in Grenoble, France (d. 2017)  

1927: Wilfred Josephs, English composer, born in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne (d. 1997)  

1934: Jimmy Holiday, American singer (How Can I Forget), born in Sallis, Mississippi (d. 1987)  

1935: English songwriter Les Reed. His major songwriting partners were Gordon Mills, Barry Mason, and Geoff Stephens, although he wrote songs with many others such as Roger Greenaway, Roger Cook, Peter Callander, and Johnny Worth. Reed co-wrote around sixty hit songs and is best known for 'It's Not Unusual', 'Green, Green Grass of Home' and 'Delilah', (hits for Tom Jones) as well as 'The Last Waltz' (Engelbert Humperdinck). He died on 15 April 2019 age 83.  

1937: Barry Lloyd Vercoe, New Zealand composer and computer scientist (MIT Media Lab), was born in Wellington, New Zealand.  

1938: Mike Mainieri, American vibraphonist (Steps Ahead), was born in the Bronx, New York.  

1941: Barbara Love, The Friends Of Distinction, (1969 US No.3 single 'Grazing In The Grass').  

1942: Heinz [Burt], British rock bassist (The Tornados - "Telstar"), born in Detmold, The Free State of Lippe (now Germany) (d. 2000)  

1944: Irish guitarist Jim Armstrong, with Van Morrison and Them, who had the 1965 UK No.2 & US No.24 single 'Here Comes The Night'. Armstrong has also played with The Doors, Captain Beefheart, and Frank Zappa.  

1947: Alan Whitehead, drummer, from Scottish pop-rock band Marmalade, (originally formed in 1961 as The Gaylords). They scored the 1969 UK No.1 single with their version of The Beatles song 'Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da'.  

1947: Peter Serkin, American pianist (Tashi), born in NYC, New York (d. 2020)  

1949: English drummer Graham Lear is best known for his time working with Gino Vannelli, Santana, Paul Anka, and REO Speedwagon.  

1951: Jamaican-born British musician Lynval Golding, guitarist with The Specials who had the 1981 UK No.1 single 'Ghost Town'.  

1953: Jon Faddis, an American jazz trumpeter and educator, was born in Oakland, California.  

1953: American musician and guitarist Gary Shider. He was musical director of the P-Funk All-Stars and as a member of Parliament-Funkadelic he scored the hit 'One Nation Under A Groove'. He died on June 16, 2010, from cancer of the brain and lungs.  

1957: Larry Gott, guitarist from English rock band James who scored the 1991 UK No.2 single 'Sit Down' and the hits 'Laid' and 'Come Home.  

1957: Pam Tillis, American country singer (Melancholy Child), was born in Plant City, Florida.  

1957: Robbie Grey, English rock singer (Modern English - "I Melt With You")  

1957: Walter "Wattie" Buchan, Scottish punk rock singer (The Exploited), was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.  

1958: Mick Karn [Andonis Michaelides], English musician (Japan), born in Nicosia, Cyprus (d. 2011)  

1961: Paul Geary drummer with, Extreme who had the 1991 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'More Than Words). Geary is now a manager working with The Smashing Pumpkins, Creed, The Scorpions, Fuel, Steel Panther, Jason Bonham, and others.  

1967: Jasper Teule, Dutch rock singer/bassist (Pilgrims-Once to Everything)  

1968: Kristin Chenoweth, American singer, and actress (Wicked) was born in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.  

1969: Jennifer "J.Lo" Lopez, American actress and pop singer (Selena) was born in The Bronx, New York.      (Side Note: On This Day & Wikipedia agree DOB 1969, This Day has her DOB in 1970.

1971: John Partridge, British singer (Cats) and actor (EastEnders) was born in Radcliffe, Lancashire, England.  

1973: Mecca, Digable Planets, (1993 UK No. 67 single 'Rebirth Of Slick').  

1979: Stat Quo [Stanley Benton], American rapper, born in Atlanta, Georgia.  

1982: Tord Øverland Knudsen, bass, keyboards for English indie rock band The Wombats.  

1984: John Dhani Lennevald, Swedish pop singer (A-Teens), born in Stockholm  

1990: Evan James Springsteen, American rocker and Bruce Springsteen's son was born in Los Angeles, California.  

1990: Daveigh Chase, American actress, singer, and model (Samantha Darko, Donnie Darko), was born in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

1990: British singer, songwriter Jay McGuiness with boy band The Wanted.

1997: Andreas Varady, a Hungarian-Romani jazz guitarist, was born in Rimavská Sobota, Slovakia.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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Good Sunday afternoon, This Day In The History Of Music. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.


1933: 1st Dutch live radio concert: Duke Ellington.

1960: Roy Orbison reached No.2 on the US singles chart with ‘Only the Lonely,’ his first hit. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record the song himself.

1964: The Beatles' third album 'A Hard Day's Night' started a twenty-one-week run at the top of the UK charts. This was the first Beatles album to be recorded entirely on four-track tape, allowing for good stereo mixes.  

1964: "Here's Love" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 338 performances.  

1965: Dressed in Carnaby Street threads, the ever-changing Bob Dylan plugged in for his headlining set backed by the Butterfield Blues Band at The Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. Folk music ‘purists’ tried to boo him off the stage, while the rest of the audience gave him an enthusiastic response. It is usually said that the reason for the crowd's hostile reception was Dylan's 'abandoning' of the folk orthodoxy, or poor sound quality on the night (or a combination of the two).  

1966: Brian Jones' final performance as a Rolling Stone.  

1969: 70,000 attend Seattle Pop Festival (across 3 days); performers included: Bo Diddley, Flying Burrito Brothers, Ten Years After, Guess Who, Santana, Tim Buckley, Byrds, Ike & Tina Turner Revue, Chicago Transit Authority, Chuck Berry, Led Zeppelin, and The Doors.  

1969: Neil Young appeared with Crosby, Stills, and Nash for the first time when played at The Fillmore East in New York. Young was initially asked to help out with live material only but ended up joining the group on and off for the next 30 years.  

1970: The Carpenters started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with '(They Long To Be) Close To You'. The first of three US No.1's and 17 other Top 40 hits. The song was written in 1963 by Hal David and Burt Bacharach and was first offered to Herb Alpert, who said he didn't feel comfortable singing the line 'so they sprinkled moon dust in your hair.  

1971: T Rex was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Get It On, the group's second UK No.1 which spent four weeks at the top of the charts. In the US it was retitled Bang A Gong, (Get It On). Power Station had a UK & US hit with their version of the song in 1985.  

1973: George Harrison pays £1,000,000 tax on his Bangladesh concert & album.  

1975: David Bowie releases his single "Fame".  

1978: John Lydon forms the rock group Public Ltd Image.  

1980: AC/DC released their sixth internationally released studio album Back In Black, the first AC/DC album recorded without former lead singer Bon Scott who died on 19 February 1980 at the age of 33. The album has sold an estimated 49 million copies worldwide to date, making it the second highest-selling album of all time, and the best-selling hard rock or heavy metal album.   

1981: Air Supply went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The One That I Love', the group's only US No.1 and the first Australian band to top the US singles chart.  

1983: American heavy metal band Metallica released their debut studio album Kill 'Em All. The release is regarded as a groundbreaking album for thrash metal because of its precise musicianship, which fuses a new wave of British heavy metal riffs with hardcore punk tempos.  

1984: Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton died at the age of 58 died in Los Angeles of heart and liver complications. She had a No.1 R&B hit in 1953 with ‘Hound Dog’ (later covered by Elvis Presley). She also wrote and recorded ‘Ball 'n' Chain,’ which Janis Joplin recorded.  

1987: Terence Trent D'arby went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Introducing The Hardline According to Terence Trent D'arby'.  

1990: "Les Miserables" opens at Princess Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver.  

1995: Grammy Award-winning country singer, songwriter Charlie Rich died in his sleep aged 62 years old. Rich began as a Rockabilly artist for Sun Records in Memphis in 1958. He scored the 1974 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'The Most Beautiful Girl' and 'Behind Closed Doors, which was a No.1 country hit.  

1997: Rocker Rick Danko (The Band) gets suspended sentence in Japan for drug smuggling.  

1998: Jamiroquai went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Deeper Under Ground', their thirteenth hit and first UK No.1.  

1999: This year Woodstock Festival ended with riots resulting in 120 people being arrested. Three people died during the 3-day festival in separate incidents and many were hospitalized after drinking polluted water.  

2002: Two former members of Destiny's Child settled out of court over the lyrics to 'Survivor', which they claimed were libelous. LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson, who left the group in 2000, said that the song broke an agreement, which stops both sides from making 'any public comment of a disparaging nature concerning one another. The line, which they were suing over, said 'You thought that I'd be stressed without you, but I'm chillin'. You thought I wouldn't sell without you, sold nine million'.  

2003: Erik Braun from the American psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly died of cardiac failure at the age of 52. Braun was just 16 years old when he joined Iron Butterfly who had the 1968 US No.14 single 'In-A- Gadda-Da-Vida’.  

2010: Paul McCartney's former wife, Heather Mills, told the press that the trauma and pain she went through after losing her leg in a traffic accident was nothing compared to the way she felt after she and the former Beatle split up. The two separated in 2006 after four years of marriage and went on to fight a bitter public divorce battle which saw her gain a $38.9 million settlement.  

2014: The pop star parodist, Weird Al Yankovic became the first comedy act to hit the top spot for more than 50 years. Mandatory Fun, Yankovic’s 14th album, and his best-selling since Straight Outta Lynwood, which was released in 1991 went to No.1 on the US album chart. The last comedy album to reach No 1 in the US was Allan Sherman’s My Son, the Nut in 1963.  

2017: Justin Bieber apologized to his fans after canceling the remaining dates of his Purpose World Tour because of "unforeseen circumstances". The move affects 14 dates in Asia and North America which were coming up over the next three months. The singer had performed more than 150 shows on the tour, promoting his 2015 album Purpose, since March 2016. The tour had grossed $93.2m (£71.5m) in the first half of 2017.  

2020: British musician, author, broadcaster, and lecturer CP Lee died at age 70. He was a member of the band Greasy Bear and became a linchpin of the punk rock explosion with Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias. In 1977 Lee wrote the 'snuff-rock' musical Sleek.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:  

1579: Valerius Otto, German composer, born in Leipzig (d. after 1612)  

1654: Agostino Steffani, Italian-German diplomat and composer, born in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy (d. 1728)  

1657: Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, German composer, born in Esens, Germany (d. 1714)  

1772: Gottlob Benedikt Bierey, German composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1840)  

1780: Christian Theodor Weinlig, German composer, teacher, and choirmaster, born in Dresden, Saxony (d. 1842)  

1786: Giacomo Cordella, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1846)  

1832: Simon Hassler, German-American composer, born in Germany (d. 1901)  

1855: Edward Solomon, English composer, born in Lambeth, London (d. 1895)  

1878: Heinrich Gebhard, German-born American composer, born in Sobernheim, Rhineland-Palatinate (d. 1963)  

1883: Alfredo Casella, Italian pianist, composer, and conductor (La Giara), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1947)  

1893: Dorothy Dickson, American actress and dancer (Paying The Piper; Danny Boy), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1995)  

1895: Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (Paris Waltz; Voyage to America), born in Ermont, France (d. 1977)  

1897: Hermann Ambrosius, German composer, born in Hamburg (d. 1983)  

1903: André Fleury, French organist, and composer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1995)  

1907: (Cornelius) "Johnny" Hodges, American jazz alto saxophonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1970)  

1908: Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Indian Carnatic vocalist, born in Tirukkodikaval, Thanjavur District, India (d. 2003)  

1909: Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Italian composer and conductor, born in Bergamo, Italy (d. 1996)  

1925: Bennie Benjamin session drummer, one of ‘The Funk Brothers’ who played on many Tamla Motown hits including, The Four Tops, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and The Supremes. He died on 20 April 1969.  

1926: Teodor Grigoriu, Romanian classical music and film score composer, born in Galați, Romania (d. 2014)  

1930: Maureen Forrester, Canadian operatic contralto (Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2010)  

1930: Annie Ross, British-American jazz singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - "Twisted") and actress, born in London (d. 2020)  

1931: Paul Danblon, Belgian composer, opera director, opera administrator, and scientific journalist, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2018)  

1932: Gibson Kente, South African playwright, and composer, born in Duncan Village, Eastern Cape (d. 2014)  

1937: Dmitry Smolsky, Belarusian orchestral, choral, theater, and pop music composer, and teacher (Belarusian State Academy of Music, 1962-2014), born in Minsk, Belorussian SSR (d. 2017)  

1939: Richard Akre Trythall, an American composer, was born in Knoxville, Tennessee.  

1942: Bruce Woodley, from Australian folk-influenced pop quartet The Seekers who scored the 1965 UK No.1 single 'I'll Never Find Another You. They were the first Australian group to achieve major chart and sales success in the UK and the US.  

1943: English musician Jim McCarty is best known as the drummer for the Yardbirds and Renaissance. With The Yardbirds he had the 1965 UK No.3 & US No.6 single 'For Your Love').  

1943: Roy Acuff Jr., American country musician ("Looks Like a baby's Gone"), was born in Nashville, Tennessee.  

1944: Tom Dawes from American rock and roll band Cyrkle who had the 1966 US No.2 single 'Red Rubber Ball'. They were signed by Brian Epstein and supported The Beatles on their 1966 US tour. He died on 13 October 2007.  

1945: Donna Theodore, American actress, and singer (Hollywood Talent Scouts) was born in Pleasanton, California.  

1945: Labi Siffre, English singer-songwriter, was born in London, England.  

1946: Nicaraguan percussionist Jose Chepito Areas was a member of Santana from 1969 - 1977. During this time Santana had the 1970 US No.4 single 'Black Magic Woman', 1977 UK No.11 single 'She's Not There'.  

1948: Steve Goodman, American folk singer, and songwriter ("City of New Orleans"; "You Never Even Called Me by My Name"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1984) 

1950: Mark Clarke, from English rock band Uriah Heep who had the 1975 UK No.7 album Return To Fantasy. They have sold over 40 million albums worldwide.  

