1947 - Born on this day, Minnie Riperton
(1975 US No.1 & UK No.2 with the Stevie Wonder produced single 'Loving You').
Died of cancer 12th July 1979.
1952 - The first ever UK pop chart was published by the New Musical Express after staff asked 53 record shops to divulge their sales returns.
‘Here In My Heart’ by Al Martino was the first No.1. The song stayed at No.1 for nine weeks.
1963 - Spending his last of 5 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 is Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs with Sugar Shack.
1969 - 'Something' the first Beatles A-side composed by George Harrison entered the UK singles chart, it peaked at No.4 in the UK and went on to be a No.1 on the US chart.
1975 - Elton John’s album, Rock of the Westies, debuted at #1 on US album charts. It was his second album to jump on the chart at number one.
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy had debuted at #1 six months earlier. Tracks on Rock of the Westies: Medley (Yell Help, Wednesday Night, Ugly), Dan Dare (Pilot of the Future), Island Girl, Grow Some Funk Of Your Own, I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford), Street Kids, Hard Luck Story, Feed Me, Billy Bones and the White Bird.
1980 - Bruce Springsteen’s album, The River, hit #1 for four weeks in the U.S.
Tracks on the album: The Ties that Bind, Sherry Darling, Jackson Cage, Two Hearts, Independence Day, Hungry Heart, Out in the Street, Crush on You, You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch), I Wanna Marry You, The River, Point Blank, Cadillac Ranch, I’m a Rocker, Fade Away, Stolen Car, Ramrod, The Price You Pay, Drive All Night, Wreck on the Highway.
2008 - AC/DC started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Black Ice’ the bands fifteenth studio album and the second-best selling album of 2008