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PostSubject: May 26   17.11.08 23:03

Births
1904 George Formby, UK singing comedian and ukulele player. He made over 20 films and his best-known song is ‘Leaning On A Lamp Post’. He was made an OBE in 1946, and died on March 6th 1961. Formby influenced George Harrison.

1938 Jackie Liebesit, drummer with the German group Can, born.

1941 Art Sharp, Nashville Teens, (1964 UK No.6 single 'Tobacco Road').

1942 Ray Ennis, Swinging Blue Jeans, (1964 UK No.2 and US No.24 single 'Hippy Hippy Shake').

1943 Levon Helm, drums, vocals, The Band, (1969 US No.25 single 'Up On Cripple Creek', 1970 UK No.16 single 'Rag Mama Rag').

1945 Verden Allen, keyboards, Mott The Hoople, (1972 UK No.3 & US No.37 single 'All The Young Dudes').

1945 Gary Peterson, Guess Who, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.19 single 'American Woman').

1948 Stevie Nicks, singer, Fleetwood Mac, (1987 UK No.5 single 'Little Lies' and 1977 US No.1 single 'Dreams', from world wide No.1 album 'Rumours'). Solo, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.11 album 'Bella Donna', 1989 UK No. 16 single 'Rooms On Fire').

1949 Mick Ronson, guitarist, producer, member of The Rats, then worked with David Bowie, (1992 UK No.5 album 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars', 1974 UK No.5 single 'Rebel Rebel'). Also worked with Mott The Hoople, Bob Dylan, Ian Hunter. Released the 1974 UK No.9 solo album 'Slaughter On Tenth Avenue'. Ronson died on April 28th 1993.

1949 Hank Williams Jr, country singer, songwriter, son of country music's greatest star.

1959 Wayne Hussey, guitar, Dead Or Alive, (1985 UK No.1 single 'You Spin me round, Like A record'), Sisters Of Mercy, The Mission, (1988 UK No.12 single 'Tower Of Strength').

1962 Colin Vearncombe, singer, songwriter, Black, (1987 UK No.8 single 'Wonderful Life'). Solo

1964 Lenny Kravitz, US singer, guitarist, songwriter, (1990 UK No.39 single 'Let Love Rule', 1999 UK No.1 single 'Fly Away', 1993 UK No.1 album 'Are You Gonna Go My Way'). Worked with Mick Jagger, Madonna, David Bowie.

1972 Alan White, drums, Oasis, (replaced Tony McCarroll in 1995, 1996 UK No.1 single 'Don't Look Back In Anger'). Sacked from the band in 2004.

1978 Jaheim Hoagland, (aka Jaheim), US R&B singer, (2006 US No.1 album ‘Ghetto Classics’).

1981 Isaac Slade, lead singer and pianist, The Fray, (2005 US Top 3 single ‘How to Save a Life’).


Deaths
1968 Little Willie John dies of pnumonia in 1968, in the Washington State Pen at Walla Walla serving time for manslaughter.

1974 In London, 1,000 people needed medical treatment and a 14 year old girl, Bernadette Whelan, died when a crowd lost control at a David Cassidy concert.

1977 William Powell of the O'Jays dies at the age of 35 from cancer.


Events
1958 Jerry Lee Lewis is booed off the stage in the UK. This is a reaction to the press reporting of his marriage to his 13-years-old 2nd cousin, and his failure to divorce his former wife before remarrying. Is tour is subsequently cancelled

1962 Acker Bilk went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Stranger On The Shore'; it became a million seller in the UK making No.2 on the charts.

1965 The Rolling Stones appeared on "Shindig!" along with Jackie De Shannon, Sonny and Cher and Jimmy Rodgers.

1966 The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Paint It Black', their sixth UK No.1 single.

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their 2nd "Bed-In For Peace" in Montreal, in room 1742 of The Hotel La Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Canada, to promote world peace.

1972 At the point of splitting up David Bowie offered Mott The Hoople two of his new songs, 'Suffragette City', which they turned down and 'All The Young Dudes', which they record.

1972 The first day of the 4 day Festival 'The Great Western Express' near Lincoln featuring The Faces, Joe Cocker, Humble Pie, Slade, The Groundhogs, Ry Cooder, Don Mclean, Brewers Droop plus a special appearance by Monty Python

1973 The Edgar Winter Group went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Frankenstein', the bands only US No.1, it reached No.18 in the UK. The group featured ex McCoys guitarist Rick Derringer.

