On this Day July 13, 2004

Arthur Killer Kane, bass player with The New York Dolls, died aged 55 after checking himself in to a Los Angeles emergency room, complaining of fatigue. He was quickly diagnosed with leukaemia, and died within two hours. The influential American band formed in 1972 and made just two albums, the 1973 ‘New York Dolls’ and…

On this Day July 12, 1954

19 year old signed a recording contract with Sun Records. He also gave in his notice at his day job at The Crown Electric Company. Sam Phillips from Sun Records originally wanted to use the 19 year old to make demos of songs meant for other artists, but soon realized that here was the man…

On this Day July 12, 1962

made their live debut at the London, with Dick Taylor on bass (later of The Pretty Things) and Mick Avory on drums, (later of Billed as The Rollin Stones, they were paid £20 for the gig, the equivalent of £330 in 2010. Source link

On this Day July 12, 1964

appeared at the Hippodrome Theatre in Brighton with The Fourmost and the Shubdubs (whose drummer, Jimmy Nicol, would later fill in for an ill on The Beatles’ world tour). Also in the US The Ed Sullivan Show re-broadcast The Beatles’ first live television appearance on the Sullivan show (from February 9). On the way to…

On this Day July 12, 1986

Boy George and singer Marilyn were arrested in London, England for possession of drugs. Source link

On this Day July 12, 1991

released their debut single ‘Do What U Like’ which was a commercial failure, peaking at No. 82 on the UK Singles Chart. The low-budget video for the track featured the band getting naked, showing their bare buttocks and smearing jelly over themselves, resulting in the video being banned from daytime television. Source link

On this Day July 12, 2008

Rolling Stone left his wife of 23 years and moved in with an 18-year-old Russian cocktail waitress. The 61 year-old dad-of-four had met the teenager while out drinking and had taken her away to his luxury pad in Ireland. Source link

On this Day July 11, 1964

appeared live on the ABC Television program “Lucky Stars (Summer Spin)”, performing A Hard Day’s Night, Long Tall Sally, Things We Said Today and You Can’t Do That. To avoid the crowd of fans waiting for them, The Beatles arrived at the Teddington Studio Centre by boat, traveling down the River Thames. Source link

On this Day July 11, 1969

by David Bowie was released in the UK for the first time. It was timed to coincide with the Apollo moon landing but had to be re-released before it became a hit, later in the year in the UK (but not until 1973 in the US). Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in…

On this Day July 11, 1971

opened for Humble Pie at the Sunshine In, Asbury Park in New Jersey. After the show an impressed Peter Frampton from Humble Pie, tells Springsteen and the band he’d like to have them open for them on a national basis. Frampton also said he would be happy to get the band an audition with his…