On this day

1971 | Five months after her death, Janis Joplin started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with her second and final solo studio album Pearl.

1988 | George Michael scored his sixth No.1 US single with ‘Father Figure’ a No. 11 hit in the UK – the first time Michael had failed to reach the top ten in his home country.

1993 | After 14 weeks at No.1 on the US singles chart, ‘I Will Always Love You’, gave Whitney Houston the longest ever US chart topper, taking over from Boyz II Men’s hit ‘End Of The Road’, and became the second biggest selling single in the US.

2010 | U2 raked in more money than any other music act in the US in 2009 making $109m (£71m) from touring, record sales and other royalties, almost twice as much as the second best, Bruce Springsteen who took home $58m (£38m), followed by Madonna with $47m (£31m) and AC/DC with $44m (£29m). Coldplay were the most successful British group, at number eight, with takings of $27m (£18m).

Born on this day

1927 | Guy Mitchell, US singer who had the 1957 UK & US No.1 single ‘Singing The Blues’ plus over ten other UK Top 40 singles. Mitchell died on July 1st 1999.

1957 | Adrian Smith, guitarist with English heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

1971 | Rozonda Thomas, Chilli, singer with American girl group TLC.

1973 | Peter Andre, singer and former actor and reality TV star who had the 1996 UK No.1 single ‘I Feel You’, and the 1996 UK No. 1 album ‘Natural’.