On this day
1955 | The song that changed popular music history ‘Rock Around the Clock’ by Bill Haley & His Comets went to No.1 on the UK singles chart.
1961 | Bob Dylan started recording his debut album over two days at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City
1966 | The Supremes were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’.
1967 | Los Angeles-based psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Incense And Peppermints’.
1971 | Isaac Hayes started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Theme From Shaft’, it made No.4 in the UK. Hayes won a Grammy award for Best Original Film Score with ‘Theme From Shaft’.
1974 | Drummer with The Who, Keith Moon collapsed during a concert after his drink was spiked with horse tranquilliser. 19 year-old Scott Halpin who was in the audience, volunteered to replace him on drums for the remaining three numbers.
1984 | A large crowd of fans watched the unveiling of a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star for Michael Jackson in front of Mann’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Jackson became star number 1,793 on the famed walk.
1991 | The Rolling Stones announced they’d signed a £20 million deal with Virgin Records, to make three albums over six years.
2004 | Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was fined £40,000 after a fight in a German hotel. Gallagher was arrested along with drummer Alan White and three other members of the band’s entourage after the brawl in Munich in December 2002
2005 | Robbie Williams smashed a Guinness World Record by selling more than 1.6 million tickets for his 2006 World Tour in one day.
2016 | Craig Gill, drummer of the Inspiral Carpets, died at the age of 44.
Born on this day
1942 | Norman Greenbaum, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and One Hit Wonder with the 1970 UK No.1 & US No.3 single ‘Spirit In The Sky’.
1965 | Mike Diamond, The Beastie Boys, (1987 US No.7 & UK No.11 single ‘You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party’, 1987 US No.1 and UK No.7 album ‘Licence To Ill’, plus 3 other US No.1 albums).
1965 | Senen Reyes, Sen Dog, from Cypress Hill, who had the 1993 UK No.15 single ‘I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That’, and the 1993 US No.1 album ‘Black Sunday’.
1983 | American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer Future, (Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn).
1986 | Jared Followill, bassist, from American rock band Kings of Leon.