On this day

1966 | Tom Jones was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of ‘Green Green Grass Of Home.’

1967 | The Jimi Hendrix Experience released their second studio album Axis: Bold as Love.

1976 | The Sex Pistols appeared on ITV’s live early evening ‘Today’ show (in place of Queen who had pulled out following a trip to the dentists by Freddie Mercury).

1987 | A Kentucky teacher lost her appeal in the US Supreme Court over her sacking after showing Pink Floyd’s film The Wall to her class. The court decided that the film was not suitable for minors with its bad language and sexual content.

1990 | Vanilla Ice started a four-week run at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘Ice Ice Baby’.

1993 | American rock singer-songwriter Ray Gillen died age 34 from an AIDS related disease in a New York Hospital.

1997 | Kenny G set a new world record when he held a note on his saxophone for 45 minutes and 47 seconds.

2008 | Wham’s Last Christmas was the most played festive track of the last five years.

2013 | Bob Dylan was placed under judicial investigation in France for allegedly provoking ethnic hatred of Croats. It followed a legal complaint lodged by a Croat association in France over a 2012 interview Dylan gave to Rolling Stone magazine. In the interview Dylan allegedly compared the relationship between Jews and Nazis to that of Serbs and Croats.

2013 | Australian artist, cartoonist, songwriter and film-maker Martin Sharp died from emphysema aged 71.

2016 | Drake was named Spotify’s most-streamed artist of 2016, with his single ‘One Dance’ the site’s biggest song of the year.

Born on this day

1936 | Lou Rawls, US singer. Rawls who released more than 60 albums, sold more than 40 million records.

1944 | Bette Midler, singer, actress, (1989 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘Wind Beneath my Wings’). Worked with Barry Manilow, starred in the film ‘The Rose’ based on the life of Janis Joplin.

1944 | John Densmore, drums, The Doors.

1971 | Greg Upchurch, drummer with American rock band 3 Doors Down.

1977 | Brad Delson, guitarist with Linkin Park.

1988 | Tyler Joseph American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and rapper and lead vocalist for the musical duo Twenty One Pilots.