Born on this day:
1944 David Gilmour, guitar, vocals
1944 Mary Wilson, vocals
1947 Kiki Dee, singer
1970 Betty Boo, singer
1974 Guy Garvey, guitar, vocals
1951, Welsh composer, singer and actor Ivor Novello died, aged 58. He first became known for the song “Keep the Home Fires Burning,” which he composed during World War I. The annual British songwriting award is named after him.
1961, U.K. singing comedian and ukulele player, George Formby, died aged 57. Formby, who made over 20 films, was made an OBE in 1946 and was a major influence on The Beatles.
1965, The Temptations are at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with the Smokey Robinson-penned “My Girl.” making the group the first Motown male act to have a chart-topper. The single only reached #43 in the U.K. but got to second place when reissued in 1992.
1970, Awareness Records released the Charles Manson album Lie in the U.S. Manson was unable to promote the LP due to the fact he was serving a life sentence.
1972, Pink Floyd played the first night of a seven-date Japanese tour at the Tokyo-To Taiikukan.
1973, With Slade at #1 in the singles chart with “Cum On Feel The Noize,” Elton John had the chart-topping album with “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player.”
1982, Tight Fit were at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with their version of The Tokens’ 1961 hit “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”
1986, Richard Manuel of The Band was found hanging from a shower curtain rod in a Florida motel room.
2001, a man who hid for 24 hours in the rafters of a cathedral and secretly filmed the christening of Madonna’s baby appeared in court. Security staff discovered the man after the ceremony when making a noise as he climbed down from the rafters.
2004, Diane Richie, the estranged wife of singer Lionel Richie, was in court seeking $300,000 (£176,500) a month in maintenance support. Diane’s monthly costs include: $20,000 (£11,800) a year on plastic surgery; $15,000 (£8,824) a month for clothing, shoes and accessories; $5,000 (£2,940) on jewellery; $3,000 (£1,765) on dermatology; $1,000 (£588) for laser hair removal and $600 (£353) on massages.