On this day

1956 | Chuck Berry recorded “Roll Over Beethoven” which was released by Chess Records the following month.

1970 | The Led Zeppelin single ‘Whole Lotta Love’ was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies.

1977 | David Soul one half of TV cop show Starsky & Hutch, went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Don’t Give Up On Us’, his only US hit. Also No.1 in the UK.

2013 | Edwin Shirley the co-founded Edwin Shirley Trucking, which became one of the largest music transport companies in Europe died of cancer.

Born on this day

1924 | American composer, conductor and arranger, Henry Mancini. His best known works include the theme to The Pink Panther film series, ‘Moon River’ to Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the theme to the Peter Gunn television series. He died 14th June 1994.

1929 | American singer Roy Hamilton who had the 1955 US No.6 single ‘Unchained Melody.’ and recored ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. Hamilton died of a stroke on 29th July 1969.

1939 | Dusty Springfield, UK singer.

1969 | Sean Cook, bassist from English space rock band Spiritualized.

1970 | Gabrielle, English singer who had the 1993 UK No.1 single ‘Dreams’ and the 2000 UK No.1 album Rise.

1973 | Akon, (Aliaune Thiam), US singer.

1993 | American recording artist Chance the Rapper.