Born on this day:
1928, Fats Domino, singer, pianist
1932, Johnny Cash, U.S. country singer/songwriter
1945, Bob The Bear Hite, singer & harmonica Canned Heat
1968, Tim Commerford, bass, Rage Against The Machine
1979, Corinne Bailey Rae, UK singer, songwriter
1955, Billboard reported that for the first time since their introduction in 1949, 45rpm singles were outselling the old standard 78s.
1964, The Beatles worked on the final mixes for “Can't Buy Me Love” and “You Can't Do That” tracks. The single, which was released the following month, topped the charts all over the world.
1965, guitarist Jimmy Page released a solo single called “She Just Satisfies,” but it didn't chart.
1966, David Bowie & The Buzz appeared at The Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, England.
1969, Peter Sarstedt started a four-week run at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Where Do You Go To My Lovely?”
1977, Sherman Garnes from Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, died during open-heart surgery. Had the 1956 U.K. #1 and U.S. #6 single, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love.”
1979, during a court case between The Sex Pistols and their manager Malcolm McLaren it was revealed that only £30,000 ($51,000) was left of the £800,000 ($1,360,000) the band had earned.
|U2 in 1980|
1983, Michael Jackson's Thriller went to #1 on the U.S. album chart. It went on to become the most successful album of all time with sales of over 50 million copies.
1990, Sinead O'Connor was at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Her version of the Prince penned song was also a #1 hit in 18 other countries.
1997, American songwriter Ben Raleigh died in a fire in his kitchen after setting fire to his bathrobe while cooking. He co-wrote “Scooby Doo Where Are You”” and “Tell Laura I Love Her.”
2009, President Obama honored Stevie Wonder, his musical hero, with America's highest award for pop music, the Library of Congress' Gershwin prize at a ceremony at the White House. The president said the Motown legend had been the soundtrack to his youth and he doubted that his wife would have married him if he hadn't been a fan. Wonder’s song “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” had been the theme song during Obama's presidential campaign.