Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Kate Bush

Kate Bush
British pop singer Kate Bush signing her album 'Never Forever' at London's Virgin Megastore. (Chas Sime/Getty Images)

Birthday Highlight:

Kate Bush was born today in 1958, making her 63 today. At just age 19, Bush topped the U.K. Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut single "Wuthering Heights", becoming the first female artist to achieve a U.K. No. 1 with a self-written song. Since then, she has released 25 U.K. Top 40 singles and 10 studio albums.

Also, Today In:

1966 - The Troggs started a two-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with 'Wild Thing." Because of a distribution dispute, The Troggs' single was available on two competing labels: Atco and Fontana. Because both pressings were taken from an identical master recording, Billboard combined the sales for both releases, making it the only single to simultaneously reach No. 1 for two companies.

1968 - The Beatles closed their Apple Boutique in London after seven months of business, giving away all their stock to passing strangers and to Apple staff.

1974 - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played The Troubadour in Los Angeles on a double bill with Roger McGuinn from The Byrds.

1977 - The Bee Gees' younger brother Andy Gibb started a four-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "I Just Wanna Be Your Everything," his first of three U.S. No. 1's.

1986 - Variety magazine reported that RCA had dropped John Denver from its roster after the release of his single, "What Are We Making Weapons For." Variety said the song upset the record company's new owner, General Electric, one of the largest defense contractors in the U.S.

1986 - Boy George was fined £250 (about $350) by a London court for possession of heroin.

1988 - Steve Winwood started a four-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Roll With It."

2003 - When the SARS disease spread to Toronto, the city hosted an open-air benefit concert featuring The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, The Guess Who, Justin Timberlake, The Flaming Lips, Sass Jordan, and The Isley Brothers. There were approximately 450,000 people in attendance.

2003 - Sun Records founder Sam Phillips died of respiratory failure in Memphis, Tenn., at age 80. Phillips discovered Elvis Presley and had worked with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Ike Turner, B.B. King and Jerry Lee Lewis.

2003 - The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, The Guess Who, Justin Timberlake, The Flaming Lips, Sass Jordan and The Isley Brothers played a benefit concert in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to prove that the city is safe from SARS. With 450,000 spectators, it was the largest concert in Canadian history.

2014 - A ban on steel-string guitars in prison cells in England and Wales was reversed after a campaign led by Billy Bragg, David Gilmour, Elbow's Guy Garvey and Johnny Marr. Billy Bragg founded Jail Guitar Doors, a charity that has sent more than 350 guitars to prisons since 2007; the program is designed to help prisoners rehabilitate and pursue a creative outlet. Each donated guitar is inscribed with a variation on Woody Guthrie's guitar inscription: "This machine kills time."

2016 - Jack White's mission to play the first record in space was accomplished. A Glorious Dawn by composer John Boswell, mixed with audio of American scientist Carl Sagan describing the universe, was played 28,000 meters above Earth on a "space-proof" turntable. The record played for about 80 minutes until the high-altitude balloon carrying it burst and propelled the turntable back towards Marsing, Idaho.

More Birthdays:

Buddy Guy is 85.

Paul Anka is 80.

Jeffrey Hammond of Jethro Tull is 75.

Rat Scabies of The Damned is 66.

Brad Hargreaves of Third Eye Blind is 50.

Seth Avett of the Avett Brothers is 41.

Finneas O'Connell singer, songwriter, producer and brother to Billie Eilish is 24.

Highlights for Today in Music History are gathered from This Day in Music, Song Facts and Wikipedia.


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