On this day
1955 | Carl Perkins recorded ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ at Sun Studios in Memphis. The rock ‘n’ roll classic became a US No.2 & UK No.10 hit for Perkins in 1956, and has been covered by many acts including Elvis Presley and John Lennon.
1964 | The Supremes became the first all girl group to have a UK No.1 single when ‘Baby Love’ went to the top of the charts.
1965 | The Kinks, The Who, Georgie Fame & The Blue Fames, The Hollies, Wilson Pickett and The Golden Apples Of The Sun all appeared at the Glad Rag Ball, Empire Pool, London, tickets 30 shillings, ($4.20).
1979 | Chuck Berry was released from prison after serving a four-month sentence for tax evasion.
1983 | English musician and songwriter Tom Evans from Badfinger, committed suicide by hanging himself in his back garden from a willow tree after a bitter argument with Badfinger guitarist Joey Molland about the royalties for ‘Without You’.
2000 | The Beatles started an eleven-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Beatles 1’. The album features virtually every number-one single released from 1962 to 1970.
2002 | Safety experts blasted Michael Jackson after dangling his baby from a third-floor hotel balcony. Jacko was in Berlin for an awards ceremony and was showing his nine-month old baby to his fans outside the hotel.
2003 | Police issued an arrest warrant for Michael Jackson following allegations of sexual abuse of a 12-year old boy.
2016 | A furious letter from John Lennon to Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda, written after The Beatles’ break-up sold for nearly $30,000 (£24,200), to an anonymous collector in Dallas.
Born on this day
1937 | Ray Collins, vocals, Frank Zappa band. Collins was the lead singer on the band’s first two albums.
1960 | Born on this day American drummer and percussionist Matt Sorum, who was a member of The Cult before joining Guns N’ Roses (as Steven Adler’s replacement) and then Slash’s Snakepit and Velvet Revolver.
1965 | Jason Pierce from English space rock band Spiritualized.
1971 | English musician Justin Chancellor from American rock band Tool who had the 2001 US No.1 album Lateralus. He was formerly in the band Peach.