On this day

1965 | American disc-jockey Alan Freed died from uraemia and cirrhosis brought on by alcoholism at the age of 42. Freed called himself the “father of rock and roll”, appeared in the movies such as Rock Around the Clock and Don’t Knock the Rock.

1983 | Def Leppard released their third studio album ‘Pyromania’.

1988 | The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2002 | George Harrison had the posthumous UK No.1 single with the re-release of the 1971 former No.1 ‘My Sweet Lord’.

2003 | 8 Mile, starring Eminem toppled The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers from its four-week hold at the top of the UK box office.

2012 | Etta James, most often remembered for her signature song, ‘At Last’, which reached No. 2 on the Billboard R&B chart, died from complications of leukemia at the age of 73.

Born on this day

1952 | Ian Hill, English musician, best known as the bassist of the heavy metal band Judas Priest.

1952 | Paul Stanley, guitarist and singer with American hard rock band Kiss.

1971 | Gary Barlow, vocals, piano, songwriter, Take That.

1979 | Rob Bourdon, drummer with Linkin Park.

1981 | Nathan Connolly, from Northern Irish rock band Snow Patrol.