On this day

1959 | Buddy Holly was buried in Lubbock, Texas. His tombstone reads “Holley”, the correct spelling of his given surname and includes pictures of a guitar.

1963 | The first Beatles single ‘Please Please Me’ was released in the US on the Vee Jay label.

1967 | Robin, Maurice and Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees returned to the UK after living in Australia for nine years.

1973 | The Stooges released their third studio album Raw Power. The album gained a cult following in the years following its release and, like its predecessor (1970s Fun House), is generally considered an influential forerunner of punk rock. Kurt Cobain said on numerous times that Raw Power was his favorite album of all time.

1981 | Kool & The Gang started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Celebration’.

1981 | John Lennon was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Woman’, an ode to his wife Yoko Ono.

1987 | George Michael and Aretha Franklin were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)’.

1999 | Blondie went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Maria’.

2000 | American rapper Big Punisher (better known by his stage name Big Pun), died of a heart attack, aged 28.

2004 | Queen’s single ‘We Will Rock You’ topped a poll of music fans to find the greatest rock anthem of all time.

2005 | Michael Jackson’s Thriller was named the top pop video in a poll of Channel 4 viewers in the UK.

Born on this day

1934 | US sax player King Curtis who was stabbed to death by a vagrant on the front steps of his New York home on 13th August 1971. Curtis worked with John Lennon and had played on The Coasters hit ‘Yakety Yak’.

1949 | Alan Lancaster, bassist with English group Status Quo.

1960 | Steve Bronski, from English group Bronski Beat.

1974 | James Dewitt Yancey, (J Dilla or Jay Dee), hip hop producer and MC.

1975 | Wes Borland, guitarist with Limp Bizkit.