- 1962, The Beatles debut single ‘ ‘Love Me Do’ was released in the UK. It spent 26 week’s on the chart peaking at No.17. Beatles producer George Martin has said when ‘Love Me Do’ was released, it was the day the world changed.
- 1965, Johnny Cash was arrested crossing the Mexican border into El Paso, Texas after customs officials found 100’s of pills in his guitar case. He received a suspended jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.
- 1966, Having moved to and living in London, England, Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding played together for the first time – The Jimi Hendrix Experience were formed.
- 1967, The Doors played the final night of a five night run at Steve Paul’s Scene in New York City.
- 1974, Mike Oldfields ‘Tubular Bells‘ went to No.1 for the first time on the UK album chart 15 months after being released. It went on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide.
- 1985, Midge Ure was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘If I Was.’ The former Ultravox and Slik singers only solo No.1. The song features Mark King of Level 42 on bass guitar.
- 1991, Guns N’ Roses started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Use Your Illusion II’.
- 1999, Roger Daltrey announced that The Who were reforming, making their first performance in Las Vegas on Oct 29th. The show was also to be broadcast live on the Internet.
- 2000, Beatles‘ fans across the world rushed out to buy copies of the Fab Four’s autobiography. Stores in Japan and Britain opened at midnight to satisfy demand for the book, the first written by the band members. Publishers said the 350,000-word volume, at a cost of £35, had already attracted more than 1.5m orders worldwide.
- 2011, David Cassidy filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Sony, claiming he had not been paid royalties for sales of Partridge Family merchandise which bear his image, including lunchboxes, magazines and board games. Cassidy told CNN “It’s just a matter of being fair and doing the right thing. Just be fair, be real, be genuine, don’t be greedy.”
Born on this day:
- 1938, Born on this day, Carlo Mastrangelo, Dion and the Belmonts, (1961 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘Runaround Sue’).
- 1943, Born on this day, singer, guitarist, Steve Miller, (1974 US No.1 & 1990 UK No.1 single ‘The Joker’).
- 1945, Born on this day, Brian Connolly, vocals, Sweet, (1973 UK No.1 single ‘Blockbuster’, plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles). Connolly died of kidney and liver failure on 9th February 1997.
- 1947, Born on this day, Brian Johnson, vocals, Geordie, (1973 UK No.6 single ‘Because Of You’). Joined AC/DC in 1980, after the death of Bon Scott. 1980 UK No.1 & US No.4 album ‘Back in Black’ sold over 49 million copies.
- 1950, Born on this day, Eddie Clarke, Motorhead, (1980 UK No.15 single ‘Ace Of Spades’).
- 1951, Bob Geldof, Irish singer, songwriter, actor and political activist. The Boomtown Rats, (1979 UK No.1 single ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ plus 10 other UK Top 40 singles). Geldof was the driving force behind the Band Aid relief project after seeing a BBC news report on the famine in Ethiopia. He called Midge Ure from Ultravox, and together they co-wrote the song, ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ Co-founded Planet 24, a television production company that has made such programs as The Big Breakfast, The Word and Survivor.
- 1961, Born on this day, David Bryson, guitar, Counting Crows, (1994 UK No.28 single ‘Mr Jones’, 1996 US No.1 album, ‘Recovering The Satellites’).
- 1978, Born on this day, James Valentine, guitarist, Maroon 5, who had the 2004 UK No.1 album ‘Songs About Jane’, the 2004 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘She Will Be Loved’ and the 2014 US No.1 album V.