On this day

1982 | Lionel Richie was No.1 in the US with ‘Truly’.

1986 | Bon Jovi were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’, it peaked at No.14 in the UK.

1991 | Freddie Mercury’s funeral service was conducted by a Zoroastrian priest, for 35 of his close friends and family, with Elton John and the remaining members of Queen among those in attendance. Mercury was cremated at Kensal Green Cemetery, West London, England.

1996 | Former Stones Roses guitarist John Squires new band The Seahorses made their live debut, when they played at The Buckley Tivoli, England in front of 200 fans.

Born on this day

1941 | Eddie Rabbitt, singer, songwriter who had the 1981 US No.1 hit ‘I Love A Rainy Night’.

1942 | Jimi Hendrix, guitarist, singer, songwriter. Hendrix who is widely considered to be the greatest guitarist in musical history made appearances at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival. Hendrix died on 18th September 1970 after choking on his own vomit.

1959 | Charlie Burchill, guitarist with Scottish rock band, Simple Minds.

1978 | Mike Skinner, singer- songwriter aka The Streets.