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Births
1928 Mary Ford, US singer, (1953 UK No.7 single with Les Paul, 'Vaya Con Dios'). Ford died from cancer on 30th September 1977.

1932 Joe Zawinul, pianist, Miles Davis band, Weather Report, (1976 single 'Birdland', 1977 album Heavy Weather').

1933 J.J. Barrie, US singer, one hit wonder with 1976 UK No.1 single 'No Charge'.

1940 Richard Starkey, (Ringo Starr), drums, vocals, Rory Storm, The Beatles. Sang lead vocals on one track on most Beatles albums, (The Beatles scored 21 US No.1 & 17 UK No.1 singles). Solo (1974 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'You're Sixteen' plus 9 other US Top 40 hits). Ringo Starr and his all Star Band, (featuring; Howard Jones, Ian Hunter, Peter Frampton, Greg Lake).

1944 Warren Entner, Grass Roots, (1968 US No.5 single 'Midnight Confessions', plus 13 other US Top 40 singles).

1945 Jim Rodford, Argent, (1972 UK No.5 single 'Hold Your Head Up').

1947 Peter Banks, guitarist, Yes, (1968-70), Flash.

1947 Rob Townsend, drummer, Family, (1971 UK No.4 single 'In My Own Time'), Blues Band.

1950 David Hodo, vocals, The Village People, (1978 US No.2 & 1979 UK No.1 single 'YMCA').

1952 Lynval Golding, guitar, The Specials, (1981 UK No.1 single 'Ghost Town').

1962 Clive Jackson, Doctor And The Medics, (1986 UK No.1 single 'Spirit In The Sky').

1962 Mark White, bass, The Spin Doctors, (1993 UK No.3 & US No.7 single 'Two Princess').

1963 Vonda Shepard, US singer, songwriter, (1998 UK No.10 single 'Searchin' My Soul', featured in TV show Ally McBeal).

1988 Ilan Rubin, drummer, Lostprophets, (2006 UK No.1 album ‘Liberation Transmission’).


Deaths
1993 Mia Zapata (Gits) was found strangled in Seattle at the age of 27.

2006, Syd Barrett died from complications arising from diabetes aged 60. The singer, songwriter, guitarist was one of the founding members of Pink Floyd, active as a rock musician for only about seven years before he went into seclusion. He joined Pink Floyd in 1965 but left three years later after one album. He went on to live as a recluse, with his mental deterioration blamed on drugs.


Events
1954 Memphis D.J. Dewey Phillips of WHBQ became the first D.J. to play an Elvis Presley record.

1954 Two versions of "Sh-Boom" hit the top-10. The original version by the Chords was at #9 and the cover version by The Crew Cuts was at #5.

1956 Johnny Cash made his first appearance on "Grand Ole Opry."

1956 The Platters' "My Prayer" was released.

1957 On his tenth UK single release, Elvis Presley scored his first UK No.1 single with 'All Shook Up.' It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks.

1962 David Rose and his Orchestra went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Stripper'.

1963 The Rolling Stones made their debut on ITV's 'Thank Your Lucky Stars', and performed 'Come On'.

1966 The Kinks had their third UK No.1 single with 'Sunny Afternoon'.

1967 The Monkees opened a national tour with Jimi Hendrix as the opening act.

1968 The Yardbirds disbanded.

1971 Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog of Abba were married.

1973 Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die" was released.

1973 Billy Preston started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Will It Go Round In Circles', his first of two US chart toppers.

1975 Keith Richards was charged with possession of an offensive weapon and reckless driving in Arkansas. He was arrested.

1979 The Boomtown Rats made a personal appearance at the opening of the new Virgin Megastore in London.

1980 The original lineup of Led Zeppelin gave its final show.

1984 The song "Relax," by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, became the biggest selling single of all time in Britain.

1984 Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Born In The USA'. It went on to spend a total of 139 weeks on the chart.

1984 Prince started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'When Doves Cry', his first US No.1 which went on to sell over 2 million copies, a No. 4 hit in the UK.

1987 David Bowie played the first of two sold out nights on his Glass Spider world tour at Minisadio C.F. Barcelona, Spain.

1989 It was announced in the UK that for the first time compact discs were out selling vinyl albums.

1990 The Rolling Stones played the last of three sold out nights at Wembley Stadium, London as part of the bands 'Urban Jungle' tour.

1992 Dream Theater released the album "Images And Words."

1998 Michael Jackson and his financial partner Don Barden announced their intentions to build an entertainment Neverneverland called "Majestic Kingdom" in Detroit.

1999 It was reported that to attract young people to their mobile vans, UK ice cream sellers would start to play pop hits as music instead of the traditional chimes. Spice Girls and Oasis songs would be the first to be played.

1999 Coolio was sentenced to 10 days in jail, 40 hours of community service and two years probation after pleading guilty to a charge of illegal gun possession.

2000 The BBC imposed an early-evening ban on Robbie Williams' newest video entitled "Rock DJ."

2000 Bobby Brown was released from a Florida jail after serving 26 days for violating probation. The probation stemmed from a 1996 drunk driving incident in Hollywood, FL.

2000 Patsy Kensit confirmed her separation from Oasis singer Liam Gallagher.

2000 Eminem's wife, Kimberly Mathers, was hospitalised after she slit her wrists following her husband's show as part of the Up in Smoke Tour at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

2001 Corr's singer Sharon Corr married barrister Gavin Bonner at St John's Church, Cratloe, Co Clare.

2002 Oasis scored their fifth UK No.1 album with ‘Heathen Chemistry.’

2002 Nelly started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Nellyville’ his second US No.1, peaked at No.2 on the UK album chart.

2003 It was reported that Britney Spears had made $500.000 profit after selling her 5 bedroom home in Los Angeles. The singer had paid ł1.8m for the house 2 years ago and sold for ł2.3m.

2005 Members of The Hollies asked High Court judge to jail one of their founder members claiming bass player Eric Haydock had flouted a court order made in 1998 not to play under their name. Haydock formed the group in Manchester, England in the early 1960’s with Allan Clarke and Graham Nash (who left in 1966). Haydock was working in a group calling itself Eric Haydock's Hollies.

2007 The Live Earth concerts took place around the world with The Police closing the days events in New Jersey. The concerts were organised by former US Vice-President Al Gore, as part of his campaign to "heal the planet". Rock stars from around the world performed to hundreds of thousands of fans to highlight climate change. Concerts were held in Washington, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, London, Hamburg, Tokyo, Shanghai and Sydney. Madonna brought London's Live Earth concert to a close, playing a song she had written for the event. Other major acts who appeared included; Snow Patrol, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Genesis, The Beastie Boys, James Blunt, The Foo Fighters, Duran Duran, UB40, Snoop Dogg, Enrique Iglesias, Crowded House & Joss Stone.

2007 Ozzy Osbourne became the first artist to be honoured on Birmingham's own Hollywood-style Walk of Fame. The singer, from Aston, told more than 1,000 fans on Broad Street that the brass paving star meant more to him that than any Hollywood accolade. Organisers named other local pop stars who could be joining Ozzy for the walk included Duran Duran, Jamelia, Robert Plant and UB40.

2007 Snow Patrol Keyboard player Tom Simpson was arrested in connection with a failed court appearance in Glasgow. He was later released and the band went on to headline the T in the Park festival in Scotland. Amy Winehouse pulled out of her slot from the event suffering from "exhaustion".
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