On this day

1956 | “The Nat King Cole Show” debuted on NBC-TV in America. The Cole program was the first of its kind hosted by an African-American.

1966 | The Monkees were at the top of the Billboard singles chart with ‘Last Train To Clarksville’, the group’s first No. 1.

1971 | Elvis Presley kicked off a 15-date North American tour at the Metropolitan Sports Center in Minneapolis. Announcer Al Dvorin uttered the well known phrase: “Elvis has left the building” at the end of the show. He was asked to make the announcement in an effort to quiet the fans who continued to call for an encore.

1977 | The manager of the Virgin record store in Nottingham, England was arrested for displaying a large poster advertising the new Sex Pistols album, ‘Never Mind The Bollock’s, Here’s The Sex Pistols’. High street stores banned the album after police warned they could be fined under the 1898 indecent advertising act.

1983 | Billy Joel was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Uptown Girl’, which stayed at the top of the chars for five weeks.

1983 | Topper Headon of The Clash was arrested for walking his dog while drunk on London’s Fulham Road.

2000 | U2 went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’, the Irish group’s 8th UK No.1 album.

2002 | The funeral took place of Jam Master Jay, (Jason Mizell) from Run-DMC who was murdered by an assassin’s single bullet on 30th October 2002.

2010 | Keith Richards’ autobiography Life was at No. 1 on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller list. The book by The Rolling Stones guitarist went on to be a million seller.

2012 | To mark the 60th anniversary of the UK singles chart the Official Charts Company published a chart which lists all the 123 songs that have sold more than a million copies since it began in 1952. Elton John was at No.1 with Candle In The Wind, No.2 was Band Aid with Do They Know It’s Christmas? followed by Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody on 2.36million copies.

Born on this day

1931 | Ike Turner, singer, (1966 UK No.3 single with Tina Turner, ‘River Deep Mountain High’, 1971 US No.4 single ‘Proud Mary’). Turner died on 12th Dec 2007.

1946 | American singer, Loleatta Holloway who is best known for disco songs such as ‘Hit and Run’ and ‘Love Sensation’, both of which have been sampled extensively.

1959 | Bryan Adams, Canadian guitarist, singer, songwriter. His first UK single ‘Run To You’, was a 1985 UK No.11. His 1991 UK & US No.1 single ‘(Everything I Do)’, I Do It For You’, spent a record breaking 16 weeks UK No.1, plus he has scored over 15 other UK Top 40 singles and 3 UK No.1 albums.

1971 | Jonny Greenwood, guitar, keyboards, Radiohead.