On This Day In Music History


On this day in 1979, Duran Duran made their live debut at The Lecture Theatre, Birmingham.  Polytechnic. The band have since then achieved 14 singles in the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart and 21 in the Billboard Hot 100, and have sold over 100 million records worldwide.

In 1985, At 3:50pm GMT, over 5,000 radio stations worldwide aired the charity single by USA for Africa ‘We Are The World’. The single went on to be a number 1 in the US & UK, and most Western territories.

In 1994, Kurt Cobain died at age 27. The singer’s body was found on April 8th after an electrician came to the house for a repair.

In 2016, Drake released the single ‘One Dance’. The track reached number 1 in ten countries including the US and topped the UK Singles Chart for 15 consecutive weeks. The track became the most played song on streaming media service Spotify, with over 950 million individual streams.

Born on this day in 1973, Pharrell Williams. His single ‘Happy’ from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album was the most successful song of 2014, reaching number 1 on over 20 countries.