On this day
1962 |Bob Dylan arrived in England for the first time; he played his first UK date the following night at the Troubadour Club in London.
1971 | David Bowie released his fourth album Hunky Dory, which was the first to feature all the members of the band that would become known the following year as Ziggy Stardust’s Spiders From Mars.
1973 | Slade were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ their sixth chart topper.
1995 | A statue of the late Frank Zappa was unveiled in Vilnius, the capital of the Republic Of Lithuania. It had been organised by Zappa fan club President Saulius Pauksty.
1999 | American jazz-funk, soul-jazz saxophonist Grover Washington Jr died of a heart attack aged 56.
2004 | Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie Presley agreed to sell 85% of his estate to businessman Robert Sillerman in a deal worth $100m.
2005 | U2 had the top-grossing tour of 2005, according to Billboard. More than three million people watched the band’s sell-out 90-date Vertigo tour which grossed $260m (£146.6m).
2012 | Adele was named Billboard’s top artist of 2012, while her hit record 21 was named top album of the year in the music magazine’s annual review.
Born on this day
1939 | American singer Eddie Kendricks who with The Temptations.
1949 | Paul Rodgers, singer, guitarist, Free, (1970 UK No.2 & US No.4 single ‘All Right Now’). Bad Company, (1974 UK No.15 single ‘Can’t Get Enough’). Also a member of The Firm, with Jimmy Page.
1950 | Carlton Barrett, The Wailers, (1983 UK No.4 single with Bob Marley, Buffalo Soldier’, plus 10 other UK Top 40 singles). Barrett was shot dead outside his home on 17th April 1987.
1958 | Mike Mills, bass, R.E.M.
1969 | Micky Quinn, bassist from English rock band Supergrass.
1989 | Taylor York, guitarist, from American rock band Paramore.