On this day
1960 | 27-year-old Jesse Belvin, who scored a 1956 hit with ‘Goodnight, My Love’, was killed in a car accident in Hope, Arkansas.
1965 | The Rolling Stones second album ‘Rolling Stones No.2’ started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK charts.
1981 | Composer Hugo Montenegro died in California. Had the 1968 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ‘The Good The Bad And The Ugly’ from the soundtrack to the Clint Eastwood spaghetti western film.
1982 | Kraftwerk were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Model / Computer Love’, the first German act to score a UK No.1 single. The single spent 21 weeks on the UK chart.
1990 | Over 200 women filed court actions against Chuck Berry after it was alleged that he had been secretly filming them in the toilets of the restaurant he owned.
2005 | Eminem was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Like Toy Soldiers’.
2007 | Italian American singer, songwriter, and actor Frankie Laine died aged 93.
2008 | Feist won the seventh annual Shortlist Music Prize – American’s version of the Mercury Prize. The Canadian singer-songwriter won for her album The Reminder.
2014 | Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was named as the greatest song of all time by NME.
Born on this day
1945 | Bob Marley singer / songwriter and guitarist who had the 1981 UK No.8 single with ‘No Woman No Cry’, plus over ten other UK Top 40 singles.
1950 | Natalie Cole, US singer, who had the 1989 UK No.2 single ‘Miss You Like Crazy’, and the hits ‘This Will Be’, ‘Inseparable’, and ‘Our Love’.
1962 | American singer, songwriter, Axl Rose, (born William Bruce Rose), lead singer with Guns N’ Roses.
1980 | Yasutaka Nakata, Japanese musician, songwriter, record producer and DJ.