On this day

1970 | B J Thomas started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.’ The song was featured in the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

1976 | Bob Dylan’s song, ‘Hurricane’, peaked at No.33 on the Billboard singles chart, helping to cause enough publicity to eventually get former boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter released from jail.

1980 | American rhythm and blues singer Amos Milburn died aged 52. Famous for his drinking songs including, ‘Let Me Go Home, Whiskey’ and ‘One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer.’

1987 | Aretha Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2002 | Zak Foley bassist with British group EMF died aged 31 of a drug overdose.

2002 | Liam and Noel Gallagher topped a poll of celebrities you would least like to live next to, getting 40% of the vote. Readers of Your Home magazine voted the brothers from Oasis as ‘Neighbours From Hell’.

2017 | Vinyl sales topped three million last year, the highest UK total in 25 years.

Born on this day

1926 | Sir George Martin, English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician.

1975 | Thomas Bangalter, French electronic musician with Daft Punk.