On this day
1958 | Elvis Presley’s ‘Hound Dog’, exceeded three million copies sold in the USA, becoming only the third single to do so.
1961 | Brian Epstein saw The Beatles playing live for the first time during a lunchtime session at The Cavern Liverpool. Epstein went on to be the group’s manager. That night they appeared at Litherland Town Hall in Liverpool.
1966 | John Lennon met Yoko Ono for the first time when he visited her art exhibition ‘Unfinished Paintings and Objects’ at the Indica Gallery in London.
1967 | The first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine was published in San Francisco. It featured a photo of John Lennon on the cover, dressed in army fatigues while acting in his recent film, How I Won the War and the first issue had a free roach clip to hold a marijuana joint. The name of the magazine was compiled from three significant sources: the Muddy Waters song, the first rock ‘n’ roll record by Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.
1968 | Led Zeppelin played their first ever London show when they appeared at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm on the same bill as John Lee Hooker, Deviants, John James and Tyres. Zeppelin singer Robert Plant married his girlfriend Maureen in London on this day and held the reception at the gig.
1985 | Jan Hammer went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the ‘Miami Vice Theme’, a No.5 hit in the UK.
1991 | Prince and the New Power Generation started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Cream’, a No.15 hit in the UK.
1996 | Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was arrested after being stopped by police in London’s Oxford Street and charged with possession of a class A controlled substance.
2002 | Viewers of the UK music channel VH1 voted ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston as the number 1 most romantic song ever. In second place Elvis Presley ‘You Were Always On My Mind’ and third place went to ‘My Heart Will Go On’ by Celine Dion.
2016 | David Bowie’s retrospective show at the Victoria & Albert Museum had enjoyed so much foot traffic it was now officially the most successful touring exhibition in the cultural institution’s 164-year history.
Born on this day
1954 | Dennis Stratton, guitar, Iron Maiden, (1982 UK No.1 album The Number Of The Beast, 1991 UK No.1 single ‘Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter’).
1969 | Sandra Denton (Pepa) from American hip-hop/rap trio from New York City Salt-N-Pepa who had the 1991 hit single ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’.
1970 | Scarface, (Brad Terrance Jordan), American rapper, (1997 US No.1 album ‘The Untouchable’).
1977 | Sisqo, (a.k.a. Mark Andrews), 2000 US & UK No.3 single ‘Thong Song’).