August 11th: On this day
1956, Elvis Presley’s double sided hit ‘Don’t Be Cruel / Hound Dog was released. The single went to No.1 on the US chart, where it stayed for 11 weeks – a record that would not be broken until 1992’s Boyz II Men hit ‘End of the Road’.
1962, Neil Sedaka started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’, his first US No.1 as an artist. It reached No.7 on the UK chart.
1964, The Beatles started recording their fourth album (‘Beatles For Sale’, not yet titled), at EMI studios in London, England.
1964, The High Numbers, (later to become The Who), played at The Railway Hotel in Harrow, England. Just before the band were due on stage, Roger Daltry’s father-in law came into the venue and dragged the singer outside and hit him. The band started their set and Daltry appeared back on stage after the fight.
1966, At a press conference held at The Astor Towers Hotel in Chicago, John Lennon apologised for his remarks that The Beatles were ‘more popular than Jesus’. Lennon told reporters “Look, I wasn’t saying The Beatles are better than God or Jesus, I said ‘Beatles’ because it’s easy for me to talk about The Beatles. I could have said ‘TV’ or ‘Cinema’, ‘Motorcars’ or anything popular and would have got away with it’’.
1967, Small Faces, The Move, Marmalade, Paul Jones, Pink Floyd, Amen Corner, Donovan, Zoot Money, Cream, Jeff Beck, John Mayall, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown all appeared at this years UK Reading festival. An advance 3 day ticket cost £2. Arthur Brown’s trademark flaming helmet burnt out of control and organiser Harold Pendleton’s father-in-law had to douse the flames with a pint of beer.
1969, 350 special guests were invited to see Motown Records new signings The Jackson Five play at The Daisy Club in Beverly Hills, California.
1979, Led Zeppelin played their last ever UK show when they appeared at Knebworth House, England. The set list included: The Song Remains The Same, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter, Hot Dog, The Rain Song, White Summer/Black Mountainside, Kashmir, Trampled Under Foot, Sick Again, Achilles’ Last Stand, In The Evening, Stairway To Heaven Rock And Roll, Whole Lotta Love and Communication Breakdown.
1984, Ray Parker JR. started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the theme from the film ‘Ghostbusters’. Parker who had been a session guitarist for Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye was accused of plagiarizing the melody from Huey Lewis and the News song ‘I Want a New Drug’, resulting in Lewis suing Parker, the pair settled out of court in 1985.
1989, Three members of L.L. Cool J crew were arrested and charged with raping a 15 year-old girl. The incident took place after a concert when the girl had won a backstage pass on a radio contest.
1999, KISS arrived on Hollywood Boulevard to unveil their star on The Walk Of Fame. The band had released over 30 albums and sold over 80 million records world-wide.
2000, Madonna gave birth to a baby boy Rocco Ritchie at The Cedars-Sinai Hospital Beverly Hills.
2002, Bruce Springsteen started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Rising’, the singers fifth US No.1. Also No.1 in the UK.
2008, Karl Wiosna from Graig, near Pontypridd in Wales had his stereo equipment and music collection destroyed after being served with a noise abatement notice, which he later admitted breaching. Environmental health officers were alerted by neighbours who complained about the unacceptable volume Wiosna was playing his Cher and U2 records. Two tape and record decks, a radio and CDs were seized and destroyed by the council, he was also fined £265.
August 11th: Born on this day
1942, Born on this day, Mike Hugg, drums, Manfred Mann, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’).
1943, Born on this day, Denis Payton, sax, Dave Clark Five, 1964 UK No.1 single ‘Glad All Over’, 1965 US No.1 single ‘Over And Over’, plus over 15 other UK top 40 singles). Payton died on 17th December 2006.
1943, Born on this day, Jim Kale, Guess Who, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.19 single ‘American Woman’).
1948, Born on this day, Bill Hurd, The Rubettes, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Sugar Baby Love’).
1949, Born on this day, Eric Carmen, singer, The Raspberries, (1972 US No.5 single ‘Go All The Way’) solo, (1976 US No.2 single, ‘All By Myself’).
1950, Born on this day, Erik Braunn, Iron Butterfly (1968 US No.14 single ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’). He died on 25th July 2003 aged 52.
1954, Born on this day, Bryan Bassett, guitar, vocals, Wild Cherry, (1976 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Play That Funky Music’).
1954, Born on this day, Joe Jackson, UK singer, songwriter, (1980 UK No.5 single ‘It’s Different For Girls’ and 1982 US No.6 & UK No.7 single ‘Steppin Out’).
1959, Born on this day, Alan Frew, Glass Tiger, (1986 UK No.29 single ‘Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone’).
1960, Born on this day, Paul Gendler, Modern Romance (1982 UK No.4 single ‘Best Years Of Our Lives’).
1964, Born on this day, Hamish Seelochan, The Pasadenas, (1992 UK No.4 single ‘I’m Doing Fine Now’).
1968, Born on this day, American guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Charlie Sexton known for the 1985 hit ‘Beat’s So Lonely’ and for being the guitarist for Bob Dylan’s backing band from 1999. Sexton has contributed songs to various film soundtracks, including True Romance and Air America, made a cameo fronting a bar band in Thelma & Louise and played the role of Jimmy in the 2014 film Boyhood.
1970, Born on this day, Andy Bell, guitar, vocals, Ride, (1992 UK No.9 single ‘Leave Them All Behind’). Also a member of Hurricane No.1, Bell joined Oasis in 1999.
1976, Born on this day, Ben Gibbard, singer with American band Death Cab for Cutie, 2008 US No.1 album ‘Narrow Stairs.’
1978, Born on this day, Chris Kelly, Kris Kross, (1992 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Jump’. The duo of Chris Smith and Chris Kelly were 12 and 13 when they recorded the song. Kelly died on 1st May 2013 in an Atlanta hospital at the age of 34.
1981, Born on this day, Sandi Thom, Scottish singer /songwriter, 2006 UK and Australian No.1 single ‘I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (with Flowers in My Hair)’