Today in Music History, 25-04-2016, we've got birthdays and facts from pop, jazz and country pop music scene.
1918, Born on this day, Ella Fitzgerald, US jazz singer, died 15th June 1996, (1960 US No.27 & UK No.19 single 'Mack The Knife').
1945, Born on this day, Bjorn Ulvaeus, guitar, vocals, ABBA (first UK hit was 1974 No.1 single 'Waterloo', followed by eight other UK No.1 singles and nine No.1 albums, 1977 US No.1 single 'Dancing Queen').
1970, The Jackson Five started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'ABC'. It was the group's second US No. 1, a No.8 hit in the UK.
1982, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Ebony And Ivory.' This was McCartney's 24th No.1 hit single as a songwriter. The title was inspired by McCartney hearing Spike Milligan say "black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony folks!". It was later named as the tenth worst song of all time by Blender magazine and in 2007 was named the worst duet in history by BBC 6 Music listeners.
1987, Madonna went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'La Isla Bonita.' The fifth and final single from her third studio album, True Blue, made her the only female artist to score four UK No.1 singles. The song had been offered to Michael Jackson for his Bad album.
2002, TLC member Lisa Lopes was killed in a car accident in La Ceiba, Honduras, aged 30. Seven other people, including Lopes' brother and sister, who were in the Mitsubishi Montero sports utility vehicle when the crash happened, were taken to a hospital. Lopes who was driving the car when it crashed had spent the past month in Honduras working on various projects including a clothing line, a new solo project and a book.
2008, The Empire State Building in New York City was lit up in Mariah Carey's motif colours, lavender, pink, and white, in celebration of her achievements in the world of music. Carey was the first person in history to be honoured with this event.
2009, Rascal Flatts went to No.1 on the US album charts with 'Unstoppable', the American country pop acts sixth studio album.