1902, Son House, Delta bluesman
1943, Vivian Stanshall, vocals, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
1946, Ray Dorset, vocals, guitar, Mungo Jerry
1950, Roger Hodgson, guitar, Supertramp
1967, Jonas Berggren, guitar, keyboards, Ace of Base
1967, Keith Palmer, singer, The Prodigy
1980, Deryck “Bizzy D” Whibley, vocals, guitar, Sum 41
1952, DJ Alan Freed held the first-ever “rock and roll concert” at the Cleveland Arena, with his Moondog Coronation Ball, featuring Billy Ward and the Dominoes, Tiny Grimes, and Paul Williams and the Hucklebuckers. The police shut down the show early, nearly causing a riot.
1956, Elvis Presley appeared at the 4,000-seat YMCA Gymnasium in Lexington, North Carolina. Also on the bill were Mother Maybelle and The Carter Sisters (featuring June Carter), Rod Brasfield, and Hal and Ginger. Tickets cost $1 for general admission and $1.50 for reserved seats.
1956, on his way to New York City to appear on The Perry Como Show, Carl Perkins suffered severe injuries in a car accident that also killed his manager and his brother, Jay Perkins.
1972, The Grateful Dead played the first of seven nights at the Academy of Music in New York City.
1973, the BBC banned all teenybopper acts from appearing in person on Top of the Pops after a riot following a David Cassidy performance.
1985, Bruce Springsteen kicked off the second leg of his Born in the USA World Tour at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney.
1991, Leo Fender, the inventor of the Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars, died from Parkinson’s disease. He started mass producing solid body electric guitars in the late 1940s and when he sold his guitar company in 1965, sales were in excess of $40 million a year.
2000, Kurt Cobain and Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder both beat older names such as Keith Richards and Keith Moon in a league of rock and roll excess compiled by music weekly Melody Maker. Liam Gallagher, Robbie Williams, Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson were also featured in the Top 10.
2006, three South African women won a six-year court battle giving them 25% of all past and future royalties from the song “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” composed in 1939 by their father, Solomon Linda. A cleaner at a Johannesburg record company when he wrote it, Linda received virtually nothing for his work and died in 1962 with just $25 in his bank account. It is estimated that the song, recorded by Pete Seeger, The Karl Denver Trio (as “Wimoweh”), The Kingston Trio, The Tokens and R.E.M., had earned $15 million from its use in Disney’s The Lion King alone.