September 24th: On this Day
1955, Elvis Presley appeared at The Louisiana Hayride, on KWKH TV, broadcast from Shreveport Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana.
1961, John Leyton was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Johnny Remember Me.' The UK singers only UK No.1 and producer, Joe Meek's first No.1 hit.
1962, Elvis Presley received an invitation to appear at the Royal Variety Performance in the UK which is attended by members of the British Royal Family. Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker graciously declined, citing motion picture commitments. The real reason was that Parker was an illegal Dutch immigrant living in the United States who feared he might not be allowed to return if he left the country.
1963, The Rolling Stones appeared at the Ricky Tick Club, Thames Hotel, Windsor, England.
1965, The Rolling Stones kicked of a 24-date UK tour at The Astoria, London with The Spencer Davis Group, Unit Four + 1 and The Checkmates. Tickets 12/6.
1965, Bob Dylan played the first night on a 36 date North American tour at Austin Municipal Auditorium in Austin, Texas.
1966, Jimi Hendrix arrived in London with manager Chas chandler on a flight from New York City. With only the clothes he was wearing, Hendrix had sold his other belongings to pay a hotel bill in New York.
1966, The Association started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Cherish'. The New Christy Minstrels almost recorded the track but Association member and songwriter, Terry Kirkman, held onto ‘Cherish’ instead of selling it for $1000. The finished recording played for 3 minutes and 25 seconds, but the single’s label listed the time as 3:00 so that DJs wouldn’t be discouraged from playing a ‘long song.’
1967, Traffic made their live debut when they appeared at Saville Theatre in London, featuring Steve Winwood.
1967, Filming continued for The Beatles 'Magical Mystery Tour' at West Malling Air Station, Maidstone, Kent with the shooting of the 'Your Mother Should Know' ballroom finale. With The Beatles all dressed in white suits and shoes, gliding down a glittery staircase as 160 members of Peggy Spencer's dance team swirled round about.
1972, During his Ziggy Stardust tour and on his first North American visit, David Bowie appeared at the New Fisher Theatre, Detroit.
1975, Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Sailing'. The song became a hit after it was used in a TV documentary series.
1980, The Son Of Stiff Tour, featuring acts signed to Stiff Records, kicked off in London with Tenpole Tudor, Any Trouble, Joe King Carrasco, The Equators and Dirty Looks.
1980, The mixing of the forthcoming John and Yoko album Double Fantasy moved from the Hit Factory in New York City to Record Plant East. During this session, John Lennon gave one of last ever interviews to Lisa Robinson from 97-FM in Buffalo.
1983, Billy Joel went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Tell Her About It', the former boxers second US No.1, a No.4 hit in the UK.
1983, UB40 scored their first UK No.1 album with 'Labour Of Love.'
1984, Culture Club had their second UK No.1 single with 'Karma Chameleon', which stayed at the top of the charts for six weeks and became the best-selling single of 1983. The harmonica part was played by Judd Lander, who had been a member of Merseybeat group The Hideaways in the 1960s.
1988, Bobby McFerrin started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Don't Worry Be Happy', the first a-cappella record to be a No.1. It made No.2 in the UK. ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy, was also included in the movie, Cocktail. The song would go on to win Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
1988, The Hollies were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother' after the song was used on a UK TV beer commercial, the song was originally a hit in 1969 and featured a young Elton John on piano.
1990, AC/DC released 'The Razors Edge' their 11th internationally released studio album. The only studio album to feature drummer Chris Slade, reached #2 on the US chart and #4 in the UK.
1991, Nirvana's album 'Nevermind' was released in America, entering the chart at #144 on its first week. The album which peaked at #1 in January 1992 has now sold over 30m copies world wide.
1995, The Charlatans were arrested by 24-armed police after a flight to New York. The band were accused of trying to disrupt the planes flight path, passengers complained of the group being drunk, spitting and interfering with in flight TV sets.
1997, Barry Loukaitis was convicted of shooting and killing two pupils and a teacher at a school in Washington. His defence team claimed he had copied scenes from Pearl Jam's video 'Jeremy'.
2000, Madonna started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Music', the singers seventh UK No.1 album.
2000, Mariah Carey and Westlife started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Phil Collins 1984 hit 'Against All Odds.'
2003, Singer-songwriter Matthew Jay died aged 24 after falling from a seventh-storey window in London. Released the 2001 album 'Draw' and toured with The Doves, Stereophonics, Dido and Starsailor.
2003, The Dave Matthews Band played at Central Park in New York City, in front of almost 100,000, the band's largest audience to date. The Central Park Concert was later released as an album.
2004, The Strat Pack: Live in Concert was held at Wembley Arena in London marking the 50th Anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster guitar. The concert featured Ronnie Wood, Joe Walsh, Gary Moore, Brian May, David Gilmour, Albert Lee, Andy Fairweather-Low, Hank Marvin and many more.
2006, Scissor Sisters topped the UK album and singles charts. The New Yorkers' second album, 'Ta-Dah', entered in the top spot, while the single 'I Don't Feel Like Dancin' spent a third week at number one.
September 24th: Born on this day
1931, Born on this day, Anthony Newley, UK singer, actor, (1960 UK No.1 single 'Why'). Newley died on 14th April 1999.
1933, Born on this day, Mel Taylor, drums, The Ventures, (1960 US No.2 & UK No.8 single 'Walk Don't Run.' Taylor died of lung cancer on 11th August 1996.
1940, Born on this day, Barbara Allbut, The Angels, (1963 US No.1 & UK No.50 single 'My Boyfriend's Back'). The Angels were the first white girl group to have a US number one hit
1942, Born on this day, Gerry Marsden, Gerry and the Pacemakers, (1963 UK No.1 single 'You'll Never Walk Alone' 1965 US No.6 single 'Ferry Across The Mersey').
1942, Born on this day, Linda McCartney, (Linda Eastman). Wife of Paul, photographer, animal rights campaigner, launched her own brand of vegetarian food. Played keyboards with Wings and solo McCartney records. 1971 Paul and Linda McCartney UK No.1 album 'Ram'. She died of breast cancer on 17th April 1998.
1946, Born on this day, Carson Osten, Nazz, Utopia with Todd Rundgren.
1946, Born on this day, Jerry Donahue, UK folk group, Fairport Convention, (1969 UK No.21 single 'Si Tu Dois Partir').
1946, Born on this day, Kjell Asperud, Titanic, (1971 UK No.5 single 'Sultana').
1971, Born on this day, Marty Cintron III, No Mercy, (1997 UK No.2 single 'Where Do You Go').
1971, Born on this day, Peter Salisbury, drums, The Verve, (1997 UK No.1 single 'The Drugs Don't Work').