2008: Norman Smith, the engineer on all of The Beatles’ recordings which took place between 1962 through 1965 & the person credited with discovering Pink Floyd died of cancer in East Sussex, U.K. He was 85 years old.
2003: Ray Jackson sued Rod Stewart over Stewart’s song “Maggie May”. Jackson claimed he came up with mandolin melody & claimed that he lost over $1.5 million because he wasn’t credited for the distinctive “hook”. He was paid $22 for the recording session with Stewart in 1971.
1994: Nirvana singer & guitarist Kurt Cobain slipped into a coma at the Excelsior Hotel in Rome after taking a combination of Rohypnol, chloral hydrate & champagne. Cobain was rushed to the Umberto I Polyclinic Hospital where he had his stomach pumped.
1986: Metallica released their third album Master of Puppets which has gone on to be regarded as one of the most influential heavy metal albums. It was also the band’s final album with bassist Cliff Burton, who would die six months later.
1984: John Lennon peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Nobody Told Me” which was final top ten single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1984: The Police peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Wrapped Around Your Finger” which was their sixth and final top ten single in the U.S.
1983: A Hell’s Angels member by the name of “Butch” testified to the U.S. Senate that the California chapter has had a murder contract out for Mick Jagger since 1969 & has attempted to kill him twice.
1967: The first incarnation of The Jeff Beck Group which featured Rod Stewart on vocals & Ron Wood on bass kicked off their first tour at the Astoria in London on a package tour with Roy Orbison & The Small Faces. Due to receiving poor notices, The Jeff Beck Group was asked not to complete the tour.
1966: Neil Young, Stephen Stills & Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles. Young had recently arrived in Los Angeles driving a 1953 Pontiac hearse.
Robyn Hitchcock born in 1953