On This Day In Music History

On this day in 1985, The Police won ‘Outstanding Contribution to British music’ at the fourth annual Brit Awards held in London. 

VANCOUVER, CANADA – MAY 28: (NO MAGAZINE COVERS UNTIL JUNE 16, 2007) Lead singer Sting (L), lead guitarist Andy Summers (R) and drummer Stewart Copeland (C) of the band The Police perform onstage to open their world tour at General Motors Place May 28, 2007 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

In 1989, Paula Abdul started a three week run at number 1 on the US singles chart with ‘Straight Up’, the first of three number 1’s in 1989, a number 3 hit in the UK.

In 2012, Whitney Houston was found dead in suite 434 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, submerged in the bathtub. Local police said there were “no obvious signs of criminal intent.” It was later ruled by the coroner to have been an “accidental drowning”

Special guest Whitney Houston at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 32nd Annual Awards at The Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in New York City on June 14, 2001 Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect

In 2014, Queen made UK chart history by becoming the first act to sell six million copies of an individual album. Their first Greatest Hits collection, which includes the hits ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ had extended its lead after being Britain’s highest-selling album for several years.

Born on this day in 1981, Kelly Rowland, singer with Destiny’s Child who had the 2000 US number 1 & UK number 3 single ‘Say My Name’, and the 2001 US & UK number 1 single & album ‘Survivor’.