- 1962, The Beatles recorded their second single ‘Please Please Me’ in 18 takes and ‘Ask Me Why’ for the flip side at EMI studio’s London. When released in the US on the Vee-Jay label, the first pressings featured a typographical error: The band’s name was spelled “The Beattles”.
- 1968, Cream played their farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Also on the bill were Yes and Taste. The concert was filmed and released as Cream’s Farewell Concert which has often been criticized for both its mediocre sound and visual effects: during Ginger Baker’s drum solo, he seems to change clothes at lightning speed due to careless post-editing.
- 1973, The New York Dolls made their live UK debut at Biba’s Rainbow Room, London. The American band who formed in New York in 1971 influenced the look of many new wave and 1980s-era glam metal groups.
- 1976, The Sex Pistols released the single ‘Anarchy In The UK’. Originally issued in a plain black sleeve, the single was the only Sex Pistols recording released by EMI, and reached No.38 on the UK Singles Chart before EMI dropped the group on 6 January 1977.
- 1988, Russian cosmonauts aboard Soyuz 7 took into space a cassette copy (minus the cassette box for weight reasons) of the latest Pink Floyd album Delicate Sound Of Thunder and played it in orbit, making Pink Floyd the first rock band to be played in space. David Gilmour and Nick Mason both attended the launch of the spacecraft.
- 1991, US Country singer Garth Brooks asked fans to bring 10 cans of food to a grocery store in exchange for a lottery envelope, some of which contained tickets to see Garth at a forthcoming show. Over 10,000 cans were donated to charity.
- 1994, The Eagles started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Hell Freezes Over.’ The album name is in reference to a quote by Don Henley after the band’s breakup in 1980; he commented that the band would play together again “when Hell freezes over.”
- 2008, The parents of missing Manic Street Preachers guitarist and lyricist Richey Edwards were granted a court order for him to be declared presumed dead, after he disappeared nearly 14 years ago. Despite alleged sightings all over the world many believed to be Edwards, whose car was found near the Severn Bridge, where he was thought to have taken his own life at the age of 27.
Born on this day:
- 1939, Born on this day, Tina Turner, (Annie Mae Bullock), Ike & Tina Turner, (1966 UK No.3 single ‘River Deep Mountain High’, 1971 US No.4 single ‘Proud Mary’), solo, (1984 UK No.3 and US No.1 single ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’, plus over 25 other UK Top 40 singles).
- 1944, Born on this day, Alan Henderson, Them, (1965 UK No.2 & US No.24 single ‘Here Comes The Night’).
- 1945, Born on this day, John McVie, Fleetwood Mac, 1987 UK No.5 single ‘Little Lies’, and 1977 US No.1 single ‘Dreams’, from worldwide No.1 album Rumours.
- 1946, Born on this day, Burt Reiter, bass, Focus, (1973 UK No.4 single ‘Sylvia’, 1973 US No.9 single ‘Hocus Pocus’).
- 1964, Born on this day, Adam Gaynor, guitar, Matchbox 20, (1998 UK No.38 single ‘Push’, 2000 US No.1 single ‘Bent’).
- 1967, Born on this day, John Stirratt, bass, songwriter, Wilco, (2004 album ‘A Ghost Is Born’).
- 1970, Born on this day, Ron Jones, guitar, Flaming Lips, (2002 UK No. 32 single ‘Do You Realize’).
- 1981, Born on this day, Natasha Bedingfield, singer, (2004 UK No.1 single ‘These Words’).
- 1984, Born on this day, Benjamin Wysocki, drummer, The Fray. 2009 US No.1 self titled album.
- 1990, Born on this day, British singer-songwriter and actress, Rita Ora. Her debut studio album Ora (2012) debuted at No.1 in the UK, and spawned the No.1 singles ‘R.I.P.’ and ‘How We Do (Party)’.