|January 31st: On this Day
|1953, Perry Como was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes'. The American singer and television personalities first hit - Como was a seventh son of a seventh son. |
|1957, Decca Records announced that Bill Haley & His Comets, 'Rock Around The Clock' had sold over a million copies in the UK, mostly on 10inch 78's.
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|1963, Two former Shadows members, Jet Harris and Tony Meehan were at No.1 on the UK single charts with 'Diamonds'. |
|1964, The first night of a UK Package Tour kicked off at The Public Hall in Preston Lancashire with John Leyton, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Rolling Stones, Jet Harris and Mike Sarne. |
|1967, The Beatles spent a second day at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, England to complete filming for the 'Strawberry Fields Forever' promotional video. The film was shot in colour, for the benefit of the US market, since UK television was still broadcasting only in black and white. Taking time out from filming John Lennon bought a 1843 poster from an antiques shop in Surrey which provided him with most the lyrics for The Beatles song 'Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite'.
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|1968, Love Affair were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Everlasting Love'. Singer Steve Ellis was the only band member to perform on the recording. |
|1969, Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at The Fillmore East, New York City during the band's first North American tour. Porter's Popular Preachers opened the night, then Led Zeppelin took the stage. It is alleged that Zeppelin's show was so powerful and got such an enthusiastic audience that headliners Iron Butterfly refused to follow them. |
|1970, American blues musician Slim Harpo died of a heart attack while recording in London aged 46. Had the 1966 US No.16 single 'Baby Scratch My Back'. The Rolling Stones, Pretty Things, Yardbirds and Them all covered his songs. |
|1970, The Jackson Five went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Want You Back'. The song was originally written for Gladys Knight & The Pips and was the first of four No.1's for the group. It made No.2 in the UK. |
|1976, Abba knocked Queen from the UK No.1 position on the UK singles chart with 'Mamma Mia.' Queen's single 'Bohemian Rhapsody' had enjoyed a nine week run at the top of the charts, by coincidence, Queen's single contains the famous "mamma mia, mamma mia, mamma mia let me go" line. |
|1976, UK Music weekly Sounds readers Poll Winners included; best album 'A Night At The Opera', by Queen, best single 'Bohemian Rhapsody', Queen, best band Queen, musician Mike Oldfield, female singer Maddy Prior, Steeleye, Span, new band Rainbow, bore of the year The Bay City Rollers.
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|1978, Greg Herbert saxophone player with Blood Sweat & Tears died of an accidental drug overdose in Amsterdam, Holland aged 30. Blood, Sweat & Tears won a Grammy Award in 1969 for Album of the Year. |
|1981, Blondie went to No.1 on the US singles hart with 'The Tide Is High', the group's third US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK. |
|1984, Queen's 'Radio Ga Ga' entered the UK charts at No.4. The track which was released after Queen's recording and touring hiatus of over a year spent eleven weeks in the chart, peaking at No.2. |
|1987, Paul Simon went back to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Graceland', the album stayed on the chart for a total 101 weeks. 'Graceland' later won the 1987 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, while the title song won the 1988 Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
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|1988, Janet Jackson started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Together Again'.
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|1990, The Stone Roses were granted conditional bail by Wolverhampton Magistrates court after the band had trashed their record company's offices. |
|1998, Usher went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You Make Me Wanna'. The US hip-hop vocalist and actor was 18 at the time. |
|1999, US dance music producer Armand Van Helden went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You Don't Know Me'. Helden also had a No.1 with the remix of the Tori Amos track 'Professional Widow'. |
|2000, The Strokes played their first ever UK show when they appeared at The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth. |
|2003, Robbie Williams topped a chart based on UK album sales from the past 5 years. The ex Take That singer had sold 9.7 million albums in Britain, an average of more than 5,000 every day. The Corrs were in second place with 5.8m sales, Westlife in third with 5.1, Madonna in fourth with 5m and The Beatles in fifth with 4.7m. |
|2006, Notorious Big, feat P Diddy, Nelly, Jagged Edge & Avery Storm were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Nasty Girl'. This posthumous hit had contributions from a selection of US Urban Soul and Hip Hop performers. |
|2007, Jim Morrison was enlisted to help fight global warming more than 35 years after his death. 'Woman in the Window', a previously unreleased poem written and recorded by The Doors frontman shortly before he died in 1971 was being set to music and used to publicise the Global Cool campaign.
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|2008, Natasha Bedingfield entered the US chart at number three with her album Pocketful of Sunshine, equaling the record set by soul singer Sade in having the highest-ever US chart debut for a UK-signed female. The British singer sold 50,000 copies of the record in its first week of release. |
|2009, Dewey Martin drummer with The Dillards and Buffalo Springfield died aged 68. The Canadian musician had the 1967 US No.17 hit single 'For What It's Worth' with Buffalo Springfield as well as working with The Monkees. In 1971, Martin retired from the music industry to become a car mechanic. |
|2009, David Gilmour appeared at Coldfall Primary School, Muswell Hill, London, during a charity show with The Seat Of The Pants Band. The black-tie dinner dance, at which Bob Hoskins, Suggs from Madness and comedian Les Dennis also appeared, raised over £50,000 for a cancer charity. |