31st JANUARY

1953: Perry Como was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes’.

1957: Decca Records announced that Bill Haley & His Comets, ‘Rock Around The Clock’ had sold over a million copies in the UK.

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.

1965: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” The Righteous Brothers.

1967: The Beatles spent a second day at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, England to complete filming for the ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ promotional video.

1968: Love Affair were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Everlasting Love’.

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.

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.

1974: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “The Way We Were,” Barbra Streisand.

1976: Abba knocked Queen from the UK No.1 position on the UK singles chart with ‘Mamma Mia.’

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.

1978: Talking Heads made their UK TV debut on the ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’.

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.

1984: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Karma Chameleon,” Culture Club. The song is the group’s biggest hit in England and only No. 1 single in the U.S.

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.

1988: Janet Jackson started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Together Again’.

1998: Usher went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You Make Me Wanna’.

1988: appearing at The Mean Fiddler, London, England, Red Hot Chili Peppers.

1999: US dance music producer Armand Van Helden went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You Don’t Know Me’.

1999: Reba McEntire closes her first European tour with a sold-out performance in Munich, Germany.

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.

2006: Notorious Big, feat P Diddy, Nelly, Jagged Edge & Avery Storm were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Nasty Girl’.

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.

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.

2009: David Gilmour appeared at Coldfall Primary School, Muswell Hill, London, during a charity show with The Seat Of The Pants Band.

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