On this day
1968 | Diana Ross and The Supremes were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Love Child’, their 11th No.1 in the US.
1973 | Ringo Starr went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Photograph’. His first of two US chart toppers as a solo artist.
1983 | Irish group The Undertones split up. Lead singer Feargal Sharkey went on to have a No.1 UK single as a solo artist with ‘A Good Heart’.
1991 | Eric Carr (Paul Charles Caravello) drummer with Kiss died aged 41, of complications from cancer in a New York hospital.
1991 | Freddie Mercury died of complications from aids at his home in London’s Holland park aged 45, just one day after he publicly admitted he was HIV positive.
1993 | American blues guitarist and singer Albert Collins died of lung cancer aged 61.
2002 | Robbie Williams started a five week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his fifth studio album ‘Escapology’.
2003 | ‘Agadoo’ by Black Lace was named the worst song of all time by a panel of music writers. The song which peaked at No.2 on the UK charts in 1984 spent 30 weeks in the top 75 and went on to become the eighth best-selling single of 1984 in the UK.
2007 | Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea lost his multi-million pound house in a wildfire that swept through Malibu, 53 other properties were destroyed by the blaze.
2008 | English drummer Michael Lee died from a seizure aged 39. Lee had worked with Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Little Angels, The Cult, Ian Gillan, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Quireboys and Thin Lizzy.
2013 | Robbie Williams scored his 11th UK No.1 album when Swings Both Ways went to the top of the charts.
Born on this day
1941 | Pete Best, The Beatles drummer, 1960-1962.
1955 | Clem Burke, American musician who is best known as the drummer from Blondie from 1975, shortly after the band formed, throughout the band’s entire career.
1962 | English musician, songwriter and artist John Squire best known as the guitarist for the Stone Roses.