On this day

1969 | Janis Joplin appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London, (her first London appearance). The opening act was Yes.

1978 | UK folk singer Sandy Denny died aged 31.

1982 | Clash frontman Joe Strummer disappeared for three weeks, which resulted in the group cancelling a tour. The singer was found living rough in Paris, France.

1990 | Paul McCartney played in front of 184,000 fans at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Jnaeiro, creating a new world record for the largest crowd attending a rock concert.

1990 | Sinead O’Connor started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Prince song ‘Nothing Compares To You’.

2007 | Doris Richards died of cancer. The 91-year-old mother of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards bought her son his first guitar for his 15th birthday.

2013 | Calvin Harris made chart history by becoming the first artist to have eight top 10 hits from one studio album.

2014 | Robin Thicke’s controversial hit single Blurred Lines was named the UK’s most-downloaded song of all time.

2016 | Prince was found dead at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57, after Police were summoned to his Paisley Park estate and found his body in a lift.

2016 | Adele was named as Britain’s richest ever female musician, in the latest Sunday Times Rich List.

Born on this day

1947 | American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor Iggy Pop.

1958 | Mike Barson, keyboardist from English ska band Madness.

1959 | Singer, songwriter and musician, Robert Smith, with English rock band The Cure.

1960 | John Maher, drummer with English punk rock group Buzzcocks.