Born on this day:
1940, Dean Torrence, Jan & Dean
1947, Tom Scholz, guitar, keyboards, Boston
1964, Neneh Cherry, singer, songwriter
1966, Dave Krusen, drummer, Pearl Jam
1973, John Charles LeCompt, guitar, Evanescence
1960, the U.K. trade paper Record Retailer published the country’s first-ever EP (Extended Player) and LP charts. The top EP was Expresso Bongo by Cliff Richard & The Shadows and the # 1 album is The Explosive Freddy Cannon.
1973, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon was released in America. It would go on to spend 740 weeks on the album chart over a 14-year period.
1977, at 7 a.m., on a trestle table set up outside Buckingham Palace, The Sex Pistols signed to A&M Records. The contract lasted for all of six days.
1979, Gloria Gaynor started a three-week run at # 1 on the U.S. singles chart with “I Will Survive,” also a chart-topper in the U.K. The song was originally released as the B-side to a song first recorded by The Righteous Brothers called “Substitute.”
1988, Andy Gibb, younger brother of The Bee Gees, died in a hospital, five days after his 30th birthday. His death from myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) resulted from a long battle with cocaine addiction. Gibb was the first male solo artist to chart three consecutive U.S. #1s, with “I Just Want To Be Your Everything,” “(Love is) Thicker Than Water” and “Shadow Dancing.”
2008, The Dave Clark Five were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with The Ventures, Little Walter, Leonard Cohen, John Mellencamp and Madonna.
2009, tickets for a one-off Paul McCartney gig in Las Vegas sold out seven seconds after going on sale. The former Beatle was booked to perform at the opening of the New Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on April 19 in front of 4,000 fans.