On this day

1957 | Buddy Knox became the first artist in the Rock ‘n’ Roll era to write his own number one hit when ‘Party Doll’ topped the US singles chart. Knox would go on to score four more US Top 40 hits between 1957 and 1961.

1976 | The Sex Pistols played their first show at The 100 club, London, they begin a weekly residency at the club in June.

1996 | The Prodigy started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Firestarter’, the first single from the album The Fat of the Land.

2017 | Ed Sheeran was at No.1 on the US and UK album chart with his third studio album ÷ (pronounced ‘divide’).

Born on this day

1945 | Eric Clapton guitarist, singer, songwriter.

1954 | English-American singer, songwriter Lena Lovich, who had the 1979 UK No.3 single ‘Lucky Number’.

1962 | American hip hop artist MC Hammer.

1964 | American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman.

1968 | Celine Dion, French, Canadian singer.