1951: Verdine White, the bassist with Earth, Wind & Fire, had the 1975 US No.1 single 'Shining Star', and the 1981 UK No.3 single 'Let's Groove'. The band has received 20 Grammy nominations and was the first African-American act to sell out Madison Square Garden. Verdine is the only remaining founding member left in the band.  

1951: Vanessa [Connie Witteman], a Dutch model and singer, was born in Voorburg, Netherlands.  

1954: Ken Greer, Canadian rock guitarist (Red Rider - "Lunatic Fringe"; "Big League"), was born in Toronto, Ontario  

1957: Roger Clinton Jr., American actor and lounge singer, President Clinton's half-brother, born in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  

1958: Thurston Moore, American musician with Sonic Youth, who had the 1990 album Goo which featured the single 'Kool Thing'. In the early 1990s, Moore formed the sideband Dim Stars, with Richard Hell. Moore was ranked 34th in Rolling Stone's 2004 edition of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."  

1958: Henk Wanders, Dutch bassist (Frank Boeijen Group), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands.  

1965: Marty Brown, an American country singer ("It Must Be The Rain"; "Wildest Dreams"), was born in Maceo, Kentucky.  

1966: American musician Maureen Herman is known as the bassist for the Minneapolis-based band Babes in Toyland, released three studio albums: Spanking Machine (1990), Fontanelle (1992), and Nemesisters (1995)  

1966: Lynda Lemay, a French-Canadian chanson singer, was born in Portneuf, Quebec.  

1969: Trevor Peres, American metal guitarist (Obituary - "The End Complete") was born in Tampa, Florida.  

1971: Roger Creager, American country music singer-songwriter ("Bad Friend to a Good Man") was born in Corpus Christi, Texas.  

1973: Dani Filth [Daniel Davey], British lyricist, and heavy metal singer (Cradle of Filth) was born in Hertford, Hertfordshire, England.  

1974: English music producer, musician, and songwriter Paul Epworth who has worked with Adele, Florence and the Machine, Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, U2, John Legend, Paul McCartney, Bruno Mars, and many other artists.

1980: Diam's [Mélanie Georgiades], French rapper, born in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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Good Monday morning, This Day In The History Of Music, have a great Monday.


1882: Richard Wagner's opera "Parsifal" premieres in Bayreuth, Germany.

1962: Frank Ifield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Remember You. The singer's first of four UK No.1's.  

1968: The Jackson Five signed a one-year contract with Motown Records. They made history in 1970 as the first recording act to have their first four singles to reach No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with the songs being 'I Want You Back, 'ABC', 'The Love You Save' and 'I'll Be There'.  

1969: Johnny Cash released the single, 'A Boy Named Sue, a song written by Shel Silverstein. Cash was at the height of his popularity when he recorded the song live at California's San Quentin State Prison at a concert on February 24, 1969. The song tells the tale of a young man's quest for revenge on a father who abandoned him at 3 years of age and whose only contribution to his entire life was naming him Sue.  

1970: Jimi Hendrix played in his hometown of Seattle for the last time when he appeared at Sicks Stadium.  

1973: Peter Shaffer's musical "Equus" premieres in London.  

1975: Van McCoy and the Soul City went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Hustle', his only US chart hit, it made No.3 in the UK. McCoy died on 6th July 1979.  

1977: Led Zeppelin cut short their 11th North American tour after Robert Plant's five-year-old son Karac died unexpectedly of a virus at their home in England, UK.  

1980: The Rolling Stones started a seven-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Emotional Rescue, the group's eighth US No.1. Emotional Rescue was the first Rolling Stones album recorded following Keith Richards' exoneration from a Toronto drugs charge that could have landed him in jail for years.  

1986: Peter Gabriel went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Sledgehammer', a No.4 hit in the UK. The song's music video has won a number of awards, including a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, and Best British Video at the 1987 Brit Awards. Gabriel was also nominated for three Grammy Awards. As of 2011, 'Sledgehammer' is the most played music video in the history of MTV.  

1990: American keyboardist and vocalist Brent Mydland from the Grateful Dead was found dead on the floor of his home aged 38 from a drug overdose. His eleven-year tenure was longer than that of any other keyboardist in the band.  

1992: "Man of La Mancha" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 108 performances.  

1992: American singer and Motown artist, Mary Wells, referred to as The First Lady of Motown and who had a 1964 US No. 1 and the UK No. 5 single ‘My Guy’, died aged 49 of laryngeal cancer. Wells was forced to give up her career and with no health insurance, was forced to sell her home. Wells’ old Motown friends including Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, The Temptations, and Martha Reeves, along with Dionne Warwick, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, and Bonnie Raitt, personally pledged donations in support.  

2000: Oasis were booed off the stage during a show at the Paleo Festival in Switzerland after singer Liam Gallagher had insulted the 35,000 strong audience. 

2006: Jeffrey Borer and Arvel Jett Reeves pleaded guilty to secretly videotaping Michael Jackson as he flew to Santa Barbara, California, to surrender in a child molestation investigation. The two men admitted they installed two digital video recorders to record Jackson and his lawyer as the pair was traveling on a private jet from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara in November 2003.  

2006: The final edition of Top Of The Pops was recorded at BBC Television Centre in London. Just under 200 members of the public were in the audience for the show which was co-hosted by veteran disc jockey Sir Jimmy Savile, its very first presenter. Classic performances from the Spice Girls, Wham, Madonna, Beyonce Knowles, and Robbie Williams featured in the show alongside The Rolling Stones who were the very first band to appear on Top of the Pops on New Year's Day in 1964.  

2006: The guitar on which Sir Paul McCartney learned his first chords sold for £330,000 at an auction at London's Abbey Road Studios. The Rex acoustic guitar helped McCartney persuade John Lennon to let him join his band, The Quarrymen, in 1957.  

2008: Klaxons singer Jamie Reynolds postponed the group's Australian tour dates after he broke his leg at a gig in France. The bands' singer said he "drastically misjudged" the distance when he jumped from the stage during their final song in the set.  

2009: AC/DC singer Brian Johnson appeared as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car on the BBC television program Top Gear. His time of 1:45.9 tied him with Simon Cowell for the second-fastest time. He was introduced by host Jeremy Clarkson as "a man who has sold more albums than The Beatles and I bet almost none of [the audience] have ever heard of him."  

2013: US singer-songwriter JJ Cale died of a heart attack at the age of 74. He became famous in 1970 when Eric Clapton covered his song 'After Midnight'. In 1977 Clapton also popularised Cale's 'Cocaine. The two worked together on an album that won a Grammy award in 2008.  

2017: A jury awarded Quincy Jones $9.4 million in royalties for the use of Michael Jackson songs he produced in two Cirque du Soleil shows and the This Is It documentary. Jones filed suit in 2013, asking for $30 million.  

2018: Sir Paul McCartney performs a secret gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles began.  

2019: A number of lawsuits over royalties on Drake's first six albums were officially settled included lawsuits and counterclaims spanning back to 2017 filed between Aspire Music Group and Cash Money Records. Aspire had claimed that in 2008 it signed an exclusive recording agreement with Drake before making a deal with Cash Money in June 2009 allowing Drake to record for the label in exchange for one-third of the net profits. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.  

2020: English blues-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Peter Green died in his sleep at age 73. As the founder of Fleetwood Mac, his songs, such as 'Albatross', 'Black Magic Woman', 'Oh Well', 'The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)' and 'Man of the World' became worldwide hits. Green left the band in 1970 as he struggled with his mental health. He was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent time in hospital in the mid-70s.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:  

1694: Johann Samuel Endler, a German composer, was born in Olbernhau, Germany (d. 1762)  

1782: John Field, an Irish pianist, and composer (Nocturnes) was born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1837)  

1791: Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, an Austrian composer and 6th child of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1844)  

1863: Jāzeps Vītols, a Latvian composer, was born in Valmiera, Russian Empire (d. 1948)  

1874: Serge Koussevitzky, a Russian-American conductor (Boston Symphony, 1924-49) was born in Vishny Volochyok, Russia (d. 1951)  

1876: Ernest Schelling, an American composer, and conductor (Victory Ball) was born in Belvidere, New Jersey (d. 1939)  

1892: Philipp Jarnach, a French composer, was born in Noisy-le-Sec, France (d. 1982)  

1903: Donald Voorhees, an American conductor (Bell Telephone Hour) was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)  

1904: Jack Westrup, an English composer, was born in London (d. 1975)  

1906: Armando José Fernandes, a Portuguese neoclassical composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1983) 

1907: Gioconda de Vito, an Italian-British violinist, was born in Martina Franca, Italy (d. 1994)  

1914: Ralph Blane [Hunsecker], an American songwriter ("Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"; "The Trolley Song") was born in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (d. 1995)  

1914: Erskine Hawkins, an American trumpeter and composer ("After Hours") was born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1993)  

1922: Andrzej Koszewski, a Polish choral, and orchestral composer, and musicologist, was born in Poznań, Poland (d. 2015)  

1928: Hans Haselböck, an Austrian organist and composer, was born in Nesselstauden, Lower Austria  

1928: Tadeusz Baird, a Polish composer (Four Essays; Psychodrama; Voices From Afar) co-founder of Warsaw Autumn festival, and educator was born in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland (d. 1981)  

1929: Alexis Weissenberg, a Bulgarian born pianist (Levintritt Prize, 1948) was born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 2012)  

1934: Anthony Gilbert, a British composer, was born in London.  

1936: Antonio Mastrogiovanni, an Uruguayan composer, was born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2010)  

1938: Bobby Hebb, an American country singer, and songwriter ("Sunny") was born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2010)  

1940: Dobie Gray [Lawrence Brown], an American musician and singer ("Drift Away") was born in Simonton, Texas (d. 2011)  

1940: Tolis Voskopoulos, a Greek singer (Oi Erastes tou Oneirou), was born in Kokkinia, Piraeus, Greece  

1941: Brenton Wood [Alfred Smith], an American rock musician ("Gimme Little Sign"), was born in Shreveport, Louisiana.  

1941: Darlene Love [Wright], an American singer ("He's a Rebel"; "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" ), was born in Los Angeles, California.  

1941: Bobby Hebb, a US singer, (1966 US No.2 and UK No.12 single 'Sunny'). The song was written about Bobby's brother, who had been killed by a mugger in 1963, and started out as an album filler until it was picked for a single release.  

1941: Neil Landon, singer, and songwriter with the band Fat Mattress, which he co-founded with guitarist/singer Noel Redding. He later joined The Flower Pot Men, who scored a hit in 1967 with 'Let's Go To San Francisco' which reached No.4 in the UK Singles Chart. Landon was a member of The Ivy League who had the 1965 UK No.3 single 'Tossing and Turning'. He died on 26 March 2020, at age 78.

1942: Dobie Gray, a US singer, (1965 US No.13 and UK No.25 single 'The In Crowd', 1973 US No.5 single 'Drift Away'). Gray died on December 6, 2011, from complications of cancer surgery in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 71.    

1943: Mick Jagger singer, songwriter with The Rolling Stones, (1969 UK & US No.1 single 'Honky Tonk Women', and over 35 UK & US Top 40 singles and albums). Solo (1985 UK No.1 single with David Bowie 'Dancing In The Street'). 1985 UK No. 6 solo album 'She's The Boss.' In 2003 he was knighted for his services to popular music and in early 2009 he joined the electric supergroup SuperHeavy.  

1943: Roger Smalley, a British-Australian composer, was born in Swinton, Lancashire (d. 2015)  

1947: Al Anderson, an American songwriter, and guitarist (NRBQ - "Ridin' In My Car") was born in Windsor, Connecticut.  

1949: Roger Taylor, drums, vocals, Queen, (1975 UK No.1 single 'Bohemian Rhapsody' also UK No.1 in 1991, plus over 40 other UK Top 40 singles, 1980 US No.1 single 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love). Also, a member of The Cross.  

1950: Duncan Mackay, a British composer, and keyboard player was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. 

1952: Jan Randall, a Canadian film and TV composer, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

1953: Robert Phillips, an American classical guitarist, was born in NYC, New York.  

1958: Angela Hewitt, a Canadian classical pianist, was born in Ottawa, Canada.  

1961: Gary Cherone, singer with Extreme who had the 1991 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'More Than Words. Also toured and recorded with Van Halen.  

1961: Andy Connell, Swing Out Sister, (1986 UK No.4 single 'Breakout').  

1961: Keiko Matsui, a Japanese musician, and composer was born in Tokyo.  

1962: Miranda Joyce, vocals, The Belle Stars, (1983 UK No.3 single 'Sign Of The Times').  

1963: Scott Francis Crago, an American session drummer, worked with the Eagles since 1994 as well as Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Bryan Adams, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Bob Seger, and Chris Isaak.  

1963: Andy Timmons, an American guitarist (Danger Danger-Screw It), was born in Scottsdale, Arizona.  

1965: Jim Lindberg, an American musician (Pennywise), was born in Hermosa Beach, California.  

1967: Tim Barnwell, DJ Headliner, from American alternative hip hop group who scored the 1992 UK No.2 and the US No. 8 single 'People Everyday. The group won two Grammy Awards in 1993 for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance and was also named Band of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine.

1974: Dan Konopka, an American musician (OK Go)  

1977: Rebecca St. James, an Australian Christian pop-rock singer, was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.  

1980: Dave 'Brown Sound' Baksh, guitarist with Sum 41, who had the 2001 UK No 13 single 'In Too Deep'. He quit Sum 41 in 2006 to pursue his career with his second band Brown Brigade and The Organ Thieves.  

1980: Mat Shaw, an American pop singer (Mat and Savanna), and a real estate agent was born in California.  

1985: Audrey De Montigny, a Quebec singer, was born in Sainte-Julienne, Quebec.  

1993: Taylor Momsen, an American singer, songwriter with The Pretty Reckless who released their debut album Light Me Up in 2010. Was born in St. Louis Missouri. 

