Born on this day:
1940, Smokey Robinson, singer, songwriter
1948, Toni Iommi, guitar, Black Sabbath
1957, Falco, singer
1963, Seal (Henry Samuel), singer, songwriter
1975, Daniel Adair, drummer, 3 Doors Down, Nickelback
1956, Elvis Presley performed three shows at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida (2 matinee and 1 evening). A full-scale riot broke out after the show when Elvis announced to the 14,000-strong crowd, “Girls, I'll see you backstage." Fans chased Elvis into the dressing room tearing off his clothes and shoes.
1965, working at Abbey Road Studios in London, The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song, “You're Going To Lose That Girl,” in two takes. The track was released on the Help! album.
1972, Harry Nilsson started a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with his version of the Badfinger song, “Without You.”
1977, Manfred Mann's Earth Band scored a #1 single in the U.S. with their version of the Bruce Springsteen song, “Blinded by the Light.”
1982, Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in San Antonio, Texas for urinating on the Alamo. Osbourne was wearing a dress at the time of his arrest.
1992, during their Use Your Illusion Tour, Guns N' Roses played the first of three nights at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.
|Tommy Lee & Pamela Anderson|
1996, Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker was arrested after a stage invasion during Michael Jackson's appearance at the Brit Awards (Jackson won Artist of a Generation). Cocker was accused of attacking children who were performing with Jackson, but all charges were subsequently dropped.
2004, Johnny Cash's family blocked an attempt by advertisers to use his hit song, “Ring of Fire,” to promote hemorrhoid-relief products. The idea is said to have been backed by Merle Kilgore, who co-wrote the song with Cash's wife, June Carter Cash. Cash's daughter Rosanne said the family "would never allow the song to be demeaned like that."
2008, two releases by Oasis were voted the best British albums ever recorded in a poll of 11,000 people. Their 1994 album, Definitely Maybe, came out on top, while their 1995 follow-up, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, was second in the vote for Q magazine and HMV. Radiohead's OK Computer finished third, followed by The Beatles’ Revolver and the Stone Roses' self-titled debut. The full list of Top 50 British Albums included five by The Beatles.