|Billy Joe Armstrong|
Born on this day:
1905, Orville “Hoppy” Jones, singer, The Ink Spots
1940, Gene Pitney, singer
1972, Billie Joe Armstrong, guitarist, singer, Green Day
1981, John Hassall, bassist, The Libertines
1960, The Everly Brothers signed a $1 million contract with Warner Brothers Records.
1966, Nancy Sinatra was at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “These Boots are Made for Walking.” It was Frank’s eldest daughter’s first #1.
1969, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash recorded duets for Dylan’s Nashville Skyline album at CBS Studios in Nashville. “Girl from the North Country” would appear on the album.
1970, Joni Mitchell announced she was retiring from live performances during a concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Joni was on stage again by the end of the year.
1971, James Taylor made his TV debut on The Johnny Cash Show. Other guests included Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt and Tony Joe White.
1972, At the end of a 14-date U.K. tour, Pink Floyd started a four-night run at London’s Rainbow Theatre. Tickets cost £1 ($1.70).
1979, The Clash opened the U.S. leg of their Pearl Harbor ’79 North American tour at New York’s Palladium.
1996, A Platinum American Express card that once belonged to Bruce Springsteen was sold for $4,500 at a New York memorabilia sale. The singer had given the expired card to a waiter in a Los Angeles restaurant by mistake and let him keep it as a souvenir.
1998, Songwriter Bob Merrill committed suicide at age 77. He wrote “How Much is That Doggie in the Window” and Barbra Streisand’s “People.”
2000, John Lennon’s piano, on which he composed “Imagine,” went on display at the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool, England.
2008, British soul singer Duffy started a five-week run at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Mercy,” from the Welsh singer’s debut album Rockferry. “Mercy” was the U.K.’s best-selling single of 2008, and won Duffy a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.