1993: Stormzy [Michael Owuo Jr.] an English rapper (Shut Up), was born in London, England.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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Good Thursday evening, This Day In The History Of Music. Have a great night.


1956: Carl Perkins was on the UK singles chart with his debut UK hit 'Blue Suede Shoes. Johnny Cash planted the seed for the song in the fall of 1955, while Perkins, Cash, Elvis Presley toured throughout the South. Cash told Perkins of a black airman whom he had met when serving in the military in Germany. He had referred to his military regulation air shoes as "blue suede shoes." Cash suggested that Carl write a song about the shoes.

1961: Bob Dylan was injured in a car accident.

1963: With the US charts full of Hot Rod songs, Capitol Records sent disc jockeys a list of car terms and phrases to help promote The Beach Boys latest release ‘Little Deuce Coupe’. The song first appeared as the B-side to The Beach Boys' 1963 single 'Surfer Girl'. The car referred to is the 1932 Ford Model 18 (deuce being for the year).  

1963: Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with '(You're The) Devil In Disguise'. His 14th UK No.1. In 1963, when the song was debuted to a British audience on the BBC television show Juke Box Jury, the celebrity guest John Lennon voted the song “a miss” stating on the new song that Elvis Presley was "like Bing Crosby now."  

1965: The Beatles' second feature film Help! had its UK premiere at The Pavilion in London. The Beatles' later said the film was shot in a "haze of marijuana".  

1966: Databook published Maureen Cleave’s interview with John Lennon in which he said ‘We’re bigger than Jesus now.’ American Christians reacted with outrage, organizing ‘Beatle bonfires’ burning the group's records.  

1966: Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker made their live debut as Cream at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester, England. The group's third album, Wheels of Fire, was the world's first platinum-selling double album.  

1966: Bob Dylan was riding his Triumph 55 motorcycle to a garage near his home in Woodstock, New York for repairs when the rear wheel locked. Dylan lost control and was thrown over the handlebars, suffering a broken neck vertebra. His recuperation led to a period of reclusive inactivity.  

1967: The Doors started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with an edited version of 'Light My Fire'. The group's first US No.1, only reached No.49 on the UK chart. Eventually, many radio stations in the US would start playing the full six-minute and fifty-second album cut, which features a longer instrumental break.  

1967: The International Love-In Festival took place at Alexandra Palace London with Pink Floyd, Brian Auger Trinity with Julie Driscoll, The Animals, Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Tomorrow, Blossom Toes, Creation, The Nervous System, and Apostolic Intervention.  

1968: Gram Parsons left The Byrds on the eve of a tour of South Africa, refusing to play to segregated audiences.  

1968: The first recording session of The Beatles' seven-minute epic ‘Hey Jude’ took place at Abbey Road studios London. The Paul McCartney song was written about John Lennon's son Julian.     1972: Screaming Lord Sutch was arrested in London after jumping from a bus in Downing Street with four nude women. Sutch was publicizing his forthcoming London gigs.  

1973: Led Zeppelin has more than $200,000 in cash stolen from a safety deposit box at the Drake Hotel in New York. The crime has never been solved.   

1974: Mamas & the Papas singer Cass Elliot died in her sleep from a heart attack after playing a sold-out show in London, England. She was staying at Harry Nilsson's London flat when she died. Her solo hits included 'Dream a Little Dream of Me,' which also featured the rest of The Mamas & the Papas and 'It's Getting Better'. Had also been a member of The Mugwumps.  

1978: The film soundtrack to Grease featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John went to No.1 on the US album chart.  

1980: David Bowie stars in the dramatic stage play "The Elephant Man" at the Auditorium Theater in Denver, Colorado.  

1986: English songwriter, producer, and manager Gordon Mills died of stomach cancer. Worked with Engelbert Humperdinck, Tom Jones, and Gilbert O'Sullivan. Wrote the 1963 No.4 UK hit ‘I'll Never Get Over You’, for Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, and ‘I'm The Lonely One’ a hit for Cliff Richard.  

1987: Michigan state governor James Blanchard declared an annual state-wide 'Four Tops Day', honoring the group for its contribution to American music.  

1988: American record producer and pedal steel guitar player Pete Drake died of lung disease. Worked with Elvis Presley, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Played on such hits as Lynn Anderson's ‘Rose Garden’, Charlie Rich's ‘Behind Closed Doors', Bob Dylan's ‘Lay Lady Lay, and Tammy Wynette's ‘Stand by Your Man’.  

1990: Elton John checked into a Chicago clinic to cure bulimia and an addiction problem, taking over a year off from touring and recording.  

1992: "Chinese Coffee" closes at Circle in the Square Theater, NYC, after 18 performances.  

2003: The chairman of the Professional Association of Teachers Jim O'Neill warned that children were being put under pressure to grow up too soon by pop stars who use a sexy image. "Kylie Minogue might be a great singer but in many of these things you can see more of her bottom than you hear of her voice," said Mr. O'Neill.  

2004: Keyboard player Huby Heard died from heart problems. Member of Billy Preston's, The God Squad, and worked with Teddy Pendergrass, Ray Charles, Little Bootsy Collins, The Brothers Johnson, The Rolling Stones, and Bill Wyman.  

2006: Pamela Anderson married for the second time to US rapper Kid Rock, on a yacht off the French resort of St Tropez. The 39-year-old former Baywatch star divorced from rock star Tommy Lee in 1998, had recently got back together with Kid Rock after a brief engagement ended in 2003. Anderson and Rock split after four months of marriage.  

2007: Heart problems forced Kiss singer and guitarist Paul Stanley to abandon a show in California. Paramedics stopped and restarted his heart to give it a regular rhythm after his heart spontaneously jumped to 190 plus beats per minute.  

2010: American trumpet player and session musician Roy Caton died aged 83. As a session player in Hollywood recording studios, Caton worked with Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, (The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees), Harpers Bizarre, (Feelin' Groovy), The Byrds, (The Notorious Byrd Brothers), Love, (Forever Changes), The Righteous Brothers and The Beach Boys on (Pet Sounds)  

2011: Gene McDaniels, who scored the 1961 US No.3 hit 'A Hundred Pounds Of Clay' died at the age of 76 after a short illness. Gene also wrote Roberta Flack's 1974 No.1 hit 'Feel Like Makin' Love' which won a Grammy Award.  

2019: 'Old Town Road', the viral rap song by Lil Nas X, became the longest-running No.1 in US chart history after it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 17 weeks, overtaking Luis Fonsi's 'Despacito' and Mariah Carey's 'One Sweet Day, which both spent 16 weeks at No.1. The rapper, a college dropout from Atlanta, recorded the song in 2018, using a backing track he bought online for $30 (£24.70).   Born On

This Day In The Music World:  

1590: Gilles Hayne, a Flemish composer, was born in Liège (d. 1650) baptismal date  

1646: Johann Theile, a German composer (Adam & Eve)  

1723: Christlieb Siegmund Binder, a composer  

1739: Johannes Ritschel, a composer.  

1755: Franz Gotz, a Bohemian composer, was born in Strašice (d. 1815)  

1778: Carl Borromaus Neuner, a German composer, was born in Munich, Bavaria (d. 1830)  

1853: Henry Morton Dunham, a composer.  

1857: Iacob Mureșianu, a Romanian composer, was born in Brașov, Austrian Empire (d. 1917)  

1865: Nicola Spinelli, a composer.  

1883: Manuel Infante, a Spanish composer/conductor.  

1887: Rudi Stephan, a German composer (Die ersten Menschen), born in Worms, Hesse (d. 1915)  

1887: Sigmund Romberg, Nagykanizsa Hungary, operetta composer (Blossom Time)  

1900: Alexander Vasil'yevich Mosolov, a composer [OS]  

1900: Don Redman, American jazz musician and orchestra leader (Sugar Hill Times) was born in Piedmont, West Virginia (d. 1964)  

1909: Georgy Mushel, an Uzbek pianist and composer, was born in Tambov, Russia (d. 1989)  

1911: Ján Cikker, a Slovak composer, was born in Banská Bystrica, Austria-Hungary (d. 1989)  

1916: Charlie Christian, American jazz and swing guitarist (Benny Goodman Sextet) was born in Bonham, Texas (d. 1942)  

1923: Jim Marshall, a British businessman and electric guitar amplifier pioneer known as "The Father of Loud", was born in Acton, West London, England (d, 2012)  

1924: Robert Horton [Meade Howard Horton Jr.], American actor and singer (Kings Row; Wagon Train; Arena), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)  

1925: Mikis Theodorakis, Greek classical and film music composer (Raven; Zorba the Greek; Serpico), was born on the island of Chios, Greece.  

1928: Bidzina Alexandrovich Kvernadze, a Georgian composer, was born in Sighnaghi, Georgia (d. 2010)  

1928: Konstantin Orbelyan, Armenian pianist, jazz and classical composer, and orchestra leader (State Estrada (Pops) Orchestra) was born in Armavir, Armenia (d. 2014)  

1930: Paul Taylor, American dancer, and choreographer (Paul Taylor Dance Company) was born in Wilkinsville, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)  

1935: Peter Schreier, German tenor, and conductor (Dresden State Opera, 1962-2000) was born in Meissen, Saxony, Germany (d. 2019)  

1939: Annea Lockwood, American composer (Piano Burning) was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. 

1945: Mike Garson, American rock and jazz pianist (David Bowie) was born in New York City.  

1946: Neal Doughty, keyboards, from American rock band REO Speedwagon, who had the 1981 US No.1's 'Keep On Loving You' and 'Can't Fight This Feeling'. They named the band REO Speedwagon, from the REO Speed Wagon, a flatbed truck.  

1947: Carlo Santanna, guitarist, from Paper Lace who scored the 1974 UK No.1 single 'Billy Don't Be A Hero', and the 1974 US No.1 single 'The Night Chicago Died.  

1947: Lenny Zakatek [du Platel], Indian-English rock singer (Alan Parsons Project; Gonzalez) was born in Karachi, British India  

1951: Dean Pitchford, American songwriter ("Fame"; "Let's Hear It For The Boy"), and screenwriter (Footloose), was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.   

1953: Geddy Lee, bass, vocals, Rush, (1980 UK No.13 single 'Spirit Of Radio' 1982 US No. 21 single 'New World Man'). Lee was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on May 9, 1996. The trio was the first rock band to be so honored, as a group.  

1953: American singer-songwriter Patti Scialfa has worked with The Rolling Stones and on Keith Richards' Talk Is Cheap album. She toured with Bruce Springsteen Band from 1984 Born in the USA tour and later married Springsteen on June 8th, 1991. She has released two solo albums. Scialfa was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the E Street Band.  (Side Note: This Day & Wikipedia agree on 1953, On This Day has her DOB in 1956.)   

1957: Alessandra Marc [Judith Borden], an American operatic soprano (Turandot) was born in Berlin, Germany.  

1959: John Sykes, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.9 single 'Here I Go Again') Tygers Of Pan Tang.  

1962: Martin McCarrick, guitarist with an alternative metal band from Northern Ireland Therapy? who had the 1993 UK No.9 single 'Screamager'.  

1966: Miles Hunt, singer from British alternative rock band The Wonder Stuff who had the 1991 UK No.1 single with their version of the Tommy Roe hit 'Dizzy' (with Vic Reeves).  

1966: Martina McBride, an American country singer, and songwriter ("Independence Day"; "This One's For The Girls"; virtual duet with Dean Martin -"Baby It's Cold Outside") was born in Sharon, Kansas.  

1968: Paavo Lötjönen, a Finnish Cellist (Apocalyptica) was born in Kuopio, Finland  

1971: Lisa Ekdahl, a Swedish pop and jazz singer-songwriter (Vem Vet) was born in Hägersten, Stockholm, Sweden.  

1972: Simon Jones, the bassist from English rock band The Verve, had the 1997 album Urban Hymns, one of the best-selling albums in UK Chart history. The album features the hit singles 'Bitter Sweet Symphony', 'The Drugs Don't Work', and 'Lucky Man'.  

1973: Wanya Morris, from American R&B vocal group Boyz II Men, who had the 1992 US & UK No.1 single 'End Of The Road' which set a new record for longevity, staying at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for thirteen weeks, breaking the decades-old record held by Elvis Presley.  

1973: James Otto, American country singer (MuzikMafia), was born in Fort Lewis, Washington.  

1977: American musician, songwriter, and producer Danger Mouse, (Brian Joseph Burton). He formed Gnarls Barkley with CeeLo Green and has worked with Adele, Gorillaz, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many other artists.

1983: Ashley McBryde, American country music singer-songwriter ("Girl Goin' Nowhere"; "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega"), was born in Waldron, Arkansas

1987: Sabra Johnson, an American dancer (So You Think You Can Dance) was born in The Netherlands.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe.   


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Good Friday morning, This Day In The History Of Music. Have a great Friday, and a great weekend. 


1792: 500 Marseillaisian men sing France's national anthem for 1st time. 

1824: Gioachino Rossini becomes the manager of Theatre Italian, Paris.

1954: Elvis Presley joins the Memphis Federation of Musicians, Local 71.  

1954: Hillbilly Hoedown, Slim Whitman, Billy Walker, Sugarfoot Collins, Sonny Harvelle, Tinker Fry, Curly Harris, and a young Elvis Presley, all appeared at the Hillbilly Hoedown, Overton Park Shell, in Memphis Tennessee. Elvis was so nervous he stood upon the balls of his feet and shook his leg in time with the music, when he came offstage he asked why people were yelling at him. Someone told him it was because he was shaking his leg, which with the baggy pleated pants created a wild gyrating effect in time with the music.  

1955: Johnny Cash recorded his first version of 'Folsom Prison Blues' at the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Cash was inspired to write this song after seeing the movie Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951) while serving in West Germany in the United States Air Force at Landsberg, Bavaria (itself the location of a famous prison).  

1965: Charles Ives' "From the Steeples & the Mountains" premieres.  

1965: Duke Ellington's "Golden Brown & the Green Apple" premieres.  

