On this day

1953 | Jo Stafford was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You Belong To Me’.

1981 | John Lennon’s Imagine started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart, 10 years after it was recorded.

2003 | Bee Gee Maurice Gibb was fighting for his life after a heart attack following major stomach surgery. The 53 year-old singer had been rushed to hospital after collapsing at his Florida home.

2008 | Radiohead topped the US album charts with the physical release of ‘In Rainbows’, originally sold via the internet for a price chosen by fans.

2013 | Claude Nobs the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival died aged 76.

2016 | English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, painter, and actor David Bowie died from liver cancer at his New York home two days after releasing the album Blackstar on his 69th birthday.

Born on this day

1917  | Jerry Wexler, producer and record company executive. Co-owner of Atlantic records, vice president at Warner Brothers, worked with Ray Charles, Phil Spector, Dr John, Dusty Springfield, Dire Straits, Bob Dylan. He died on Aug 15th 2008, aged 91.

1945 | Rod Stewart, singer, songwriter.

1953 | Pat Benatar, singer, and four-time Grammy winner.

1965 | Joey Santiago, guitarist with American alternative rock band Pixies.