On this day

1963 | The music critics from the UK newspaper The Times, named John Lennon and Paul McCartney as The Outstanding Composers of 1963. Two days later, the Sunday Times’ music critic Richard Buckle proclaims the same two songwriters “the greatest composers since Beethoven.”

1969 | Diana Ross and The Supremes went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’.

1976 | Blues guitarist Freddie King died of heart trouble and ulcers aged 42. Eric Clapton covered his ‘Have You Ever Loved A Woman’ on his Layla album.

1978 | American singer, songwriter and guitarist Chris Bell from Big Star was killed after his car crashed into a telephone pole, he was 27.

1980 | John and Yoko’s Double Fantasy album started an eight-week run at No.1 on the US chart.

1981 | American composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader Hoagy Carmichael died aged 82. Composer of ‘Georgia On My Mind’, (covered by many acts including Ray Charles), ‘Star Dust’ and ‘Lazy River’.

1999 | Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs and his girlfriend Jennifer Lopez were arrested after a gun was found in their car as they left a Manhattan nightclub. Police were investigating a shooting in the club.

2015 | Singer Stevie Wright died aged 68.

Born on this day

1941 | Les Maguire, who with Gerry And The Pacemakers had the 1963 UK No.1 single ‘How Do You Do It’ and the 1965 US No.6 single, ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’.

1948 | Larry Byrom, guitarist from Steppenwolf who had the 1969 US No.2 hit single ‘Born To Be Wild’.

1988 | Hayley Williams, singer, from American rock band Paramore.