On this day

1961 | Bob Dylan achieved his dream of meeting his idol Woody Guthrie when Guthrie was on weekend release from hospital where he was being treated for Huntington’s Chorea. Dylan told him; ‘I was a Woody Guthrie jukebox’. Guthrie gave Dylan a card which said: ‘I ain’t dead yet’.

1989 | Marc Almond started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’.

1992 | American blues singer and guitarist Willie Dixon died of heart failure.

1996 | George Michael had the UK No.1 single with ‘Jesus To A Child’.

2006 | Arctic Monkeys went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut album ‘Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not’.

2016 | Three weeks after his death, David Bowie lodged 12 albums in the UK top 40, equalling a record set by Elvis Presley in 1977.

2019 | American singer, songwriter James Ingram died after a long battle with brain cancer age 66. He was a two-time Grammy Award-winner and charted eight Top 40 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Born on this day

1943 | Tony Blackburn, DJ on Radio Caroline and the first D.J. on BBC Radio 1 (The first song played was ‘Flowers In The Rain by The Move’).

1952 | Thomas Erdelyi, (Tommy Ramone), Hungarian drummer with the Ramones who had the 1977 UK No.22 single ‘Sheena Is A Punk Rocker’.

1961 | Pauline Henry, singer. who had the 1993 UK solo No.12 single with the Bad Company song ‘Feel Like Making Love’, and the 1990 UK No.6 single with The Chimes, ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’.

1985 | English singer-songwriter Rag’n’Bone Man. His first hit single, ‘Human’, was released in 2016, and his debut album of the same name was released in February 2017 and peaked at number one on the UK chart.