1962 – Brian Epstein signed a management deal with The Beatles. He was to receive 25% of the bands gross earnings, the normal management deal was 10%.
1964 – The Searchers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Sonny Bono song ‘Needles And Pins’.
1972 – The triple album The Concert For Bangladesh went to No.1 on the UK album chart. It was organized by George Harrison to raise funds for the people caught up in the war and famine from the area.
1984 – Frankie Goes To Hollywood started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Relax!’ BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read expressed on air his distaste for both the record’s suggestive sleeve and its lyrics, he announced his refusal to play the record, not knowing that the BBC had decided that the song was not to be played on the BBC anyway. Produced by Trevor Horn the song remained on the chart for 48 weeks.
1986 – Allen Collins, guitarist from Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed his car, paralyzing him from the waist down and killing his girlfriend Debra Jean Watts. He had survived a plane crash in 1977 that killed two other band members, also in the same year Norwegian group A-ha were at No.1 in the UK with ‘The Sun Always Shines On TV,’ becoming the first ever Norwegian act to score a UK No.1 hit single.
1989 – Marc Almond started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’ with guest vocals from Gene Pitney
2003 –Billy Joel was airlifted to hospital after his car smashed into a tree. The singer lost control of his Mercedes S500 and skidded for 100 yards before crashing. The accident happened in The Hamptons, New York.
2004 –Elvis Presley fans expressed their anger at plans to cut up a rare tape of the singer’s early songs and sell the snippets at auction. The tape, which featured a recording made by Presley during the early 1950s, was now too fragile to play. US firm Master Tape Collection said the tape would be cut into two-inch snippets and sold for £270 each.
2005 – Country singer Lynn Anderson was arrested for shoplifting after being caught stealing a Harry Potter DVD from a New Mexico supermarket and punching a police officer during her arrest. The 57 year old had the 1970 Top 5 hit ‘Rose Garden’.
2014 – Susan Boyle applied for a minimum wage, £6-an-hour cashier’s job after spotting a job advert in the window of her local bookmakers, Ladbrokes, in Blackburn, West Lothian. Upon reading the advert the singer who is said to be worth over £20m entered the premises and spent around five minutes talking to the shop’s deputy manager David Corr about the role.
2015 – Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne were given a song writing credit on Sam Smith’s hit ‘Stay With Me’, because of the similarities to his 1989 track ‘I Won’t Back Down’. ‘Stay With Me’ had been nominated for three Grammys, including song of the year – which honours the writers of the track. Tom Petty’s publisher had contacted Smiths publisher who made an out of court settlement.