Born on this day:
1932, Arif Mardin, producer-arranger
1941, Mike Love, vocals (The Beach Boys)
1944, Sly Stone, vocals, guitar (Sly & The Family Stone)
1947, Ry Cooder, guitarist
1962, Terence Trent D’Arby, singer
1955, Elvis Presley signed a management contract with “Colonel” Tom Parker, who had previously managed country stars Eddy Arnold and Hank Snow, and also the Great Parker Pony Circus with one of the acts being a troupe of dancing chickens.
1964, The Rolling Stones played the Invicta Ballroom in Chatham, Kent.
1969, Tommy Roe started a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Dizzy,” also a chart-topper in the UK.
1972, DJ Robert W. Morgan jokingly played Donny Osmond’s “Puppy Love” for 90 minutes on station KHJ in Los Angeles. LAPD mistakenly raid the station studios after receiving numerous calls from listeners but the confused officers leave without making any arrests.
1975, Led Zeppelin topped the U.K. chart with their double album Physical Graffiti, the first LP on the band’s own Swan Song label. The album spends six weeks at #1 on the U.S. chart.
1977, Pink Floyd played the first of six sold-out nights at the Empire Pool, Wembley, London.
1989, The Rolling Stones signed a $70 million (£40 million) contract to play 50 North American dates - the largest contract in rock history.
2002 Yoko Ono unveiled a seven-foot bronze statue of John Lennon overlooking the check-in hall of Liverpool John Lennon Airport. For more on this story see ThisDayinMusic Spotlight.
2004, former Crazy Town guitarist, 35-year-old Rust Epique dies from an apparent heart attack at his home in Las Vegas. Crazy Town had a 1999 worldwide No. 1 single, “Butterfly.”