Today in music history:
There were several significant events on this day between the years 1943 and 2013.
On this day in 1943 Chris White, future bass player for The Zombies is born in the UK.
On this day in 1945 Arthur Lee, future frontman/multi-instrumentalist of the band Love is born in Memphis, Tennessee.
On this day in 1954 Jo Stafford's “Make Love to Me” hits number 1 in the US.
On this day in 1977 The Eagles’ “Hotel California” hits number one in the US.
On this day in 1985 The "We are the World" single is released. It becomes a worldwide success. The song was co-written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson. It was recorded for charity to help fight famine in Africa. It is performed by the supergroup USA for Africa and includes a list of big names in music including Bruce Springsteen, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper and Dionne Warwick.
On this day in 1987 the first Beatles LPs are released on CD including Please Please Me, With The Beatles, A Hard Day's Night, Beatles For Sale and Help!. This is also the first time the official UK platters are available in the US.
On this day in 1994 the rap artists 2 Live Crew is cleared in a lawsuit brought by the publisher of Roy Orbison's music over their parody of Orbison's "(Oh) Pretty Woman". The publisher denied 2 Live Crew permission to sample the Orbison’s tune so the rap group wrote a parody instead, which held up in court.
On this day in 2013 Peter Banks, the guitarist of Yes dies at the age of 65.