On this day
1962 | The soundtrack to West Side Story went to No.1 on the US album chart. It went on to spend a total of 54 weeks at the No.1 position.
1966 | Manfred Mann were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Pretty Flamingo’.
1969 | The Beatles single ‘Get Back’ was released in the US. John Lennon claimed in 1980 that “there’s some underlying thing about Yoko in there”, claiming that Paul McCartney looked at Yoko Ono in the studio every time he sang “Get back to where you once belonged.”
1973 | David Bowie scored his first UK No.1 album when ‘Aladdin Sane’ started a five-week run at the top, featuring the single ‘Drive In Saturday’.
1983 | The Stranglers ‘Golden Brown’ was named most performed work of 1982 at the 28th Ivor Novello Awards. The single had become a UK hit after the comparatively conservative BBC Radio Two made it ‘single of the week’, a surprising step considering the band were almost as notorious as Sex Pistols only a few short years before.
1984 | Duran Duran were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Reflex’, the group’s second and last No.1.
1992 | Radiohead released ‘The Drill EP’, their first record in the UK.
1996 | Rage Against The Machine went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Evil Empire’.
2016 | The Rolling Stones told Donald Trump to stop playing their songs during his presidential campaign.
Born on this day
1937 | American singer and songwriter Johnnie Taylor, who had the 1976 US No.1 UK No.25 single ‘Disco Lady’ and was a three-time Grammy-nominated American recording artist.
1948 | Bill Ward, drummer with English rock band Black Sabbath.
1955 | Roddy Radiation, who played lead guitar for The Specials.
1959 | English singer-songwriter and musician Ian McCulloch, best known as the frontman for the rock group Echo & the Bunnymen.
1981 | English singer, songwriter, rapper Craig David, who had the 2000 UK No.1 singles, ‘Fill Me In’ and ‘7 Days’.
1988 | Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, (Adele), English soul and jazz singer, (2008 UK No.1 album ‘19’, 2008 UK No.2 single ‘Chasing Pavements’). In 2011 Adele became the first artist to achieve the feat of two top five hits in both the singles chart and the albums chart simultaneously since The Beatles in 1964.
1989 | Chris Brown, American singer, songwriter, and actor who had the 2005 US No.1 with his debut release ‘Run It’ and the 2007 US No.1 ‘Kiss Kiss’.