The Archies, a group of session musicians based on the popular book characters, spend four weeks at #1 in the US with "Sugar, Sugar." It is the biggest selling single of 1969.
David Bowie's timely single about an astronaut, "Space Oddity," hits #5 on the UK charts.
Jim Croce is in fatal plane crash after playing a concert at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. His small chartered plane hit a tree while taking off. He was 30.
Earth, Wind and Fire hit #12 with "That's the Way of the World".
Bad Company hits #10 with "Feel Like Makin' Love".
"Fame," a song from David Bowie's 'Young Americans' album, tops the US singles charts. It is cowritten by Bowie, John Lennon and guitarist Carlos Alomar.
Peter Gabriel hits #48 in the US with "Games Without Frontiers".
Queen's 'The Game' tops the album charts for the first of five weeks.
Bob Marley suffers a stroke while jogging in Central Park. X-rays reveal a brain tumor.
Former Black Sabbath lead singer Ozzy Osbourne hits #7 in the UK with his debut solo album 'Blizzard of Ozz'.
'Old Ways,' a straightforward country-flavored album by Neil Young, is released.
Didn't We Almost Have It All (Whitney Houston) was a hit.