On this day

1956 | Johnnie Ray was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Just Walking In The Rain.’ It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks making it year’s Christmas No.1.

1962 | The Beatles appeared at the Star Club, Hamburg, Germany, sharing the bill with Little Richard.

1965 | Velvet Underground made their live debut when the played at Summit High School, New Jersey, the band were paid $75 for the gig.

1966 | The Monkees debut album started a 13-week run at No.1 on the US album chart, selling over 3 million copies in three months.

1968 | UK book and record chain W.H. Smiths refused to display The Jimi Hendrix Experience album ‘Electric Ladyland’ due to the naked girls featured on the sleeve. The album was then made available as two albums with changed artwork after the complaints.

1977 | The Sex Pistols went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols. the punk group’s only No.1 album.

1983 | Bob Dylan’s Infidels album reached its highest position when it peaked at No.9 in the UK chart.

1988 | U2 started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their sixth studio album ‘Rattle And Hum’ which went on to sell over 14 million copies.

1997 | The Spice Girls were at No.1 on the UK album chart with their second album ‘Spiceworld’, it was also the name of their tie-in film.

1998 | Winners at the MTV Europe Awards included Madonna best female artist and album for ‘Ray Of Light’, The Spice Girls won best group, All Saints won breakthrough artist, Robbie Williams, best male artist and Natalie Imbruglia won best song with ‘Torn.’

2000 | Destiny’s Child started an eleven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Independent Women Part 1.’

2001 | The three living former Beatles met for the last time at George Harrison’s hotel in New York City for lunch. Harrison died two weeks later at a friend’s home in Los Angeles on 29 November 2001, aged 58.

2002 | The city of Atlanta declared this day as TLC day to remember Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes who was killed in a car crash on 26th April 2002 aged 30.

2003 | American session drummer Tony Thompson died of cancer aged 48. He was most famous as the drummer with The Power Station along with Robert Palmer, and John Taylor and Andy Taylor of Duran Duran and Chic, whose single ‘Le Freak’ hit No.1 in the US, and No.7 in the UK. He also played on David Bowie’s hit single ‘Let’s Dance’. Thompson also played drums with Led Zeppelin (along with Phil Collins) at Live Aid in 1985.

2008 | Mitch Mitchell, the British drummer with the Jimi Hendrix Experience was found dead in his US hotel room aged 61.

2016 | Robbie Williams broke the record for the most No.1 albums by a British solo artist. The singer’s latest album, The Heavy Entertainment Show, debuted at No.1 on this week’s chart.

Born on this day

1936 | American singer, pianist and songwriter, Mort Shuman. He wrote many early 60s hits with Doc Pomus including ‘Viva Las Vegas’, ‘Sweets For My Sweet’, ‘Teenager In Love’, and ‘Save The Last Dance For Me.’ Shuman died of cancer on November 2, 1991.

1943 | John Walker, (John Joseph Maus), vocals, best known as the founder of The Walker Brothers, (1966 UK No.1 & US No. 13 single ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’). Walker died of liver cancer at his Los Angeles home, on 7 May 2011.

1945 | Neil Young, Canadian singer, songwriter and guitarist who as a member of Buffalo Springfield had the 1967 US No.17 single ‘For What It’s Worth’.

1948 | Errol Brown, singer, Hot Chocolate, who had the 1975 US No.3 single ‘You Sexy Thing’ the 1977 UK No.1 single ‘So You Win Again’ and over 25 other Top 40 hits.

1964 | David Ellefson, Megadeth, (1990 UK No.13 single ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’).

1964 | Vic Chesnutt, American singer-songwriter. Chesnutt who died on Dec 25th 2009 released 17 albums during his career, including two produced by Michael Stipe.