On this day
1961 | Frank Sinatra launched his own record label, Reprise Records, in order to allow more artistic freedom for his own recordings.
1970 | On this day, Friday the 13th, Black Sabbath released their debut self-titled studio album on Vertigo records in the UK.
1974 | David Bowie turned down an offer from the Gay Liberation group to compose ‘the world’s first Gay National Anthem.’
1977 | Julie Covington was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’, taken from the Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical Evita. Covington had been in the 1977 UK TV series based on an all female group called Rock Follies. Madonna had a hit with her version of the song in 1996.
1996 | Take That split up, the biggest band of the 90s announced their demise in front of the world’s press at The Hilton in Manchester.
1998 | Police at Manchester Airport arrested former Stone Roses singer, Ian Brown after an incident during a flight from Paris. Brown was found guilty in August the same year and jailed for four months; British Airways also banned him from flying with the airline.
2005 | Readers of UK newspaper The Sun voted George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’ as the greatest British pop single of the past 25 years. Oasis came second with ‘Wonderwall’ and Kate Bush third with ‘Wuthering Heights’.
2016 | All four members of English indie rock group Viola Beach, Kris Leonard (guitar and vocals), River Reeves (guitar), Tomas Lowe (bass guitar), and Jack Dakin (drums) along with their manager Craig Tarry, died in a car crash in Södertälje, Sweden.
Born on this day
1950 | English singer-songwriter, record producer Peter Gabriel, with Genesis who had the 1974 UK No.21 single ‘I Know What I Like In Your Wardrobe’.
1956 | Peter Hook, bass, vocals, with Joy Division.
1971 | Sonia, (Sonia Evans), who had the UK No.1 single in 1989 with ‘You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You.’
1974 | Robbie Williams, English singer-songwriter and entertainer.