On this day

1967 | The Supremes scored their 10th US No.1 single with ‘The Happening’; it made No.6 in the UK. It was the last single to be released as the Supremes, from now on they were known as Diana Ross and the Supremes.

1970 | The world premiere of The Beatles film ‘Let It Be’ took place in New York City.

1971 | On his twenty-first birthday Stevie Wonder received all his childhood earnings. Despite having earned $30 million so far, he received only $1 million.

1978 | Boney M were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rivers of Babylon’.

1989 | Kylie Minogue was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with her second solo No.1 ‘Hand On Your Heart.’

1996 | Oasis became the fastest selling group in UK history after all 330,000 tickets for their summer shows sold out in just nine hours, the tickets for shows at Knebworth and Loch Lomand were priced at £22.50.

2008 | The US Postal Service issued a 42-cent postage stamp in honour of Frank Sinatra. The design showed a 1950s-vintage image of Sinatra, wearing a hat.

2011 | ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ was voted as Bob Dylan’s best-ever song by Rolling Stone Magazine, who had asked the opinions of a panel of writers, academics and musicians to compile a poll to mark Dylan’s 70th birthday on 24th May.

Born on this day

1941 | English entertainer and rock and roll singer and guitarist Joe Brown, who had the 1962 UK No.2 single ‘A Picture Of You’. He has made six films, and presented specialist radio series for BBC Radio 2.

1941 | American singer, songwriter, Ritchie Valens, who had the 1958 US No.2 hit single ‘Donna’ and a hit with ‘La Bamba’.

1950 | British musician Danny Kirwan, guitarist, singer and songwriter with the blues rock band Fleetwood Mac between 1968 and 1972 who had the 1969 UK No.1 single ‘Albatross’.

1950 | American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist Stevie Wonder.

1966 | Alison Goldfrapp, English singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist of the electronic music duo Goldfrapp.