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.
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.
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.
1970, David Bowie released the single ‘The Prettiest Star’ in the UK as a follow-up single to ‘Space Oddity’. The track featured Marc Bolan on guitar, with whom Bowie would spend the next few years as a rival for the crown of the king of glam rock. Despite receiving good reviews, the single reportedly sold fewer than 800 copies, a major disappointment on the back of the success of ‘Space Oddity’.
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.
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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David Gilmour: guitarist, singer and songwriter, who joined Pink Floyd in 1968. After Roger Waters’ departure in 1985, David created two further Floyd albums, A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell, with Nick Mason and Richard Wright. He was appointed a CBE in 2003 for his services to music. He released his first solo album, David Gilmour, in 1978, followed by About Face in 1984 and 2006’s On An Island, which charted at No.1 in the UK and No.6 in the US.
Guy Garvey singer/guitarist with Manchester based group Elbow. Elbow won the Mercury Music Prize for their 2008 album ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’. Garvey also presents a radio show on BBC 6Music.