|John Lennon & Yoko Ono|
Born on this day:
1933, Yoko Ono, singer
1952, Randy Crawford, singer
1953, Robbie Bachman, Bachman Turner Overdrive
1954, John Travolta, actor, singer
1955, Brian James, The Damned
1959, Ray Charles recorded “What’d I Say,” in New York City. The song had evolved in concert as a call-and-response between Charles and his female back-up singers. It became Charles’ biggest hit to date, reaching #1 on the R&B charts and #6 on the pop charts.
1962, On weekend leave from Marine training, The Everly Brothers appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, in full uniform and with regulation cropped hair, singing their new single, “Crying in the Rain.”
1966, Beach Boy Brian Wilson recorded the future classic song “Good Vibrations,” which went on to become the band’s third U.S. #1 hit. As a child, his mother told him that dogs could pick up “vibrations” from people, so that the dog would bark at “bad vibrations.” Wilson turned this into the general idea for the song.
1969, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
1978, Winners at the Grammy Awards included Fleetwood Mac, Album of the Year for Rumours; the Eagles, Record of the Year for “Hotel California”; and The Bee Gees, Best Pop Vocal Performance for “How Deep is Your Love.”
1980, During an interview, Rolling Stone Bill Wyman said that he intended to leave the band in 1982 on the group’s 20th anniversary. Wyman quit the band in 1993.
1987, Bon Jovi were at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Livin’ on a Prayer.” It made it to #4 in the U.K.
1998, Oasis’ Noel Gallagher’s Epiphone Supernova guitar raised £4,600 ($7,820) in aid of Children In Need at a Bonhams in London, England.
2008, Carpenters fans were objecting to plans to have pop duo’s former family home in Downey, south of Los Angeles, knocked down. The current owners of the house said they objected to fans looking in the windows and leaving floral tributes. The five-bedroom house was immortalized when it featured on the cover of The Carpenters' 1973 hit album Now & Then.
2009, Welsh singer Duffy won three trophies at the Brit awards, taking home Best British Female Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act and British Album of the Year for her debut, Rockferry. Kings of Leon won International Group and International Album for Only By the Night, International Male and Female Solo Artists were Kanye West and Katy Perry. British Male Solo Artist went to Paul Weller, Iron Maiden won British Live Act and Elbow won Best British Group. Outstanding Contribution to Music went to the Pet Shop Boys.