1963 – The Beatles kick off a five date Scottish tour to promote their debut single “Love Me Do.” Somewhere a Decca A&R man starts kicking himself.
1962 – The Beatles fail an audition in London for a recording contract with Decca Records. The Beatles perform their first audition for Decca Records in London. However, the company’s A&R man is unimpressed by their 15-song set of standards and originals. He passes on them, and signs the Tremeloes instead.
1958 – Joseph Saddler, better known as the pioneering rapper Grandmaster Flash, is born in Barbados.
1953 – Reggae singer Alpha Blondy is born in Dimbokora, Cote d’Ivoire.
1953 – Country music singer Hank Williams dies while on his way to a concert in Canton, Ohio. His 1953 song “Your Cheating Heart” is inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1983. He wins a posthumous Grammy for the 1989 recording “There’s a Tear in My Beer,” a duet with his son, Hank […]
1950 – Morgan Fisher is born. As well as playing keyboards for English acts like the Love Affair and Mott the Hoople, Fisher also produced albums by the Dead Kennedys, Wayne/Jayne County and Cherry Vanilla.