On this day

1961 | Elvis Presley started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Surrender’, his fifth No.1 of the 60s.

1968 | Eric Clapton Neil Young, Richie Furay and Jim Mesina, were arrested in Los Angeles for ‘being at a place where it was suspected marijuana was being used.’ Clapton was later found innocent, the others paid small fines.

1969 | John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar. They spent their honeymoon in Amsterdam campaigning for an international ‘Bed-In’ for peace.

1970 | David Bowie and Angela Bowie were married at Beckenham Registry Office, London. The couple had one child, film director Duncan Jones. They divorced in 1980.

1971 | Janis Joplin started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster song ‘Me And Bobby McGee.’

1977 | Lou Reed was banned from appearing The London Palladium in England because of his punk image.

1991 | Eric Clapton’s four year old son, Conor, fell to his death from the 53rd story of a New York City apartment after a housekeeper who was cleaning the room left a window open.

1991 | Michael Jackson signed a $1 billion (£0.6 billion) contract with Sony, the richest deal in recording history.

2017 | Ed Sheeran was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Shape of You’.

Born on this day

1917 | Vera Lynn, English singer, songwriter and actress whose musical recordings and performances were enormously popular during the Second World War.

1959 | Ian Rossiter, drummer with British hip hop/electronic dance group Stereo MCs.

1972 | Alex Kapranos, singer with Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand.

1976 | Chester Bennington, American singer, songwriter with Linkin Park who had the 2002 US No.2 & UK No.4 single ‘In The End’, and the 2002 US No.2 & 2001 UK No.4 album Hybrid Theory. He was also lead vocalist for Dead by Sunrise, Grey Daze, and Stone Temple Pilots. Bennington died of an apparent suicide by hanging at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California on July 20, 2017.