Today in music history:
There were several significant events on this day between the years 1939 and 2011.
On this day in 1939 future country music crooner Wilma Burgess is born in Orlando, Florida.
On this day in 1966 European radio is abuzz broadcasting rumors that Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, has been killed in an auto accident days earlier. (In fact, guitarist Pete Townshend was in the wreck, but survived with minor injuries.) Also on this day The Rolling Stones' “Paint It Black" hits number one in the US.
On this day in 1968 The Beatles are in the studio working on “Blackbird” and “Revolution 9.” Also on this day during a Rolling Stones recording session for “Sympathy For The Devil”, a fire breaks out in the studio. While many are quick to blame Lucifer, the blaze was actually caused by a light being used by a camera crew documenting the sessions.
On this day in 1969 David Bowie releases “Space Oddity." The single is rush-released in the hope to capitalize on the attention surrounding the planned moon landing in July.
On this day in 1976 Wild Cherry releases "Play That Funky Music."
On this day in 1977 KC and the Sunshine Band's "I'm Your Boogie Man" hits number one in the US.
On this day in 1988 alongside dozens of big-name acts like Sting, Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder, UB40 rock the stage at the Free Nelson Mandela Concert. Held at Wembley Stadium in London, the show is broadcast to 67 countries and an estimated audience of 600 million people.
On this day in 2002 Paul McCartney marries former model Heather Mills in Glaslough, Ireland. Among the guests: Elton John, David Gilmour, Chrissie Hynde and Ringo Starr.
On this day in 2011 English singer-songwriter/actress Lily Allen marries the decorator Sam Cooper in Gloucestershire, England.