On this day

1959 | 22 year old Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, aged 17, died in a crash shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa, the pilot of the single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza plane was also killed. Holly hired the plane after heating problems developed on his tour bus. All three were travelling to Fargo, North Dakota, for the next show on their Winter Dance Party Tour which Holly had set – covering 24 cities in three weeks, to make money after the break-up of his band, The Crickets, last year.

1970 | Led Zeppelin II was in the Top 20 on both the UK & US album charts after peaking at No.1. The album went on to spend 138 weeks on the UK chart. The album is now recognised by writers and music critics as one of the greatest and most influential rock albums ever recorded.

1979 | Blondie had their first of five UK No.1 singles, with ‘Heart Of Glass’, taken from the band’s third studio album, Parallel Lines.

1990 | For the first time ever, the UK Top 3 singles featured non-British and non-American acts. Ireland’s Sinead O’Connor, Australia’s Kylie Minogue and Belgium’s Technotronic. Sinead O’Connor had her first No.1 single with Nothing Compares To U’, a song written by Prince.

2008 | UK singer Adele went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut album ’19’.

2018 | American pop, funk and jazz drummer Leon Chancler died in Los Angeles, California of prostate cancer, at the age of 65.

Born on this day

1943 | Dennis Edwards, singer with The Temptations.

1947 | English singer, songwriter and guitarist Dave Davies, with The Kinks.

1959 | Lol Tolhurst, keyboards, with The Cure.

1969 | Matt Johnson, British keyboardist with Jamiroquai.

1977 | Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, rapper, actor and record producer Daddy Yankee.