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Births
1920 Smiley Lewis, R&B singer. Wrote 'One Night' covered by Elvis Presley and 'I Hear You Knocking' 1955 US No.2 for Gale Storm & UK No.1 & US No.2 for Dave Edmunds'. Lewis died on 20th October 1966.

1943 Robbie Robertson, guitar, vocals, The Band, (1969 US No.25 single 'Up On Cripple Creek', 1970 UK No.16 single 'Rag Mama Rag'). Solo, (1988 UK No.15 single 'Somewhere Down The Crazy River').

1945 Dick Scoppettone, Harpers Bizarre, (1967 US No. 13 & UK No.34 single 'The 59th Street Bridge Song, Feelin' Groovy').

1946 Michael Monarch, guitar, Steppenwolf, (1968 US No.2 and 1969 UK No.30 single 'Born To Be Wild').

1948 Cassie Gaines, backing singer with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Gaines was killed in a plane crash on 20th October 1977 with two other members of the band.

1950 Andy Ellison, John's Children, (with Marc Bolan 1967-68 ).

1950 Huey Lewis, singer, actor, Huey Lewis and the News, (1985 UK No.11 & US No.1 single 'The Power Of Love').

1959 Marc Cohn, US singer, songwriter, (1991 UK No. 22 single 'Walking In Memphis').

1969 Aled Richards, drums, Catatonia, (1998 UK No.3 single 'Mulder And Scully').

1973 Bengt Fredrik Lagerburg, drums, The Cardigans, (1997 UK No.2 single 'Lovefool').

1973 Roisin Murphy, Irish singer, Moloko (1999 UK No.4 single ‘Sing It Back’), now solo.

1979 Shane Filan, vocals, Westlife, (Irish boy band, scored 12 UK No.1 singles, first UK No.1 1999 'Swear It Again' plus 4 UK No.1 albums).

1980 Jason Wade, Lifehouse, (2001 US No.10 & UK No.25 single 'Hanging By A Moment').

1985 Nick O'Malley, bass, Arctic Monkeys, (2005, UK No.1 single ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, '2006 UK No.1 album ‘Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not’).


Deaths
1982 Sun records musical director Bill Justis died aged 56. Had the 1957 US No. 2 single 'Raunchy' also worked with Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.

1986 Tracey Pew, bass player with The Birthday Party died during an epileptic fit aged 28.

2000 Michael Koda of Brownsville Station died. Wrote the 1974 hit 'Smokin' In The Boys Room.'

2003 The Daily Star ran a front-page story claiming that the body of Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards had been found. Fishermen in an angling contest discovered bones half buried in mud on the riverbank near Avonmouth. Edwards disappeared in Feb 1995, his car was found at a service station at the Seven Bridge a well-known suicide spot.

2007 Lyricist Hy Zaret, who wrote the words for the song Unchained Melody died at his home in Westport, Connecticut, aged 99. The song - which does not feature the word "unchained" - had been recorded over 300 times, according to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

2007 Jazz singer and author George Melly died at his London home at the age of 80 of lung cancer and vascular dementia. His final concert took place at the 100 Club in London on 10th June of this year in aid of Admiral Nurses, part of the charity For Dementia.


Events
1934 "Love in Bloom", by Bing Crosby with Irving Aaronson’s orchestra, was recorded.

1954 Elvis Presley's first commercial recording session took place in Memphis, TN. He recorded "That's All Right (Mama)" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky."

1958 Ray Charles' performance at the Newport Jazz Festival was recorded for a live album.

1966 On the recommendation of Rolling Stone Keith Richards girlfriend, Chas Chandler from The Animals went to see Jimi Hendrix play at The Cafe Wha in New York City. Chandler suggests that Hendrix should come to England, which he does and Chandler became his manager.

1968 Bill Graham opened The Fillmore West in San Francisco, CA.

1969 The Rolling Stones gave a free concert for 250,000 fans in London's Hyde Park to introduce Mick Taylor as their new guitarist.

1969 The Who, Mr Chuck Berry and Bodast all played two shows (5.30 and 8.30pm), on this Sunday night at The Royal Albert Hall.

1973 Dobie Gray, who had the 1965 hit, "The In Crowd", earns a gold record for the biggest smash of his career, "Drift Away".

1975 Bad Company's "Feel Like Making Love" was released.

1975 Police pull over a rented Chevy in Fordyce, Arkansas after the car swerved on the roadway. Inside are Keith Richards and Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones and two friends. The driver is charged with reckless driving and carrying a concealed weapon. He posts bail and the foursome leave town in a chartered plane.

1975 Appearing at The Knebworth Festival, Pink Floyd, Captain Beefheart, Steve Miller and Roy Harper.

1975 The Carpenters started a two week run at No.1 on the UK chart with the album 'Horizon'.

1978 The EMI record pressing plant in Britain stopped printing the Rolling Stones album cover for "Some Girls" due to complaints from celebrities.

1980 Bauhaus' farewell concert took place in London.

1980 The Rolling Stones scored their ninth UK No.1 album with 'Emotional Rescue'.

1986 Billy Ocean went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'There'll Be Sad Songs, (To Make You Cry)' a No.12 hit in the UK.

1986 Janet Jackson started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Control'.

1995 The U.S. Justice Department opts not to take antitrust action against Ticketmaster, ending a 13 month long fight with Pearl Jam. The band had used a rival ticket service in retaliation of Ticketmaster's tactics, and ironically, it was the use of that service that proved that Ticketmaster didn't have a monopoly.

1998 Five went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut album 'Five'.

1999 The Eurythmics announced their first world tour for more than 10 years and that all profits would be given to charity. The duo made the announcement from the Greenpeace boat 'Rainbow Warrior' moored on the Thames.

2000 Suede's management company sacked their accountants after becoming concerned about finical irregularities. A court order was issued to seize the groups accounts from the last eight years.

2002 Jimi Hendrix's family won an injuntion against a New York-based music production company from releasing recordings that Hendrix had performed.

2002 It was reported that Dr Dre had become the richest music star after earning ?62m in the last year, ?37m from his own earnings plus ?25m from his record label Aftermath.

2005 Pink Floyd's David Gilmour said artists who had seen album sales soar after the Live 8 concerts should donate their profits to charity, "This is money that should be used to save lives." UK sales figures released two days after the London concert showed Pink Floyd’s Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd had risen by 1343%, The Who’s-Then and Now by 863% and Annie Lennox-Eurythmics Greatest Hits by 500%.

2007 A rock festival headlined by the Manic Street Preachers, Keane and Placebo in Swansea, Wales was postponed due to bad weather. More than 50 bands were due to play The Fflam Festival (the Welsh word for flame) at Singleton Park from 13-15 July.
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