On this day

1966 | Pye Records released David Bowie’s first solo single, ‘Do Anything You Say’.

1966 | John Lennon bought a copy of Timothy Leary’s The Psychedelic Experience and The Tibetan Book Of The Dead, where he read near the beginning of the book’s introduction; “When in doubt, relax, turn off your mind, float downstream,” which captured Lennon’s imagination and became the first line of ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’, (which he recorded 5 days later).

1970 | As an April Fool’s joke, John Lennon and Yoko Ono issued a statement to the press that they were having dual sex change operations.

1984 | Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father at his parent’s home in Los Angeles, California. On the afternoon of April 1, 1984, in the family house in the West Adams district of Los Angeles, Gaye intervened in a fight between his parents and became involved in a physical altercation with his father, Marvin Gay Sr. In Gaye’s bedroom minutes later, at 12:38 p.m. (PST), Gay Sr. shot Gaye in the heart and then, at point-blank range, his left shoulder. The first shot proved fatal. 

1989 | Madonna scored her third UK No.1 album with ‘Like A Prayer.’ Also a US No.1 the album spent 70 weeks on the UK chart.

2015 | Cynthia Lennon, first wife of The Beatles’ John Lennon died at her home in Spain following a short battle with cancer.

2017 | After months of uncertainty and controversy, Bob Dylan finally accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature at a jovial, champagne-laced ceremony.

Born on this day

1948 | Jamaican ska and reggae musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer Jimmy Cliff.

1951 | American singer-song writer Henry Gross, best known as a member of Sha Na Na and for his hit song, ‘Shannon’.

1961 | Susan Boyle, Scottish singer, debut 2009 album ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ was the biggest selling album in the world in 2009.

1971 | American rapper, record producer and actor Clifford Smith, (Method Man), from Wu-Tang Clan who had the 1997 US & UK No.1 album Wu-Tang Forever.

1994 | Ella Eyre, English singer and songwriter best known for her collaborations with Rudimental.