On this day
1958 | Chuck Berry’s rock ‘n’ roll classic ‘Johnny B. Goode’ single was released. It entered the US charts six weeks later and peaked at No.8 on the chart.
1964 | Filming for A Hard Day’s Night, The Beatles played a ‘live television performance’ in front of a studio of screaming fans (one of those fans was Phil Collins). The four songs used in the film were ‘Tell Me Why’, ‘I Should Have Known Better’, ‘And I Love Her’, and ‘She Loves You’.
1967 | Jimi Hendrix set fire to his guitar live on stage for the first time when he was appearing at The Astoria in London, England. It was the first night of a 24-date tour with The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdink. The Fender Stratocaster burned on stage by Hendrix sold for £280,000 at a 2008 London auction of rock memorabilia.
1987 | Prince released his ninth studio album Sign o’ the Times which produced three top-ten hit singles, ‘If I Was Your Girlfriend’, ‘U Got the Look’, (with Sheena Easton) and the title track ‘Sign o’ the Times. In 1989, Time Out magazine ranked it as the greatest album of all time.
2001 | Whitney Houston and husband Bobby Brown were banned for life from Hollywood’s Bel Air hotel after wrecking their room.
2005 | Rap record company boss Marion “Suge” Knight was ordered to pay $107m (£57m) to a woman who claimed she helped found Death Row label in 1989, one of hip-hop’s top labels with artists including Tupac Shakur, Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg. Lydia Harris said she invested in Death Row but was pushed out by Mr Knight.
Born on this day
1955 | Angus Young, Scottish-born Australian guitarist with AC/DC, known for his energetic performances and schoolboy-uniform stage outfits.
1974 | Stefan Olsdal, bassist with alternative rock band Placebo.