On this day

1972 | Written after the ‘Bloody Sunday Massacre’, in Northern Ireland Paul McCartney and Wings released ‘Give Ireland Back To The Irish.’ The song was banned by the BBC and the IBA. It peaked at No.16 in the UK and No.21 in the US.

1975 | Aerosmith released their third studio album Toys In The Attic.

1977 | CBS released the self- titled first album by The Clash in the UK. The album is widely celebrated as one of the greatest punk albums of all time.

1985 | American songwriter J Fred Coots died aged 87. Co-wrote, ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ and the Pat Boone US No.1 hit ‘Love Letters In The Sand.’ He wrote over 700 songs.

1991 | English trip hop group Massive Attack released their debut studio album Blue Lines.

1994 | Electrician Gary Smith who was working at Kurt Cobain’s house in Seattle discovered Cobain’s body lying on the floor in the greenhouse. Local radio station KXRX broke the news at 9.40am that the Nirvana singer and guitarist was dead.

2016 | Alex Turner secured his seventh consecutive UK No.1 album with The Last Shadow Puppets’ Everything You’ve Come To Expect.

Born on this day

1929 | Jacques Brel, Belgian singer, songwriter. Marc Almond, Alex Harvey, David Bowie, Dusty Springfield, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, The Kingston Trio and Gavin Friday have all covered his songs.

1962 | American guitarist, singer and songwriter Izzy Stradlin, from Guns N’ Roses.

1989 | Matthew Healy, lead vocals, guitar and keyboards with English indie rock band The 1975.