- 1957, Harry Belafonte was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mary’s Boy Child,’ the first single to sell over 1 million copies in the UK. It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks making it this years Christmas No.1. The first Christmas song to hit No.1 in two different versions – the other was Boney M’s version in 1978.
- 1962, The Four Seasons started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, the group’s second No.1 of the year. It made No.13 in the UK.
- 1966, The Beach Boys were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Good Vibrations.’ As a child, his mother told him that dogs could pick up “vibrations” from people, so that the dog would bark at “bad vibrations” Wilson turned this into the general idea for the song.
- 1971, Slade were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Coz I Luv You’, the group’s first of six No.1’s. The misspelt song titles became a trademark for Slade, causing a great furore among teachers up and down the country.
- 1979, The Commodores went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Still’, the group’s second US No.1 single, it made No.4 in the UK.
- 1992, At the end of a long battle to claim royalties Jimmy Merchant and Herman Santiago ex of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, received an estimated $4 million in back payments from the song ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’.
- 1995, English singer-songwriter and founding member of folk rock band, Lindisfarne Alan Hull died of a heart attack aged 50. Lindisfarne scored the 1972 UK No.3 single ‘Lady Eleanor’, ‘Fog on the Tyne’ and ‘Run for Home’.
- 2000, It was reported that Andy White who played drums on The Beatles track ‘Love Me Do’ which was featured on the new Beatles Greatest Hits album would not earn enough from it to buy his own copy. White would get no more than his original session fee of £7.
- 2003, George Michael signed a new contract with the record company he took to court in 1993. The singer re-signed to Sony in a deal that included his extensive back catalogue. Michael had failed in his court wrangle with Sony after accusing it of “professional slavery”; his contract was bought out by Virgin Records.
- 2007, The Eagles were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Long Road Out Of Eden’ the bands seventh studio album and first since 1979.
- 2011, Sheriff’s deputies in South Los Angeles charged 61-year-old Bonnie Pointer of The Pointer Sisters for possessing rock cocaine after the car she was driving in was pulled over for a mechanical malfunction.
Born on this day:
- 1937, Born on this day, Peter Cook, comedian (Derek & Clive), compere of UK TV music show ‘Revolver’. (1965 UK No.18 single with Dudley Moore, ‘Goodbye-ee’ Cook died on 9th January 1995.
- 1938, Born on this day, Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian singer, (1971 UK No.30 single ‘If You Could Read My Mind’, 1974 US No.1 single ‘Sundown’).
- 1947, Born on this day, Rod Clements, Lindisfarne, (1972 UK No.3 single ‘Lady Eleanor’).
- 1956, Born on this day, Peter Cox, Go West, (1985 UK No.5 single ‘We Close Our Eyes’).
- 1966, Born on this day, Jeff Buckley, US singer songwriter, (1995 album ‘Grace’). His singer songwriter father Tim Buckley, died on 29th June 1975 of a heroin and morphine overdose. Jeff Buckley drowned on 29th May 1997 in Wolf River Harbor on the Mississippi River – during a spontaneous evening swim – wearing boots and all of his clothing.
- 1980, Born on this day, Clarke Isaac Hanson, guitar, keyboards, singer, Hanson, (1997 UK & US No.1 single ‘MMMbop’).