On this day

1965 | Bob Dylan’s single ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ peaked at No.39 in the US charts, giving Dylan his first US top 40 hit. John Lennon was reported to find the song so captivating that he didn’t know how he’d be able to write a song that could compete with it.

1974 | Frank Zappa and his wife announced the birth of their third child, a boy named Ahmet Rodan, after the Japanese movie monster that lived off a steady diet of 707 planes.

1976 | The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the US album chart with Black And Blue, the group’s sixth US No.1 album.

1982 | Asia went to No.1 on the US album chart with their self-titled album. It spent a total of nine weeks at No.1 and became the best-selling album in the US for the year 1982.

1982 | Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Ebony And Ivory’.

1993 | Janet Jackson started a eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘That’s The Way Love Goes’, her sixth US No.1, a No.2 hit in the UK.

1994 | Blur scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘Parklife’, which went on to spend over two years on the chart. The album featured four UK hit singles: ‘Girls & Boys’, ‘End of a Century’, ‘Parklife’ and ‘To the End’.

2008 | Neil Diamond reached the top of the US Billboard album chart for the first time in his career with ‘Home Before Dark’ the 67-year-old’s 29th studio album.

Born on this day

1932 | Baba Oje, from American alternative hip hop group who scored the 1992 UK No.2 and US No. 8 single ‘People Everyday’.

1948 | English musician, composer, record producer Brian Eno, best known for his pioneering work in ambient music.

1959 | Andrew Eldritch, singer from English gothic rock band, The Sisters Of Mercy who scored the 1992 UK No.3 single ‘Temple Of Love’.

1966 | Pete Wiggs from English band Saint Etienne who had the 1993 UK No.12 single ‘You’re In A Bad Way’.