Born on this day:
1944, Jance Garfat, bass, Dr. Hook
1947, Jennifer Warnes, singer
1954, Chris Hughes, drums, Adam & The Ants
1977, Ronan Keating, vocals, Boyzone
1966, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay form Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles.
1973, Slade’s “Cum on Feel the Noize,” enters the U.K. singles chart at #1, making Slade the first act to achieve this since The Beatles.
1979, The Bee Gees score their fourth U.K. #1 with “Tragedy.” Also on this date the Gibb brothers are at the top of the Billboard album chart with Spirits Having Flown, their second U.S. #1 album.
1984, One-hit wonders Nena start a three-week run on top of the U.K. singles chart with “99 Red Balloons.” Originally sung in their native German, “99 Luftballons” was re-recorded in English. The original version went on to become a #2 hit in the U.S.
1985, Michael Jackson visits Madame Tussauds waxworks in London to unveil his wax look-alike.
1999, Oasis agree to pay their former drummer Tony McCarroll a one-off sum of £550,000 ($935,000) after he sues the Manchester band for millions in unpaid royalties. McCarroll was sacked from the band in 1995.
2003, Ray Jackson, who found fame with Lindisfarne, takes out legal action against Rod Stewart over his 1970s hit song “Maggie May.” Jackson claims he came up with the worldwide hit’s classic mandolin melody and claimed he may have lost at least £1m because he was not credited for the track’s distinctive hook. Jackson was paid just £15 for the recording session by Stewart in 1971.
2008, Norman Smith, who was the chief engineer on Beatles recording sessions between 1962-65, dies at the age of 85. Nicknamed “Normal Norman” by John Lennon, he recorded the early Pink Floyd. As Hurricane Smith he had unexpected Top 5 U.K. hits in 1971 with “Don’t Let It Die”and “Oh Babe, What Would You Say” the following year.
2009, To celebrate the release of U2’s 12th studio album and their appearance every night for a week on The Late Show with David Letterman, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg temporarily renames part of 53rd Street in midtown Manhattan, U2 Way.