On this day

1964 | The Beatles made their live concert debut in the US at the Washington Coliseum. Over 350 police surrounded the stage to keep the 8,000 plus screaming fans in control.

1978 | The Brotherhood Of Man were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Figaro’, the group’s third and last UK No.1.

1985 | The Police won Outstanding Contribution to British music at the fourth annual Brit Awards held in London.

1987 | The Smiths were at No.1 in the UK indie charts with ‘Shoplifters Of The World Unite.’

1989 | Paula Abdul started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Straight Up’.

2012 | Whitney Houston was found dead in suite 434 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, submerged in the bathtub.

2014 | Queen made UK chart history by becoming the first act to sell six million copies of an individual album. Their first Greatest Hits collection, which includes the hits ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ had extended its lead after being Britain’s highest-selling album for several years. The Official Charts Company said one in three British families now owned a copy of the 1981 compilation.

Born on this day

1942 | Otis Clay, American R&B and soul singer, who started in gospel music. He recorded the original version of ‘The Only Way Is Up’ in 1980 which later became a chart-topping single for Yazz and the Plastic Population. Clay died on January 8, 2016.

1953 | Alan Rubin, The Blues Brothers, who had the 1990 UK No.12 single ‘Everybody Needs Somebody To Love’.

1962 | Sheryl Crow, US singer, songwriter, who had the 1994 US No.2 & UK No.4 single ‘All I Wanna Do’, 1993 album ‘Tuesday Night Music Club’. Crow worked as a backing singer on the Michael Jackson ‘Bad’ tour.

1972 | Craig Jones, American metal musician best known as the sampler and keyboardist in Slipknot.

1977 | Mike Shinoda, guitar, vocals, with Linkin Park.

1981 | Kelly Rowland, singer with Destiny’s Child.