On this day
1959 | Ray Charles recorded ‘What’d I Say’, in New York City.
1965 | The Kinks were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Tired Of Waiting For You’.
1990 | Freddie Mercury made his final public appearance on stage when he joined the rest of Queen to collect the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, held at the Dominion Theatre, London, England.
2004 | Dido entered a Top 10 of the music world’s biggest earners after making £15.8 million ($26.9 million) in 2003. The singer’s second album Life For Rent was the previous years biggest selling UK album.
2009 | Welsh songstress Duffy won three trophies at this years Brit awards, taking home Best British Female Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act and British Album of the Year for her debut Rockferry.
2013 | African-American soul and R&B singer Otis Damon Harris, who was a member of The Temptations, died at the age of 62 after a 14-year battle with prostate cancer.
Born on this day
1933 | Yoko Ono, Japanese artist, singer, poet, author and peace activist and wife of John Lennon. Ono moved to New York City from Tokyo aged 14 and first met John Lennon in London in 1966, the couple married in 1969.
1934 | Skip Battin, The Byrds, who had the 1965 US & UK No.1 single ‘Mr Tambourine Man’.
1954 | John Travolta, actor, singer, who had the 1978 UK & US No.1 single with Olivia Newton John, ‘You’re The One That I Want’.
1965 | Dr Dre, American rapper, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, record executive, actor, and audio engineer.