Born on this day:
1932, Carl Perkins
1944, Gene Parsons, drums, The Byrds
1961, Mark Kelly, keyboards, Marillion
1977, Gerard Way, vocals, My Chemical Romance
1980, Albert Hammond Jr., guitar, The Strokes
1956, Gene Vincent recorded the classic rock ’n’ roll song “Be-Bop-A-Lula,” which went on to be a U.S. & U.K. Top 20 hit. 1970, Pink Floyd kicked off a North American tour at The Fillmore East, New York.
1973, Newly signed to EMI, Queen played a showcase gig for their record label at London’s Marquee Club.
1974, Terry Jacks was at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Seasons in the Sun,” originally written in French by Jacques Brel, with English lyrics by Rod McKuen. Jacks became the first Canadian to score a #1 since Paul Anka in 1957.
1977, ABBA top the U.S. singles chart with “Dancing Queen,” the group’s seventh U.S. Top 40 hit (and first #1) and also a U.K. #1.
1997, Songwriter Mae Boren Axton, the mother of country singer-songwriter Hoyt Axton, and known as the “Queen Mother of Nashville,” died at age 82 after drowning in the bath at her home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, after an apparent heart attack. She wrote more than 200 songs, including a co-credit on Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel.”
2000, At 18 years and 11 months old, Craig David became the youngest U.K. male solo artist to write and sing a U.K. #1 with “Fill Me In.”