Born on this date:
1939, Marvin Gaye, singer, songwriter
1942, Leon Russell, singer, keyboardist
1943, Glen Dale, guitarist, The Fortunes
1946, Kurt Winter, guitarist, The Guess Who
1946, Leon Wilkeson, bassist, Lynyrd Skynyrd
1947, Emmylou Harris, singer, songwriter
1956, Johnny Cash recorded “I Walk the Line” at Sun Studio. It would spend six weeks at #1 on the U.S. country jukebox charts that summer.
1964, The Beach Boys recorded their single, “I Get Around,” which became their first U.S. #1 over the summer.
1965, the first edition of a new-look Ready, Steady, Go! — Ready Steady Goes Live! — was shown on certain U.K. TV stations. Because of increasing criticism from the Musicians Union over artists miming, the show adopted a fresh, all-instruments-and-vocals-live approach. Artists appearing on the show included Manfred Mann and Dionne Warwick.
1966, a charity concert at The Hollywood Bowl, California, featured Jan & Dean, Sonny & Cher, The Mamas & the Papas, The Turtles, Otis Redding, Donovan and Bob Lind.
1967, Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason formed Traffic.
1969, Bruce Springsteen’s group, Child, made their live debut at the Pandemonium Club, Wanamassa, New Jersey.
1971, Janis Joplin was at #1 on the U.S. album charts with Pearl.
1990, at Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin, Nirvana started work on demos of “In Bloom,” “Dive,” “Lithium,” “Pay to Play,” “Imodium,” “Sappy” and “Polly.” Butch Vig produced the sessions.
1998, Rob Pilatus, one half of the pop duo Milli Vanilli, was found dead in a Frankfurt hotel room after taking a lethal combination of drugs and alcohol. Milli Vanilli sold 30 million singles and 14 million albums, winning the 1989 Best New Artist Grammy. In late 1990, the performers were stripped of the award after it was revealed that neither actually sang on their album.
2003, U.S. soul singer Edwin Starr died, aged 61, at his home in Nottingham, England. Starr had a 1970 U.S. #1 and U.K. #3 with the anti-Vietnam War protest song, “War” (which, according to Starr, was recorded in one take).