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1929 David Lynch, The Platters, (1959 UK & US No.1 single 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes'). Lynch died of cancer on 2nd January 1981.

1930 Thomas Tedesco, American session guitarist. Described by Guitar Player magazine as the most recorded guitarist in history, having played on thousands of recordings. He recorded with The Beach Boys, Everly Brothers, The Association, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, Sam Cooke, Cher, and Nancy and Frank Sinatra.

1940 Fontella Bass, US female singer, pianist, (1965 US No.4 and UK No.11 single 'Rescue Me').

1943 Judith Durham, vocals, The Seekers, (1965 UK No.1 single 'I'll Never Find Another You').

1946 Victor Unitt, Edgar Broughton Band, (1970 UK No.39 single 'Out Demons Out').

1948 Paul Barrere, guitar, Little Feat, (Two Top 40 albums during the 70's, best known songs, 'Dixie Chicken' and 'Sailin Shoes').

1949 Johnnie Wilder, vocals, Heatwave, (1977 UK No.2 single 'Boogie Nights').

1950 Damon Harris, vocals, The Temptations, joined in 71, (1971 UK No.8 single 'Just My Imagination' and re-issued 'My Girl' UK No.2 in 1992).

1955 Mike Corby, The Babys, (1977 US No.13 & UK No.45 single 'Isn't It Time').

1955 Neil Clark, guitar, Lloyd Cole And The Commotions, (1985 UK No.19 single 'Brand New Friend').

1957 Laura Branigan, US singer, (1984 US No.4 & UK No.5 single 'Self Control'). Died of a brain aneurysm 26th Aug 2004.

1960 Vince Clarke, keyboards, Depeche Mode, (1981 UK No.8 single 'Just Can't Get Enough',) Yazoo, (1982 UK No.2 single 'Only You'), Erasure, (1992 UK No.1 single 'Abba-Esque EP', plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).

1962 Taylor Dayne, US singer, (Leslie Wundermann), 1988 UK No.3 single 'Tell It To My Heart', 1990 US No.1 single 'Love Will Lead You Back'.

1968 Martyn Walsh, bass, Inspiral Carpets, (1990 UK No.14 single 'This Is How It Feels').

1969 Kevin Hearn, Barenaked Ladies, (1998 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'One Week').

1975 Javier Weyler, drummer with Stereophonics. Replaced Richard Cable who left in 2003.

1976 Shane Lynch, vocals, Boyzone, (1996 UK No.1 single 'Words' plus 15 other Top 5 singles and 4 UK No.1 albums).

1969 Former Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones is found dead in his swimming pool at his Cotchford Farm, Hartfield, England home. Rumours of suicide and murder begin. The coroner's cites high levels of alcohol and barbituates in his blood and attributes the drowning to "misadventure".

1971 Jim Morrison (Doors) died in a bathtub in Paris at age 27. The cause of death was given as a heart attack. On the 25th anniversary of his death an estimated 15, 000 fans gathered at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris to pay their respects.

1972 Blues singer, guitarist Mississippi Fred McDowell died of cancer aged 68. The Rolling Stones covered his 'You Got To Move' on 'Sticky Fingers' album.

1973 Laurens Hammond the inventor of the Hammond organ died aged 73. Many rock artists including Procol Harum, Keith Emerson, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Allman Brothers and The Faces featured the sound of the Hammond.

1986 U2 crew member Greg Carroll was killed in a motorcycle accident in Dublin while running an errand for Bono.

2001 US singer, songwriter Johnny Russell died aged 61. Wrote 'Act Naturally' covered by The Beatles and wrote hits for Dolly Parton.

1941 Cab Calloway and his orchestra recorded the standard, "St. James Infirmary."

1968 The Equals started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles charts with 'Baby Come Back'.

1969 The Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, for the first and only time, featured rock artists. Among those appearing were Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck and Ten Years After.

1970 The three day Atlanta Pop Festival took place, featuring The Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, Johnny Winter, Mountain, Procol Harum and Rare Earth. Over 200,000 fans attended the festival.

1973 On the last night of a 60 date tour David Bowie announced that he was about to retire from live performing, although it eventually transpires that 'Ziggy Stardust' the stage persona is being retired and not Bowie himself.

1975 Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night) was arrested for cocaine possession.

1976 Manhattans enter the pop chart with "Kiss and Say Goodbye". It climbs to #1 and stays on the pop charts for 26 weeks.

1976 Brian Wilson played his first live show with The Beach Boys in seven years when they appeared at the Anaheim Stadium, California.

1977 Hot Chocolate were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'So You Win Again'. They scored over 20 other UK Top 40 hits.

1978 Appearing at Clouds, Edinburgh, Magazine promoting their new album, 'Real Life'.

1981 On the 10th annivesary of Jim Morrison's death, the remaining Doors members, Robbie Kreiger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore lead fans in a graveside tribute in the Paris cemetary where Morrison is buried.

1982 After a record breaking jump from No.33 on the UK singles charts Captain Sensible started a two week run at No.1 in the UK with his version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein song 'Happy Talk'.

1982 The Stray Cats "Built for Speed" and Men at Work's "Business as Usual" enter the US album charts. The albums become two of the biggest selling albums of the year. The Stray Cats have 2 big hits, "Rock This Town" and "Stray Cat Strut" while Men at Work make some money with "Who Can It Be Now?" and "Down Under

1982 The Human League started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Don't You Want Me', also a UK No.1.

1982 Two albums tied for the No.1 position in the UK, 'The Lexicon Of Love' by ABC and 'The Original Soundtrack From Fame'.

1989 Prince had the UK No.1 album with 'Batman'.

1992 Julian Cope started a seven day tour of the Scottish Highlands, at Findhorn Foundation Universal Hall.

1995 Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) pled innocent to drug charges.

1995 Courtney Love's request to spread the ashes of late husband Kurt Cobain is rejected by Seattle's Lake View Cemetary, who say they've already got their hands full with people wanting to see Bruce and Brandon Lee's gravesites.

1996 The Fugees held the UK No.1 position on the singles chart with 'Killing Me Softly'.

2000 Harvard professor Ronald Ferguson accused the culture of hip-hop and rap music of stalling academic progress among young American blacks. He claimed time spent learning intricate rhyming lyrics detracted from reading.

2002 Sony/ATV Publishing announced it would buy a country music catalog from Gaylord Entertainment for $157 million.

2002 A session violinist serenaded a High Court judge during a copyright battle worth an estimated Ł100,000. The case was over the rights to The Bluebells version of 'Young At Heart.' Bobby Valentino won his case as joint owner of the song.

2002 Sir Elton John became the first person to be made an honorary doctorate from the Royal Academy Of Music.

2002 The wife of Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne underwent an emergency operation after being diagnosed with cancer. The family had become cult heroes after the success of the MTV 'The Osbournes Show'.

2002 Three diners at a newly opened Britney Spears owned restaurant suffered food poisoning. The three students who had eaten wild striped bass at the New York restaurant made official complaints and vowed never to eat they're again.

2003 Libertines singer Pete Doherty was arrested after breaking into band member Carl Barat’s flat and stealing a laptop computer and a guitar.

2004 David Crosby was fined $5,000 (Ł2,745) by a US court after admitting attempted criminal possession of a weapon. It followed his arrest in New York in March when a gun, knife and marijuana were found in his luggage.

2007 Pete Doherty escaped jail after a judge decided to defer sentencing him for drugs offences on condition he went into rehab. Doherty pleaded guilty to possessing crack cocaine and heroin at West London Magistrates' Court. He was warned by Judge Davinder Lachhar that he would go into custody if he failed to take up a place he was offered on a detox programme.
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