On this day

1963 | Kyu Sakamoto started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sukiyaki’, the first-ever Japanese song to do so.  

1974 | ABBA’s second album (but first UK release), ‘Waterloo’ entered the UK chart for the first time peaking at No.28. The album’s title track won ABBA the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest.

1981 | Duran Duran released their debut studio album which reached No.3 on the UK Albums Chart and remained in the UK top 100 for 118 weeks.

1989 | Nirvana’s debut album Bleach was released in the US. The title for the album came from a poster ‘Bleach Your Works’ urging drug users to bleach their needles. Kurt Cobain claimed that most of the lyrics on the album were written the night before recording while he was feeling “pissed off”, and that he did not regard them highly.

1996 | US jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald died in Beverly Hills, California, aged 79.

2003 | Radiohead scored their fourth UK No.1 with their sixth studio album ‘Hail To The Thief’.

2005 | Coldplay went straight to No.1 on US album chart with their third album ‘X&Y’, having already entered at number one in the UK.

2016 | Led Zeppelin’s guitarist Jimmy Page denied stealing the riff to ‘Stairway To Heaven’ when he took the stand at a copyright trial in the US. The band were accused of lifting the opening guitar line from ‘Taurus’, a 1968 track by the band Spirit.

Born on this day

1943 | Johnny Hallyday, ‘the French Elvis’, major star in Europe he was credited for having brought rock and roll to France and sold more than 110 million records worldwide.

1969 | American rapper and actor Ice Cube.

1976 | Gary Lightbody, guitar, vocals, from Northern Irish rock band Snow Patrol.

1985 | Nadine Coyle, from English-Irish pop girl group Girls Aloud.