On this day
1951 | Frank Sinatra married his second wife actress Ava Gardner, the couple split up in 1953 and divorced in 1957. Sinatra was married three other times, to his first wife Nancy Barbato, to the actress Mia Farrow and finally to Barbara Marx, to whom he was married at his death.
1963 | The Beatles went to Ireland to make their only two appearances ever in the country playing two shows at the Adelphi Cinema, Dublin.
1975 | A new world record was set for continuous guitar string plucking by Steve Anderson who played for 114 hours 17 minutes.
1975 | Elton John started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Rock Of The Westies’, the singers tenth studio album and seventh US No.1 contained the US No.1 and No.14 UK single, ‘Island Girl’, which was released prior to the album.
1987 | Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Tunnel Of Love.’
1991 | Rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin quit Guns N’ Roses and was replaced by guitarist Gilby Clarke. Stradlin citied a combination of Axl Rose’s personal behaviour and the difficulties of being around Slash, Matt Sorum, and Duff McKagan, due to his new-found sobriety.
2014 | Two wealthy fans paid $300,000 to eat lasagne with Bruce Springsteen at his house. Springsteen started off the annual Stand Up For Heroes event by playing an acoustic set, then offering the instrument to the highest bidder. When bidding reached $60,000, he threw in a guitar lesson, which someone offered $250,000 for. At this point, he offered up a lasagne dinner at his house, a ride around the block in the sidecar of his motorbike and the shirt off of his back. All the money went to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which helps injured servicemen and their families when they return home.
2016 | Canadian singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen died at the age of 82 at his home in Los Angeles. Cohen pursued a career as a poet and novelist during the 1950s and early 1960s, and did not launch a music career until 1967, at the age of 33.
Born on this day
1943 | Joni Mitchell (Roberta Anderson), Canadian singer, songwriter, 1970 UK No.11 single ‘Big Yellow Taxi’, 1974 US No.7 single ‘Help Me’.
1960 | Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist, took over from Ace Frehley in American hard rock band Kiss. Thayer became the lead guitarist for Kiss in 2002.
1967 | Born on this day David Guetta, French DJ.
1967 | Sharleen Spiteri, singer, songwriter from Scottish pop rock band Texas.
1988 | English rapper, Tinie Tempah. Scored the 2010 UK No.1 ‘Pass Out’, and ‘Written in the Stars’.
1996 | New Zealand singer-songwriter, Ella Yelich-O’Connor, known by her stage name Lorde who had the 2013 worldwide hit ‘Royals’, making her the first New Zealand solo artist to have a No.1 song in the United States. Her second studio album Melodrama topped charts in New Zealand, Australia, the United States and Canada.