On this day

1955 | Perez Prado was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White’. Known as the ‘King of the Mambo’ the instrumental was the theme from the film ‘Underwater’ where Jane Russell can be seen dancing to ‘Cherry Pink’.

1968 | The Beatles new company, Apple Records turned down the offer to sign new artist David Bowie.

1968 | Louis Armstrong was at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘What A Wonderful World / Cabaret.’ At 69 years of age, it made Armstrong the oldest act ever to score a UK No.1.

1972 | John Lennon’s controversial single, ‘Woman Is the Nigger of the World’ was released in the US.

1979 | Ray Charles’ ‘Georgia On My Mind’ was proclaimed the state song of Georgia.

1995 | Oasis released ‘Some Might Say’ which went on to give the band their first UK No.1 single.

2016 | Papa Wemba, the King of Rumba Rock died aged 66 during a show.

Born on this day

1942 | American singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker Barbra Streisand.

1951 | English musician Nigel Harrison who bass player who spent several years as the bassist of the American rock band Blondie during the 1970s and 1980s.

1957 | David Jay from English post-punk band Bauhaus.

1958 | Boris Williams, drummer with English rock band The Cure.

1964 | Paul Ryder, bassist with English alternative rock band Happy Mondays.

1967 | Patty Schemel, with American alternative rock band Hole.

1971 | Jasbinder Mann (Jas Mann) musician, producer, 1996 UK No.1 single ‘Spaceman’.

1982 | Kelly Clarkson, singer, who came to prominence after winning the first season of American Idol.

1987 | English singer-songwriter Ben Howard who won two BRIT Awards in 2013: British Breakthrough Act and British Solo Male Artist.