1966: The Beatles started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Yesterday...And Today', the group's 8th No.1 album. Issued only in the United States and Canada, the album is remembered primarily for the controversy surrounding its original cover image, the "butcher cover" featuring the band dressed in white smocks and covered with decapitated baby dolls and pieces of meat.  

1966: The Troggs started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Wild Thing'. Because of a distribution dispute, The Troggs' single was available on two competing labels: Atco and Fontana. Because both pressings were taken from the identical master recording, Billboard combined the sales for both releases, making it the only single to simultaneously reach No. 1 for two companies.  

1968: The Beatles closed their Apple Boutique in London after seven months of business, giving away all the stock to passers-by and Apple staff.  

1969: The Beatles continued working on Abbey Road recording overdubs on ‘Come Together, ‘Polythene Pam/She Came In Through the Bathroom Window’, ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’ and ‘Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight’. The Beatles began to assemble the "medley" that would make up side two of the album. Paul McCartney told tape operator John Kurlander to discard ‘Her Majesty’, but Kurlander tacked it onto the end of the tape, about 20 seconds after the end of ‘The End. Hearing it like this, Paul decides to keep it, including the lengthy silence preceding it.  

1971: George Harrison releases single "Bangladesh"  

1972: "Ain't Supposed to Die Death" closes at Barrymore NYC after 325 performances.  

1974: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played The Troubadour in Los Angeles, California on a double bill with Roger McGuinn from The Byrds.   

1977: The Bee Gees younger brother Andy Gibb started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Just Wanna Be Your Everything', his first of three US No.1's, it peaked at No.26 in the UK.  

1986: John Denver Variety magazine reported that RCA had dropped John Denver from its roster after the release of his single, ‘What Are We Making Weapons For’. Variety said the song upset the record company's new owner, General Electric, one of the largest defense contractors in the US.  

1987: David Bowie kicked off the North American leg of The Glass Spider Tour in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The tour's set, described at the time as "the largest touring set ever," was designed to look like a giant spider. It was 60 feet (18.3m) high, 64 feet (19.5m) wide. A single set took 43 trucks to move from each city.  

1988: Steve Winwood started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Roll With It', a No.53 hit in the UK. Later Motown songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland were credited with co-writing the song due to its resemblance to the Junior Walker hit (I'm a) Roadrunner.  

1991: A police officer was forced to tear up a traffic ticket given to the limousine that Axl Rose was traveling in after it made an illegal turn. Rose threatened to pull that night's Guns N' Roses gig if the ticket was issued.  

1991: Heavy metal band Metallica release their single "Enter Sandman".  

1993: Founder member and original bassist for The Wonder Stuff, Rob Jones died in New York aged 29. Vic Reeves and The Wonder Stuff had the 1991 UK No.1 with 'Dizzy', (a No.1 for Tommy Roe in 1969).  

1997: A judge in Los Angeles ruled that Michael Jackson and members of his family were not liable for losses incurred by the producers of the failed 1994 Jackson Family Honors TV special. The show was delayed for several weeks because Jackson was ill and could not perform solo as expected.  

2003: Sam Phillips the founder of Sun Records and studio died of respiratory failure at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. In the 1940s, Phillips worked as a DJ for Muscle Shoals, Alabama radio station WLAY. Phillips recorded what some consider to be the first rock and roll record, ‘Rocket 88’ by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats in 1951. He discovered Elvis Presley, worked with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Ike Turner, B.B. King, and Jerry Lee Lewis.  

2003: SARS Benefit Concert, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, The Guess Who, Justin Timberlake, The Flaming Lips, Sass Jordan, and The Isley Brothers played a benefit concert in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to prove that the city is safe from SARS. With 450,000 spectators, it was the largest concert in Canadian history.  

2005: A new book published to mark the 35th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix claimed the guitarist pretended to be gay so he would be discharged from the army. 'Room Full of Mirrors' by Charles Cross said army records showed Hendrix was discharged from the 101st Airborne Division aged 19 in 1962 for "homosexual tendencies."  

2006: Shakira feat Wyclef Jean started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hips Don't Lie.’ A remake of Wyclef Jean's 2004 song 'Dance Like This', the song went on to top the charts in over 50 countries. The song is the biggest selling single of the 21st century by a female artist worldwide.  

2006: British gay magazine Attitude listed the ‘Top 10 Gay Albums’ of all time. No.1 was Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters, 2, Arrival - ABBA, 3, Vauxhall and I - Morrissey, 4, Light Years - Kylie Minogue, 5, Older - George Michael, 6, Welcome To The Pleasuredome - Frankie Goes To Hollywood, 7, Erotica - Madonna, 8, I Am a Bird Now - Antony and the Johnsons, 9, Bad Girls - Donna Summer and No. 10 The Man Who Sold The World - David Bowie.  

2006: World's longest-running music show "Top of the Pops" is broadcast for the last time on BBC Two. The show aired for 42 years.  

2007: A man admitted bootlegging charges after hearing evidence from Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. Robert Langley, 57, from Buckingham, originally denied three trademark and two copyright infringements after being caught at a record fair in Glasgow. The seizure of CDs and DVDs two years ago included £11,500 of counterfeit Led Zeppelin material.  

2009: Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher won his long battle to be recognized as co-writer of the band's hit ’A Whiter Shade Of Pale. Law Lords ruled that Fisher, who claimed he wrote the song's organ melody, was entitled to a share of future royalties. In 2006, the High Court ruled he was entitled to 40% of the copyright, but the Court Of Appeal overturned the ruling in 2008 saying he waited too long, 38 years, to bring the case to court.  

2014: American rock guitarist, and songwriter **ahem** Wagner, who worked with Alice Cooper and Lou Reed died from a lung infection aged 71. One of the best-known songs written by Wagner is 'Only Women Bleed', which was one of Alice Coppers' biggest hits.  

2014: A ban on steel-string guitars in prison cells in England and Wales was reversed after a campaign including Billy Bragg, David Gilmour, Elbow's Guy Garvey, and Johnny Marr. Billy Bragg founded Jail Guitar Doors, a scheme that has sent around 350 guitars to prisons since 2007.  

2015: American country music singer, Lynn Anderson, died aged 67. The multi-award-winning singer scored the 1970 US No.3 & 1971 UK No.3 single 'Rose Garden', and charted 12 No.1, 18 Top 10, and more than 50 Top 40 hits. Anderson was the first female country artist to win the American Music Award (in 1974).  

2016: Jack White’s mission to play the first record in space was accomplished. 'A Glorious Dawn' by composer John Boswell, mixed with audio of American scientist Carl Sagan describing the universe, was played 28,000 meters above Earth on a “space-proof” turntable. The record played for about 80 minutes until the high-altitude balloon which carried the contraption burst and propelled the turntable back towards Marsing, Idaho.  

2019: Kraftwerk won a long-running legal battle over their song ‘Metal On Metal’ when The European Court of Justice ruled against the sampling of the track by hip-hop producers Moses Pelham and Martin Haas in 1999. The ‘Metal On Metal’ sample, specifically a drum sequence repeated throughout, was used by the producers over a version of the Sabrina Setlur song ‘Nur Mir (Only Me)’.  

Born On This Day In the Music World:  

1747: Antonio Benedetto Maria Puccini, an Italian composer, was born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1832)

1751: Maria Anna Mozart, an Austrian pianist, and Wolfgang's sister was born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1829)

1793: Joseph-François Snel, a Belgian composer, was born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1861)

1824: Eugenio Terzani, an Italian composer, was born in Rome (d. 1889)

1875: James W. Tate, an English composer, was born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire (d. 1922)

1877: Charles Radoux-Rogier, a Belgian composer, was born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1952)

1886: Algot Haquinius, a Swedish composer, was born in Sveg, Sweden (d. 1966)

1899: Gerald Moore, an English pianist (Am I Too Loud), was born in Watford, Hertfordshire (d. 1987)

1899: John Woods Duke, an American composer, was born in Cumberland, Maryland (d. 1984)

1906: Ľudovít Rajter, a Slovak composer and conductor, was born in Pezinok, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 2000)

1906: Serafin Pro, a Cuban composer, was born in La Habana (d. 1977)

1913: Ivo Lhotka-Kalinski, a Yugoslav composer, was born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1987)

1918: Joe Daley, an American jazz tenor, clarinet, and flute player, was born in Salem, Ohio (d. 1994)

1921: Grant Johannesen, an American concert pianist, was born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2005)

1922: Zbigniew Wiszniewski, a Polish composer, was born in Lwów, Lwowskie, Poland (d. 1999)

1924: Christopher Shaw, a British composer, was born in London (d. 1995)

1925: Antoine Duhamel, a French composer, born in Valmondois, was Val-d'Oise, France (d. 2014)

1929: Christine McGuire, an American pop vocalist (McGuire Sisters - "Sincerely"; "Sugartime"), was born in Middletown, Ohio (d. 2018)

1934: André Prévost, a Canadian composer, born in Hawkesbury, was Ontario, Canada (d. 2001)

1936: George "Buddy" Guy, American blues guitarist and singer. Critically acclaimed, he is a pioneer of the Chicago blues sound.  

1936: István Zelenka, a Swiss composer, was born in Budapest, Hungary.  

1936: Yuri Alexandrovich Falik, a Russian composer, was born in Odesa, Ukraine.  

1940: Reva Rose, an American singer, and actress (Temperatures Rising) was born in Chicago, Illinois. 

1941: Canadian-American singer, songwriter, and actor Paul Anka. He had the 1957 UK & US No.1 single 'Diana' which sold over 9 million copies worldwide. He wrote many classic songs including the English lyrics to Claude François and Jacques Revaux's music for Frank Sinatra's signature song, 'My Way' which has been recorded by many, including Elvis Presley. Two songs he co-wrote with Michael Jackson, 'This Is It' and 'Love Never Felt So Good' became posthumous hits for Jackson.  

1944: American multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Chris Darrow. He was considered to be a pioneer of country-rock music in the late-1960s and performed and recorded with numerous groups, including Kaleidoscope and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Darrow played bass on Leonard Cohen’s debut Songs of Leonard Cohen. Darrow died on 15 January 2020 at age 75.  

1944: Teresa Cahill, a British soprano opera singer, was born in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England.  

1945: David Sanborn, an American jazz saxophonist (David Letterman Show) he also played for Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, and David Bowie, was born in Tampa, Florida.  

1946: Jeffrey Hammond former bass guitar player for the progressive rock band Jethro Tull. Hammond appeared on the classic Tull albums Aqualung (1971) and Thick as a Brick (1972).  

1947: John Siomos, an American rock drummer, was born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)  

1949: Joyce Jones, a singer, First Choice, (1973 UK No.9 single 'Smarty Pants).  

1949: Hugh Nicholson, from Scottish pop-rock band Marmalade, (originally formed in 1961 as The Gaylords). They scored the 1969 UK No.1 single with their version of The Beatles song 'Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da'.  

1949: Richard "Duck" Baker, an American acoustic guitarist, was born in Washington, D.C.  

1950: Wime de Craene, a Flemish singer and composer, was born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1990)  

1955: Rat Scabies [Chris Miller], a British rock drummer (the Damned), was born in Surrey, England.  

1956: Phil Fearon, vocals, Galaxy, (1983 UK No.4 single 'Dancing Night').  

1957: Chris Miller (Rat Scabies), a drummer from English punk rock band The Damned, had the 1983 UK No.3 single 'Eloise'.  

1958: Kate Bush a UK singer, songwriter, had the 1978 UK No.1 single 'Wuthering Heights' (at the age of 19). Her 1985 UK No.1 album 'Hounds Of Love' spent 52 weeks on the chart. In 1987, she won a Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, and in 2002 an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. Bush was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to music.  

1958: Kevin Mahogany, American jazz vocalist (Double Rainbow), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2017)  

1959: Vaughan Toulouse, Dept S. He died from an Aids-related illness in 1991, Dept S had the 1981 UK No.22 single 'Is Vic There'.  

1965: Tex [Anthony] Axile, English rocker (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen), born in Crawley, Sussex, England.  

1966: Jyoti Mishra, White Town, (1997 UK No.1 single 'Your Woman').  

1966: Craig Gannon, from Scottish indie rock band The Bluebells who had the 1993 UK No.1 single with the re-issued 'Young At Heart' after it was used in a Volkswagen television advertisement.  

1968: Sean Moore, drums, Manic Street Preachers, (1996 UK No.2 single 'A Design For Life' 1998 UK No.1 album 'This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours').  

1972: Brad Hargraves, Third Eye Blind, (1997 US No.4 & UK No. 33 single 'Semi-Charmed Life').  

1973: Sonu Nigam, an Indian playback singer, was born in Haryana, India.  

1975: Tifini Hale, an American rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why), was born in Palm Springs, California.  

1980: Seth Avett, lead singer and founding member of the folk-rock band The Avett Brothers. Had the 2013 US No.5 album 'Magpie And The Dandelion'.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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Good Saturday morning, This Day In The History Of Music. Have a great enjoyable weekend. 


1786: "Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish dialect" by Robert Burns is published by John Wilson in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

1948: "Brigadoon" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 581 performances.

1955: Elvis Presley performed 3 shows at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida, (2 matinees and 1 evening). A full-scale riot broke out after the show when Elvis announced to the 14,000 strong crowd, "Girls, I'll see you backstage." Fans chased Elvis into the dressing room, tearing off his clothes and shoes.  

1957: Richard Starkey (later known as Ringo Starr) is thought to have made his debut at The Cavern playing drums with the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group. John Lennon made his first appearance at the club a week later with The Quarry Men Skiffle Group. Paul McCartney made his first appearance in January 1958 with The Quarry Men.  

1959: Cliff Richard was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Living Doll.' The singer's first of 14 UK No.1's. The song was one of three from the film, Serious Charge.  

1963: The Rolling Stones performed at Eel Pie Island in Twickenham, Middlesex. The island was the site of the Eel Pie Hotel on the River Thames, where many up-and-coming acts appeared including The Who, The Yardbirds, Pink Floyd, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, and David Bowie.  

