On this day

1959 | ‘The Battle Of New Orleans’ by Johnny Horton went to No.1 on both the Country and Pop charts in the US, where it will stay for two months.

1967 | The Beatles released Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, in the UK. Recorded over a 129-day period beginning in December 1966, the album is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time.

1967 | David Bowie released his self titled debut studio album. Two singles were released from the album, ‘Rubber Band’ and ‘The Laughing Gnome’. The album’s failure cost Bowie his record contract with Deram Records who dropped him in April 1968.

1972 | The Eagles released their debut studio album. The album was an immediate success and produced three top 40 singles ‘Take It Easy’, ‘Witchy Woman’ and ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’.

1985 | Prince & The Revolution started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Around The World In A Day.

2006 | The 1994 debut album by Oasis, Definitely Maybe was voted the greatest album of all time in a survey to mark 50 years of the Official UK Albums Chart.

Born on this day

1947 | Ronnie Wood guitarist, songwriter, painter and radio presenter. Originally a member of UK band The Birds, he first worked alongside Rod Stewart in the Jeff Beck Group. He then got together with three members of The Small Faces to form the Faces joined by Rod on vocals. His songwriting partnership with Rod extended to Rod’s early solo albums. Wood joined The Rolling Stones in 1975 after the departure of Mick Taylor.

1960 | Simon Gallup, bassist with English rock band The Cure.

1963 | Mike Joyce, drummer with English rock band The Smiths.

1974 | Alanis Morissette, Canadian-American, singer, songwriter.