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 22nd January 1970.
1971, The soundtrack to ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ went to No.1 on the US album chart. The album peaked at No.6 on the UK chart.
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, Bon Scott, singer from AC/DC was pronounced dead on arrival at a London hospital after a heavy night’s drinking. Scott was found in the passenger seat of a friend’s parked car. The official coroner’s report stated that he had “drunk himself to death”, after suffocating on his own vomit
1988, Kylie Minogue was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Should Be So Lucky.’ Minogue had become a household name playing Charlene Ramsey in Australian soap Neighbours. After every major UK record company turned down the track, producer Pete Waterman released the single on his own PWL label. Kylie has gone on to score over 30 hit singles.
Born on this day
1945, Alan Hull, guitarist, singer, songwriter, with English group Lindisfarne
1946, J Geils, guitarist, with The J. Geils Band who had the 1982 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Centerfold’,
1950,Walter Becker, bass, guitar, vocals, songwriter with American group Steely Dan
1967, Kurt Cobain, guitarist, singer, songwriter with Nirvana
Cobain struggled with heroin addiction, illness and depression. He also had difficulty coping with his fame and public image. Cobain committed suicide on April 5th 1994.
1988, Rihanna (Robyn Fenty), Barbadian R&B singer