- 1965, The Rolling Stones started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’, the group’s second US No.1. The song knocked The Beatles ‘Yesterday’ from the No.1 position.
- 1967, During a three hour session Bob Dylan recorded ‘All Along The Watchtower’ and ‘John Wesley Harding’ at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
- 1968, Joe Cocker was at No.1 in the UK singles chart with his version of The Beatles song ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’. The song was also a UK No.1 for Wet Wet Wet in 1988 and Pop Idol duo Sam and Mark in 2004.
- 1970, Aerosmith performed their first ever gig when they played at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, Massachusetts. Sometimes referred to as “The Bad Boys from Boston”, Aerosmith became the best-selling American rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide. They also hold the record for the most gold and multi-platinum albums by an American group.
- 1972, During a UK tour, Billy Murcia of The New York Dolls died after choking on his coffee after an overdose of Mandrax. The influential American band formed in 1972 and made just two albums, the 1973 ‘New York Dolls’ and 1974 ‘Too Much Too Soon’.
- 1975, The Sex Pistols made their live debut at St Martin’s School Of Art in central London, supporting a band called Bazooka Joe, which included Stuart Goddard (the future Adam Ant). The Pistols’ performance lasts 10 minutes.
- 1976, The Steve Miller Band went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rock ‘n’ Me’, the group’s second US No.1, a No.11 in the UK.
- 1982, Soft Cell’s ‘Tainted Love’ achieved the longest unbroken run on the UK charts when it logged its 43rd week in the Top 100.
- 1993, Pearl Jam went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Vs’, selling 950,378 copies making it the highest sales in US album history in one week.
- 2003, Metallica kicked off their 137-date Madly in Anger with the World Tour at Yoyogi Taiikukanin Tokyo, Japan. The Madly in Anger with the World tour was the fourth-highest grossing tour of 2004, reaping $60,500,000 in ticket sales.
- 2007, Meat Loaf cancelled his European tour after being diagnosed with a cyst on his vocal cords. The 60-year-old had already scrapped two gigs on doctor’s orders. Speculation had surrounded the tour after he cut short a gig in Newcastle, telling the audience it is “the last show I may ever do in my life”.
- 2014, Taylor Swift’s latest album 1989 debuted at No.1 on America’s Billboard albums chart selling 1.287 million copies in its first week, the largest sales week for an album since Eminem’s The Eminem Show which was released 12 years ago. Swift was now the only act to earn three million-selling weeks with an album. Before 1989, Red sold 1.208 million in it’s first week, while Speak Now clocked up 1.047 million sales.
Born on this day:
- 1948, Born on this day, Glenn Frey, guitar, vocals, The Eagles, (1977 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Hotel California’, plus 5 US No.1 albums. ‘Greatest Hits 1971-1975’ is the second biggest selling album in the world with sales over 30m). Solo (1985 UK No.12 single ‘The Heat Is On’).
- 1950, Born on this day, Chris Glen, bass, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, (1975 UK No.7 single ‘Delilah’).
- 1963, Born on this day, Paul Brindley, guitar, The Sundays, (1997 UK No.15 single ‘Summertime’).
- 1964, Born on this day, Corey Glover, Living Colour, (1991 UK No.12 single ‘Love Rears Its Ugly Head’).
- 1966, Born on this day, Paul Gilbert, guitarist, Mr. Big, (1992 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘To Be With You’).
- 1979, Born on this day, Trevor Penick, O-Town, winners of US TV show ‘Making The Band’ (2001 US No.3 single ‘All Or Nothing’, 2001 UK No.3 single ‘Liquid Dreams’).