On this day
1956 | Dean Martin was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Memories Are Made Of This’.
1961 | The Miracles’ ‘Shop Around’ became Motown Record’s first million-selling single.
1970 | John Lennon performed ‘Instant Karma!’ on BBC TV’s Top Of The Pops, becoming the first Beatle to have appeared on the show since 1966.
1972 | Al Green went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Let’s Stay Together’, his only US chart topper.
1977 | Pink Floyd released their tenth studio album Animals in the US, where it reached No.3 in the charts.
2009 | A full frontal nude photo of Madonna taken in 1979 before she became famous, sold at auction for $37,500. The black and white picture was taken at a time when Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone was a 20-year-old dancer trying to make ends meet in New York.
2014 | It was reported that Rock music overtook pop in UK album sales during 2013, winning a bigger share of the market for the first time in five years.
2017 | Adele was the biggest winner at The 59th Annual Grammy Awards with five trophies, including Album of the Year for 25, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year for ‘Hello’.
2017 | American singer and musician Al Jarreau died of respiratory failure at the age of 76, just two days after announcing his retirement. During his career he received a total of seven Grammy Awards and is best known for his 1981 album Breakin’ Away. He also sang the theme song of the late-1980s television series Moonlighting.
Born on this day
1939 | Ray Manzarek, keyboards, with The Doors.
1950 | Steve Hackett, guitarist who had the, 1974 UK No.21 single ‘I Know What I Like In Your Wardrobe’, with Genesis who he quit in 1977 for solo work.
1959 | Swedish pop singer-songwriter, guitarist, Per Gessle, with Swedish group Roxette.
1966 | Gary Whelan, drummer with Manchester group Happy Mondays.
1978 | Brian Chase, drummer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
1988 | American singer-songwriter, Mike Posner. His 2016 single ‘I Took a Pill in Ibiza’ peaked in the top 10 on the charts in 27 countries around the world, including hitting No.1 in the United States and the UK.