|March 6th: On this Day
|1951, Welsh composer, singer and actor Ivor Novello died aged 58. He first became known for the song 'Keep the Home Fires Burning,' which he composed during World War I. The annual British songwriter award is named after him. |
|1961, George Formby died aged 57. The British singing comedian and ukulele player made over 20 films, and his best known song is 'Leaning On A Lamp Post.' Formby who was made an OBE in 1946 was a major influence on George Harrison. |
|1965, The Temptations went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Smokey Robinson penned song 'My Girl', making the group the first male act to have a No.1 for Motown, The single only reached No.43 in the UK but made No.2 when re-issued. |
|1966, The Rolling Stones started recording sessions for their tenth UK single 'Paint It, Black' at RCA studios in Hollywood. It was originally titled 'Paint It Black' without a comma. Keith Richards has stated that the comma was added by the record label, Decca.
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|1967, The Beatles recorded sound effects onto the song 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' at Abbey Road studios in London. The beginning audience murmurs and sounds of a band preparing for a performance are added, along with screams from a tape of the Beatles in concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
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|1970, Charles Manson released an album called 'Lie' to help raise money for his defence in the Tate-LeBianca murder trial. The album jacket was made to look like a cover of Life magazine with the letter f removed from the word Life. In the mid sixties, Manson had been a wanna-be musician who befriended Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson, eventually talking the group into recording one of his songs, 'Cease To Exist'. The title was changed to 'Never Learn Not To Love' and was released as the B side of the single 'Bluebirds Over The Mountain', which eventually climbed to number 61 in the US in early 1969. |
|1971, Mungo Jerry were at No.1 on the UK singles chat with 'Baby Jump', the group's second and final No.1. |
|1971, Led Zeppelin appeared at the National Boxing Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, the group's first show in Dublin, where they played 'Stairway To Heaven' live for only the second time.
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|1972, Pink Floyd played the first night on a 7-date tour of Japan at the Tokyo-To Taiikukan, in Tokyo, Japan. |
|1973, An attempt to bring Elvis Presley to the UK for shows at London's Earl's Court failed. Promoters had hoped that Elvis would be available during the summer but were told that Elvis now had US tour and filming commitments. |
|1973, Slade scored their fourth UK No.1 single with 'Cum On Feel The Noize', the first single to enter the charts at No.1 since The Beatles 'Get Back' in 1969. Elton John had the No.1 album with 'Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player'. |
|1976, Tina Charles was at No.1 in the UK with the single 'I Love to Love' (But My Baby Loves to Dance). The Miracles were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Love Machine (part 1)' and Bob Dylan was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Desire'. |
|1982, Tight Fit were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of The Tokens hit 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight.' It was first recorded by its writer, Solomon Linda, and his group, The Evening Birds, in 1939. In 2004, the song became the subject of a lawsuit between the family of its writer Solomon Linda and Disney. The suit claimed that Disney owed $1.6 million in royalties for the use of 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' in the film and stage production of The Lion King. A settlement was reached for an undisclosed amount in 2006. |
|1991, George Michael played the first of four sold-out nights at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan on his Cover to Cover world tour.
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|1993, Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'A Whole New World' (Aladdin's Theme)'. The single ended Whitney Houston's 14-week run at the top of the charts.
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|1995, During a 12-date tour of Australian and New Zealand, Pearl Jam played at Perth Entertainment Centre, Perth, Australia.
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|1998, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher appeared handcuffed in a Brisbane court on charges of head butting a fan during a gig in Australia. Gallagher was released on bail.
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|2001, A man who hid for 24 hours in the rafters of a Cathedral and secretly filmed the Christening of Madonna's baby appeared in court. Security staff discovered the man after the ceremony when he made a noise as he climbed down from the rafters. |
|2004, Diane Richie, the estranged wife of singer Lionel Richie, went to court seeking $300,000 (£176,500) a month in maintenance support. Diane's monthly costs included: $20,000 (£11,800) a year on plastic surgery; $15,000 (£8,824) a month for clothing, shoes and accessories; $5,000 (£2,940) on jewellery; $3,000 (£1,765) on dermatology; $1,000 (£588) for laser hair removal and $600 (£353) on massages. |
|2004, David Crosby was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and marijuana after leaving his bag in a New York hotel. The luggage was found by a hotel employee looking for identification, finding instead a handgun and marijuana. The employee called authorities, and Crosby, discovering the missing luggage himself, telephoned to say he would return for it. He was met by New York police, who arrested him. |
|2008, A UK charity warned that nine out of ten young people had experienced the first signs of hearing damage after listening to loud music. The RNID said more should wear ear plugs to protect their hearing, without spoiling their appreciation of music. Experts said prolonged exposure to noise over 85 decibels would harm hearing over time.
Music played in concerts, bars and clubs was often above this level. |
|2009, Michael Jackson was mobbed by screaming fans as he took his two youngest children to see Oliver! at Drury Lane. The youngest two of Jackson's three children - seven-year-old Prince Michael II (known as Blanket) and 11-year-old Paris, hid their faces as they were escorted through the crowd. Jackson was in London, England to announce his series of summer concerts at the O2. Jackson died three weeks before the shows were to start. |
|2010, R&B singer D'Angelo was arrested at the wheel of his Range Rover after trying to pay $40 (£27.50) for sex with an undercover police officer posing as a prostitute. The incident happened in New York City. |
|2010, Mark Linkous, frontman with US band Sparklehorse committed suicide by shooting himself in the heart outside a friend's house in Knoxville, Tennessee. In 1996 Linkous "died" for two minutes after ingesting a mix of Valium and antidepressants while supporting Radiohead on tour in the UK. He recovered, but the incident left him paralysed, after lying unconscious for 14 hours, with circulation to his legs cut off. He suffered a heart attack when doctors tried to straighten the limbs, and he had surgery seven times to save his legs. |