On this day

1972 | Little Jimmy Osmond was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool.’ At nine years eight months of age it made him the youngest person to have a No.1 record, also the biggest seller of 1972.

1973 | Elton John started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, it also had a eight week run at No.1 on the US chart.

1984 | Madonna started a six-week run at No.1 in the US charts with ‘Like A Virgin’, her first US No.1.

2000 | Madonna married film director Guy Ritchie at Skibo Castle, Scotland.

2002 | Former Clash singer and guitarist Joe Strummer (John Graham Mellor) died of a suspected heart attack aged 50.

2005 | Janet Jackson was the most-searched name during 2005 according to Google, the singer topped a list of searches with people looking for pictures from her infamous ‘wardrobe malfunction’ at the 2004 Super Bowl when she exposed her right breast.

2006 | American songwriter Dennis Linde died aged 63 from a rare lung disease. Linde wrote one of Elvis Presley’s last major hits, ‘Burning Love’ and also wrote ‘Goodbye Earl’ for the Dixie Chicks, and ‘Callin’ Baton Rouge’ for Garth Brooks.

2014 | Joe Cocker died of lung cancer in Crawford, Colorado aged 70.

2016 | Beyonce’s politically charged visual album Lemonade was the music critics’ favourite album of the year.

Born on this day

1944 | Barry Jenkins, drummer in The Animals.

1949 | Robin and Maurice Gibb, The Bee Gees singers, songwriters, producers, Robin was the eldest by 1 hour.

1966 | Danny Saber, Black Grape, (1995 UK No.8 single ‘In The Name Of The Father’).

1968 | Richard James Edwards, guitar, vocals with Welsh group Manic Street Preachers.

1972 | Vanessa Paradie, French singer, actress.