Born on this day:
1945, Bob Marley, singer/songwriter
1947, Alan Jones, sax, Amen Corner
1950, Natalie Cole, US singer
1962, Axl Rose, vocals, Guns N' Roses
1966, Rick Astley, singer
1958, George Harrison joined Liverpool group The Quarrymen. The group who were named after Lennon's school featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Len Garry, Eric Griffiths and John Lowe.
1960, 27 year-old Jesse Belvin, who scored a 1956 hit with “Goodnight, My Love,” was killed in a car accident in Hope, Arkansas. His wife and the car's driver also died of their injuries. The three were trying to make a fast get-a-way from the first ever mixed race audience concert in the town of Little Rock, after threats had been made against Belvin's life.
1970, Eric Clapton played the first of two nights at The Fillmore East in New York City.
1981, Composer Hugo Montenegro died in California. He had the 1968 U.K. #1 & U.S. #2 single “The Good The Bad And The Ugly” from the soundtrack to the Clint Eastwood spaghetti western film. He worked for RCA records, producing a series of albums and soundtracks and television themes, including two volumes of Music From The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1982, Kraftwerk were at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “The Model / Computer Love,” the first German act to score a U.K. #1 single. The single spent 21 weeks on the chart.
1988, Tiffany started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Could've Been',” a #4 hit in the U.K. Tiffany had recorded the song 5 years before when she was 13.
1989, Jamaican sound engineer, and producer King Tubby died after being shot in the street outside his home. Worked with Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar, Carlton Barrett.
1996, ex Jam members Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler reached a high court settlement with Paul Weller after suing him for more than £100,000, after claiming they were owed royalties and group assets.
1998, American singer and guitarist Carl Wilson from The Beach Boys died aged 51 after a long battle with lung cancer, (Wilson was diagnosed with brain and lung cancer in early 1997). He sang lead vocal on “God Only Knows,” “Good Vibrations,'” and “I Can Hear Music.” Wilson sang backing vocals on Elton John's “Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me.”
2001, Guitarist Don Felder was fired from The Eagles. He would later launch a $50 million law suit against drummer Don Henley and guitarist Glen Frey, alleging wrongful termination and breach of implied-in-fact contract. Henley and Frey then countersued Felder for breach of contract, alleging that Felder had written and attempted to sell the rights to a "tell-all" book. Both parties settled out-of-court for an undisclosed amount.
2004, U.S. singer Faith Evans and her husband Todd Russaw agreed to enroll in a rehabilitation program. after facing drugs charges. Prosecutors said charges would be dropped if they successfully completed the 13-week rehab scheme.