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PostSubject: June 24   17.11.08 23:20

Births

1942 Mick Fleetwood, Fleetwood Mac's drummer is born.

1944 Arthur Brown from The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.

1944 Guitarist Jeff Beck is born in Wallington, Surrey, England.

1949 Dire Straits bassist John Illsley is born.

1961 Tears For Fears singer/keyboardist Curt Smith is born.


Events

1964 Sam Cooke starts a two week stay at New York's Copacabana Club. A 70-foot billboard announcing the engagement is erected in Times Square.

1965 John Lennon's second book, "A Spaniard in the Works" was published.

1967 Procul Harum's first single, "A Whiter Shade of Pale" enters the U.S. pop charts where it will peak at #5.

1971 The Celebration Of Life Festival is shut down by authorities after promoters fail to provide sufficient supplies of food, medical and sanitary facilities. Only eight of the advertised twenty-seven groups appeared and 150 of the festival goers were arrested.

1973 Al Kooper reunites with the original Blues Project for a concert in NYC's Central Park.

1974 The Hues Corporation has a gold record with "Rock the Boat". It will reach #1 in July.

1975 The U.S. Attorney in Newark, New Jersey hands down indictments to 19 music industry executives in a two year investigation. Counts of income tax evasion and payola are leveled. Among those named include: Clive Davis, former president of Columbia Records and Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, architects of the Philadelphia sound of the 70's.

1990 Keyboardist Roger O'Donnell quit The Cure. He was replaced by Perry Bamonte, who was a roadie for the band.

1995 Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder left the stage after seven songs during a concert in San Francisco because of a stomach flu. Neil Young finished the show.

1999 Eric Clapton puts 100 of his guitars up for auction in New York at Christie's to raise money for his drug rehab clinic, the Crossroads Centre in Antigua. His 1956 Fender Stratocaster, named Brownie, was sold for a record $497,500. The guitar was used to record "Layla." The auction helped raise nearly $5 million for the clinic.
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