On this day
1965 | The Rolling Stones started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’, the group’s second US No.1. The song knocked The Beatles ‘Yesterday’ from the No.1 position.
1967 | Working at Abbey Road studio in London, The Beatles mixed four songs, ‘Hello Goodbye’, ‘Your Mother Should Know’, ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and ‘I Am the Walrus’.
1970 | Aerosmith performed their first ever gig when they played at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, Massachusetts. Sometimes referred to as “The Bad Boys from Boston”, Aerosmith became the best-selling American rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide.
1975 | The Sex Pistols made their live debut at St Martin’s School Of Art in central London, supporting a band called Bazooka Joe, which included Stuart Goddard (the future Adam Ant). The Pistols’ performance lasts 10 minutes.
1977 | ABBA started a four week run at No.1 on the UK single chart with ‘The Name Of The Game’, the group’s 6th No.1.
1982 | Soft Cell’s ‘Tainted Love’ achieved the longest unbroken run on the UK charts when it logged its 43rd week in the Top 100.
1993 | Pearl Jam went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Vs’, selling 950,378 copies making it the highest sales in US album history in one week.
2005 | Madonna scored her 36th Top Ten single with ‘Hung Up’, equaling the record with Elvis Presley for the most Top Ten singles. The track sampled the instrumental riff from ABBA’s ‘Gimme, Gimme, Gimme’.
2005 | The Official UK Charts announced that Robbie Williams had sold the most albums in the UK so far this century with sales of 6.3m. Coldplay were at number two, with sales of 6.2m albums and Dido was in third place 5.7m albums sold. The figures were based on albums sold in the UK from 1st January 2000 to 11th October 2005 excluding greatest hits, live albums and downloads.
Born on this day
1894 | Adolph Sax, inventor of the saxophone.
1948 | Glenn Frey, guitar, vocals, the Eagles, (1977 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Hotel California’, plus 5 US No.1 albums. ‘Greatest Hits 1971-1975’ is the second biggest selling album in the world with sales over 30m). Solo (1985 UK No.12 single ‘The Heat Is On’). Frey died on 18 Jan 2016 died at the age of 67 in New York City from complications arising from rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia.