On this day
1986 | MTV dedicated a full 22 hours broadcast to The Monkees, showing all 45 episodes of the original The Monkees TV series.
1987 | Andy Warhol, pop artist and producer died after a gall bladder operation. The founder of the Pop Art movement, produced and managed the Velvet Underground, designed the 1967 Velvet Underground And Nico ‘peeled banana’ album cover and The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers album cover.
1989 | A category for Heavy Metal was included at the Grammy Awards for the first time. Metallica performed on stage, but the award went to Jethro Tull.
1992 | UK music paper the NME printed their writers all time best debut albums; at No.1, Patti Smith, ‘Horses’, No.2, Joy Division, ‘Unknown Pleasures’, No.3, MC5, ‘Kick Out The Jams, No.4, The Jesus and Mary Chain, ‘Psychocandy’ and No.5, Television, ‘Marquee Moon’.
1997 | No Doubt went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Don’t Speak.’ The third single from the band’s second album Tragic Kingdom was written by Eric Stefani and his sister Gwen Stefani.
2004 | The Sex Pistols ‘Anarchy in the UK’ was named the most influential record of the 1970s in poll compiled by Q magazine. Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was voted into second place and Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ was third, T Rex ‘Get It On’ was fourth and Special AKA’s ‘Gangsters’ came fifth.
2016 | Adele won four prizes including best British female solo artist and best album at this years Brit Awards.
2017 | David Bowie dominated the 2017 Brit awards. The star was awarded best British male and best British album, for his mournful swansong, Blackstar.
Born on this day
1973 | Scott Phillips, drummer and co-founder from American rock band Creed.
1974 | James Blunt, (born James Hillier Blount), singer, songwriter and former Army captain. Blunt had the 2005 UK No.1 single ‘You’re Beautiful’ and the 2005 UK No.1 album Back To Bedlam.