1963, Born on this day, Norman Cook, Housemartins, (1986 UK No.1 single ‘Caravan Of Love’), Beats International, (1990 UK No.1 ‘Dub Be Good To Me’), Freak Power, (‘Turn On Tune In Cop Out’), aka, Pizzaman, Fatboy Slim, (1999 UK No.1 single ‘Praise You’)..
On this day in 1964, Country singer Jim Reeves was killed in a plane crash when the single engine aircraft flying from Arkansas to Nashville crashed in thick fog. 41 year- old Reeves was the first country singer to cross- over into the pop market. (1960 US No.2 single ‘He’ll Have To Go’, 1966 UK No.1 single ‘Distant Drums’).
1952, Born on this day, Allen Collins, guitar, Lynyrd Skynyrd, (1974 US No. 8 single, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, 1982 UK No.21 single ‘Freebird’). Collins was behind the wheel in a car accident in 1986 that killed his girlfriend and left him paralyzed from the waist down. He died on 23rd January 1990 aged 37.
1959, Born on this day, Marc Almond, singer, Soft Cell, (1981 UK No.1 single ‘Tainted Love’). Solo, (1989 UK No.1 single with Gene Pitney, ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’).
1946, Born on this day, Bon Scott, vocals, AC/DC, (1980 UK No.36 single ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ and 1980 UK No.1 & US No.14 album ‘Back in Black’ sold over 10 million copies). Scott was found dead in the backseat of a friend’s car on 20th February 1980. The coroner’s report stated he had ‘drunk himself to death’.
On this day 1965, The Dave Clark Five had their movie, Catch Us If You Can, premiere in London. The film was renamed to Having a Wild Weekend for its US release. Songs featured by the group in the movie included ‘Catch Us If You Can,’ ‘Having a Wild Weekend’ and ‘I Can’t Stand It.’
On this day 1954, Producer Sam Phillips took an acetate recording of Elvis Presley singing ‘That’s All Right’ to Memphis radio station WHBQ DJ Dewey Phillips. He played the song just after 9.30 that evening, the phone lines lit up asking the DJ to play the song again.
On this day 2005, Members of The Hollies asked High Court judge to jail one of their founder members claiming bass player Eric Haydock had flouted a court order made in 1998 not to play under their name. Haydock formed the group in Manchester, England in the early 1960’s with Allan Clarke and Graham Nash (who left in 1966). Haydock was working in a group calling itself Eric Haydock’s Hollies.
On this day 2006, Syd Barrett died from complications arising from diabetes aged 60. The singer, songwriter, guitarist was one of the founding members of Pink Floyd, active as a rock musician for only about seven years before he went into seclusion. He joined Pink Floyd in 1965 but left three years later after one album. Barrett released two solo albums before going into self-imposed seclusion lasting more than thirty years, with his mental deterioration blamed on drugs.