This Day In Music: 12/13/11

Musician Birthdays: Ted Nugent (guitarist, singer/songwriter, author, and activist, born in 1948), Jamie Foxx (singer, film actor, born in 1967), Tom Delonge (singer, guitarist, frontman for Blink 182, born in 1975), Amy Lee (singer for Evanescence, born in 1981)

– In 1961: The Beatles performed at the Cavern Club, Liverpool playing two shows at lunchtime and then again at night. Decca Records’ Mike Smith attended the night performance with a view to offering The Beatles a recording contract.

– In 1966: Jimi Hendrix made his TV debut on ITV’s ‘Ready Steady Go!’ (Marc Bolan was also on the show). The Jimi Hendrix Experience also recorded ‘Foxy Lady’ on this day.

– In 1969: Bob Dylan was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents (2/6).

– In 1986: Bruce Hornsby & The Range went to No.1 on the US singles chart, with ‘The Way It Is’, a No.15 hit in the UK.

– In 2000: Sir Paul McCartney held his first-ever London book signing at Waterstone’s in Piccadilly. Sir Paul was in the store to sign copies of his new book, Paul McCartney Paintings.

– In 2003: Lauryn Hill launched a blistering attack on the Catholic church, urging religious figures to “repent” whilst speaking on a stage regularly used by the Pope. The former Fugees singer was playing at a Christmas show in Vatican City and took the opportunity to speak her mind about allegations of sexual abuse in America, before an audience that included top Vatican cardinals, bishops and the cream of Italian society.

– In 2008: Kanye West went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘808s & Heartbreak’, his fourth studio album.

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