1845 : France’s army gives legitimacy to Belgian Adolphe Sax’s latest invention, the saxophone, by including it in their marching band.
1955 : Elvis Presley performed three shows at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida, (2 matinee and 1 evening). A full scale riot broke out after the show when Elvis announced to the 14,000 strong crowd, “Girls, I’ll see you backstage.” Fans chased Elvis into the dressing room tearing off his clothes and shoes. Other acts who appeared here include Tom Jones, The Animals, James Brown, Buddy Holly, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash and the Doors.
1957 : Richard Starkey (later known as Ringo Starr) is thought to have made his debut at the Cavern Club, playing drums with the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group. John Lennon made his first appearance at the club a week later with The Quarry Men Skiffle Group. Paul McCartney made his first appearance in January 1958 with The Quarry Men.
1959 : Cliff Richard was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Living Doll.’ The singers first of 14 UK No.1’s. The song was one of three from the film, Serious Charge.
1964 : Country singer Jim Reeves was killed in a plane crash when the single engine aircraft flying from Arkansas to Nashville crashed in thick fog. 41 year- old Reeves was the first country singer to cross- over into the pop market. (1960 US No.2 single ‘He’ll Have To Go’, 1966 UK No.1 single ‘Distant Drums’).
1967 : An appeal court in London, England, gave Mick Jagger a conditional discharge and quashed Keith Richard’s conviction for permitting his house to be used for the purpose of smoking cannabis resin.
1968 : Tommy James and The Shondells were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mony Mony’. Also a hit for Billy Idol in 1987.
1968 : Working at Trident studios in London, England, (with its 8-track equipment, EMI was still using 4-track recorders), The Beatles recorded four takes of a new Paul McCartney song ‘Hey Jude’.
1969 : Elvis Presley kicked off a four week run at the Las Vegas International Hotel, (his first live show since 1961). He reportedly netted $1.5m for the shows. On the menu an Elvis special, polk salad with corn muffins & honey.
1971 : James Taylor went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Carole King song ‘You Got A Friend’. The song would go on to win the 1971 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male. Taylor scored nine other solo US Top 40 hits during the 70’s.
1971 : A security guard was stabbed to death during a concert by The Who at New York’s Forest Hill Stadium.
1972 : Chicago’s Chicago V LP is certified gold
1976 : George Benson’s Breezin’ LP hits #1
1980 : The Mamas & The Papas founder and vocalist “Papa” John Phillips is arrested for possession of cocaine and running a phony prescription scam with a local pharmacy and eventually sentenced to eight years in prison (though this sentence would later be reduced to 30 days in jail and community service).
1980 : During An Eagles concert at Long Beach, California, tempers boiled over between Glen Frey and Don Henley, who spent the entire show describing to each other the beating each planned to administer backstage. “Only three more songs until I kick your ass, pal,” Frey told Henley. The group’s next album was mixed by Frey and Henley on opposite coasts after the two decided they couldn’t bear to be in the same state, let alone the same studio.
1982 : Survivor’s ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ was at No.1 on the US album chart. The song, which was commissioned by actor Sylvester Stallone for the theme for the movie Rocky III, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song and go on to sell over five million copies.
1985 : The Eurythmics had the No.1 position on the UK singles chart with ‘There Must Be An Angel, (Playing With My Heart). The song which was the Eurythmics’ first (and to date only) No.1 single features a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder.
1991 : Bryan Adams was enjoying his third week at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’. The single stayed a No.1 for a record-breaking sixteen weeks.
1992 : Michael Jackson made an unscheduled appearance on his hotel balcony in London after a man had threatened to jump from an apartment building across the street. 28 year-old Eric Herminie told police he would leap to his death if he didn’t see Jackson, who was in Britain for a series of concerts. Jackson spent a couple of minutes waving to Herminie, who then climbed back into the building.
1995 : Jamaica issues a commemorative series of postage stamps honoring local native and reggae legend Bob Marley.
1999 : Wu-Tang Clan member Ol Dirty Bastard, (real name Russell Jones) was arrested for crack and marijuana possession in New York after being stopped by police during a routine traffic offence.
2000 : Eighties pop maestro Mike Stock was declared bankrupt. Mike who was one third of 80’s hit factory Stock, Aitken and Waterman had been involved in several court battles over copyright issues.
2001 : BBC producer John Walters died aged 63. Walters produced and worked with Radio 1 DJ John Peel. Peel teamed up with Walters to broadcast some of the most groundbreaking music of an era. He joined the BBC in 1967, and became producer on John Peel’s Top Gear show two years later. Walters played the trumpet with the Alan Price Set in the 1960’s.
2002 : The son of Bryan Ferry was arrested by armed police outside the UK prime minister’s County Durham home as he tried to stage a demonstration. Otis Ferry went through security gates and was arrested when he refused to give his name. He was trying to place posters supporting animal hunts on the walls of Mr Blair’s house.
2004 : It’s “Mac Davis Day” in Lubbock, Texas, as the writer of hit songs including In The Ghetto and A Little Less Conversation is honored in his hometown.
2006 : Former Culture Club singer Boy George (O’Dowd) was ordered to do community service by picking up trash on New York City streets after pleading guilty last March to false reporting of an incident. He called police with a bogus report of a burglary at his lower Manhattan apartment in October and the responding officers found cocaine inside.
2012 : Sheryl Crow was granted a temporary restraining order against a man accused of threatening to shoot her. The order stated that Phillip Gordon Sparks had to stay 90 metres away from Crow and must not contact her, her family or anyone who works with her.
2012 : Appearing at the Helsinki Olympiastadionin Finland, at the end of a European tour, Bruce Springsteen played his longest show ever – 4 hours and 6 minutes.