On this day

1970 | Jim Morrison was dragged off stage by keyboardist Ray Manzarek during a Doors concert in Boston, after Morrison asked the audience, ‘Would you like to see my genitals?’.

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

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

1982 | Iron Maiden scored their first UK No.1 album with The Number Of The Beast.

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

2005 | The final episode of The Osbournes was aired on MTV in the UK.

2013 | Kate Bush received her CBE for services to music from the Queen at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, England.

Born on this day

1950 | American guitarist and singer Eddie Hazel, who played lead guitar with Parliament-Funkadelic.

1964 | Alan ‘Reni’ Wren, English rock drummer with The Stone Roses.

1979 | Sophie Ellis Bextor, English singer.