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1928 Rosemary Clooney, singer, (1954 UK No.1 single 'This Ole House'). She died on 29th June 2002.

1934 Robert Moog, inventor of the synthesiser. He built his first electronic instrument, a theremin - aged 14 and made the MiniMoog, "the first compact, easy-to-use synthesiser" in 1970. He died on 21st Aug 2005 at his North Carolina home aged 71, four months after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

1943 Norman Johnson, Chairmen Of The Board, (1970 UK & US No.3 single, 'Give Me Just A Little More Time').

1944 Raymond Fulwood, Parliament, Funkadelic, (1978 US No.16 album 'One Nation Under A Groove').

1946 Daniel Klein, bass, J Geils Band, (1982 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Centrefold').

1947 Bill Hunt, Electric Light Orchestra, (1979 UK No.3 & US No.4 single 'Don't Bring Me Down', plus 26 other Top 40 hits).

1953 Rick Fenn, 10CC, (1975 UK No.1 & US No.2 single 'I'm Not In Love', plus 10 other UK Top 30 hits including two No.1's).

1965 Simon Gilbert, drums, Suede, (1994 UK No.3 single 'Stay Together').

1967 Junior Waite, Musical Youth, (1982 UK No.1 single 'Pass The Dutchie').

1967 Philip James Selway, drums, Radiohead, (1993 UK No.7 single 'Creep', 1997 UK No.1 & US No.21 album 'OK Computer', 2000 UK & US No.1 album 'Kid A').

1972 Maxwell, US male singer, (1997 UK No.27 single 'Sumthin' Sumthin' The Mantra', 2001 US No.1 album, 'Now').

1974 Jewel Kilcher, US singer, songwriter, (1995 US No.5 album 'Pieces Of You', has sold over 12m copies. 1997 US No.3 single 'You Were Meant For Me').

1974 Richard Jones, bass, Stereophonics, (2001 UK No.1 album 'Not Enough Education', 2001 UK No.4 single 'Handbags And Gladrags').).

1975 KT Tunstall, UK singer, songwriter, 2005, UK No.3 album, ‘Eye To The Telescope’.

1983 Heidi Range, vocals, (original member of Atomic Kitten), The Sugababes, (2003 UK No.1 single 'Hole In The Head').

1940 "I'll Never Smile Again" was recorded by Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey and the Pied Pipers.

1960 The Everly Brothers started a 5 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Cathy's Clown', it spent 7 weeks at No.1 in the UK.

1964 Ella Fitzgerald's cover of the Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" hit #34 in the U.K. She was the first artist to chart in the U.K. with a Beatles cover.

1966 The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" b/w "Rain" single was released.

1967 Pink Floyd went into the studio and recorded 'See Emily Play', the group's second single and written by original frontman Syd Barrett.

1970 Paul McCartney's debut solo album, 'McCartney', started a 3 week run at No.1 on the US album chart.

1970 The Grateful Dead played their first British concert at the Hollywood Rock Festival. It was also their first show outside of the U.S.

1970 The Beatles album 'Let It Be' started a three week run at No.1 on the UK chart, featuring 'The Long And Winding Road', 'Across The Universe' and 'Let It Be.'

1971 Iron Butterfly broke up.

1974 George Harrison announced the launch of his own record label, 'Dark Horse'.

1975 Led Zeppelin started a three night run at Earls Court, London.

1979 "The Kids Are Alright," Jeff Stein's documentary compilation of film clips detailing the history of the Who, debuted in New York.

1979 Due to a record company dispute, Tom Petty was forced to file for bankruptcy, owing $575,000. A long running battle with his record company followed.

1980 Saxon and Tygers Of Pan Tang kicked off a 22-date UK tour at Bristol Coliston Hall.

1981 Starsound 'Stars on 45' started a five week run at No.1 on the UK album chart.

1982 The UK Musicians Union moved a resolution that Synthesisers and rhythm machines were banned from sessions & live concerts, fearing that their use would put musicians out of work

1987 The Beastie Boys and RUN DMC opened their UK tour in London.

1987 Swing Out Sister went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP 'It's Better To Travel', their only UK No.1 album.

1991 New Kids On The Block played the first of five nights at Birmingham's NEC.

1991 Photographer Michael Lavine took what would be the publicity shots for Nirvana’s 'Nevermind' album at Jay Aaron Studios in Los Angeles. The idea for the front cover shot of the baby swimming was taken after Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl saw a TV documentary on water babies and was taken by Kirk Weddle. Several babies were used; five-month old Spencer Eldon’s photo came out best.

1992 A statement issued by Freddie Mercury’s attorneys stated that Mercury had bequeathed the majority of his estate ($17 million) to his long-time friend Mary Austin.

1992 Iron Maiden went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Fear Of The Dark' their third No.1 album.

1992 Kris Kross went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Totally Krossed Out.'

1998 Mariah Carey went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'My All.'

1998 Hanson sold out in less than 20 minutes in the Detroit market for a June 29 show at the Pine Knob Amphitheatre.

1999 Shanks & Bigfoot started a 2 week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Sweet Like Chocolate'.

1999 Tim McGraw was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘A Place In The Sun.’

2000 Noel Gallagher walked out on his band Oasis during a European tour. The move was put down to a series of burst-ups with his brother Liam. The band drafted in replacement guitarist Matt Deighton for the rest of the European dates.

2002 Cliff Richard announced plans to launch a new wine “Vida Nova”. 27,000 bottles of the Portuguese red from the grapes of his 25 acre estate would go on sale at 8.99 Pounds ( $15.28 ) a bottle.

2002 'Up For Grabs' opened at London's Wyndham's Theatre featuring Madonna in the lead role. The first night crowd complained that the singer was lacking in vocal power and strained to hear her lines.

2002 Winners at the 47th Ivor Novello awards included, Dido for Songwriter of the year, Best song went to U2, 'Walk On.' Kylie Minogue won The Dance Award and Most Performed Work and International Hit for 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head.' Hear'say won Bestselling UK single for 'Pure And Simple'. Mick Hucknall won Outstanding Song collection and Kate Bush was awarded Outstanding contribution to British music.

2006 The king of Sweden presented the surviving members of Led Zeppelin with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm recognising them as "great pioneers" of rock music. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were joined by the daughter of drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980. The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, manager of Swedish pop group Abba, who named it after his record label, Polar Records previous winners include Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and producer Quincy Jones.

2006 Madonna opened her Confessions Tour in Los Angeles. Tickets for the tour sold out within minutes in North America, Europe, and Asia, resulting in new dates being announced in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and London. The tour went on to gross more than $260 million, the highest ever by a female artist.
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