On this day

1957 | The Cavern Club opened in Liverpool, England. It became the home of many Liverpool bands including The Beatles who appeared at the club 292 times.

1970 | Two days after it opened, the Bag One Gallery in London, England was raided by Scotland Yard. The police remove eight John Lennon lithographs under the Obscene Publications Act.

1980 | Paul McCartney was jailed for nine days in Tokyo for marijuana possession after being found with 219g on his arrival at Narita Airport in Japan. McCartney said in 2004. “This stuff was too good to flush down the toilet, so I thought I’d take it with me.”

1985 | David Bowie’s schizophrenic half-brother Terry Burnes killed himself aged 47 after laying down on the railway lines at Coulsdon South station, London.

1988 | George Michael went to No.1 on the US album charts with his debut solo album ‘Faith’, which went on to sell over 8 million copies.

1988 | Tina Turner gave herself a place in the record books when she performed in front of 182,000 people in Rio De Janeiro. The largest audience ever for a single artist.

1992 | Eric Clapton recorded his unplugged session for MTV.

2000 | American singer Will Jones died aged 71 from the effects of diabetes.

2005 | The Killers started a two week run at No.1 on the UK charts with their debut album ‘Hot Fuss.’

2019 | American musician Lorna Doom died of cancer age 61. She was the bass guitarist for the punk rock band the Germs.

Born on this day

1959 | Singer-songwriter Helen Folasade Adu (Sade). Sade is widely considered a musical influence, and her contributions to music have made her a global figure in popular culture for over two decades. She has been credited as one of the most successful British female artists in history.

1965 | Jill Sobule, American singer-songwriter best known for the 1995 single ‘I Kissed a Girl’, and ‘Supermodel’ from the soundtrack of the 1995 film Clueless.

1979 | Aaliyah, US singer, actress. On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah and eight others were killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas after filming the music video for the single “Rock the Boat“.

1981 | Nick Valensi, guitarist with The Strokes.

1982 | Samuel Preston, lead singer of British indie rock group The Ordinary Boys.

1989 | Kiesza, Canadian singer and multi-instrumentalist.