1964: Country singer Jim Reeves was killed in a plane crash when the single-engine aircraft flying from Arkansas to Nashville crashed in thick fog. 40 year- old Reeves was one of the first country singers to cross over into the pop market. with his 1960 US No.2 single 'He'll Have To Go', and 1966 UK No.1 single 'Distant Drums'.  

1964: A Rolling Stone concert in Ireland was halted after 12 minutes due to a riot that broke out.  

1967: Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and Keith Richards end a 1-month jail sentence.   

1968: Tommy James and The Shondells were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Mony Mony'. Also a hit for Billy Idol in 1987.  

1968: Working at Trident Studios in London, England, (with its 8-track equipment, EMI was still using 4-track recorders), The Beatles recorded four takes of a new Paul McCartney song '‘Hey Jude’.  

1969: Elvis Presley kicked off a four-week run at the Las Vegas International Hotel, (his first live show since 1961). He reportedly netted $1.5m for the shows. On the menu is an Elvis special, Polk salad with corn muffins & honey.  

1971: James Taylor went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Carole King song 'You've Got A Friend, (included in her album Tapestry and James Taylor's album Mud Slide Slim). The song would go on to win the 1971 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal male Performance and Song Of The Year.  

1971: A security guard was stabbed to death during a concert by The Who at New York's Forest Hill.  

1979: "But Never Jam Today" opens at Longacre Theater in NYC for 7 performances.  

1980: During an Eagles concert at Long Beach, California, tempers boiled over between Glen Frey and Don Felder, who spent the entire show describing to each other the beating each planned to administer backstage. "Only three more songs until I kick your **ahem**, pal," Frey told Felder. The group’s next album was mixed by Frey and Felder on opposite coasts after the two decided they couldn't bear to be in the same state, let alone the same studio.  

1980: Jon Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas was apprehended by FBI narcotics agents for possession of cocaine, he was later sentenced to 250 hours of Community service giving anti-drug lectures.  

1982: Survivor's 'Eye Of The Tiger' was at No.1 on the US chart. The song received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song and go on to sell over five million copies.  

1985: The Eurythmics had the No.1 position on the UK singles chart with 'There Must Be An Angel, (Playing With My Heart). The song which was the Eurythmics' first (and to date only) No.1 single features a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder.  

1992: Michael Jackson made an unscheduled appearance on his hotel balcony in London after a man had threatened to jump from an apartment building across the street. 28-year-old Eric Herminie told police he would leap to his death if he didn't see Jackson, who was in Britain for a series of concerts. Jackson spent a couple of minutes waving to Herminie, who then climbed back into the building.  

1993: The Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts was arrested for shoving two police officers.   

1994: Aaliyah and R. Kelly secretly married at the Sheraton Gateway Suites, Rosemont, IL. Aaliyah never admitted being married, though Vibe published a copy of the marriage certificate. Unfortunately, she was only 15 at the time, so thus the marriage was later annulled.  

1999: Christina Aguilera scored her first US No.1 single with 'Genie In A Bottle', also No.1 in the UK. The song spent 5 weeks at No.1 on the US chart and won Aguilera the Best New Artist Grammy for the year.  

1999: Wu-Tang Clan member Ol Dirty **ahem**, (real name Russell Jones) was arrested for crack and marijuana possession in New York after being stopped by police during a routine traffic offense.  

2001: BBC producer John Walters died aged 63. Walters produced and worked with Radio 1 DJ John Peel, who teamed up with Walters to broadcast some of the most groundbreaking music of an era. He joined the BBC in 1967 and became a producer on John Peel's Top Gear show two years later. Walters played the trumpet with the Alan Price Set in the 1960s.  

2006: Former Culture Club singer Boy George (O'Dowd) was ordered to do community service by picking up trash on New York City streets after pleading guilty last March to false reporting of an incident. He called police with a bogus report of a burglary at his lower Manhattan apartment in October and the responding officers found cocaine inside.  

2012: Sheryl Crow was granted a temporary restraining order against a man accused of threatening to shoot her. The order stated that Phillip Gordon Sparks had to stay 90 meters away from Crow and must not contact her, her family, or anyone who works with her.  

2012: Appearing at the Helsinki Olympiastadionin Finland, at the end of a European tour, Bruce Springsteen played his longest show ever - 4 hours and 6 minutes.  

2014: Maceo McEaddy was sentenced to between five and 10 years in prison for stealing millions of dollars from concert promoters by posing as a booking agent. McEaddy who pretended to be in charge of Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and several other celebrities, pleaded guilty to 21 counts of grand larceny and fraud, according to the Manhattan district attorney's office.  

2015: Morrissey claimed he was sexually assaulted by a security officer at San Francisco International Airport, who he said "groped" him. An official spokesman for the Transport Security Administration (TSA) said security camera footage confirmed that nothing out of the ordinary had occurred.  

2018: Rihanna becomes the first black woman to appear on the cover of British Vogue's September issue.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:  

1550: Jakob Handl [Petelin], an Austrian composer/bandmaster.

1767: Amelie Julia Candielle, a French composer, was born in Paris (d. 1834)

1808: Frederick Crouch, an English-born composer, was born in London, England (d. 1896)

1828: François-Auguste Gevaert, a Belgian composer (Le diable au moulin), was born in Huise (d. 1908)

1830: František Zdeněk Skuherský, a Czech composer, was born in Opočno, Bohemia (d. 1892)

1847: Ignatio Cervantes, a Cuban pianist and composer (Danzas Cubanas), was born in Havana (d. 1905)

1848: Jean Robert Planquette, a French composer (Bells of Corneville), was born in Paris (d. 1903)

1893: Charles Wilfred Orr, an English pianist, and composer (settings of A.E. Housman poems), was born in Cheltenham (d. 1976)

1894: Roy Bargy, an American pianist and composer (Jimmy Durante Show), was born in Newaygo, Michigan (d. 1974)

1900: Erich Katz, a German-born American composer, and musicologist was born in Posen, Prussia (d. 1973)

1911: George Liberace, an American violinist (Liberace Show), was born in Menasha, Wisconsin (d. 1983)

1914: Isolde Ahlgrimm, an Austrian harpsichordist, fortepianist, early music, and original instrument proponent, and teacher, was born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1995)

1918: Hank Jones, an American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer, was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2010)

1919: Norman Del Mar, a British conductor, and writer (Conducting Brahms), was born in London (d. 1994)

1920: Rudolf Halaczinsky, a German composer, was born in Emma-Grube, Upper Silesia (d. 1999)

1927: Ștefan Niculescu, a Romanian composer, was born in Moreni, Dâmbovita (d. 2008)

1931: Kenny Burrell, an American guitarist (Organ Grinder Swing), was born in Detroit, Michigan

1932: Morey Carr, an American singer (Playmates) (d. 1987)

1936: Bonnie Brown, a country singer (The Browns), was born in Sparkman, Arkansas (d. 2016)

1939: John R. West, a rock guitarist (Gary Lewis & Playboys-This Diamond Ring), was born in Uhrichsville, Ohio.

1943: Lobo [Kent Lavoie], an American singer-songwriter, was born in Tallahassee, Florida.

1945: Charlotte Diamond, a Canadian Juno Award-winning children's singer-songwriter ("I Am A Pizza"), was born in Richmond, British Columbia.

1946: Gary Lewis singer, (1965 US No.1 single with The Playboys, 'This Diamond Ring' plus 11 other US Top 40 hits).  

1947: Karl Green, a guitarist with English beat rock band, Herman's Hermits who scored the 1964 UK No.1 single 'I'm Into Something Good' (cover of Earl-Jean's) and the 1965 US No.1 single 'Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter'.  

1947: Ian Beck, a British children's illustrator and author, who illustrated Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" album cover, was born in Brighton, East Sussex.  

1953: Hugh McDowell, an English cellist with Wizzard and Electric Light Orchestra who had the 1979 UK No.3 & US No.4 single 'Don't Bring Me Down' plus 26 other Top 40 hits. ELO has sold over 50 million records worldwide. McDowell died of cancer on 6 November 2018 aged 65.  

1957: Daniel Ash, a singer-songwriter from English post-punk band Bauhaus, had the 1982 UK No.15 single with their version of the David Bowie song 'Ziggy Stardust'.  

1958: Bill Berry, drummer with R.E.M. (1991 UK No.6 & US No.10 single 'Shiny Happy People', plus over 20 Top 40 UK singles, 1992 UK No.1 & US No.2 album 'Automatic For The People'). Berry quit the band in 1997.  

1959: Stanley Jordan, an American jazz guitarist (Magic Touch), was born in Chicago, Illinois.  

1960: Malcolm Ross, Aztec Camera, (1988 UK No.3 single 'Somewhere In My Heart').  

1963: Norman Cook was also known by his stage name Fatboy Slim, English DJ, musician, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer/mixer who with The Housemartins had the a cappella cover version of 'Caravan of Love' (originally by Isley-Jasper-Isley) which was a UK No.1 single. He was a member of Beats International who had the 1990 UK No.1 'Dub Be Good To Me'). Freak Power, who scored the hit 'Turn On Tune In Cop Out' and as Fatboy Slim, had the 1999 UK No.1 single 'Praise You'. 

1964: Jim Corr, guitar, keyboards, vocals, with the Irish band The Corrs, who had the 1998 UK No.3 single 'What Can I Do'. Talk On Corners was the best-selling UK album of 1998 spending 142 weeks on the UK chart. The Corrs have sold 40 million albums worldwide.  

1964: Robert Townsend, 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!'  

1967: Mitsuo Iwata, a Japanese voice actor, and singer was born in Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan.  

1967: Minako Honda, a Japanese singer and musical actress was born in Itabashi, Tokyo (d. 2005)  

1971: John Lowery, guitarist with American rock band Marilyn Manson who had the 1998 US No.1 album, Mechanical Animals.  

1973: Jerry Rivera, a Puerto Rican singer (Abriendo Puertas), was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico.  

1975: Allan von Schenkel, an American double bassist, composer, and performance artist.  

1975: Kavinsky [Vincent Belorgey], a French DJ and musician (Drive, OutRun), was born in Seine-Saint-Denis, France.  

1976: Joshua Cain, an American guitarist (Motion City Soundtrack), was born in St. Paul, Minnesota.  

1978: English musician, Will Champion, drummer with Coldplay who had the 2000 UK No.4 single 'Yellow', the 2000 UK No.1 album Parachutes, and 2005 worldwide No.1 album X&Y. In December 2009, Rolling Stone readers voted the group the fourth-best artist of the 2000s.  

1978: Zac Brown American singer and guitarist with the Grammy Award-winning country music group, Zac Brown Band. Their 2015 album Jekyll + Hyde which debuted at No.1 on the US chart featured the single 'Heavy Is the Head' with vocals from Chris Cornell.  

1979: Jade Kwan, a Hong Kong singer, was born in Hong Kong.  

1981: Ira Losco, a Maltese singer (Walk on Water), was born in Sliema, Malta.  

1981: Matthew Sanders, an American singer (Avenged Sevenfold), was born in Huntington Beach, California.  

1981: M. Shadows American vocalist, songwriter, and founding member of Avenged Sevenfold who had the 2010 US No.1 album Nightmare and the 2013 US No.1 album Hail to the King.  

1983: Yola [Yolanda Quartey], a British folk-roots-country-soul singer, and songwriter ("Walk Through Fire") was born in Bristol, England.  

1994: An American hip hop recording artist Lil Uzi Vert who had the 2017 US No.1 album Luv Is Rage 2 which includes guest appearances from The Weeknd and Pharrell Williams.

Until sometime on Monday. Have a great weekend.   


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Good Monday morning, This Day In The History Of Music. Have a great Monday. 


1953: Betty Jack Davis, an American country singer (with Skeeter Davis in The Davis Sisters), was killed in a car accident she was only 21. 

1957: Touring with Clyde McPhatter, The Cadillacs, Edna McGriff, Otis Rush, Lee Andrews & The Hearts, Oscar & Oscar, The G-Clefs, Buddy Holly and the Crickets appeared at the Howard Theater, Washington, DC. With “That’ll Be The Day” sitting at No. 2 on the US charts, this was Buddy's first major tour.

1960: Johnny Kidd and The Pirates were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Shakin' All Over'. Their only UK No.1. Kidd died in a car accident in 1966. Many acts have covered the song, including The Who, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop, and The Guess Who.

1961: The Beatles' 1st gig as the house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club.

1962: Robert Allen Zimmerman legally became Bob Dylan having signed a music publishing deal with Witmark Music on 12th July of this year, engineered by Albert Grossman.

1964: After an intense search, the bodies of Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel were found in the wreckage of an aircraft and, at 1:00 p.m. local time, radio stations across the United States announced Reeves' death formally. The single-engine Beechcraft Debonair aircraft, with Reeves at the controls, had crashed 42 hours earlier during a thunderstorm. Thousands of people traveled to pay their last respects at his funeral two days later. The coffin, draped in flowers from fans, was driven through the streets of Nashville and then to Reeves' final resting place near Carthage, Texas.

1964: The Beatles appeared at the Gaumont Cinema in Bournemouth. One of the supporting acts, billed as a 'new and unknown London group', was The Kinks.

1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of five nights at the Salvation Club in New York City. During this period a typical setlist included: Foxy Lady, Hey Joe, The Wind Cries Mary, Purple Haze, and Burning Of The Midnight Amp.

1968: The Doors started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Hello I Love You, the group's second US No.1. The Doors scored 8 top 40 US hits from 67-71.

1969: Bob Dylan makes a surprise appearance at the Hibbing HS Minn 10th reunion.

1969: 'Wet Dream', by Jamaican reggae singer Max Romeo entered the UK singles chart. The song gained notoriety due to its lyrics which were of an explicit sexual nature, was banned by the BBC and most radio stations.

1970: Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of 'The Wonder Of You' his sixteenth No.1. Ray Peterson recorded the original version in 1959 which gave him a Top 30 hit.

1975: The Eagles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'One Of These Nights, the group's second US No.1 single and the first to chart in the UK where it peaked at No.23.

1976: Peter "Puddy" Watts, road manager with Pink Floyd died of a heroin overdose. Watts supplied the crazed laughter on the group's The Dark Side Of The Moon album.

