Born on this day:
1945, Tony Hicks, guitar, The Hollies
1946, Benny Anderson, keyboards, vocals, Abba
1950, Bill Gibbons, guitar, vocals, ZZ Top
1972, Michael McCary, vocals, Boyz II Men
1966, the first Jimi Hendrix Experience single “Hey Joe,” was released in the U.K. on Polydor records, the track had been rejected by the Decca label. It went on to be a #6 hit in the U.K., but failed to chart in America.
1974, guitarist Mick Taylor announced he was leaving The Rolling Stones, saying he felt that now was the time to move on and do something new.
1991, Chubby Checker filed a lawsuit against McDonald's in Canada seeking $14,000 million for it's alleged use of an imitation of his voice. The song “The Twist” had been used on a French fries commercial.
1993, MTV aired Nirvana's Unplugged session for the first time.
1997, American singer songwriter Nicolette Larson died aged 45 of complications arising from cerebral edema. Worked with Neil Young, (Comes a Time and Harvest Moon albums), Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Michael McDonald, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys and The Doobie Brothers. Best known for her 1978 cover of Neil Young's “Lotta Love.”
2001, Stuart Adamson, lead singer of Big Country was found dead in Hawaii a month after disappearing from his home in the US. The 43-year old Scottish musician had fought a long battle against alcoholism. His body was found in a hotel room. For more on this story see This Day in Music Spotlight.
2004, gold and silver Black Sabbath discs were stolen from the Kent home of Ozzy Osbourne's former manager Patrick Meehan. Police recovered the discs a week later after they were offered for sale on the Internet auction site eBay.
2007, American singer songwriter Dan Fogelberg died at his home in Maine at the age of 56. The U.S. singer, songwriter discovered he had advanced prostate cancer in 2004. Had the 1981 album The Innocent Age, which featured the hits “Leader of the Band,” “Hard to Say,” and “Run for the Roses.”