1973 The Beatles '1967-1970' album went to No.1 on the US chart.

1975 Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water" was released.

1977 Billy Powell singer with The O'Jays died of cancer. (1973 US No.1 & UK No.9 single 'Love Train').

1978 On Irish television today; at 4.00 'Top Cat', 4.30 'Skippy' and at 5.30 a program called 'Youngline' a series for young people highlighting their interests. On todays show a featre on a new pop group, The Hype (U2).

1979 'Sunday Girl' gave Blondie their second UK No.1 hit single. The track was taken from the groups 'Parallel Lines', which went on to become the biggest selling album of 1979.

1979 The first day of the two day Loch Lomond Festival with The Stranglers, Dr Feelgood, Skids, Third World, The Dickies. Day two featured The AWB, Buzzcocks, Rockpile and The Boomtown Rats who played 'I Don't Like Mondays' live for the first time.

1979 Appearing at Friars, Aylesbury, The Undertones, The Knack and The Chords.

1981 Appearing at Tiffanys, Leeds, England, The Psychedelic Furs.

1987 Jill Jones' self-titled debut album was released.

1979 Taken from the biggest selling album of 79, 'Parallel Lines', 'Sunday Girl' gave Blondie their 2nd UK No.1 hit single.

1979 The first day of the two day Loch Lomond Festival with The Stranglers, Dr Feelgood, Skids, Third World, The Dickies and on day two, AWB, Buzzcocks, Rockpile and The Boomtown Rats who played 'I Don't Like Mondays' for the first time live.

1982 The Rolling Stones kicked off a 23-date UK and European tour at The Capital Theatre, Aberdeen, Scotland

1984 Former backing singer with Stevie Wonder, Denience Williams started a 2 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Let's Hear It For The Boy', taken from the film 'Footlose', a No.2 hit in the UK.

1988 Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats" opened in Moscow with a British and American cast.

1989 Appearing at The Town and Country Club, London, The La's, Eat and Trash Can Sinatras, tickets ?5.

1989 Appearing at the University Of London, The Shamen, supported by The Inspiral Carpets, tickets ?4.50.

1990 David Bowie was sued by his ex wife Angie for $56 million

1990 For the first time ever the top five positions in the US singles chart were held by female artists, Madonna was at No.1 with 'Vogue', Heart were at No.2, Sinead O'Connor No.3, Wilson Phillips at No.4 and Janet Jackson was at No.5

1991 A bank holiday weekend at Pontins, Hemsby, a glam rock special, The Glitter Band, Sweet, Mud, The Rollers and Suzi Quatro, all for 55 Pounds.

1994 Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic. They were divorced in January of 1996.

1995 Flavor Flav (Public Enemy) was sentenced to three months in jail for firing a gun at a neighbor in his New York apartment.

1996 A fire at the home of Eric Clapton caused over one and a half million pounds worth of damage, Firemen arrived on the scene to find Clapton braving the blaze to save his collection of guitars

1996 George Michael went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Older'

1997 Bob Dylan was admitted to a Malibu Hospital with chest pains, causing all his summer tour to be cancelled.

1998 The Coca-Cola jingle by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was aired.

1999 The Manic Street Preachers refused to play a concert because Queen Elizabeth II was present. The group had vowed to never perform for the monarchy because they considered it an outdated institution.

1999 It was announced that the Backstreet Boys album "Millennium" had sold 1.13 million units in its first week of release.

2000 Drummer Tommy Lee was jailed for five days for drinking alcohol. Lee appeared in front of a LA court charged with violating his probation by consuming alcohol, an act that directly contravenes the terms of his parole.

2001 Appearing at Ozzfest, Milton Keynes Bowl, England were Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Tool and Papa Roach.

2002 The first episode of 'At Home With The Osbournes' was shown on MTV in the UK.

2002 Eminem scored his third UK No.1 single with 'Without Me.'

2002 Ronan Keating scored his second UK No.1 album with ‘Destination.’

2002 Cam'ron, was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Come Home With Me.’

2006 During his 'On A Island' UK tour David Gilmour appeared at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester

2006 Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale became parents when their baby boy Kingston James McGregor Rossdale was born.
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