On this day
1968 | The Rolling Stones released Beggars Banquet their seventh UK studio album. For the album, (which included ‘Street Fighting Man’, and ‘Sympathy for the Devil’), the Stones had gone to great lengths to toughen their sound and banish the haze of psychedelia, and in doing so, they launched a five-year period in which they would produce their very greatest records.
1969 | Led Zeppelin made their debut on the US singles chart with ‘Whole Lotta Love’, it went on to make No.4.
1975 | Rev Charles Boykin of Tallahassee, Florida organised the burning of Elton John and The Rolling Stones records, claiming they were sinful. Boykin was reacting to the results from a survey that said, 984 of the 1,000 local unmarried mothers had sex when listening to rock music.
1978 | Sex Pistols Sid Vicious smashed a glass in the face of Patti Smith’s brother Todd Smith during a fight at New York City club Hurrah.
1986 | Europe were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Final Countdown’.
1988 | American singer songwriter Roy Orbison died of a heart attack aged 52.
2016 | It was reported that more money had been spent on vinyl than downloaded albums for the first time.
Born on this day
1944 | Jonathan King, UK pop mogul, singer, producer, TV presenter.
1956 | Peter Buck, guitar, R.E.M..
1962 | Ben Watt, Everything But The Girl.
1970 | Ulf Ekberg, keyboards, vocals with Swedish pop group Ace Of Base who had the 1993 UK No.1 single ‘All That She Wants’.