JULY 21 BIRTHDAYS
1946 – Barry Whitwam (Herman’s Hermits/drums)
1947 – Cat Stevens
1955 – Howie Epstein (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers/bass)
ON THIS DAY
1969 – The Beatles began work on a John Lennon song that would become the opening track on their final studio album. Not only was “Come Together” cut 1 on the ‘Abbey Road’ album, it was also released as a single where it shared #1 with the flip sode – George Harrison’s “Something”.
1973 – Jim Croce began a two week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Bad Bad Leroy Brown”. It would be the last hit he would have in his lifetime, as just three months later he was killed in a plane crash in Louisiana.
1987 – Guns n’Roses released their debut album which spawned three classic singles: Welcome To The Jungle”, “Sweet Child o’ Mine”, and “Paradise City”. It went on to become the best selling debut album of all time selling over 18 million copies in the United States alone.
1995 – A judge in Los Angeles threw out a lawsuit against Michael Jackson by five of his former security guards, who had claimed they were fired for knowing too much about night-time visits by young boys to the Jackson estate.
2011 – Mike Mitchell’s never begore seen photographs of The Beatles first US concert in Washington DC sold in New York for over $360,000. The photographs taken were from the February 11, 1964 show at the Washington Coliseum – just two days after their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Mike, who was just 18 at the time, took the photographs just feet away from the group.