On this day

1967 | The Velvet Underground & Nico the debut album by the Velvet Underground was released by Verve Records.

1969 | Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman at Marylebone Register Office. They then held a reception lunch at The Ritz Hotel, Paul then went to Abbey Road studios in the evening to work. George Harrison and his wife Patti were arrested on the same day and charged with possession of 120 joints of marijuana.

1983 | U2 scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘War’, which went on to spend a total of 147 weeks on the chart. The album featured the singles ‘New Years Day’ and ‘Two Hearts Beat As One’.

2001 | Judy Garland’s ‘Over The Rainbow’ was voted the Song Of The Century in a poll published in America. Musicians, critics and fans compiled the list by the RIA. The highest placed UK act was The Rolling Stones ’(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ in 16th place. The Beatles had ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ at No. 28.

2006 | Former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his third solo album On An Island.

2007 | Amy Winehouse made her US television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman performing ‘Rehab’.

2012 | Taylor Swift beat Adele and Lady Gaga to be named the highest-earning pop artist of 2011.

2013 | Bob Dylan was voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, marking the first time a rock musician had been chosen for the elite honor society.

Born on this day

1940 | American singer and musician Al Jarreau. He received a total of seven Grammy Awards and Jarreau is best known for his 1981 album Breakin’ Away.

1946 | Liza Minnelli, singer, actress, dancer, daughter of Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli.

1956 | Steve Harris, bassist with English heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

1957 | Marlon Jackson, from American family music group The Jackson 5.

1969 | Graham Coxon, guitarist and singer with Blur.

1979 | Pete Doherty, guitar, vocals, from English rock band The Libertines.