1948, Fred Smith, bass, Television
1959, Brian Setzer, guitar, vocals, The Stray Cats
1959, Katrina Leskanich, vocals, Katrina and the Waves
1964, Alan “Reni” Wren, drums, Stone Roses
1982, Nick Mayer, guitars, producer, Max Navarro
1956, Nat King Cole was attacked on stage by a group of five racial segregationists during a show at the Municipal Hall in Birmingham, Alabama. The men were arrested by police and Cole returned later that night for a second show.
1962, The Beatles’ original bass player Stuart Sutcliffe died of a brain haemorrhage in an ambulance on the way to hospital. Sutcliffe had left the group to stay in Hamburg, Germany with his girlfriend photographer Astrid Kirchherr and to pursue his art studies.
1965, a British school in Wrexham, North Wales, asks parents to please keep children in school uniform and not to send them to school in “corduroy trousers like the ones worn by The Rolling Stones”.
1968, for his 41st single release Cliff Richard achieved his ninth U.K. #$1 with “Congratulations,” the British entry in the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest.
1970, Paul McCartney issued a press statement announcing his departure from The Beatles (one week before the release of his first solo album, McCartney). John Lennon, who had kept his much earlier decision to leave The Beatles quiet for business reasons, was furious. When a reporter called Lennon asking him to comment upon McCartney’s resignation, Lennon says, “Paul hasn’t left. I sacked him.”
1976, Peter Frampton was at #1 on the U.S. album chart with Frampton Comes Alive, the biggest selling live album in rock history.
1976, U.K. music weekly Melody Maker reviewed a Sex Pistols gig with the words, “I hope we shall hear no more of them.”
2003, American singer Little Eva died aged 59 in Kinston, North Carolina. Eva was working as a babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin who asked her to record the song they’d just written. “The Loco-Motion” – a 1962 U.S. #1 & U.K. #2 single - was also an American #1 for Grand Funk Railroad in 1974 and for Kylie Minogue in 1988 (U.S. #3).
2005, the final episode of The Osbournes was aired on MTV in the U.K. During its three year run, the show reached a peak audience of eight million. Ozzy was at a loss to explain its popularity, saying, “I suppose Americans get a kick out of watching a crazy Brit family like us make complete fools of ourselves every week.”