On this day

1967 | The Young Rascals started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Groovin’, also a No.8 hit in the UK.

1968 | BBC 2 TV aired a short play ‘The Pistol Shot’, featuring a young dancer – artist called David Bowie.

1970 | Let It Be, the final feature film involving The Beatles was premiered simultaneously in London and Liverpool a week after the film’s US release.

1998 | The funeral of Frank Sinatra was held at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.

2005 | Kylie Minogue had a cancerous lump removed from her breast at St Frances Xavier Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

2007 | Rihanna featuring Jay-Z started a 10 week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Umbrella’.

2012 | Robin Gibb, one-third of the Bee Gees and a singer-songwriter who helped to turn disco into a global phenomenon by providing the core of the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever, died from cancer aged 62.

Born on this day

1944 | Joe Cocker, English singer and musician who had the 1968 UK No.1 single with his cover of The Beatles ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’, plus 8 other UK Top 40 singles.

1946 | Cherilyn Sarkasian, (Cher), American singer and actress.

1959 | Iz or IZ, a Native Hawaiian singer-songwriter, musician. His 1993 medley of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow – What a Wonderful World’ was featured in several films, television programs, and television commercials. He died on 26 June 1997.

1972 | American hip hop artist Busta Rhymes.

1981 | American singer and songwriter Rachel Platten best known for her 2015 single ‘Fight Song’ which became a world-wide hit.