1965, The Walker Brothers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Burt Bacharach song, 'Make It Easy On Yourself', the trio's first of two UK No.1's.
1966, The 'Rolling Stones 66' 12 date UK tour kicked off at the Royal Albert Hall London. Supported by Long John Baldry, Ike & Tina Turner and The Yardbirds, (Jimmy Page was playing bass, with Jeff Beck on guitar). Michelangelo Antonioni attended this concert and asked The Yardbirds to appear in his forthcoming film Blow Up. Also both Keith Moon and John Entwistle from The Who were in the audience.
1967, The Box Tops started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Letter', a No.5 hit in the UK. The record went on to sell over four million copies and receive two Grammy nominations. It was also a Top Ten hit for Joe Cocker in 1970.
1967, Pink Floyd appeared at the Saturday Scene, Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, England. During the same month The Soul Trinity, Keith West and the Tomorrow and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown all appeared at the club.
1968, Working on new songs for their forthcoming The White Album, The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun In Your Hand’, (working title of 'Happiness Is A Warm Gun'). The title came from the cover of a gun magazine that producer George Martin showed Lennon. Jim Morrison from The Doors came to visit The Beatles in the studio and watched them recording.
1969, The Northern Star newspaper of Northern Illinois University ran a story claiming that Paul McCartney had been killed in a car crash in 1966 and had been replaced by a look-a-like. Russell Gibb of WKNR-FM in Detroit picked up on the claim and the story went worldwide. By late October 1969 the hoax was so well entrenched, that McCartney came out of seclusion at his Scottish farm to deny the story. When McCartney was asked to comment by a reporter visiting Macca’s farm, he replied, "Do I look dead, I’m as fit as a fiddle."
1970, Mick Jagger met Bianca Macias for the first time after a Rolling Stones concert at the Paris Olympia. The couple later married.
1974, Robbie McIntosh founder member of the Average White Band died of a heroin overdose at a Hollywood party, (after he inhaled a white powder thought to be cocaine but was actually pure heroin). AWB scored the No.1 single 'Pick up the Pieces' which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1975.
1977, David Bowie released "Heroes" as a single. Co-written by Bowie and Brian Eno, the track features King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp and has gone on to become one of Bowie's signature songs.
1978, 10cc had their third and final UK No.1 single with 'Dreadlock Holiday.' The lyrics, about a white man lost in Jamaica, were based on a true event that happened to Moody Blues vocalist Justin Hayward and Eric Stewart from 10cc in Barbados.
1980, Bob Marley collapsed on stage during a concert at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Marley had collapsed in New York's Central Park while jogging, two days before and was told to immediately cancel the US leg, but flew to Pittsburgh to perform one final performance. This was the last time Marley ever appeared on stage performing, Marley died of cancer on in May 1981.
1989, Milli Vanilli started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Girl I'm Gonna Miss You', the duo's second US No.1 a No.2 hit in the UK. Also today the duo went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Girl You Know It's True'.
1995, Jamaican Ragga singer Shaggy scored his second No.1 UK single when 'Boombastic' went to the top of the charts for one week. Also a US No.1.
1997, The Rolling Stones kicked off the North American leg of their Bridges To Babylon tour playing the first of two nights at Soldier Field in Chicago.
2000, As part of their UK 'Under A Big Top Tour', Radiohead played the first of three sold nights at London's Tower Hamlets, Victoria Park.
2001, Kylie Minogue started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head.' The Australian singers 6th No.1 was written and produced by Cathy Dennis and former Mud guitarist Rob Davis, for which the pair won an Ivor Novello Award for the most performed song of the year. 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' also charted at No.1 in 40 countries.
2002, Musical winners at this years Oscars included, Sting who won Best Musical Performance for 'Sting In Tuscany...All This Time' and the Best Reality TV Show went to The Osbournes.
2004, Slipknot's Corey Taylor issued a statement denying he was dead. Rumours started after a shock jock in Des Moines broadcast the announcement that the singer had died of a drug overdose, which then became a fatal car crash.
2004, A bodyguard for rapper Lil' Kim was sentenced to 12 years in prison after admitting firing at least 20 times in a shoot-out with a rival gang. The judge sentencing Suif Jackson, said society needed protection from a gun-toting man with five convictions. The shooting took place when the entourages of Lil' Kim and Capone-N-Noreaga crossed at a New York radio station.
2006, Neil Young was named artist of the year at the Americana Honors and Awards at the fifth annual event in Nashville, Tennessee. The 60-year-old singer-songwriter released the protest album Living With War this year.
2009, A Blue Plaque was unveiled on the building where Cargo Studios used to be on Kenion Street in Rochdale, England. The plaque was to recognise the part the building played in the British music scene between 1978 and 2000. In the early years as a home to Cargo Studios and Tractor Music then later Suite 16 Studios. Factory producer Martin Hannett spent a great deal of time in Cargo recording Joy Division, OMD, Durutti Column, Section 25 & Nico amongst others.
2013, Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California was shut down for a 15-song set by Paul McCartney on the roof of the El Capitan Theatre. An estimated crowd of 10,000 listened from the street. The show followed his appearance on TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live show.
September 23rd: Born on this day
1930, Born on this day, Ray Charles, singer songwriter, (1962 UK & US No.1 single 'I Can't Stop Loving You' plus over 30 US Top 40 singles, 2005 US No.1 album 'Genius Loves Company'). Charles died on 10th June 2004 aged 73.
1939, Born on this day, Roy Buchanan, US guitarist, first worked with Dale Hawkins, released over 15 solo albums. Died after hanging himself by his own shirt on 14th Aug 1988 in Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, Virginia after being arrested for drunkenness.
1943, Born on this day, John Banks, The Merseybeats, (1964 UK No.5 single 'I Think Of You').
1943, Born on this day, Julio Iglesias, Spanish singer, (1981 UK No.1 single 'Begin The Beguine'. Iglesias has sold over 100m albums).
1943, Born on this day, Steve Boone, The Lovin Spoonful, (1966 US No.1 & UK No.8 single 'Summer In The City').
1943, Born on this day, Toni Basil, US singer actress and dancer, (1982 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Mickey'). Basil worked as David Bowie's choreographer on his Diamond Dogs tour in 1974 and on his Glass Spider tour of 1987.
1943, Born on this day, Walter and Wallace Scott, The Whispers, (1980 UK No.2 & US No.19 single 'And The Beat Goes On').
1949, Born on this day, US singer, songwriter, Bruce Springsteen, 'The Boss', who had the 1985 US No.2 & UK No.4 single 'Dancing In The Dark', 1994 UK No.2 single 'Streets of Philadelphia'. His most successful studio albums, Born in the U.S.A. and Born To Run showcase a talent for finding grandeur in the struggles of daily American life; he has sold more than 65 million albums in the United States and more than 120 million worldwide.
1979, Born on this day, Erik-Michael Estrada, O-Town, winners of US TV show 'Making The Band', (2001 US No. 3 single 'All Or Nothing'.
1985, Born on this day, Diana Oritz, Dream, (2001 US No.3 & UK No.17 single.