On this day

1971 | Janis Joplin was at No.1 on the US album charts with the posthumously released Pearl. The album features the No.1 hit ‘Me and Bobby McGee’, written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster on which she played acoustic guitar.

1977 | ABBA were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their fifth No.1 ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You.’ The song was also a Top 10 hit in over 15 countries.

1977 | Frank Sinatra scored his fourth UK No.1 album with Portrait Of Sinatra – Forty Songs from the Life of a Man, that consisted 40 songs that were recorded for Reprise Records.

2001 | Mariah Carey signed the richest recording deal in history. The 31-year old singer signed a deal with Virgin for three albums worth £60m. The singer had sold over 120 million records worldwide, scoring 14 US No.1 singles.

2006 | Gnarls Barkley started an nine-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Crazy.’

2013 | Coldplay beat the likes of Pink Floyd and The Beatles to the top of a BBC Radio 2 poll to find listeners’ favourite album of all time. A Rush Of Blood To The Head, came top of the list.

2019 | American electronica, soul, gospel, and house music singer, Kim English died age 48.

Born on this day

1928 | Serge Gainsbourg, French singer-songwriter, actor and director.

1939 | Marvin Gaye, singer, songwriter who had a 1968 US No.1 & 1969 UK No.1 single with ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ and a 1982 US No.3 & UK No.4 single with ‘Sexual Healing’.

1952 | Leon Wilkeson, bassist with southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

1991 | American hip hop recording artist Quavo best known as a member of the southern hip hop group Migos.