1977: Sex Pistol Sid Vicious was fined £125 by a London court after he had been found carrying a knife at the 100 Club Punk Festival last September.

1979: "Broadway Opry '79" closes at St James Theater NYC after 6 performances.

1979: Gilda Radner's show "Live From New York" opens on Broadway.

1980: The Clash released their single 'Bank Robber' after it been available as an import only. The band's record company CBS didn't want to release the record saying it was not commercial enough.

1983: James Jamerson died of complications stemming from cirrhosis of the liver, heart failure, and pneumonia in Los Angeles, he was 47 years old. As one of The Funk Brothers he was the uncredited bassist on most of Motown Records' hits in the 1960s and early 1970s including songs by Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Martha, and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, and The Supremes. He eventually performed on nearly 30 No.1 pop hits.

1986: Peter Cetera started a two-week run at No.1 on the US charts with the theme from the film 'Karate Kid II', 'The Glory Of Love', it made No. 3 in the UK.

1986: Chris de Burgh was at No.1 in the UK with 'The Lady In Red', it was his first No.1 after twenty-four single releases, staying at the top of the charts for three weeks.

1987: David Martin, bass player with Sam The Sham & the Pharaohs died of a heart attack aged 50. Martin co-wrote the group's 1965 US No.2 & UK No.11 single 'Wooly Bully'.

1991: Rick James and his girlfriend Tanya Hijazi were arrested in Hollywood charged with assault with a deadly weapon aggravated mayhem torture, false imprisonment, and forcible oral copulation. James was released on $1 million bail. 

1992: "Death & the Maiden" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 159 performances.

2000: Liverpool music store Rushworth and Dreaper closed down after 150 years of trading. The store had become famous after supplying The Beatles and other Liverpool groups with musical instruments.

2000: Jerome Smith from KC and the Sunshine Band died after being crushed by a bulldozer he was operating. Had the 1975 US No.1 single 'Get Down Tonight' and the 1983 UK No.1 single 'Give It Up.'

2001: New Orleans International Airport was re-named Louis Armstrong Airport in honor of the New Orleans-born trumpet player, singer, and bandleader.

2004: Eric Clapton bought a 50% share in Cordings to save the historic gentleman's outfitters from closure. The store, based in London since 1839 had run into financial difficulties. The guitarist said he had been fond of the shop since a window display caught his eye when he was 16 and had become a regular shopper there. Cordings was the originator of the Covert coat and the Tattersall shirt and made riding boots for the Queen Mother, the Duke of Windsor, and Mrs. Simpson.

2005: Status Quo filmed a cameo appearance in UK's Coronation Street playing themselves. Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt were set to appear in three episodes of the long-running ITV soap.

2005: Brandon Flowers from The Killers married Tana Munblowsky in a private ceremony held in Hawaii.

2013: Nielsen SoundScan reported that US album sales totaled 4.68 million for the week ending July 28, the lowest weekly total since the tracking system was formed in May 1991.

2014: American singer Rosetta Hightower died aged 70. She was a member of The Orlons who formed in the late 1950s had five US Top 20 hits in the Sixties including ‘The Wah Watusi’, ‘Don't Hang Up’, and ‘South Street’. Before they became The Orlons, they were an all-girl quintet called Audrey and the Teenettes. The Orlons provided backup vocals on Dee Dee Sharp's 1962 hit ‘Mashed Potato Time’ and second hit, ‘Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)’. In the late 1960s, she joined the ranks of the then-popular female session singers who backed many hit songs. This group included Madeline Bell, Lesley Duncan, Kiki Dee, and Sue and Sunny. She recorded with Joe Cocker on his With a Little Help From My Friends album.

2017: The Kidd Creole, one of the founding members of the 1980s hip hop group Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, was arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a homeless man in New York City. The 57-year-old, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover was a member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five best known for their 1982 rap song, 'The Message.'

2019: Ed Sheeran broke U2's tour record when his Divide tour became the biggest, most attended, and highest-grossing tour of all time. By the time the tour ended he would have spent 893 days on the road, compared to the 760 days U2 toured. Sheeran also surpassed Bono and co's tour attendance record of 7.3 million with a gig in France in May of this year.

2020: Guitarist Steve Holland a founding member and the last surviving original member of American Southern rock band Molly Hatchet died age 66.

Born On This Day In The Music World:

1775: Jose Angel Lamas, a Venezuelan composer, was born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1814)

1858: Catharina van Rennes, a Dutch composer, was born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1940)

1884: Nanny Larsén-Todsen, a Swedish opera singer, was born in Higby, Sweden (d. 1982)

1888: Oscar Rasbach, an American composer, was born in Dayton, Kentucky (d. 1975)

1890: Pauline Hall, a Norwegian composer, was born in Hamar, Hedmark, Norway (d. 1969)

1891: Arthur Bliss, an English composer (Olympians), was born in London, England

1891: Mihail Jora, a Romanian composer, was born in Roman, Romania (d. 1971)

1896: Lorenzo Herrera, a Venezuelan singer, and composer was born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1960)

1900: Helen Morgan [Riggins], an American singer and actress (Applause, Show Boat), was born in Danville, Illinois (d. 1941)

1900: Marinus Adam, a Dutch conductor, and composer was born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1977)

1905: Karl Amadeus Hartmann, a German composer, was born in Munich, Germany (d. 1963)

1914: Félix Leclerc, a French Canadian singer and composer (Moi, mes souliers), was born in La Tuque, Québec, Canada (d. 1988)

1924: Joe Harnell, an American musician, composer, and arranger, was born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2005)

1931: Henryk Schiller, a Polish composer, was born in Poznań, Poland (d. 2006)

1931: Philippa Schuyler, an African-American child prodigy and composer, was born in Harlem, New York (d. 1967)

1932: Marvin David Levy, an American composer (Mourning Becomes Electra), was born in Passaic, New Jersey (d. 2015)

1935: John MacIvor Perkins, an American composer, was born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2010)  

1936: Anthony Payne, a British composer (Phoenix Mass; Visions and Journeys), critic, and musicologist, was born in London (d. 2021)

1937: Canadian multi-instrumentalist and a master of the Lowrey organ, Garth Hudson, The Hawks (Ronnie Hawkins's backing group), who then became known as The Band and also backed Bob Dylan on his US tour in 1965 and world tour in 1966. The Band had the 1969 US No.25 single 'Up On Cripple Creek', 1970 UK No.16 single 'Rag Mama Rag'.

1939: Edward Patten, vocals, The Pips. Their first hit single was a version of 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine' in 1967. With Gladys Knight had the 1973 US No.1 single 'Midnight Train To Georgia', and the 1975 UK No.4 single with Gladys 'The Way We Were'. Patten died on 25 February 2005 of a stroke.

1941: Doris Coley, singer with American girl group The Shirelles, notable for their popularity in the early 1960s. They were the first all-female black group to have a No.1 hit record with 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow' in 1961. She died on 5th February 2000.

1941: Homer Banks, an American singer, and songwriter (Be What You Are) was born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2003)

1943: Kathy Lennon, an American singer (Lennon Sisters), was born in Santa Monica, California.

1944: English drummer, singer, and songwriter Jim Capaldi, who with Traffic scored the 1967 UK No.2 single 'Hole In My Shoe'. Capaldi had the solo 1975 UK No. 4 hit single with 'Love Hurts'. Capaldi also performed with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, and Cat Stevens. He died on 28th Jan 2005 of stomach cancer aged 60.

1947: Massiel, a Spanish singer, was born in Madrid, Spain.

1948: Andy Fairweather-Low, Welsh singer, songwriter from Amen Corner who had the 1969 UK No.1 single 'If Paradise Is Half As Nice. As a solo artist, he scored the 1975 UK No.6 single 'Wide Eyed And Legless'. As a session guitarist has worked with Bob Dylan, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton George Harrison, Elton John, Jackson Browne, Bill Wyman, Sheryl Crow, and Ringo Starr.

1948: Chris Bennett, American musician (The Theme from Midnight Express), born in Marshall, Illinois.  

1949: Fat Larry, singer, Fat Larry's Band, (1982 UK No.2 single 'Zoom'). He died on 5th February 2000.  

1950: Ted Turner, an English rock guitarist, and vocalist (Wishbone Ash) was born in Birmingham, England.  

1951: Andrew Gold, singer, songwriter, solo, (1977 US No.7 single 'Lonely Boy', 1978 UK No.5 single 'Never Let Her Slip Away'), Wax, (1987 UK No.12 single 'Bridge To Your Heart'). Gold died in his sleep on June 3, 2011, from a heart attack at age 59.  

1951: An American singer, guitarist, songwriter Joe Lynn Turner, who has worked with Rainbow, Deep Purple and Billy Joel, Cher, and Michael Bolton.   

1951: Freddie Wadling, a Swedish actor and musician (The Leather Nun, Fleshquartet), was born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2016)  

1952: An American guitarist, singer, and songwriter Les Dudek. He has played guitar with Steve Miller Band, The Dudek-Finnigan-Krueger Band, Stevie Nicks, Cher, Boz Scaggs, and Allman Brothers Band. 

1953: Donnie Monro, Runrig, (1995 UK No.18 single 'An Ubhal As Airde, The Highest Apple').  

1955: Jimmy Lowe, an American country singer (Pirates of Ms-Fred Jake), was born in Nashville, Tennessee.  

1956: Isabel Pantoja, a Spanish singer (Genio y Figura), was born in Seville, Spain.  

1957: Mojo Nixon, a US singer, and guitarist. Wrote the song 'Bring Me The Head Of David Geffen'.  

1957: Butch Vig, record producer and drummer with Garbage, (1996 UK No. 4 single 'Stupid Girl'). Produced Sonic Youth, The Smashing Pumpkins' Gish, and Nirvana's Nevermind album.    

1960: Neal Morse, an American musician (Spock's Beard, Transatlantic), was born in Van Nuys, Los Angeles.  

1960: David Yow, an American musician (Scratch Acid, The Jesus Lizard), was born in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

1961: Pete De Freitas, drummer, for the rock group Echo & the Bunnymen and performed on their first five albums. He died in a motorcycle accident on 14 June 1989 at the age of 27, on his way to Liverpool from London.  

1961: Cold 187um [Gregory Fernan Hutchison], an American rapper (Above the Law), was born in Pomona, California.  

1962: An English musician Lee Mavers, guitarist, singer with The La's, who had the 1990 UK No.13 single 'There She Goes'. The song has appeared on several film soundtracks, including The Parent Trap; Fever Pitch; Girl, Interrupted, and Cold Case.  

1969: Jan Axel Blomberg, a Norwegian musician (Dimmu Borgir, Winds, Mayhem), was born in Trysil Municipality, Norway.  

1969: Richard Hallebeek, a Dutch guitarist, was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  

1970: Zelma Davis, an American singer from C+C Music Factory who had the 1991 UK No.4 single 'Things That Make You Go Hmmm..., and the 1991 US No.1 single 'Gonna Make You Sweat'.

1972: Jimmy Pop, an American musician (The Bloodhound Gang), was born in Trappe, Pennsylvania.

1972: Justyna Steczkowska, a Polish singer, was born in Rzeszow, Poland.

1974: Jeremy Castle, an Oklahoma country singer, and songwriter was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

1988: Brittany Hargest, an American singer (Jump5), was born in Durham, North Carolina.

1992: Charli XCX [Charlotte Aitchison], an English singer-songwriter (Charli), was born in Cambridge, England.

1994: Jacob Collier, an English musician, and producer (Djesse Vol. 1, 2, 3), was born in London, England.

1999: Mark Lee, a Canadian rapper (SuperM), was born in Toronto, Ontario.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe.


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Good Thursday afternoon. This Day In The History Of Music. I do apologize for missing several posts over the last few weeks. Have a great Thursday night.


1956: Doris Day was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Whatever Will Be Will Be, the singer actress' second UK No.1 single. The Oscar-winning song was featured in Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 film, The Man Who Knew Too Much, with Doris Day and James Stewart in the lead roles.  

1957: American Bandstand first aired on US TV. **ahem** Clark had replaced Bob Horn the previous year when the show was still called Bandstand, Clark went on to host the show until 1989. Countless acts appeared on the show over the years, including ABBA, The Doors, Talking Heads, Madonna, Otis Redding, R.E.M., and Pink Floyd.  

1964: Beatles record a cover of Little Willie John's "Leave My Kitten Alone"; not released until 1995's "Anthology".  

1965: The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Help!' the group's eighth consecutive UK No.1 single. John Lennon later stated he wrote the lyrics of the song to express his stress after the Beatles' quick rise to success. "I was fat and depressed and I was crying out for 'Help'."     

1965: Jan Berry of Jan and Dean had accidentally knocked off a camera car and broke his leg on the first day of filming a new film Easy Come, Easy Go. Several other people were also hurt, causing Paramount to cancel the movie entirely.  

1966: The Beatles release their "Revolver" album in the UK.  

1966: The Beatles Revolver was released in the UK. The bands' seventh album featured: ‘Taxman’, ‘Eleanor Rigby’, ‘I'm Only Sleeping, ‘Here, There and Everywhere, ‘She Said She Said’, ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’ and ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’.  

1968: American country guitarist Luther Perkins died at the age of 40 as a result of severe burns and smoke inhalation. Perkins fell asleep at home in his den with a cigarette in his hand. He was dragged from the fire unconscious with severe second and third-degree burns. Perkins never regained consciousness. He worked with Johnny Cash and The Carter Family and was featured on the live album Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison.  

1969: George Harrison had his new Moog synthesizer brought into the studio for The Beatles to use in finishing their forthcoming album Abbey Road. Moog overdubs were recorded onto the new song 'Because'.  

1972: Moody Blues re-issue their 1967 single "Nights in White Satin", and it reaches #2 on US charts, higher than the initial release.  

1972: Aerosmith signed to CBS Records for $125,000 after record company boss Clive Davis saw them play at Max's Kansas City Club New York.  

