1958, Tommy Edwards was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘It’s All In The Game.’ Written by Charles Dawes, later Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge. It is the only No.1 pop single to have been co-written by a US Vice President.
1963, The Konrads, featuring David Bowie appeared at Shirley Parish Hall, Shirley, Croydon, England.
1967, The Beatles completed recording their next single ‘Hello Goodbye’ at Abbey Road studios London with a second Paul McCartney bass line. The McCartney song had been selected for the A-side for The Beatles next single, the flip side to be Lennon’s ‘I Am the Walrus’.
1967, Cream released their second studio album Disraeli Gears which became the group’s American breakthrough, becoming a massive seller in 1968, and reaching No.4 on the American charts. The album features the two singles ‘Strange Brew’ and ‘Sunshine of Your Love’.
1969, Sugar Sugar by The Archies was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The single became the longest running One Hit Wonder in the UK with eight week’s at the top of the charts.
1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival released Willy and the Poor Boys, the third studio album that the band released in this year. The album features the songs ‘Down on the Corner’, from which the album got its name, and ‘Fortunate Son’, which is a well known protest song and their version of the Lead Belly song ‘Cotton Fields’.
1974, George Harrison became the first Beatle to undertake a solo world tour when he played the first show of a 30-night tour in Vancouver, Canada.
1974, Stevie Wonder went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘You Haven’t Done Nothin’, the singers fourth US No.1. The track featured The Jackson Five on backing vocals.
1979, AC/DC played the second of three sold out nights at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, with Def Leppard supporting.
1984, The Rev Marvin Gaye Sr. was sentenced to a suspended six-year sentence and probation for the manslaughter of his son, Marvin Gaye. He later died at a nursing home in 1998.
1991, U2 scored their second UK No.1 single with ‘The Fly’, taken from their album ‘Achtung Baby’. The song was also a showcase for a persona Bono had invented called “The Fly”.
1996, American vocalist and guitarist Eva Cassidy, died of skin cancer aged 33. Two years after her death, Cassidy’s music was brought to the attention of British audiences, when her versions of ‘Fields of Gold’ and ‘Over the Rainbow’ were played by Mike Harding and Terry Wogan on BBC Radio 2. She is the only artist to score three posthumous UK No.1 albums: 2001’s Songbird; 2002’s Imagine and 2003’s American Tune. In 2001 she also had a UK No.42 single with ‘Over The Rainbow’ and the 2007 UK No.1 single ‘What a Wonderful World’ with Katie Melua.
1999, Foo Fighters released their third studio album ‘There Is Nothing Left to Lose’, the album marks the first appearance of drummer Taylor Hawkins. Early pressings of the disc included a temporary tattoo, similar to the one featured on the album cover.
2002, Armed police arrested an international gang who were planning to kidnap former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham and her two young children. The gang had planned to ransom Victoria for £5m.
2004, Guitarist Eric Clapton collected his CBE from Buckingham Palace for his services to music.
2007, Led Zeppelin’s eagerly-awaited reunion concert in London was postponed for two weeks after guitarist Jimmy Page broke a finger. The tribute concert in honour of late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun scheduled for 26 November would now take place on 10 December. More than a million fans applied for the 20,000 tickets available, which cost £125 each. Profits from the show would go towards scholarships in Ertegun’s name in the UK, USA and the country of his birth Turkey.
2007, Ozzy Osbourne claimed his reputation had been tarnished after a party supposedly involving him was organised by US police officers to round up missing criminal suspects. Over 500 people in North Dakota with outstanding arrest warrants were sent invitations and more than 30 suspects turned up. Osbourne said it was “insulting” that his name had been used but police argued it was a “creative” way to fight crime. Ozzy had been selected because he was due to play a gig in a nearby arena, which was used to explain why he would supposedly have attending the party.
2008, X-Factor Finalists started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hero’, to raise money for Help for Heroes ‘ a charity that provides support for wounded servicemen and women, and the Poppy Appeal. The song was a Top 10 hit for Mariah Carey in 1993.
2009, Ronnie Wood was given an Outstanding Contribution award at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour ceremony in London, England. Who guitarist Pete Townshend presented the award to Wood, who had joined The Rolling Stones full time in 1976.
2014, Acker Bilk, the clarinet player passed away at the age of 85. Bilk’s 1962 instrumental tune ‘Stranger on the Shore’ became the UK’s biggest selling single of 1962: it was in the UK charts for more than 50 weeks, peaked at No.2, and was the first No.1 single in the United States by a British artist in the era of the modern Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.
2015, Adele went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hello’, the lead track from her third album 25. ‘Hello’ became the first song to sell more than a million digital copies in a single week and the third highest weekly sales total since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.
2016, Taylor Swift was the highest-paid woman in music, according to Forbes’ annual list, having earned more than double her nearest competitor Adele. The 26-year-old pop star had amassed earnings of $170m over the past year, mainly thanks to a world tour named after her recent 1989 album.