On this day

1966 | Supergroup Cream released their debut studio album ‘Fresh Cream‘ in the UK.

1967 | The Doors appeared at the New Haven Arena, New Haven, Connecticut. Before the show a policeman found singer Jim Morrison making out with an 18 year-old girl in a backstage shower and after an argument the policeman sprays mace in Morrison’s face. Once on stage Morrison tells the story of the backstage episode and starts taunting the police who drag him off the stage and arrest him. The crowd riots leaving the venue in disarray and many are arrested. Later over 100 protestors gathered at the police station in demonstration and more arrests were made.

1978 | Boney M had their second UK No.1 single with their version of the Harry Belafonte 1957 hit ‘Mary’s Boy Child’.

1978 | Chic started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Le Freak.’

1988 | According to a poll released in the US, the music of Neil Diamond was favoured as the best background music for sex, Beethoven was the second choice and Luther Vandross was voted third.

1992 | George Harrison was the recipient of the first Century Award, presented by Tom Petty at the third Billboard Music Awards in Universal City, California.

1995 | Michael Jackson scored his 6th solo UK No.1 single when ‘Earth Song’ started a 6-week run at the top of the charts.

2016 | The Rolling Stones topped the UK chart with their latest album Blue & Lonesome, the bands first original studio album to reach No.1 for 22 years and the 12th album by The Rolling Stones to reach the top of the charts.

Born on this day

1964 | Paul H. Landers, rhythm-guitarist, for the German rock band Rammstein who formed in Berlin in 1994.

1971 | English music producer, composer, disc jockey, instrumentalist, Geoff Barrow, Portishead.

1972 | Frank Wright III, ‘Tre Cool’, drums, Green Day.