On this day
1984 | Michael Jackson underwent surgery in a Los Angeles hospital to repair damage done after his hair caught fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial.
1985 | Wham! Became the first-ever Western pop act to have an album released in China.
1987 | Aretha Franklin and George Michael started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Knew You Were Waiting’ also a No.1 in the UK.
1992 | Def Leppard started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Adrenalize.’
1992 | Annie Lennox went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut solo release ‘Diva.’
2006 | A line from U2’s 1992 hit ‘One’ was voted the UK’s favourite song lyric after in a poll of 13,000 people by music channel VH1. The line “One life, with each other, sisters, brothers” came top.
2013 | Storm Thorgerson, whose album cover artwork includes Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon died aged 69.
Born on this day
1935 | Paul A. Rothchild, American record producer, worked with The Doors, ‘Break on Through (To the Other Side)’, ‘Light My Fire’, ‘People Are Strange’), Janis Joplin, (No.1 album Pearl and her only No.1 single, ‘Me and Bobby McGee’). Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Love. Rothchild died March 30, 1995.
1964 | Mark ‘Bez’ Berry, with English alternative rock band Happy Mondays.
1974 | Mark Tremonti, lead guitarist from American rock band Creed.