On this day

1964 | The Beatles released their fourth album ‘Beatles For Sale’.

1971 | The Montreux Casino in Switzerland burnt to the ground during a gig by Frank Zappa. The incident is immortalized by Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke On The Water’.

1971 | Led Zeppelin started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with the Four Symbols album, otherwise known as Led Zeppelin IV. Featuring the 8-minute track ‘Stairway To Heaven’, the album stayed on the US chart for one week short of five years, selling over 23 million copies in the US alone.

1976 | American guitarist Tommy Bolin died from a heroin overdose aged 25 the day after opening a show for Jeff Beck in Miami, Florida.

1980 | Two months after the tragic death of drummer John Bonham Led Zeppelin made decision to break up.

1993 | Multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer, Frank Zappa died of prostate cancer.

2002 | Whitney Houston admitted in an US TV interview that drink and drugs nearly killed her.

Born on this day

1944 | American musician, singer, and songwriter Dennis Wilson who co-founded The Beach Boys.

1967 | Adamski, (Adam Tinley, 1990 UK No.1 single ‘Killer’).

1969 | Jay-Z, (Shawn Carter).