On this day

1955 | RCA Records purchased Elvis Presley’s recording contract from Sam Phillips at Sun Records for an unprecedented sum of $35,000.

1960 | Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Stay’, the shortest ever US No.1 single at one minute 37 seconds.

1960 | The Beatles played at the Kaiserkeller Club in Hamburg, Germany without George Harrison. The guitarist had been deported on this day for being underage (he was 17) and not legally allowed to remain in a nightclub after midnight.

1970 | Two months after his death Jimi Hendrix was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’ the closing track on Electric Ladyland, the third and final album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

1975 | At the start of Elton John week in Los Angeles, the singer received a Star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame.

1981 | Olivia Newton John started a ten week run at No.1 in the US singles chart with ‘Physical’, the singers fourth US No.1 went on to sell over 2 million copies, a became a No.7 hit in the UK.

1981 | Queen and David Bowie were at No.1 in the UK with Under Pressure.

1983 | Michael Jackson’s 14-minute video for Thriller was premiered in Los Angeles. Directed by John Landis and co-starring former Playboy centerfold Ola Ray.

1988 | Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page set out on his first ever-solo tour at The Hummingbird, Birmingham, appearing with John Miles and the son of Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, Jason Bonham.

1994 | After a five-year wait, The Stone Roses released the single ‘Love Spreads’.

1995 | Legendary manager of Led Zeppelin Peter Grant died from a heart attack aged 60. Known as being one of the shrewdest and most ruthless managers in rock history, Grant secured 90% of concert gate money and intimidated record store owners who dealt in bootlegs.

2004 | Eminem was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Encore’, his third US No.1 album.

2017 | American actor, singer, songwriter, and guitarist David Cassidy died of liver failure aged 67.

Born on this day

1968 | Alex James, bassist with Blur.

1985 | Canadian singer, songwriter, and actress, Carly Rae Jepsen. Her 2012 single ‘Call Me Maybe’ reached No.1 in 18 countries and culminating as the year’s best-selling single globally.