On this day
1965 | The final recording session for The Beatles Rubber Soul album took place, at Abbey Road, London. They needed three new songs to finish the album so an old song ‘Wait’ was pulled off the shelf and the group recorded two new songs from start to finish.
1969 | The FBI in Phoenix, Arizona arrested Jim Morrison for drunk and disorderly conduct aboard a plane. The Doors singer who was on his way to a Rolling Stones concert with actor Tom Baker had been drinking and annoying the stewardesses.
1971 | BBC TV’s Top Of The Pops celebrated its 400th show.
1978 | David Bowie played the first night of his 8-date Low / Heroes tour of Australia and New Zealand at The Oval in Adelaide. This was Bowies first ever show in Australia.
1978 | The Cars released ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’, the first picture-disc single commercially available, which went on to be a No.3 hit on the UK charts and top 40 in the US.
1982 | Prince kicked off his 87-date ‘1999’ North American tour at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
1986 | Pink Floyd issued a press statement stating that they intend to continue using the name without Roger Waters and were recording their next album.
1989 | Chris Rea started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Road To Hell.’
1989 | Lisa Stansfield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘All Around The World’.
1999 | Britney Spears won four MTV Awards; Best Female Singer, Best Pop Act, Best Song, ‘…Baby One More Time’, Best Breakthrough Artist.
2004 | Coldplay fan Sarah Sainsbury wrote to the band asking for their autographs so she could sell them to raise funds at her school charity. Coldplay sent her a triple platinum disc worth over £4,000.
2004 | Liza Minnelli’s former bodyguard accused the singer of forcing him to have sex with her in order to keep his job, court documents revealed.
2004 | Robbie Williams, The Rolling Stones and Queen were inducted into the UK’s first music Hall of Fame at a ceremony in London.
2009 | David Gilmour received an honorary doctorate from the Anglia Ruskin University, England. Gilmour had attended Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology, now part of Anglia Ruskin University, which has campuses in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire and Chelmsford, Essex.
2011 | The four original band members of Black Sabbath announced that they were reuniting and recording a new album followed by a world tour in 2012.
2016 | The first day of an auction of art owned by David Bowie took £24.3m ($30.7m), more than double the pre-sale estimate. The 47 artworks sold at Sotheby’s in London, England had been valued at between £8.1m ($10.2m) and £11.7m ($14.8m). The most expensive lot was Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Air Power, which went for £7.1m ($9m).
Born on this day
1929 | Lavern Baker, R&B singer, (1958 US No.6 single ‘I Cried A Tear’). Died 10th March 1997.
1946 | English musician Chris Dreja, guitarist with The Yardbirds who had the 1965 UK No.3 & US No.6 single ‘For Your Love’.
1969 | Gary Powell, drummer, from English rock band The Libertines.
1974 | Stephen Garrett (Static Major), American R&B singer, rapper, songwriter and record producer Also a member of the R&B trio Playa. Static Major gained posthumous fame for appearing in Lil Wayne’s 2008 No.1 hit Lollipop.