On this day

1968 | Led Zeppelin played their first ever show in the North of England when they appeared at Manchester College of Science & Technology. Zeppelin were paid £225 for the gig.

1968 | The Jimi Hendrix Experience went to No.1 on the US album chart with their third and final studio album Electric Ladyland.

1974 | John Lennon was at No.1 in the US singles chart with ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night.’ Elton John played on the session and made a deal with Lennon that if the song reached No.1, Lennon would have to appear on stage live with Elton.

1985 | Starship started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘We Built This City’, it made No.12 in the UK.

1985 | U2 launched their own record label ‘Mother Records.’

1996 | The Beatles ‘Anthology 3’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart.

2002 | Texan multi-billionaire David Bonderman hired The Rolling Stones to play at his 60th birthday party held at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. The bands fee was £4.4m.

2006 | Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ album was declared the Best Selling UK album of all time by The Official UK Charts Company.

Born on this day

1916 | Herb Abramson, producer, songwriter and co-founder of Atlantic records.

1962 | Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield, English rock bassist, best known for being a member of the Stone Roses (playing on both of the band’s albums) and Primal Scream.