On this day
1973 | Elton John had his first UK No.1 album when ‘Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player’ started a six-week run at the top of the charts.
1975 | Dave Alexander, the original bassist for The Stooges died from pneumonia aged 27.
1977 | The Clash started recording their debut album at CBS studios in London, England. The album was recorded over three weekend sessions at CBS Studio 3 in February 1977.
1984 | Frankie Goes To Hollywood were at No.1 on the UK singles chart for the third week with ‘Relax.’ Eurythmics had the UK No.1 album with ‘Touch.’
1997 | Blur released their eponymous fifth studio album. As well as lead single, ‘Beetlebum’, reaching the top of the UK charts the album also reached the top 20 in six other countries.
2005 | Prince topped Rolling Stone magazine’s annual list of the years biggest money earners after his 2004 tour grossed over $90 million (£53 million). Madonna came in second place after earning $54.9 million (£34.3 million) and Metallica came third with $43 million (£25.3 million).
2008 | Amy Winehouse won five prizes at this year’s Grammy Awards, including song of the year and record of the year, both for her single ‘Rehab’, and best new artist.
Born on this day
1929 | Jerry Goldsmith. Created the music for scores of classic movies and television shows ‘Star Trek’, ‘Planet of the Apes’, ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ and ‘Dr. Kildare.’ He died after a long battle with cancer on July 21st 2004, aged 75.
1937 | Roberta Flack, US singer, songwriter, who had the 1972 US No.1 single ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’, 1973 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’.
1962 | Cliff Burton bass player with Metallica. Burton was killed on September 27th 1987, when the band’s tour bus crashed as it was travelling between Stockholm and Copenhagen. He was found crushed to death under the bus.