1957 : Elvis Presley inhales the cap from one of his teeth and is taken to a Los Angeles hospital to have it removed from his lung.
1959 : Elvis Presley scored his fourth No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight.’ His first ballad to hit No.1.
1961 : Floyd Cramer was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘On The Rebound.’ The US singer’s only UK No.1. The Nashville pianist played on many Elvis Presley hits.
1963 : Tony Bennett’s I Left My Heart in San Francisco wins a Grammy for Record of the Year, Vaughn Meader’s The First Family wins a Grammy for Album of the Year.
1963 : The Rolling Stones sign with Decca Records in London (who had turned down The Beatles the year before).
1963, During a UK tour, The Beatles performed at the Royalty Theatre in Chester. The set list was: ‘Some Other Guy’, ‘Thank You Girl’, ‘Do You Want to Know a Secret’, ‘Please Please Me’, ‘You Really Got a Hold on Me’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, and ‘From Me To You’.
1965 : Bob Dylan’s single ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ peaked at No.39 in the US charts, giving Dylan his first US top 40 hit. John Lennon was reported to find the song so captivating that he didn’t know how he’d be able to write a song that could compete with it.
1967 : Paul McCartney met American photographer Linda Eastman for the first time, during a Georgie Fame concert at the Bag O’Nails nightclub in London, England. They married on March 12, 1969.
1968 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Archie Bell & the Drells’ “Tighten Up”
1968 : George Harrison and Ringo Starr attended the premiere of ‘Wonderwall’ at the Cannes Film Festival. The 1968 film by first-time director Joe Massot starred Jack MacGowran and Jane Birkin, and featured cameos by Anita Pallenberg. The soundtrack was composed by then-Beatle George Harrison. The film provides the name for the Oasis track ‘Wonderwall’, which was inspired by George Harrison’s score.
1969 : John Lennon’s ‘Life With The Lions’ was released on Apple’s avant-garde imprint Zapple. One side of the album was recorded on a cassette player at London’s Queen Charlotte Hospital during Yoko Ono’s pregnancy which ended in a miscarriage.
1971 : Crosby Stills Nash & Young scored their second US No.1 album with ‘4 Way Street.’ The live album featured recordings from shows at The Fillmore East, New York, and The Forum, Los Angeles.
1971 : Pink Floyd perform by a lake at London’s Crystal Palace Bowl; it is reported that the music is so loud, fish die (I guess they drowned?).
1974 : Frank Zappa and his wife announced the birth of their third child, a boy named Ahmet Rodan, after the Japanese movie monster that lived of a steady diet of 707 planes.
1974 : Released on this day, Bill Wyman – “Monkey Grip” album
1975 : Fleetwood Mac plays their first concert with new members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks at a show in El Paso, Texas.
1976 : The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Black And Blue’, the group’s sixth US No.1 album. The band’s first studio album released with Ronnie Wood as the replacement for Mick Taylor featured the hit ‘Fool To Cry’.
1977 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke”
1981 : Former Sex Pistol John Lydon’s band Public Image Ltd performed a show at New York’s Ritz Club posing behind a video screen while the music was played from tapes. They were showered with missiles and eventually booed off stage.
1982 : Asia went to No.1 on the US album chart with their self-titled album. It spent a total of nine weeks at No.1 and became the best-selling album in the US for the year 1982. The supergroup included former members of several veteran progressive rock bands, namely bassist/vocalist John Wetton (formerly in Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep, U.K. and Wishbone Ash), guitarist Steve Howe (formerly in Yes), keyboardist Geoff Downes (of Yes and The Buggles) and drummer Carl Palmer (formerly in The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster and Emerson, Lake & Palmer).
1982 : Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Ebony And Ivory’. The song gave McCartney his 24th US No.1 as a songwriter. The title was inspired by McCartney hearing Spike Milligan say “black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony folks!”. It was later named as the tenth worst song of all time by Blender magazine and in 2007 was named the worst duet in history by BBC 6 Music listeners.
1984 : Nils Lofgren joins Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.
1991 : Manic Street Preacher guitarist Richey Edwards carved ‘4 real’ into his arm with a razor blade while being interviewed by music paper The NME.
1992 : Barbara Lee of the Chiffons died from a heart attack the day before her 45th birthday. Had the 1963 US No.1 single ‘He’s So Fine.’
1993 : Janet Jackson started a eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘That’s The Way Love Goes’, her sixth US No.1, a No.2 hit in the UK.
1995 : Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland is arrested for heroin and cocaine possession outside a motel in Pasadena. It’s the first of his high-profile drug arrests.
1997 : Courtney Love sold the Seattle mansion she shared with Kurt Cobain. A local family purchased the house in the salubrious Denny Blaine area for $3m.
1997 : Oasis became one of the first artists to attempt to exert censorship over the Internet. The group were working with Sony to put an end to unofficial websites carrying lyrics, sound files and photographs of the band. How’d that work out for ya boys? go cry with Metallica 😉
1999 : Rob Gretton manager of Joy Division and New Order died aged 46. He was also a partner in Factory Records, proprietor of the Rob’s Records label and a co-founder along with Tony Wilson of The Hacienda nightclub in Manchester, England.
2000 : Songwriter Geoff Goddard died aged 62. Wrote ‘Johnny Remember Me’, and played keyboards on The Tornadoes 1962 No.1 hit ‘Telstar’. Wrote songs for Heinz, Mike Berry, The Outlaws, Freddie Starr and Screaming Lord Sutch.
2000 : It was reported that Britney Spears had been crowned the queen of America’s fastest growing youth movement, the teenage celibates. Spears told a German magazine that she intended to abstain from sex until her wedding night (bahahaha).
2001 : Brian Pendleton of The Pretty Things died of cancer aged 57, (1964 UK No.10 single ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’). The bands 1974 album Silk Torpedo was the first album release on Led Zeppelin’s own label Swan Song.
2003 : Country singer June Carter Cash, the second wife of Johnny Cash died in Nashville, Tennessee, of complications following heart valve replacement surgery, aged 73. She was a member of the Carter Family, and had hits with Johnny Cash, including the Grammy Award winning songs, ‘Jackson’, ‘Ring Of Fire’, (which she co-wrote about their courtship), and ‘If I Were A Carpenter.’
2008 : Shania Twain and producer Robert “Mutt” Lange announce they are separating after 14 years of marriage.
2008 : Neil Diamond reached the top of the US Billboard album chart for the first time in his career with ‘Home Before Dark’ the 67-year-old’s 29th studio album. His previous highest chart position was in 1973 when the soundtrack to the film Jonathan Livingston Seagull peaked at No.2. At the age of 67, Diamond became the oldest artist to have a US number one, the record was previously held by Bob Dylan in 2006 with ‘Modern Times’ released when he was 65.