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1925 Bill Haley, (William John Clifton Haley), singer, guitarist, 'The first Rock 'n' Roll star.' As Bill Haley and his Comets he had the 1955 UK & US No.1 single 'Rock Around The Clock.' Haley was one of the earliest acts to bring rock and roll to the attention of white America and the rest of the world. He sold over 60 million records during his career. Haley died on 9th February 1981.

1937 Gene Chandler, (Eugene Dixon) US soul singer, (1962 US No.1 single 'Duke Of Earl', 1979 UK No.11 single 'Get Down').

1939 Jet Harris, guitar, The Shadows, (1963 UK No.1 single 'Foot Tapper' plus 28 other UK Top 40 singles).

1945 Rik Elswit, guitar, Dr Hook, (1972 US No.5 & UK No.2 single 'Sylvia's Mother' plus 9 other US Top 40 hits).

1949 Mike Shrieve, drums, Santana, (1970 US No. 4 single 'Black Magic Woman', 1977 UK No.11 single 'She's Not There').

1952 David Smith, singer, The Real Thing, (1976 UK No.1 single 'You To Me Are Everything').

1952 Graham Oliver, Saxon, (1980 UK No.5 album 'Wheels Of Steel').

1954 Nanci Griffith, US singer / songwriter, (1993 album 'Other Voices, Other Rooms').

1959 John Keeble, drums, Spandau Ballet, (1983 UK No.1 single 'True', plus 16 other UK Top 40 singles).

1961 Robert Heaton, New Model Army, (1985 UK No.28 single 'No Rest').

1963 Tim Bricheno, guitar, All About Eve, (1988 UK No.10 single 'Martha's Harbour'), The Sisters Of Mercy, (1992 UK No.3 single 'Temple Of Love').

1965 Eddie Campbell, keyboards, Texas, (1997 UK No.3 single 'Say What You Want', 1997 UK No.1 album 'White On Blonde').

1969 Michael Grant, Musical Youth, (1982 UK No.1 single 'Pass The Dutchie').

1975 50 Cent, (Curtis Jackson), US rapper. 2003 US No.1 single 'In Da Club', debut album, 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin' was named the biggest selling US album in 2003 going platinum six times over.

1979 Nic Cester, singer, Jet, (2003 Australian No.1 & UK No.14 album ‘Get Born’).

1987 Kate English, singer, (2007 UK No.2 single ‘Foundations').

1987 Kate Nash, UK singer, songwriter, (2007 UK No.1 album ‘Made Of Bricks’ 2007 UK No.2 single ‘Foundations’).

1971 Jazz supremo Louis Armstrong dies. (1964 US No.1 single 'Hello Dolly!' 1968 UK No.1 single 'What A Wonderful World').

1979 Soul singer and producer Van McCoy died aged 38. He scored a US No.1 & UK No.2 single with 'The Hustle' in 1975. Produced Gladys Knight & Aretha Franklin.

1999 Keyboard player with Third World Michael Wallace was shot dead. (1978 UK No. 10 single 'Now That We've Found Love').

2003 Skip Battin bassist and songwriter with The Byrds died. (1965 US & UK No.1 single 'Mr Tambourine Man'). Also played with New Riders Of The Purple Sage and The Flying Burrito Brothers.

2004 Syreeta Wright died after a two-year battle with bone cancer aged 58. Teamed up with Billy Preston on the 1980, No.1 US hit ‘With You I'm Born Again.’

1937 "Sing, Sing, Sing" was recorded by Benny Goodman and his band.

1955 "Baby Let's Play House" becomes Elvis' first single to place on the national charts and hits #10 on the Country & Western charts.

1957 John Lennon meets Paul McCartney at a church picnic in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool. In the church basement between sets, 15 year old McCartney teaches a 16 year old Lennon to play and sing Eddie Cochran's, "Twenty Flight Rock" and Gene Vincent's "Be-Bop-A-Lula."

1961 The Liverpool 'Mersey Beat' newspaper was founded.

1963 Essex started a two week run at No.1 on the US chart with 'Easier Said Than Done', it made No.41 on the UK chart.

1963 James Brown went to No.2 on the US album chart with 'Live At The Apollo'. The album spent a total of 33 weeks on the chart.

