On this day

1968 | John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives left the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India two weeks before their study was complete. Ringo and Paul had already left.

1980 | R.E.M. played their first gig as R.E.M. at the 11:11 Koffee Club, Athens, Georgia to 150 people. The show ended at 2am when police closed it down due to the venue being unlicensed.

1980 | Blondie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Call Me’.

1986 | Prince started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Kiss.’

1998 | Robbie Williams started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut solo album Life Thru A Lens.

2012 | Leonard Cohen’s former manager was jailed for 18 months for harassing the singer-songwriter.

Born on this day

1944 | Bernie Worrell, American keyboardist and composer best known as a founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic and for his work with Talking Heads.

1956 | English singer Tony Martin, best known for his time fronting Black Sabbath, initially from 1987 to 1991 and again from 1993 to 1997. Martin was the band’s second longest serving vocalist after Ozzy Osbourne.

1966 | Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight Jr. American record producer, music executive. He is the co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records.