On this day
1968 | The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded ‘Voodoo Chile.’ It was featured on the ‘Electric Ladyland’ double album and became a UK No.1 single.
1969 | Jimi Hendrix was arrested by police on his way to Toronto for possession of hashish and heroin. Hendrix claimed the drugs had been planted on him.
1980 | Dexy’s Midnight Runners were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Geno’, a song written about US soul singer Geno Washington.
1986 | The Art Of Excellence by Tony Bennett became the first album in the US to be initially released on CD instead of the traditional vinyl format.
1997 | The Notorious B.I.G. started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with his posthumous hit ‘Hypnotize’.
2008 | Rap star Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs was honoured with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. The 38-year-old dedicated the star to his father, who was shot dead in 1972.
2009 | Bob Dylan went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Together Through Life’ his seventh UK No.1 album.
2014 | American musician Bobby Gregg died aged 78. Gregg is best is known for his work as a drummer on several seminal 1960s songs, including Bob Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ and Simon And Garfunkel’s ‘The Sound of Silence’.
2017 | The Eagles were suing a hotel in Mexico that calls itself the Hotel California, after the band’s hit song and album.
Born on this day
1903 |American singer and actor Bing Crosby who recorded an estimated 2,600 songs in his lifetime including ‘White Christmas’, which was written by Irving Berlin.
1933 | James Brown ‘Soul Brother No.1’, (1966 US No.8 and UK No.13 single ‘It’s A Man’s World’, 1986 UK No.5 single ‘Living In America’, 1963 album ‘Live At The Apollo’).
1969 | Jay Darlington from English psychedelic rock band Kula Shaker.
1997 | American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, Desiigner. He had the 2016 US No.1 single ‘Panda’.