On this day

1963 | The Beatles made their first national TV appearance in the UK on ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ performing ‘Please Please Me’.

1967 | The Beatles began recording ‘A Day In The Life’ at Abbey Road studios London, recording four takes of the new song.

1967 | The Monkees were at No.1 on the UK singles with ‘I’m A Believer’.

1980 | Pink Floyd’s The Wall started a 15-week run at No.1 on the US album chart.

1993 | Fleetwood Mac re-formed to perform at Bill Clinton’s inauguration. The band’s “Don’t Stop” was used as the theme for his campaign.

1998 | American singer, songwriter Carl Perkins died aged 65 from throat cancer. He wrote the classic rock & roll song ‘Blue Suede Shoes’.

Born on this day

1943 | Janis Joplin, US singer, who had a 1971 U.S No.1 single with ‘Me And Bobby McGee’ and the 1971 U.S No.1 album ‘Pearl’.

1946 | Dolly Parton US singer, songwriter, actress, (1976 UK No.7 single ‘Jolene’, 1981 US No.1 single ‘9 to 5’). Parton wrote ‘I Will Always Love You’ which was a US Country No.1 for her in 1974 and became a UK & US No.1 for Whitney Houston in 1992.

1950 | Francis Buchholz, from German rock band Scorpions.

1963 | Caron Wheeler, vocals, Soul II Soul.

1979 | British grime MC, rapper, Wiley.