On this day in 1982: Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott died following sustained cocaine and heroin addiction. With the Pretenders, Honeyman-Scott established a reputation as one of the most original and versatile guitarists of the early ’80s new wave movement. In addition to his role as lead guitarist, Honeyman-Scott co-wrote a number of songs for the band, sang back up vocals and played keyboards on a few tracks. The song ‘2000 Miles’ was written for him by Chrissie Hynde and released the year after his death.
On this day in 1984: Frankie Goes To Hollywood had their second U.K. #1 single with ‘Two Tribes.’ It stayed at #1 for nine weeks making Frankie Goes To Hollywood the first band to have their first two singles go to the top of the U.K. chart. During this run the group’s previous single ‘Relax’ climbed back up the charts to #2.