On this day
1952 | The first ever UK pop chart was published by the New Musical Express after staff asked 53 record shops to divulge their sales returns. ‘Here In My Heart’ by Al Martino was the first No.1. The song stayed at No.1 for nine weeks.
1965 | The Beatles worked on a new George Harrison song ‘Think For Yourself’ at Abbey Road for their forthcoming Rubber Soul album.
1971 | Led Zeppelin released their fourth album. With no title printed on the album, and generally referred to as Four Symbols, The Fourth Album or Led Zeppelin IV it has gone on to sell over 37 million copies worldwide.
1975 | David Bowie made his US TV debut performing ‘Fame’, on the Cher CBS-TV show. Bowie who was living in New York at the time had written the song with John Lennon during a jamming session.
1998 | Robbie Williams scored his second UK No.1 album with ‘I’ve Been Expecting You’.
2001 | Winners at the MTV Europe Awards included Robbie Williams who won Best male and Best song for ‘Rock DJ’, Craig David won Best R&B act and Best UK & Ireland act, Dido won Best new act and Anastacia won Best pop act. Gorillaz won Best song for ‘Clint Eastwood’ and Best Dance act and Eminem won the Best Hip Hop award.
2009 | Former Smiths frontman Morrissey stopped a concert halfway through his second song after being hit by a beer bottle. The 50-year-old singer who was hit in the eye by a plastic bottle of beer, said goodnight to the 8,000 strong crowd in Liverpool, England before walking off.
Born on this day
1927 | Ken Dodd, singer, comedian, (1965 UK No.1 single ‘Tears’ plus 17 other UK Top hit singles).
1957 | Porl Thompson, with English rock band The Cure who had the 1989 US No.2 single ‘Love Song’, the 1992 UK No.6 single ‘Friday I’m In Love’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles.
1985 | Jack Osbourne, son of Ozzy and star of MTV The Osbournes TV Show.