On this day

1949 | RCA Records issued the first ever 45rpm single, the invention of this size record made jukeboxes possible.

1965 | At the Arthur Smith Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina, James Brown recorded ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’, which will reach No.8 on the Billboard Pop chart and No.1 on the R&B chart the following August and later win a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording.

1972 | Chuck Berry had his first UK No.1 single with a live recording of a song he’d been playing live for over 20 years ‘My Ding-a-Ling’.

1980 | Blondie released ‘Call Me’, the main theme song of the 1980 film American Gigolo.

1992 | George Michael and Elton John went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’, also a No.1 in the UK.

1995 | Richey Edwards guitarist with the Manic Street Preachers vanished leaving no clues to his whereabouts. He left The Embassy Hotel in London at 7am, leaving behind his packed suitcase. His car was found on the Severn Bridge outside Bristol, England sixteen days later. Edwards has never been found, despite constant searching, and in November 2008 he was declared officially dead.

1997 | Blur went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Beetlebum’.

2008 | US space agency Nasa announced that ‘Across the Universe’ by The Beatles was to become the first song ever to be beamed directly into space. The track would be transmitted through the Deep Space Network – a network of antennas – on the 40th anniversary of the song being recorded, being aimed at the North Star, Polaris, 431 light-years from Earth. In a message to NASA, Paul McCartney said the project was an “amazing” feat.”Well done, Nasa,” he added. “Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul.”

2013 | Coldplay’s ‘Clocks’ topped a list by BBC Radio 6 Music’s top 100 tracks of the past 10 years.

Born on this day

1947 | Normie Rowe, singer, biggest solo star of Australian pop in the Sixties, who in 1965 had the Australian No.1 single ‘Que Sera Sera’ which spent 11 weeks at the top of the charts.

1950 | Mike Campbell, guitarist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

1968 | Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley. Also known as the “Princess of Rock and Roll.”

1975 | Big Boi, (Antoine Patton), Outkast, US rapper who had the 2001 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Ms Jackson’ and the 2004 US No.1 single ‘Hey Ya’.

1990 | British folk singer-songwriter Laura Marling.

1994 | Harry Styles from English-Irish pop boy band One Direction.