On this day

1965 | The Who released their first single ‘I Can’t Explain’.

1967 | The Rolling Stones were forced to change the lyrics of ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’ to Let’s Spend Some Time Together when appearing on the US TV The Ed Sullivan Show, after the producers objected to the content of the lyrics.

1969 | George Harrison had a five-hour meeting with John, Paul and Ringo where he made it clear that he was fully prepared to quit The Beatles for good.

1972 | Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ started a four week run at No.1 in the US singles chart. The song is a recounting of “The Day the Music Died” (a term taken from the song) the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr.), and the aftermath.

1977 | The Eagles were at No.1 on the US album chart with Hotel California.

1992 | English bass guitarist Dee Murray died after suffering a stroke aged 45. He is best known as a member of Elton John’s band.

1994 | American singer songwriter Harry Nilsson died in his sleep of heart failure after spending the previous day in the recording studio.

2016 | Nineteen of David Bowie’s albums entered the UK album charts in the wake of his death.

2018 | Irish musician and singer-songwriter Dolores O’Riordan from The Cranberries died unexpectedly while she was in London, England, for a recording session.

Born on this day

1893 | Ivor Novello, songwriter & actor. Annual British music awards are named after him. Died 6th March 1951.

1948 | Ronnie Van Zant, vocalist with Lynyrd Skynyrd who had the 1974 US No. 8 single ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and the 1982 UK No. 21 single ‘Freebird’.

1953 | Douglas Elwin Erikson, Garbage.

1965 | Adam Jones, guitarist, from American rock band Tool.