On this day
1964 | John Lennon’s book of verse and rhyme ‘In His Own Write’ was published in the UK.
1974 | Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross entered the UK singles chart with ‘You Are Everything’ which was originally recorded by the Philadelphia soul group The Stylistics.
1991 | R.E.M. scored their first UK No.1 album with their seventh LP Out Of Time featuring the singles ‘Losing My Religion’ (which became R.E.M.’s highest-charting hit in the US, reaching No.4), and ‘Shiny Happy People.’ The video for ‘Losing My Religion’ won two Grammy Awards and six MTV Awards.
2011 | The Who’s Pete Townshend told Uncut magazine that he regretted ever forming the band. ‘What would I have done differently? I would never have joined a band. Even though I am quite a good gang member and a good trooper on the road, I am bad at creative collaboration.’
2016 | Gloria Gaynor’s hit ‘I Will Survive’ was selected to enter the US National Recording Registry. It joined Metallica’s Master of Puppets and Mahler’s Symphony No 9 on the list of culturally significant recordings.
Born on this day
1944 | English composer Michael Nyman best known for numerous film scores, including the 1993 The Piano film soundtrack. Nyman who has released over 20 albums has also worked with Damon Albarn from Blur.
1953 | American singer Chaka Khan, (Yvette Marie Stevens), who was the lead vocalist and focal point of the 1970s funk band Rufus.
1968 | Damon Albarn, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.