1975: Stevie Wonder signs then a whopping $13M contract with Motown.  

1975: Drummer Sandy West and guitarist Joan Jett formed the first-ever all-female heavy rock band after being introduced by producer Kim Fowley. The Runaways released four studio albums, among its best-known songs: 'Cherry Bomb', 'Queen's of Noise' and a cover of the Velvet Underground's 'Rock n Roll'.        (Side Note: This Day & Wikipedia agree that The Runaways was formed in 1975, On This Day had them formed in 1974).   

1978: The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Miss You' the group's eighth US No.1. The song was written by Mick Jagger after jamming with keyboardist Billy Preston during rehearsals for forthcoming club dates the Stones were playing.  

1979: "But Never Jam Today" closes at Longacre Theater, NYC, after 7 performances.  

1979: Def Leppard signed to Phonogram records with an advance of £120,000 pounds ($180,000) giving them a 10% royalty on 100% of sales for the first two years.  

1983: Crosby Stills Nash & Young member David Crosby was sentenced to five years in jail in Texas for cocaine and firearms offenses. Crosby had slept through most of his trial.  

1984: Bruce Springsteen played the first of ten nights in New Jersey to mark the homecoming of the Born in the USA Tour.  

1986: Culture Club keyboard player Michael Rudetsky was found dead at Boy George's London home in Hampstead.  

1989: Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers had their first of three UK No.1's with 'Swing The Mood'. Produced by the father and son DJ team of Andy and John Pickles, Swing the Mood fused a number of early rock and roll records with liberal use of Glenn Miller's 'In The Mood.'  

1992: Jeff Porcaro drummer from Toto died at age 38 from a heart attack. His death has been the subject of controversy: some say the attack was caused by an allergic reaction to garden pesticide, while others say Porcaro's heart was weakened by smoking and cocaine use. Porcaro also worked with many other acts including Sonny and Cher, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, and Boz Scaggs.  

1993: Randy Hobbs, bass player with The McCoys, Edgar Winter Group, and Montrose was found dead in his hotel room in Dayton Ohio from a drug overdose aged 45.  

1994: British rocker Billy Idol was admitted to the hospital after a drug overdose. Best known for White Wedding, and Rebel Yell.   

1995: Take That played the first of ten sold-out nights at The Nynex Arena, Manchester, (the shows were without Robbie Williams who had quit the group on 17th July 1995). The group was also at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Never Forget', their 7th UK No.1, and last with Robbie Williams.  

1996: It was reported that the long-running UK TV music show Top Of The Pops had hit rock bottom with its lowest audience ever - only two and a half million viewers. In its heyday, the show attracted over 17 million viewers each week.  

2005: Bob Dylan's song 'Like a Rolling Stone' topped a poll of rock and film stars to find the music, movies, TV shows, and books that changed the world. The 1965 single beat Elvis Presley's 'Heartbreak Hotel' into second place in a survey for Uncut magazine. Paul McCartney, Noel Gallagher, Robert Downey Jr, Rolling Stone Keith Richards, and Lou Reed were among those who gave their opinions.  

2007: Beatles fans feared the misuse of the Fab Four’s music had hit rock bottom following the decision to license ‘All You Need Is Love’ for use in a nappy advert. Procter & Gamble had purchased the rights to use the song from Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which now owned Northern Songs, the Beatles’ catalog. The ad featured a baby jumping on a teddy bear in a disposable nappy which offered ‘ultimate leak protection.’  

2007: DNA testing on about a dozen people who claimed late soul star James Brown was their father revealed that at least two of them were telling the truth. A former adviser for the singer, Buddy Dallas, said he could not confirm exact figures, as further test results were forthcoming. His will, which was being disputed in court, named six children. 

2008: American singer, songwriter Robert Hazard died after surgery for pancreatic cancer. He wrote Cyndi Lauper's, ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and fronted Robert Hazard and the Heroes in the ’80s.  

2009: A 53-year-old who claimed he was secretly engaged to Miley Cyrus was charged with trying to stalk the US singer. Mark McLeod was arrested after trying to contact the Hannah Montana actress on a film set near Savannah, Georgia. McLeod claimed he had met Cyrus 18 months earlier and that she had accepted his marriage proposal. He told police that Cyrus' father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, approved of their relationship and that Cyrus had sent him "secret messages" through her TV show.  

2009: Steven Tyler was airlifted to hospital after falling off stage during a gig at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. The 61-year-old Aerosmith singer fell from a catwalk onto a couple of fans, he suffered neck and shoulder injuries. About 30 minutes after the accident, guitarist Joe Perry came out to tell the crowd that the remainder of the show had been canceled.  

2013: American musician, composer, singer, and producer George Duke died from chronic lymphocytic leukemia aged 67. He released over thirty solo albums, of which A Brazilian Love Affair from 1980 was his most popular. Duke worked with other musicians, particularly Frank Zappa, and also appeared on Michael Jackson's Off The Wall album.  

2016: Indie band Viola Beach scored a UK No.1 album, six months after they were killed in a car crash. The self-titled debut was compiled by the band's families, using live sessions and studio recordings, many of which were originally bound for an EP. All four members of the Warrington band and their manager Craig Tarry died when their car plunged into a canal in Sweden in February 2016.  

2016: English indie pop band Blossoms from Stockport, Greater Manchester released their self-titled debut studio which peaked at No.1 on the UK chart. The band takes their name from The Blossoms public house at the corner of Bramhall Lane and Buxton Road in Stockport.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:  

1397: Guillaume Dufay, a Franco-Flemish composer and theorist (d. 1474)  

1607: Philipp Friedrich Boddecker, a German composer and court organist, was born in Hagenau (d. 1683)  

1623: Antonio Cesti, an Italian composer, singer, and musician, was born in Arezzo (d. 1669) baptismal date.  

1694: Leonardo Leo, an Italian composer, was born in San Vito degli Schiavi, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1744)  

1797: Friedrich August Kummer, a German composer and musician, was born in Meiningen (d. 1879)  

1811: Ambroise Thomas, a French opera composer (Mignon), and music professor, in Metz, France (d. 1896)  

1822: Johann Georg Herzog, a German composer and organist, was born in Hummendorf (d. 1909)  

1828: Giovanni Rossi, an Italian composer, was born in Borgo San Donnino, Parma (d. 1886)  

1829: Heinrich Stiehl, a German organist and composer, was born in Lübeck (d. 1886)  

1843: James Scott Skinner, a Scottish composer, and dancing master was born in Arbeadie, Scotland (d. 1927)  

1850: Anton Simon, a Russian composer, was born in Paris, France (d. 1916)  

1864: Resurreccion Maria de Azkue, Basque priest, a composer and first head of the Euskaltzaindia, was born in Lekeitio, Spain (d. 1951)  

1866: Alfred Holy, a Czech composer, and harpist was born in Oporto (d. 1948)  

1868: Oskar Merikanto [Ala-Kanto], a Finnish pianist, organist, and composer, was born in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland (d. 1924)  

1880: Gertrude E Durden Rush, an American composer, and playwright (Black Girls Burden) was born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1962)  

1886: Óscar Esplá a Spanish composer, was born in Alicante, Spain (d. 1976)  

1890: Erich Kleiber, an Austrian-Argentine conductor (Teatro Colón, 1937-49; NBC Symphony, 1947-48) was  born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1956)  

1890: Hans Gál, an Austrian-British composer (Die Heilige Ente (The Sacred Duck)) was born in Brunn am Gebirge, Austria (d. 1987)  

1900: Bodi Rapp [Johanna PAC Goetmakers], a Dutch mezzo-soprano and teacher  

1901: Juan Carlos Paz, an Argentine composer, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1972)  

1909: Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, an American jazz vocalist and trumpeter (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), was born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1994)  

1914: Stjepan Sulek, a Croatian violinist/composer (Coriolan) was born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1986)  

1918: Betty Oliphant, a British-Canadian ballerina, co-founded of National Ballet School of Canada, was born in London, England (d. 2004)  

1926: Betsy Jolas, a French composer, was born in Paris  

1926: Jeri Southern [Genevieve Hering], an American jazz singer ("You Better Go Now"; "Joey"), and pianist, was born in Royal, Nebraska (d. 1991)  

1927: Gunnar Bucht, a Swedish composer, was born in Stocksund, Sweden.  

1932: Tera de Marez Oyens, a Dutch composer, born in Velsen, Netherlands (d.1996)  

1934: Vern Gosdin, an American country singer ("Set 'Um Up Joe"), was born in Woodland, Alabama (d. 2009).  

1941: Airto Moreira drummer, with American jazz fusion band of the 1970s and early 1980s Weather Report who had the 1976 single 'Birdland' and the 1977 album Heavy Weather.  

1942: Rick Huxley guitarist from English pop-rock band, Dave Clark Five, who scored the 1964 UK No.1 single 'Glad All Over, and the 1965 US No.1 single 'Over And Over', plus over 15 other UK top 40 singles. He died on 11 February 2013 aged 72.  

1943: Sammi Smith, American country music singer ("Help Me Make It Through The Night") was born in Orange County, California (d. 2005)  

1946: Rick van der Linden, a Dutch keyboardist (Ekseption).  

1947: Rick Derringer, producer, guitar, vocals, The McCoys, (1965 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'Hang On Sloopy'), Edgar Winter Group, (1973 US No.1 & UK No.18 single 'Frankenstein').  

1947: American bass guitarist Willie Weeks is one of the most in-demand session musicians. Weeks has worked in the studio or toured with many artists including Gregg Allman, David Bowie, Roy Buchanan, Jimmy Buffett, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Bo Diddley, The Doobie Brothers, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes, George Harrison, Donny Hathaway, Etta James, Billy Joel, Rickie Lee Jones, Wynonna Judd, Chaka Khan, B.B. King, Lyle Lovett, David Lee Roth, Michael McDonald, Don McLean, John Mayer, John Mellencamp, Bette Midler, Randy Newman, Pino Palladino, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Richard and Linda Thompson, Joe Walsh, Bobby Womack, Leon Russell, Steve Winwood, Stevie Wonder.  

1947: Gregory Leskiw, guitarist from Canadian rock band Guess Who who had the 1970 US No.1 & UK No.19 single 'American Woman'. Leskiw operated Vox Pop Studios in Fort Garry, a popular recording studio for local Winnipeg Groups such as Crash Test Dummies.  

1951: Jemeel Moondoc, an American improvisational jazz saxophonist (Ensemble Muntu; Jus Grew Orchestra), was born in Chicago, Illinois  

1953: Samantha Sang [Cheryl Lau Sang], an Australian pop singer (Emotion) was born in Melbourne.  

1955: Eddie "Fingers" Ojeda, guitar, Twisted Sister, (1983 UK No.18 single 'I Am, I'm Me', 1984 album 'Stay Hungry').  

1956: Ferdi Bolland, a Dutch singer/guitarist (Bolland & Bolland).  

1957: Louis Walsh, Irish manager of Boyzone, Westlife Samantha Mumba and Girls Aloud. A judge on reality television series Popstars: The Rivals and in 2005 as a judge (along with Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne ) on the ITV talent show, The X Factor.  

1959: Pete Burns, English singer-songwriter and television personality. Was a member of the Mystery Girls and then Dead Or Alive who scored the 1985 UK No.1 single 'You Spin Me Round, Like A Record'. Burns died on 23 October 2016 following a sudden cardiac arrest.  

1960: Stuart Croxford, Kajagoogoo, (1983 UK No.1 single 'Too Shy').  

1960: Seth Swirsky, an American pop songwriter ("Tell It To My Heart"), was born in Connecticut.  

1961: Mark O'Connor, an American violinist and composer of classical, jazz, and bluegrass music (Appalachian Journey) was born in Seattle, Washington.  

1961: Pat Smear [Georg Ruthenberg], an American rock guitarist (Foo Fighters - "Everlong"; "My Hero"), was born in West Los Angeles, California.  

1963: Mike Nocito, guitarist, from British band Johnny Hates Jazz who had the 1987 UK No.5 single and international success with 'Shattered Dreams'.  

1964: MCA (Adam Yauch) The Beastie Boys, (1987 US No.7 & UK No.11 single 'You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party', 1987 US No.1 and UK No.7 album 'Licence To Ill', plus 3 other US No.1 albums). He died on 4th May 2012.  

1965: Jeff Coffin, a saxophonist. He is a three-time Grammy Award winner as a member of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. Coffin began touring with Dave Matthews Band and officially joined the group in 2009 following the death of founding member LeRoi Moore.    

1965: Motoi Sakuraba, a Japanese keyboardist, and progressive rock and video game music composer, was born in Akita Prefecture, Japan.  

1966: Jennifer Finch, bassist, with the American rock band L7 who was associated with the grunge movement of the late 1980s and early 1990s. L7 influenced many of the riot grrrl bands of the 1990s.  

1968: Terri Clark, a Canadian country singer-songwriter, and guitarist was born in Montreal, Quebec  

1971: "Evil" Jared Hasselhoff [Hennegan], an American rock bassist (Bloodhound Gang), was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

1972: Christian Olde Wolbers, a Belgian musician (Fear Factory)  

1975: Dan Hipgrave, singer from British alternative rock band, Toploader who had the 2000 UK No.7 single with 'Dancing In The Moonlight' a cover of the French-American rock group King Harvest.  

1975: Eicca Toppinen, a Finnish cellist (Apocalyptica), was born in, Vantaa, Finland.  

1978: Nektaria Karantzi, a Greek singer (Byzantine Chant).  

1981: Kō Shibasaki, a Japanese singer, and actress (47 Ronin) was born in Toshima, Japan.  

1982: Tobias Regner, a German rock singer, was born in Teisendorf, Bavaria, Germany.  

1983: Dawn Richard, singer, with American girl group Danity Kane, (formed on the MTV reality show Making the Band 3). They became the first female group in Billboard history to debut their first two albums at the top of the charts.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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Happy & good Friday to all. This Day In The History Of Music. Have a great relaxing weekend, or at least try.


1947: 1st performance of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 8".

