On this day

1968 | Apple Music ran advertisements soliciting tapes from unknown artists, offering financial grants as part of a deal to release records on the Apple label. Artists such as Badfinger, James Taylor, Mary Hopkin, Jackie Lomax, David Peel and Elephant’s Memory were signed up.

1980 | 84 year old George Burns, who starred in the movie Oh God with John Denver, became the oldest person to have a hit on the Billboard Hot 100 when ‘I Wish I Was 18 Again’ peaked at No.49.

1985 | The charity record ‘We Are The World’ by USA For Africa was at No.1 on the UK singles chart.

1992 | ‘A Concert For Life’ took place at Wembley Stadium as a tribute to Queen singer Freddie Mercury and for aids awareness.

1993 | Aerosmith released ‘Get A Grip’ their 11th studio album which became their best selling album to date with sales over 20m. The album which featured the hits: ‘Livin’ On The Edge’ and ‘Crazy’ also featured guests Don Henley and Lenny Kravitz.

2018 | Swedish DJ, remixer, and record producer, Avicii died aged 28.

Born on this day

1948 | American multi-instrumental musician Rob Stoner. His work can be heard on Don McLean’s classic ‘American Pie’.

1972 | Stephen Marley from Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers who had the 1988 UK hit single ‘Tomorrow People’.

1973 | Gabry Ponte, Italian DJ, remixer, record producer from Eiffel 65, (1999 UK No.1 single ‘Blue (Da Ba Dee’). The single was also No.1 in Norway, Austria, Finland, Germany and Denmark.