Born on this day:
1942, Brian Jones, guitar, The Rolling Stones
1957, Cindy Wilson, The B-52’s
1966, Ian Brown, vocals, The Stone Roses
1971, Nigel Godrich, producer
1964, The Yardbirds played at the Rhythm and Blues Festival at The Town Hall, Birmingham, England.
1966, Police were called after more than 100 music fans barricaded themselves inside Liverpool’s Cavern Club to protest at the clubs closing. The club had run up debts of more than £10,000.
1968, Frankie Lymon was found dead at his mother’s house in New York of a suspected drug overdose. He was 25.
1970, Led Zeppelin played a gig in Copenhagen as The Nobs after Eva Von Zeppelin, a relative of the airship designer, threatened to sue if the family name was used in Denmark.
1970, Billed as “David Bowie’s New Electric Band,” Bowie played at the Basildon Arts Lab experimental music club in Essex, England.
1974, Singer-songwriter Bobby Bloom shot himself in the head at his Hollywood apartment and died at age 28. Bloom had the 1970 U.S. #8 and U.K. #3 single “Montego Bay.”
1977, Ray Charles was attacked by a member of his audience who tried to strangle him with a rope.
1984, Michael Jackson won a record seven Grammy awards including: Album of the Year for Thriller; Record of the Year and Best Rock Vocal Performance for “Beat It”; Best Pop Vocal Performance, Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for “Billie Jean”; and Best Recording For Children for E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial.
1985, David Byron, singer with Uriah Heep, died from an epileptic fit and liver disease at age 38. His group had a hit with “Easy Livin’” from the 1972 album Demons and Wizards.
1996, Grammy award winners this year included Alanis Morissette, who won Album of the Year for Jagged Little Pill and Best Female Rock Vocal and Song of the Year for “You Oughta Know,” Nirvana, who won Best Alternative Album for MTV Unplugged, and Coolio, who won for Best Rap Performance with “Gangsta’s Paradise.”
2008, Boy George pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning a male escort by chaining him to a wall. The singer and DJ was also accused of assaulting Audun Carlsen during the alleged incident on April 28, 2007. He was released on bail until a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court in November.
2008, Drummer Buddy Miles, who played with Jimi Hendrix in his last regular group, Band of Gypsys, died at age 60 at his home in Austin, Texas, after struggling with a long-term illness. Born George Allen Miles in Omaha, Nebraska, Buddy’s nickname was a tribute to his idol, jazz drummer Buddy Rich. Miles also played with The Delfonics, The Ink Spots, Wilson Pickett, Electric Flag, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Muddy Waters and Barry White. In the 1980s, he achieved a certain amount of notoriety in the U.S. as the vocalist on the celebrated Claymation California Raisins commercials.