Born on this day:
1940, Brian Bennett, Drums, The Shadows
1951, Dennis Thomas, Kool & The Gang
1960, Holly Johnson, singer, Frankie Goes To Hollywood
1961, The Beatles appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, for the very first time (as The Beatles), they would go on to make a total of 292 other appearances at the Club.
1964, The Beatles made their US live debut on CBS-TV's The Ed Sullivan Show; they performed five songs including their current #1 “I Want To Hold Your Hand” watched by an estimated 73 million people. The show had received over 50,000 applications for the 728 seats in the TV studio.
1968, Hal Cone former manager of The Monkees and Head of Jones Records was found guilty of theft, forgery, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.
1972, Paul McCartney's Wings played the first night of a UK College tour in Nottingham. The group arrived unannounced asking social secretaries if they would like them to perform that evening. The band's intended first stop on the tour, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, refused to allow them to play so they drove on to Nottingham. Admission was 40p; British pub rock band Brinsley Schwarz were the opening act for the tour.
1982, George Harrison presented UNICEF with a check for $9 million (£5.3 million), ten years after the fundraising concert for Bangladesh.
1985, Madonna started a three-week run at #1 on the US album chart with “Like A Virgin,” a #3 hit in the U.K.
1987, winners at this years Brit awards held in London included Peter Gabriel who won British Male Solo Artist, Kate Bush won British Female Solo Artist, Best British Group went to Five Star, British Album was Dire Straits Brothers In Arms, British Breakthrough Act was The Housemartins, International Solo Artist went to Paul Simon, The Bangles won Best International Group, Best British Video went to Peter Gabriel for “Sledgehammer” and Best British Single was The Pet Shop Boys’ “West End Girls.”
1993, British broadcaster Bill Grundy died of a heart attack aged 69.
2009, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant took home five prizes for his collaboration with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss at this years Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles. The duo won album of the year for Raising Sand and record of the year for “Please Read The Letter.” Coldplay, (who won song of the year for “Viva La Vida”) Adele, Duffy, Radiohead and Peter Gabriel were among other U.K. acts to be honored. John Mayer won Best solo rock vocal performance for “Gravity,” Kings of Leon won Best rock performance by a group with “Sex on Fire.” Best rock song went to Bruce Springsteen for “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” and Lil' Wayne won Best rap solo performance and Best rap album for Tha Carter III.