On this day
1965 | Roger Miller was at No.1 on the US Country charts with ‘King Of The Road.’
1967 | The Bee Gees made their Top Of The Pops debut performing ‘New York Mining Disaster’ on the UK TV show.
1974 | Led Zeppelin attended an Elvis Presley show at the Los Angeles Forum in California. After a shaky start to the show, Elvis stopped the band and jokingly said: ‘Wait a minute, if we can start together fellas, because we’ve got Led Zeppelin out there, lets try to look like we know what we’re doing.’ All four members of Zeppelin met with Elvis after the show, spending over 2 hours backstage. Elvis asked for all the group’s autographs for his daughter Lisa Marie.
1981 | Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley died aged 36.
1996 | Bill Graham the Irish journalist credited with discovering U2 died of a heart attack aged 44.
2004 | US songwriter John Whitehead was killed by a gunman.
Born on this day
1888 | American composer and lyricist, Irving Berlin who is widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history.
1941 | English singer-songwriter and actor Eric Burdon, who with The Animals had the 1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘House Of The Rising Sun’.
1966 | Christoph “Doom” Schneider, drummer, for the German rock band Rammstein who formed in Berlin in 1994.
1986 | Born on this day in 1986, Kieren Webster, bass guitarist, vocalist, from The View.