Born on This Day:
1928 Alexis Korner - father of British Blues
1941 Alan Price, keyboardist The Animals who had a 1964 UK & US No 1 single with "House of the Rising Sun".
1944 Bernie Worrell, keyboardist with Parliament Funkadelic who had a 1978 US No 16 album One Nation Under A Groove.
1947 Mark Volman, The Turtles, who had a US No 1 single with "Happy Together".
ON THIS DAY:
1952 The Clovers' classic, "One Mint Julep", charted rising to #2 R&B. Between 1951 & 1954, the Washington, DC, quintet scored 15 straight R&B Top 10 winners. They hit the Top 10 four more times after their standard "Blue Velvet" only reached #14 R&B in 1955.
1956 Clyde McPhatter of The Drifters was discharged from the Army and began his solo career.
1960 Elvis Presley boarded a train to Los Angeles from Memphis to begin shooting his new film, G.I. Blues, a story about a young U.S. soldier in Germany.
1965 The film T.A.M.I. (Teen-Age Music International) featuring The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, The Four Tops, James Brown, The Beach Boys and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles opened in London.
1975 The compilation album The Best of The Stylistics reached #1 in England, becoming the top-selling album of the year & the largest seller in Britain by a black act to date. It spent 63 weeks on the U.K. charts. It reached #13 R&B but only #41 pop stateside.
Captain & Tenille charted with "Love Will Keep Us Together" at #1.
1980 Michael Jackson's "She's Out of My Life" single charted, reaching #10 pop & giving him the distinction of becoming the 1st individual artist to have 4 hits from the same album, though he would later break his own record!
Country charts, long dominated by males, had a Top 5 today that included Crystal Gayle (#1), Dottie West, Debby Boone, Emmylou Harris and Tammie Wynette.
Blondie went to #1 on the US singles chart with "Call Me", which was featured in the Richard Gere film American Gigolo.
Brian Johnson, 32-year old singer with Geordie, joined AC/DC, replacing Bon Scott who had died after a drinking binge.
1986 Prince started a 2 week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "Kiss". A song he wrote under the pseudonym "Christopher Tracey", "Manic Monday" was at #2 in both the US and the UK for The Bangles.
1988 Sonny Bono was inaugurated as the Mayor of Palm Springs.
1991 Whitney Houston was accused of "terrorist threatening" and allegedly punching a man in the eye when the man tried to break up a fight between her brother Michael & a 3rd man at a Radisson Hotel in Lexington, KY. The charges were later dismissed.
1995 The Stone Roses played their first gig in 5 years when they appeared at The Rockerfella Club, Oslo Norway.
2000 Phil Collins won $425,000 in a high court case over royalties with two former members of his band. The judge ruled that they had been overpaid in error but because the two musicians had no other income they would not have to pat it back.
2003 The oldest working musician in Britain, Conrad Leonard died at age 104. Conrad had worked with Cole Porter and Petula Clark.
Died on This Day:
1950 Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th baron Berners/composer, dies at 66
1954 Joe Laurie, Jr., comedian (Can You Top This?), dies at 61
1969 Casper Howeler, music critic, dies at 71
1980 Ethel Wilson, actress (Aunt Harriet-Aldrich Family), dies at 88
1981 Ernst Levy, composer, dies at 85
1986 Alvin Childress, actor (Amos-Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 78
Dag Ivar Wiren, composer, dies at 80
1987 Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum, Actor (Mr Green Jeans), dies at 77
1992 Alice Mary Riley, entertainer, dies of cancer at 51
Robert F Clayton, drummer (Jody Grind), & Robert Paul Haynes, bassist (Jody Grind), both 26 die in a car crash