1953 : Guy Mitchell was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Look At That Girl’ his second No.1 this year. As an international recording star of the 1950s he sold over six million singles.
1963 : Cilla Black signed a management contract with Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Cilla changed her name to Black, (it was white), after a misprint in the music paper ‘Mersey Beat’.
1967 : Engelbert Humperdinck was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Last Waltz’, the singers second UK No.1.
1968 : Working at Abbey Road studio’s in London, The Beatles recoded overdubs onto the new George Harrison song ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’. Eric Clapton added the guitar solo and became the first outside musician to play on a Beatles recording and George recorded his lead vocal.
1970 : Jimi Hendrix made his final live appearance when he appeared at the Isle Of Fehmarn in Germany. The guitarist died on 18th Sept 1970 after choking on his own vomit.
1974 : George Harrison launches his Dark Horse record label.
1974 : The 101 All Stars (featuring Joe Strummer), made their debut at The Telegraph, Brixton Hill, London.
1975 : Glen Campbell started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’, his first No.1 after 13 Top 40 hits. The record gained three Grammy nominations and was the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year for 1976.
1975 : Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the Sutherland Brothers song ‘Sailing’. The song had been featured in the BBC TV series about HMS Ark Royal.
1976 : Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis reunite after 20 years on Lewis’ Labor Day Telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Frank Sinatra surprised Lewis by bringing out Martin.
1978 : Record producer Tom Wilson died. He worked with various US acts including Bob Dylan, (The Times They Are a-Changin’, Another Side of Bob Dylan, and Bringing It All Back Home), Frank Zappa, (Freak Out!), Simon and Garfunkel (Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.) and The Velvet Underground, (White Light/White Heat).
1980 : U2 kicked off the first leg of their 29 date UK ‘Boy tour’ at the General Woolfe in Coventry, England.
1980 : The Jam were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Start!’, the group’s second UK No.1 and taken from the band’s fifth album Sound Affects.
1985 : ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ went on general release in the UK, the movie featured Madonna and Rosanna Arquette.
1986 : All girl group Bananarama went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Venus’, the song had also been a No.1 for Dutch group Shocking Blue in 1970.
1987 : Performing as the “Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band,” members of the band who survived their 1977 plane crash perform the first of a series of shows to mark the 10 year anniversary of the crash. The enthusiastic response from fans leads the band to reform permanently and record new material.
1988 : 2,000 items of Elton John’s personal memorabilia including his boa feathers, ‘Pinball Wizard’ boots and hundreds of pairs of spectacles were auctioned at Sotheby’s in London.
1990 : Tom Fogerty guitarist with Creedence Clearwater Revival died aged 49, due to complications from AIDS acquired during a blood transfusion. During 1969 CCR scored three US Top Ten albums and four Top 5 singles. Released several solo albums.
1994 : English keyboard player Nicky Hopkins died aged 50, in Nashville, Tennessee, of complications from intestinal surgery. Was a highly respected session musician, worked with The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks, Small Faces, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, George Harrison, and the Jerry Garcia Band. The Kinks song ‘Session Man’ from Face to Face is dedicated to (and features) Hopkins.
1994 : Bad Religion release their eighth full-length studio album Stranger Than Fiction – their only gold record in the United States and last recording with founding guitarist Brett Gurewitz until his return seven years later.
1997 : Elton John recorded a new version of ‘Candle In The Wind’ after performing the song live at Diana Princess of Wales funeral. An estimated 2.5 billion people around the world watched Elton play the special tribute to Diana. The track went on to become the biggest selling single of all-time.
2001 : Earth Wind and Fire announced that Viagra would sponsor their forthcoming 30th anniversary American tour.
2002 : With Ian Astbury on lead vocals and Stewart Copeland on drums, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors perform their first concert as “The Doors of the 21st Century.” The show is part of the Harley-Davidson Open Road Tour at the California Speedway in Fontana.
2004 : Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay was banned for six months and fined £750 after being clocked driving at more than 100mph. His lawyers had argued at Perth Sheriff Court that he needed his license so he could have “respite” from his busy professional life. But Sheriff Robert McCreadie said his conduct was “entirely unacceptable”. Jay Kay admitted driving a four-wheel-drive vehicle at 105mph on the A9 in Perthshire in February while overtaking.
2005 : Sir Bob Geldof was awarded the freedom of his native Dublin after the City Council voted in favour of giving him the accolade in honour of his campaign against world poverty and alleviating debt in Africa.
2006, Victor Willis, who performed as the policeman in The Village People was given three years probation for drugs offences after pleading no contest to the charges, dating from March 2006. Willis co-wrote some of the group’s biggest hits – including ‘YMCA’ and ‘In The Navy.’
2006 : A man named Paul van Valkenburgh from Florida died of lung cancer. An obituary published in a local paper was picked up by the Associated Press, which ran a short obituary of the dead man but giving him the wrong name. The real Paul Vance, who was alive and well and living in Coral Springs, Florida, contacted local media after viewing a report of his death on local TV. He announced that he was still alive and was able to prove this with a stack of royalty cheques from ASCAP from his biggest hit ‘Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini.’ He told a reporter for the New York Times that his relatives and friends, shocked by the AP report, had called to check on him after the media reports.
2008 : US rock band Great White whose pyrotechnics sparked a fire that killed 100 people, agreed to pay $1m to survivors and victims’ relatives. The blaze began at The Station nightclub in the US state of Rhode Island in 2003 when the band’s tour manager shot off pyrotechnics at the start of the concert. More than 200 people were also injured in the blaze. One band member, guitarist Ty Longley, was killed in the fire. Tour manager Daniel Biechele pleaded guilty in 2006 to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter and was given parole in March after serving less than half of his four-year prison sentence.
2011 : A California judge ruled that Madonna does not hold a trademark over the phrase “Material Girl” for her line of clothing just because she wrote a song by that name in 1985. An L.A. retailer called LA Triumph has been using the name “Material Girl” clothing and has registered it as a trademark.