1960: Chubby Checker appeared on the US TV show American Bandstand and performed 'The Twist.' The song went to No.1 on the US chart and again 18 months later in 1962. It is the only song to go to the top of the charts on two separate occasions.  

1963: In the evening at Studio A of the Columbia Recording Studio, New York City, Bob Dylan recorded the first session produced by Tom Wilson for the album The Times They Are A-Changin'. Dylan's third studio album was the first collection to feature only original compositions, the title track being one of Dylan's most famous. The album consists mostly of stark, sparsely-arranged story songs concerning issues such as racism, poverty, and social change.  

1963: The Beatles arrived in Jersey in the Channel Islands, where they spent the day go-carting and relaxing by the pool at The Revere Hotel before playing the first of four nights at the Springfield Ballroom. Some fans had found out where they were staying, but they were happy to chat and be photographed with them.  

1964: Rod Stewart made his TV debut on the BBC show The Beat Room as a member of The Hoochie Coochie Men. The tapes of all but one of the programs were later destroyed. The only remaining program (originally broadcast on 5 October 1964) featured Tom Jones, Julie Rogers, The Kinks, John Lee Hooker, and The Syndicats. The show also featured a sextet of female dancers, the Beat Girls formed from an existing group, the katydids.  

1965: The Beatles released their fifth album and soundtrack to their second film Help! which included the title track, ‘The Night Before’, ‘You've Got to Hide Your Love Away, ‘You're Going to Lose That Girl, ‘Ticket to Ride’, and 'Yesterday'.  

1965: Decca records released the Small Faces debut single 'Whatcha Gonna Do About It' which peaked at No.14 on the UK chart. Years later, their manager Don Arden admitted to spending £12,000 on chart fixing to ensure the band's debut song would be a hit.  

1970: The Concert For Peace, Steppenwolf, Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Poco, and Johnny Winter all appeared at the Concert For Peace in New York City. The concert date coincided with the 25th anniversary of dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.  

1970: The 10th National Jazz, Blues, and Pop four-day Festival was held at Plumpton Racecourse in Sussex, England. Featuring, Family, Groundhogs, Cat Stevens, Deep Purple, Fat Mattress, Yes, Caravan, The Strawbs, Black Sabbath, Wild Angles, Wishbone Ash, and Daddy Longlegs.  

1973: Stevie Wonder was seriously injured when the car he was riding in crashed into a truck on I-85 near Winston-Salem, North Carolina leaving him in a coma for four days. The accident also left him without any sense of smell.  

1974: ABBA scored their first US top 10 hits when 'Waterloo' went to No.6. 'Waterloo' was written specifically to be entered into the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, after the group finished third with 'Ring Ring' the previous year in the Swedish pre-selection contest. The original title of the song was 'Honey Pie'.  

1977: The Police appeared at The Red Cow, Hammersmith Road in London, admission was 60p.  

1977: This week's UK Top 5 singles: No.5 'Fanfare For The Common Man', ELP. No.4, 'Pretty Vacant, the Sex Pistols. No.3, 'Angelo' Brotherhood Of Man'. No.2, 'Ma Baker', Boney M and No.1, 'I Feel Love' Donna Summer.  

1981: Stevie Nicks released her first solo album Bella Donna which contained four top 40 US hits. ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’, (with Tom Petty), ‘Leather and Lace’, (with Don Henley), ‘Edge of Seventeen’ and ‘After the Glitter Fades.’  

1982: Pink Floyd's The Wall starring Bob Geldof opened in movie theatres in New York. The film was conceived alongside the double album by Pink Floyd's, Roger Waters.  

1983: Klaus Nomi Avant-garde musician and former backing singer with David Bowie Klaus Nomi died at the age of 39 of Aids in New York City aged 38. Nomi was one of the first celebrities to contract AIDS.  

1988: Appetite For Destruction Guns N' Roses debut album went to No.1 in the US, after spending 57 weeks on the chart and selling over 5 million copies. Singles from the album, ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine,’ ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ and ‘Paradise City’ were all US top 10 hits. Worldwide sales now stand in excess of 28 million and the album is the best-selling debut album of all-time in the US, beating Boston's debut album Boston, which has gone 17x platinum.  

1988: Yazz and the Plastic Population started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Only Way Is Up'. The song was originally released as the title track to the 1982 album by soul singer Otis Clay.  

1989: Adam Clayton of U2 was arrested in The Blue Light Inn car park in Dublin for marijuana possession and intent to supply the drug to another person. His conviction was waived in exchange for paying £25,000 to the Dublin Woman's Aid Centre.  

1989: "Oh! Calcutta!" revival closes at Edison Theater NYC after 5959 performances, Broadway’s longest-running musical revue.  

1994: Lisa Loeb started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Stay (I Missed You), a No.6 hit in the UK. Actor and friend Ethan Hawke had asked her to provide a song for the upcoming movie Reality Bites and 'Stay' was featured in the film.  

1994: Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards booked into a private clinic to be treated for nervous exhaustion.  

1996: Punk rock band the Ramones perform for the last time at the Palace in Hollywood.  

1999: **ahem** Latvala died aged 56 after being in a coma caused by a heart attack. Latvala had worked with the Grateful Dead since the early 80s looking after their archives of live performances which became a series of '**ahem**'s Picks' albums.  

2001: Whitney Houston became one of the highest-paid musicians in the world after signing a new deal with Arista Records, said to be worth more than $100m.  

2004: Rick James was found dead at his Los Angeles home. Known as 'The King of Punk-Funk' James scored the 1981 US No.3 album ‘Street Songs’ and 1981 US No.16 single ‘Super Freak part 1’. In the late 60s, James worked as a songwriter and producer for Motown, working with Smokey Robinson and The Miracles. Addicted to cocaine, he once admitted to spending $7,000 a week on drugs for five years. 

2007: Marilyn Manson was being sued by a former band member who said he was owed $20m (£9.8m) in shared profits. Stephen Bier, who played keyboards under the stage name Madonna Wayne Gacy, claimed he was not paid properly over a period of almost two decades. In legal papers filed in Los Angeles, Bier claimed Manson falsely told him the band was not making much money and used band money to buy a $2m (£980,000) home and collect Nazi memorabilia, including coat hangers used by Adolf Hitler.  

2009: Willy DeVille died at the age of 58 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. The band he formed, Mink Deville, appeared at the legendary CBGB club in New York in the 1970s and scored the 1977 hit 'Spanish Stroll.' Doctors discovered he had cancer earlier this year as he was preparing to undergo treatment for hepatitis C.  

2012: Forbes declared Beyoncé and Jay-Z the highest-paid celebrity couple, with earnings of $78 million ($40 million for her, $38 for him).  

2012: "Cruise" single released by Florida Georgia Line (Billboard Song of the Year 2013)  

2019: Members of Korn, Tool, Judas Priest, Linkin Park, and several other bands signed a brief in support of Led Zeppelin, whose years-long copyright case over the opening guitar riff of 'Stairway To Heaven' was set to return to court. In response to the court order, 123 music-makers filed an amicus brief, aiming to “elucidate the effect of the panel’s decision… on all songwriters, composers, musicians, and producers in the United States and around the world”. The lawsuit was originally filed in 2014 by the estate of late Randy California, the singer/guitarist of Spirit and the composer of ‘Taurus’.  

2020: British music producer and sound engineer Martin Birch died at age 71. He became renowned for engineering and producing albums recorded predominantly by British rock bands, including Deep Purple, Rainbow, Fleetwood Mac, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, and Iron Maiden.    

2020: Wayne Fontana died from cancer at the age of 74. The English rock and pop singer is best known for the 1965 hit ‘The Game of Love’ with the Mindbenders. He took his stage name from Elvis Presley's drummer, D. J. Fontana.  

Borb On This Day In The Music World:  

1619: Barbara Strozzi, an Italian singer, and composer, was baptized in Venice (d. 1677)  

1651: Johann Michael Zächer, an Austrian composer, was born in Vienna (d. 1712)  

1664: Johann Christoph Schmidt, a German composer, was born in Ansbach, Bavaria (d. 1728)  

1665: Jean-Baptiste Lully fils, a French musician and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, was born in Paris, France (d. 1743)  

1748: Bernhard Haltenberger, a German composer, was born in Schongau, Bavaria (d. 1780)  

1858: Albert Fuchs, a Swiss-German composer, was born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1910)  

1873: Mary Carr Moore, an American composer, was born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1957)  

1875: Marcel Labey, a French conductor and composer, was born in Vésinet, France (d. 1968)  

1883: Francesco Santoliquido, an Italian composer, was born in San Giorgio a Cremano, Naples, Italy (d. 1971)  

1884: Arthur Fields [Abraham Finkelstein], an American singer-songwriter (Aba Daba Honeymoon), was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1953)  

1886: Edward Ballantine, an American composer and music professor, was born in Oberlin, Ohio (d. 1971)  

1888: Heinrich Schlusnus, a German baritone, was born in Braubach (d. 1952)  

1896: Cyril Mockridge, a British composer for film and television (Miracle On 34th Street; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance) starring John Wayne & Jimmy Stewart, was born in London (d. 1979)  

1902: Michal Vilec, a composer.

1906: Vic Dickenson, an American trombonist (d. 1984)  

1908: George Singer, a composer.  

1908: Svend Erik Tarp, a Danish composer, was born in Thisted, Denmark (d. 1994)  

1910: Friedrich Schroder, a composer.  

1918: Norman Granz, an American record producer (Jazz at the Philharmonic; Verve Records), was born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2001)  

1923: Jack Parnell, an orchestra leader (Englebert Humperdinck Show), was born in London, England.  

1925: Leland Smith, an American composer, bassoonist, and computer coder who led music publishing into the digital age (SCORE), was born in Oakland, California (d. 2013)  

1928: Andy Warhol, pop artist, and producer, was the founder of the Pop Art movement. Produced and managed The Velvet Underground, designed the 1967 Velvet Underground and Nico, 'peeled banana' album cover, and The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers album cover. Warhol died on 22nd February 1987 after a gall bladder operation.  

1929: Mike Elliott, saxophonist from British soul band The Foundations who scored the 1967 UK No.1 single 'Baby Now That I've Found You' and the 1969 US No.3 single 'Build Me Up A Buttercup'. The group was the first multi-racial group to have a No.1 hit in the UK in the 1960s.  

1930: Abbey Lincoln [Anna Wooldridge], an African-American civil rights activist, jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actress (Nothing But a Man), was born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)  

1937: Baden Powell de Aquino, a Brazilian guitarist (d. 2000)  

1937: Paul Griffin, an American session musician, and pianist was born in Harlem, New York (d. 2000) 

1937: Charlie [Charles Edward] Haden, an American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra; Quartet West), was born in Shenandoah, Iowa (d. 2014)  

1938: Igor Mikhailovich Luchenok, a Belarusian composer and teacher, was born in Minsk, Belarus (d. 2018)  

1939: Sonny Sanders was an American soul music singer, songwriter, arranger, and record producer. He formed the Satintones in Detroit in 1957 becoming the first vocal group signed to Motown, and released their first record, 'Going to the Hop' / 'Motor City' in 1960. He later arranged strings on many hits including Jackie Wilson’s 'Higher and Higher' and 'I Get the Sweetest Feeling'. He died on October 12, 2016.  

1941: Sorrel [Doris Ernestine] Hays, an American pianist, and composer (The Glass Woman) was born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2020)  

1945: John Kongos, a South African singer and songwriter ("He's Gonna Step On You Again") was born in Johannesburg.   

1946: Allan Holdsworth, a British guitarist, was born in Bradford (d. 2017)  

1948: Allan Holdsworth, a British guitarist, and composer who was a member of Soft Machine, and played a variety of musical styles in a career spanning more than four decades, but is best known for his work in jazz fusion. Holdsworth died on 15 April 2017 at his home in Vista, California, at the age of 70. 

1952: Pat McDonald an American musician and songwriter from Timbuk 3, had the 1987 UK No.21 single 'The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades'). He formed the duo with his wife, Barbara K. MacDonald. He has co-written songs recorded by Aerosmith, Cher, Jools Holland, Billy Ray Cyrus, Zucchero, Keith Urban, Imogen Heap, Stewart Copeland, and Peter Frampton.   

1952: Ton Scherpenzeel, a Dutch rock keyboardist (Kayak, Earth & Fire), was born in Hilversum, The Netherlands.  

1952: Vinnie Vincent [Cusano], an American rock guitarist (Kiss, 1982-84; solo - "Ashes to Ashes"), was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  

1954: Elma Miller, a Canadian composer, was born in Toronto, Ontario.  

1958: Randy DeBarge singer from an American family group DeBarge who had the 1983 US No.17 single 'All This Love', and the 1985 UK No.4 single 'Rhythm Of The Night'.  

1959: Joyce Sims, an American R&B singer-songwriter ("All and All"; "Come into My Life"), was born in Rochester, New York.  

1963: Jamie Kensit, from English group Eighth Wonder, (the brother of singer, actress Patsy Kensit), who had the 1988 UK No.7 single and European hit 'I'm Not Scared, which was co-produced and written by the Pet Shop Boys.  

1965: Yuki Kajiura, a Japanese film, anime, and video game music composer was born in Tokyo, Japan. 

1966: Regina Carter, American jazz and classical violinist, and composer was born in Detroit, Michigan.  

1969: Elliot Smith, a US singer-songwriter, 1997 album 'Either/Or'. His song 'Miss Misery' saw him nominated for an Academy Award in 1997. Smith committed suicide on 22nd October 2003 aged 34.

1972: Geri (Horner) Halliwell, (Ginger Spice), vocals, the Spice Girls who scored the 1996 UK No.1 & 1997 US No.1 single 'Wannabe', plus seven other No.1 singles. She left the group on 7th June 1998 and her first UK solo No.1 single was 1999 'Mi Chico Latino'. Halliwell has scored more UK No.1's than any other female artist.

1980: Wilber Pan, a Taiwanese-American singer, rapper, and actor, was born in West Virginia.

1981: Leslie Odom Jr., an American actor, and singer (Hamilton) was born in New York City.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe.