1933, Tiny Tim, singer, “Tiptoe Through The Tulips”
1944, John Kay, Steppenwolf
1949, Donald Ray Mitchell, Was Not Was
1950, David Cassidy, singer,
1978, Guy Berryman, Coldplay
1954, Bill Haley & His Comets recorded “Rock Around the Clock” at Pythian Temple studios in New York City. Written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers, the song was first recorded by Italian-American band Sonny Dae and His Knights. Considered by many to be the song that put rock and roll on the map around the world, Haley’s version was used over the opening titles of the film Blackboard Jungle and went on to become a worldwide #1.
1966, Jan Berry, of Jan & Dean, was almost killed when he crashed his Porsche into a parked truck a short distance from Dead Man’s Curve in Los Angeles. Partially paralyzed and suffering brain damage, Berry was able to walk again after extensive therapy.
1967, Mick Jagger was punched in the face by an airport official during a row at Le Bourget Airport in Paris. Jagger lost his temper after the Stones entourage was being searched for drugs, resulting in them missing their flight.
1973, the film That’ll Be the Day, featuring David Essex, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, and Billy Fury, from a screenplay written by Ray Connolly, premiered in London. For more on this story, see This Day in Music Spotlight.
1975, David Bowie announced his second career retirement, saying, “I’ve rocked my roll. It’s a boring dead end, there will be no more rock‘n’roll records from me.”
1989, Two DJs on Los Angeles station KLOS ask “whatever happened to David Cassidy?” The singer called the station and the presenters invited him onto their show. Cassidy played three songs live on air and was subsequently signed by a new record label.
1995, two weeks after her death, George W. Bush, (then the governor of Texas), declared "Selena Day" in Texas. The Mexican American singer Selena was murdered aged 23 by the president of her fan club Yolanda Saldívar on 31st March 1995.
1998, Pulp went to #1 on the U.K. album chart with This is Hardcore.