On this day
1973 | Sweet were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Blockbuster’.
1980 | Prince made his TV debut on the US show American Bandstand. When interviewed after his performance the singer froze and struggled to reply to the questions he was being asked.
1989 | American soul singer Donnie Elbert died of a stroke aged 52.
1991 | Queen had their second UK No.1 with ‘Innuendo’.
2007 | The Rolling Stones topped the US music rich list for the second year running after making $150.6m (£76.2m) in 2006.
2008 | Alicia Keys was at No.1 on the US album chart with her third album ‘As I Am’.
Born on this day
1957 | Eddie Van Halen, Dutch guitarist with Van Halen.
1958 | Anita Baker, US soul singer who had the 1986 UK No.13 single ‘Sweet Love’.
1963 | Andrew Ridgeley, singer and one half of Wham! with George Michael.
1963 | Jazzie B, British DJ, music producer, and entrepreneur and founding member of British group Soul II Soul.