Born on this day:
1915, Muddy Waters, U.S. blues singer, guitarist
1952, Dave Hill, guitarist (Slade)
1952, Gary Moore, guitarist (Skid Row, Thin Lizzy, solo)
1980, Johnny Borrell, guitarist, singer (Razorlight)
1964, The Beatles held the top five places on the Billboard U.S. singles chart: #1 “Can’t Buy Me Love,” #2 “Love Me Do,” #3 “Roll Over Beethoven,” #4 “I Want to Hold You Hand” and #5 “Please Please Me.” The group also had another nine singles on the chart, bringing their total to 14 singles on the Hot 100.
1968, after hearing the news of Martin Luther King’s assassination, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Joni Mitchell, Al Kooper and Ted Nugent congregated for an all night blues, folk and rock session at The New Generation Club in New York.
1976, the Sex Pistols played the first night of a residency at the El Paradiso club in Soho, London.
1987, U2 entered the U.S. album chart at #7 with The Joshua Tree, making it the highest new chart entry in America in seven years.
1999, The Corrs album Talk On Corners reached #1 on the U.K. album chart for the 10th time. The Irish group also had the #2 position with Forgiven, Not Forgotten. Both albums had spent over a year on the chart.
2008, at London’s Court of Appeal, Procol Harum singer/pianist Gary Brooker won a royalty battle over the band’s worldwide hit, “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” brought by original organist Matthew Fisher. The decision overturned a 2006 ruling that Fisher was entitled to a 40% portion of royalties after he argued he had written the song’s organ melody. The court ruled there was an “excessive delay” in the claim being made – the claim was made nearly 40 years after the song was recorded.