Born on this day:
1948, James Taylor, singer, songwriter
1949, Mike Gibbins, drums, Badfinger
1957, Marlon Jackson, The Jackson Five
1969, Graham Coxon, guitar, Blur
1977, Ben Kenny, bassist, Incubus
1979, Pete Doherty, guitar, vocals, The Libertines, Babyshambles
1968, The Rolling Stones started recording the single “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” with producer Jimmy Miller at Olympic Studios in London.
1969, Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman at Marylebone Register Office, London. They then held a reception lunch at The Ritz Hotel. Paul went to the recording studio in the evening to work. George Harrison and his wife Patti were arrested on the same day and charged with possession of marijuana.
1974, John Lennon made headlines after an incident at the Troubadour Club, Los Angeles. Out on a drinking binge with Harry Nilsson, Lennon hurled insults at the performing Smothers Brothers before being forcibly removed.
1977, Sid Vicious and cronies picked a fight with Bob Harris, presenter of BBC-2’s The Old Grey Whistle Test, at London’s Speakeasy Club, resulting in one of the TV show’s engineers needing 14 stitches to his head. Two days later, Harris’ solicitors contacted Derek Green at A&M, The Sex Pistols record label. Green discussed the matter with the company’s two founders, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, and the decision was made to cancel the Pistols’ contract and halt production of their first single for the label, “God Save the Queen.”
1981, Bow Wow Wow were forced to cancel the first dates of a U.K. tour after the Greater London Council decided that 15-year-old singer Annabella Lwin would be guilty of truancy.
1983, U2 scored their first U.K. #1 album with War, which spent a total of 147 weeks on the chart. The album featured the singles, “New Year’s Day” and “Two Hearts Beat as One.”
1988, Rick Astley started a two-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Never Gonna Give You Up,” also a chart-topper in the U.K.
2001, Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow” was voted Song of the Century in a poll published in America. Musicians, critics and fans compiled the list by the RIAA. The highest placed U.K. act was The Rolling Stones with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” in 16th place. The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” came in at #28.
2009, hundreds of fans queued at the O2 Arena in London as Michael Jackson tickets went on sale to the public. The 50-year-old pop veteran had confirmed he would be playing a 50-date residency at the venue, beginning on July 8. Some 360,000 pre-sale tickets had already sold. Organizers said the “This Is It” tour had become the fastest selling in history, with 33 seats sold each minute.