On this day

1969 | Peter Paul and Mary went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Leavin’ On A Jet Plane’.

1969 | Rolf Harris was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Two Little Boys’, (the song was written in 1902). The Christmas No.1 of 1969 and the last No.1 of the 60s. The song stayed at No.1 for six weeks.

1969 | The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their 10th release Let It Bleed featuring ‘Midnight Rambler’, and ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want.’

1973 | American singer Bobby Darin died aged 37. One of the first teen idols, he had the 1959 No.1 with ‘Dream Lover’.

1980 | Twelve days after John Lennon was shot dead in New York City, ‘(Just Like) Starting Over’, which was taken from his Double Fantasy album gave the former Beatle his first ever UK solo No.1 single.

1986 | The Bangles started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Walk Like An Egyptian’.

1999 | Canadian Country singer Hank Snow died. ‘The Singing Ranger’ released over 100 albums and scored more than seventy singles on the Billboard country charts from 1950 until 1980.

1999 | Readers of UK Guitar magazine voted Noel Gallagher the most overrated guitarist of the millennium. Jimi Hendrix was voted guitarist of the millennium with Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ winning best album.

Born on this day

1946 | Psychedelic rock and jazz rock bassist Douglass Lubahn. His work is featured on several albums recorded by The Doors.

1947 | Peter Criss, drummer from American hard rock band Kiss.

1957 | Anita Ward, singer, (1979 US & UK No.1 single ‘Ring My Bell’).

1980 | Chris Edwards, Kasabian.