1964 The Beatles' first film, "A Hard Day's Night," premiered in London. Crowds start lining up for the 9pm show at 9am! The Fab Four don't see the flick until four days later. In the U.K., the film's soundtrack had already sold a million and a half copies in only nine days. It's reportedly the fastest selling album in British history.

1965 The Jefferson Airplane was formed in San Francisco, CA.

1966 During a show in at Syracuse's War Memorial Hall, The Rolling Stones allegedly drag an American flag across the stage floor. Two days later, local authorities accused the group of desecrating the American flag.

1966 The New York Times report The Beatles were booed two days earlier at the airport in Manila, Philippines after they failed to make a private appearance before President Marcos, his wife and 300 Filipino children. The group claims they were not told of the engagement. Marcos makes a statement regretting the airport incident.

1967 Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones is hospitalized after collapsing for "strain and fatigue." Jones was awaiting trial for drug possession at the time.

1968 The Rolling Stones scored their fifth US No.1 single when 'Jumpin Jack Flash' hit the top of the charts.

1968 Woburn Music Festival, Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire took place, a two day affair featuring Donovan, Fleetwood Mac, Pentangle, The Jimi Hendrix Experience , Alexis Korner, Family and Tyrannosaurs Rex, two day tickets priced at ?2.

1969 John Lennon, Yoko Ono and her daughter Kyoko are released from a Scotland hospital after being treated for injuries suffered in a car accident days before.

1971 Karen and Richard Carpenter hosted "Make Your Own Kind of Music" on NBC-TV.

1973 Queen released their first single, "Keep Yourself Alive."

1974 The Hues Corporation went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Rock The Boat', it made No.6 in the UK

1975 Keith Richards was arrested by the highway patrol in Arkansas on charges of reckless driving and possessing an offensive weapon, a seven inch hunting knife.

1976 The Damned made their debut performance at the 100 Club in London.

1978 Eddie Mahoney changed his name to Eddie Money. His debut, "Eddie Money," will give him 2 big hits: "Two Tickets to Paradise" and "Baby Hold on to Me".

1978 Tammy Wynette married her manager and producer George Richey in Florida.

1984 The Jacksons began their Victory Tour in Kansas City, MO.

1985 Phil Collins went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Sussudio', his third US No.1, it made No.12 in the UK.

1991 Van Halen started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge'.

1992 David Gates from Gateshead, Northumberland was given one year's probation after being convicted of stealing guitars from the back of a van belonging to The Bay City Rollers.

1996 Crowded House went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Very Best Of' album.

1996 'Three Lions (the official song of The England Football team) by Baddiel and Skinner and The Lightning Seeds was at No.1 on the UK singles chart.

1997 The Prodigy went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Fat Of The Land'.

1999 East 17 were dropped by their record company after the bands last album had sold less than 20,000 copies.

2001 A pair of Sir Elton John's sandals were set to become the most expensive shoes in history when they went under the hammer for charity. Offers over ?20,000 were invited for the Salvatore Ferragamo sandals to raise funds for Elton's Aid Trust.

2002 George Harrison's widow Olivia put the couple's home up for sale for ?20m saying she couldn't bear to live with the memories of the attack by schizophrenic Michael Abram who broke into the house in 1999.

2003 Beyonce started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Crazy In Love.' Also 8 weeks at No.1 on the US chart.

2005 Grammy award winning Rap star Lil' Kim who was convicted of perjury and conspiracy in March 2005, was sentenced to a year in jail for lying to a grand jury to protect friends. Kim told the court "I testified falsely to the grand jury and during the trial. At the time I thought it was the right thing to do. Now I know it was wrong." Lil' Kim, (real name Kimberley Jones), was also fined $50,000 (Ł28,000). Charges were brought against her after a gunfight erupted outside a New York radio station in 2001 as a rival rap group was arriving.

2007 Avril Lavigne was facing legal action by members of 1970s rock band The Rubinoos, who claimed she had copied one of their songs. Songwriters Tommy Dunbar and James Gangwer alleged Lavigne's hit ‘Girlfriend’ was lifted from their 1979 song ‘I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend.’
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