On this day
1971 | Frank Zappa’s ‘200 Motels’ film opened at London’s Piccadilly Classic Cinema in the UK.
1972 | Billy Paul started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Me and Mrs Jones’, a No.12 hit in the UK.
1974 | Guitarist Mick Taylor announced he was leaving The Rolling Stones saying he felt that now was the time to move on and do something new.
1993 | MTV aired Nirvana’s ‘Unplugged’ session for the first time. The album featured an acoustic performance taped at Sony Music Studios in New York City on November 18, 1993. Unlike many artists who appeared on the show, Nirvana filmed its entire performance in a single take with the band’s fourteen-song setlist included six cover versions.
2001 | Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Frank and Nancy Sinatra 1967 No.1 hit ‘Somethin’ Stupid’.
2003 | Michael Jackson was out on police bail of $3m after being arrested following allegations of child abuse. The 45-year-old singer strenuously denied the allegations, calling them a big lie.
Born on this day
1951 | Robben Ford, American blues, jazz, and rock guitarist.
1972 | Michael McCary, from American R&B vocal group Boyz II Men, who had the 1992 US & UK No.1 single ‘End Of The Road’ which set a new record for longevity, staying at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for thirteen weeks, breaking the decades-old record held by Elvis Presley.
1997 | Swedish singer and songwriter Zara Larsson.