On this day

1959 | 16 year old Jimi Hendrix made his stage debut when he played a show at the Temple De Hirsch Sinai synagogue in Seattle.

1970 | The single ‘Instant Karma!’ by The Plastic Ono Band was released in the US. John Lennon had written, recorded and mixed the track all in one day on the 27th January 1970.

1977 | Winners at this years Grammy Awards included Stevie Wonder for Best album with ‘Songs In The Key Of Life’, and Best Vocal performance for ‘I Wish.’ Best album went to Chicago for ‘Chicago X’ and Best new artist went to the Starland Vocal Band.

1980 | AC/DC singer Bon Scott was pronounced dead on arrival at a London hospital after a heavy night’s drinking.

1991 | Bob Dylan was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the 33rd annual Grammy’ Awards.

2003 | Winners at this years Bit Awards included Robbie Williams for British solo artist, Ms Dynamite won British female artist, Best British album went to Coldplay for A Rush Of Blood, Best British group went to Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers won International Group, Blue won Best Pop Act and Liberty X won Best single for ‘Just A Little.’

2007 | The US hair salon where pop star Britney Spears shaved her head set up a website to auction her hair for more than $1m (£512,500).

Born on this day

1966 | Ian Brown, English singer and multi-instrumentalist. He was the lead singer of the alternative rock band the Stone Roses. Since the break-up of the Stone Roses in 1996, Brown has released six solo albums and fourteen UK Top 40 singles.

1967 | Kurt Cobain, American singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the guitarist and frontman of the rock band Nirvana.

1975 | Brian Littrell, singer with Backstreet Boys.

1988 | Rihanna, Barbadian R&B singer who had 2007 world-wide No.1 single ‘Umbrella’ featuring Jay-Z.