On this day

1964 | The Rolling Stones self-titled debut album started a 12-week run at No.1 on the UK charts. The album spent a total of 51 weeks on the UK chart.

1978 | Kate Bush was on the UK charts with her debut album ‘The Kick Inside’. The album which featured the singers No.1 hit ‘Wuthering Heights’ peaked at No.3 spent a total of 70 weeks on the UK chart.

1980 | Joy Division played what would be their last gig with singer Ian Curtis when they appeared at Birmingham University, England. Curtis committed suicide two weeks later.

1989 | English rock band the Stone Roses released their self titled debut album on Silvertone Records. In 2008, it was named the fifth “greatest British album ever” by a Q magazine/HMV poll. The album has now sold over 4 million copies worldwide.

1991 | The video for the R.E.M. song ‘Losing My Religion’, was banned in Ireland because its religious imagery was seen as unfit for broadcast.

1998 | Japanese rock star Hideto Matsumoto was found hanged in the bathroom at his Tokyo apartment and died in hospital a short time later at the age of 33. His funeral, held on May 7th, was attended by over 70,000 people and required 100 police officers, 170 security guards, police boats and helicopters. 21 people were hospitalised for injuries caused by the massive crowd at his funeral.

2004 | Total Guitar magazine’s readers voted Guns N’ Roses’ anthem ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ as the greatest guitar riff ever ahead of Nirvana’s grunge anthem ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’.

2013 | Jeff Hanneman, founding member of rock band Slayer, died at the age of 49.

Born on this day

1945 | Goldy McJohn, from Steppenwolf who had the 1969 US No.2 hit single ‘Born To Be Wild’.

1946 | American singer, songwriter, actress and activist, Lesley Gore, who had the 1963 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘It’s My Party’, (which was produced by Quincy Jones).

1962 | Alain Johannes multi-instrumentalist, producer and vocalist, who has worked with Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, Chris Cornell, and Arctic Monkeys.

1985 | English singer, songwriter Lily Allen who had the 2006 UK No.1 single ‘Smile’, and the 2006 UK No.2 album Alright, Still which sold over 2.6 million copies.