Born on this day in 1942, Paul McCartney, The Beatles, Wings, solo. The most successful rock composer of all time. Paul first met John Lennon on July 6, 1957; John was impressed that he could tune a guitar. With The Beatles he scored 21 US No.1 and 17 UK No.1 singles, plus McCartney has scored over 30 US and UK solo Top 40 hit singles.
On this day in 1993, A&M Records chairman Jerry Moss and vice-chairman Herb Alpert announced they were leaving the company they founded more than 30 years earlier. They had sold A&M in 1990 to Polygram for $500 million. Moss and Alpert started the label in the garage of Alpert's Los Angeles home in 1962. The label was the home to such acts as The Police, Bryan Adams, Joan Baez, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Carpenters, Joe Cocker, Supertramp, and Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.
In 2003, Pop Idol creator Simon Fuller became the first British music manager since The Beatles' Brian Epstein to hold the top three positions on the US singles chart. Fuller, who steered the Spice Girls and S Club 7 to success, was in charge of bestselling artists Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, together with the American Idol 2 Final 10. During 2003 Fuller sold more than ten million records around the world and has had 96 No.1 singles and 79 top-placed albums in both the US and UK during his career. He was named in the latest Sunday Times Rich List as the 359th wealthiest person in the UK with assets of £90 million ($153 million).
On this day in 2010, John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to The Beatles song "A Day In The Life" sold for $1.2m (£810,000) at an auction at Sotheby's in New York. The double-sided sheet of paper with notes written in felt marker and blue ink also contained some corrections and other notes penned in red ink.