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1957, Lonnie Donegan was at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Gamblin’ Man/Putting on the Style,” the singer’s second U.K. #1. It was the last U.K. #1 to be released as a 78 rpm as well as a 7’ vinyl record.
1962, Ray Charles started a 14-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music.
1973, George Harrison started a five-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with Living in the Material World, his second U.S. #1.
1975, During his Welcome to My Nightmare tour in Vancouver, Canada, Alice Cooper fell from the stage and broke six ribs.
1984, Duran Duran started a two-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “The Reflex,” the group’s first U.S. #1, also a U.K. #1.
1989, George Michael received the Silver Clef Award for outstanding achievements to British Music.
1990, Buddy Holly’s Gibson acoustic guitar sold for £139,658 ($237,419) in a Sotheby's auction. The guitar was in a tooled leather case made by Holly himself.
1995, Drummer Alan White made his live debut with Oasis at Glastonbury Festival. Also former Take That member Robbie Williams appeared on stage with the band during the show.
2000, The Experience Music Project was unveiled in Seattle by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft. The £150 ($255) museum contained over 80,000 items of Hendrix memorabilia, including a smashed guitar from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.
2004, U.K. DJ Tony Blackburn was suspended by radio station Classic Gold Digital for playing songs by Cliff Richard, which was against station policy. For more on this story, see This Day in Music Spotlight.
2004, Bob Dylan was awarded an honorary degree by the University of St. Andrews, Scotland’s oldest university, and was made a Doctor of Music.
Born on this day:
1929, June Carter Cash, country singer
1937, Niki Sullivan, guitar, vocals, The Crickets
1940, Stuart Sutcliffe, original bassist, The Beatles
1955, Glenn Danzig, vocals, guitar, The Misfits
1956, Randy Jackson, bassist, producer
1962, Chuck Billy, vocals, Testament
1965, Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs, guitar, Oasis
1966, Chico DeBarge, vocals, DeBarge
1975, KT Tunstall, singer-songwriter
1977, Jason Mraz, singer-songwriter
1984, Duffy, Welsh singer-songwriter