Born on this day:
1944, Florence Larue, The 5th Dimension
1947, Margie and Mary Ann Ganser, vocals, The Shangri-Las
1948, Alice Cooper, singer
1975, Natalie Imbruglia, actress, singer
1965, The Righteous Brothers were at #1 on the U.K. & U.S. singles charts with the Phil Spector song “You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin.’” (In 1999 the P.R.S. announced that it was the most played song of the 20th Century).
1968, working at Abbey Road studios, London, The Beatles recorded “Across the Universe.”
1978, The Bee Gees started a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Staying Alive.” From the film soundtrack Saturday Night Fever, it gave the brothers their fifth U.S. #1.
1982, Scottish singer Alex Harvey died of a heart attack while waiting to take a ferry back to shore after performing a concert with his new band, the Electric Cowboys. Formed Alex Harvey Big Soul Band in 1959 and then mid 1960 band Tear Gas. He had the 1975 U.K. #7 single with Sensational Alex Harvey Band’s “Delilah.”
1983, Karen Carpenter died aged 32 of a cardiac arrest at her parents' home in Downey, California; the coroner's report gave the cause of death of imbalances associated with anorexia nervosa. The Carpenters 1970 album Close to You, featured two hit singles: “(They Long to Be) Close to You’” and” We’ve Only Just Begun.’” In Playboy's annual opinion poll, readers voted Karen Carpenter the Best Rock Drummer of the year.
1984, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble kicked off their 114-date Couldn't Stand the Weather tour' at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1998, former lead singer of East 17, Brian Harvey, was fined £1,000 after being convicted of kicking a press photographer who was curled up on the ground in a ball. Harvey was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £2,852.
1999, American soul singer Gwen Guthrie died of cancer aged 48. She sang backing vocals for Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Madonna and wrote songs for Sister Sledge and Roberta Flack.
2000, Bjorn Ulvaeus confirmed that the members of Abba had turned down a $1 billion (£0.58 billion) offer by American and British consortium to reform the group. “It is a hell of a lot of money to say no to, but we decided it wasn’t for us,” band member Benny Andersson told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
2009, Lux Interior, (Erick Lee Purkhiser) singer and founding member of The Cramps died aged 62.