On this day

1966 | Bob Dylan’s iconic Blonde On Blonde album was released, reaching No.9 in the US charts and No.3 in the UK. Rock’s first double album, and Dylan’s seventh studio effort, it was recorded with Al Kooper, Robbie Robertson and Nashville country music session players, and had what Dylan later called ‘that wild mercury sound’.

1966 | The Beach Boys released the classic album Pet Sounds widely ranked as one of the most influential records ever released and has been ranked at No.1 in several music magazines lists of greatest albums of all time.

1970 | The England World Cup Squad were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Back Home.’ The track spent three weeks at the top of the charts.

1987 | U2 started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart ‘With Or Without You’, the group’s first US No.1.

1993 | US soul singer Marv Johnson died of a stroke. He had the US Top 10 single ‘I Love The Way You Love’ and the 1969 UK No.10 single ‘I’ll Pick A Rose For My Rose’.

Born on this day

1919 | American pianist, singer, and TV presenter, Liberace, (Wladziu Valentinon Liberace) who had a career spanning four decades and for a period, his TV show would pull in over 30 million viewers at any one time and he was the became the highest-paid entertainer in the world.

1962 | Andrew Innes from Scottish rock band Primal Scream.

1965 | Krist Novoselic, bassist with Nirvana.

1966 | American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress Janet Jackson.

1977 | Emilíana Torrini, Icelandic singer and songwriter.