On this day
1954 | BBC radio in the UK banned the Johnny Ray song ‘Such a Night’ after listeners complain about its ‘suggestiveness’. Ray was famous for his emotional stage act, which included beating up his piano, and writhing on the floor.
1970 | The Beatles twelfth and final album, Let It Be was released, (it was recorded before the Abbey Road album, and was originally to be called ‘Get Back’). The album came in a deluxe-boxed edition with a ‘Get Back’ book.
1976 | ABBA scored their third UK No.1 single with ‘Fernando’, the song went on to become ABBA’s biggest selling single, with sales over 10 million.
1982 | Neil Bogart died of cancer at the age of 39. Bogart was the founder of Casablanca Records, with Peter Guber, home of Donna Summer, The Village People, Kiss, T.Rex and Joan Jett.
1993 | Aerosmith entered the US album chart at No.1 with ‘Get A Grip’, a No.2 hit in the UK. The album went on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide as well as winning the band two Grammy awards.
2005 | Bruce Springsteen was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Devils and Dust’ his 13th No.1 studio album.
Born on this day
1911 | American blues singer-songwriter Robert Johnson. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 influenced later generations including Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Eric Clapton (Cream covered ‘Crossroads), The Rolling Stones (‘Love In Vain’). Johnson is now recognised as a master of the blues.
1940 | American rock and roll star Ricky Nelson, who had the 1958 US No.1 ‘Poor Little Fool’, the 1961 UK No.2 single ‘Hello Mary Lou’ plus over 30 US Top 40 hit singles.
1951 | American musician Chris Frantz, drummer, with Talking Heads.
1953 | Alex Van Halen, Dutch-American musician, best known as the drummer and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.
1964 | Dave Rowntree, drummer with Blur.
1975 | Spanish singer, songwriter, actor, Enrique Iglesias.