On this day

1957 | Elvis Presley bought the Graceland mansion from Mrs Ruth Brown-Moore for $102,500. (£60,295). The 23 room, 10,000 square foot home, on 13.8 acres of land, would be expanded to 17,552 square feet of living space before Elvis moved in a few weeks later.  

1967 | Jimi Hendrix Experience released ‘Purple Haze’ in the UK, (US release was June 19).

1979 | Gloria Gaynor started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Will Survive.’

1996 | American singer and songwriter Terry Stafford died of liver failure, at the age of 54. He is best known for his 1964 US Top 10 hit, ‘Suspicion’, (also recorded by Elvis Presley) and the 1973 country music hit, ‘Amarillo by Morning’.

2008 | Ola Brunkert, the former drummer with the Swedish group ABBA, was found dead with his throat cut at his home in Majorca, Spain.

2016 | English indie rock band The 1975 were at No.1 on the US album chart with their second album I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It. The album title set the record for the longest of a Billboard No.1 album with 71 characters.

Born on this day

1963 | Michael Ivins, bassist and keyboardist and one of the founding members of The Flaming Lips.

1967 | Billy Corgan, American musician, songwriter with alternative rock band, Smashing Pumpkins who had the 1995 US No.1 album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

1975 | Justin Hawkins, singer with English rock The Darkness.

1990 | Hozier, Irish singer-songwriter. His self-titled 2014 album went to No.1 in nine European countries and his 2013 single ‘Take Me to Church’ was a Top 3 hit 10 European countries.