On this day

1973 | Led Zeppelin opened their 1973 North American tour, which was billed as the ‘biggest and most profitable rock & roll tour in the history of the United States’.

1974 | ABBA were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Waterloo’, the group’s first of nine UK No.1 singles was the 1974 Eurovision song contest winner for Sweden. The song was first called ‘Honey Pie’.

1978 | ‘Night Fever’ by The Bee Gees was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The group’s third No.1 and the theme from the film ‘Saturday Night Fever.’ The song was a US No.1 for over two months.

1991 | Cher scored her first solo UK No.1 single with ‘The Shoop Shoop Song’ from the film ‘Mermaids’.

1996 | Alanis Morissette started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with Jagged Little Pill. The record produced six successful singles, including ‘You Oughta Know’, ‘Ironic’, ‘You Learn’, ‘Hand in My Pocket’, and ‘Head over Feet’.

2012 | American rapper, musician, film director, and human rights activist Adam Yauch died of cancer aged 47. He was best known as a founding member of the hip hop group Beastie Boys, who sold over 40 million records worldwide.

Born on this day

1923 | Ed Cassidy, drummer, from American group Spirit who had the 1969 US No.25 single ‘I Got A Line On You’. In 1964 he formed the Rising Sons with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder. Cassidy died on 12th Dec 2012.

1945 | George Wadenius, from jazz-rock American music group Blood Sweat & Tears.

1951 | Jackie Jackson, from American family music group The Jackson 5.

1972 | American musician Mike Dirnt, bassist with Green Day who had the 1995 US No.2 album ‘Dookie’. Green Day are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide.