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PostSubject: July 20   17.11.08 23:36

Births
1945 John Lodge, bass, vocals, The Moody Blues, (1965 UK No.1 & US No.10 single 'Go Now' and 1968 UK No.19 & 1972 US No.2 single 'Nights In White Satin').

1945 Kim Carnes, US female singer, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.10 single 'Betty Davis Eyes').

1946 Wendy Richard, actress, (1962 UK No.1 single with Mike Sarne, 'Come Outside', cast member of UK UK TV soap 'Eastenders').

1947 Carlos Santana, guitar, Santana, (1977 UK No.11 single 'She's Not There', 1999 US No.1 single 'Smooth' eleven weeks at No.1, Also No.1 in the UK). Won eight Grammy's for his Supernatural album at the 2000 awards.

1947 Tony Thorpe, The Rubettes, (1974 UK No.1 single 'Sugar Baby Love').

1955 Jem Finer, banjo, The Pogues, (1987 UK No.8 single 'The Irish Rover', 1987 UK No.2 single with Kirsty MaCcoll, 'Fairytale Of New York').

1955 Marisa DeFranco, The DeFranco Family, (1973 US No.3 single 'Heartbeat- It's A Lovebeat', biggest selling US single of 73, based on The Osmonds, featured 10 year old Tony DeFranco).

1956 Paul Cook, drums, *** Pistols, (1977 UK No.2 single 'God Save The Queen', and 1977 UK No.1 album 'Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The *** Pistols').

1958 Michael McNeil, keyboards, Simple Minds, (1985 US No.1 single 'Don't You, Forget About Me', 1989 UK No.1 single 'Belfast Child', plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).

1959 James Irvin, vocals, Furniture, (1986 UK No.21 single 'Brilliant Mind').

1962 Dig Wayne, Jo Boxers, (1983 UK No.3 single 'Boxer Beat').

1964 Chris Cornell, vocals, guitar, Soundgarden, (1994 US No.1 & UK No. 4 album 'Superunknown', 1994 UK No.12 single 'Black Hole Sun'). Audioslave, (2005 US No.1 album 'Out of Exile').

1966 Andrew Levy, bass, The Brand New Heavies, (1994 UK No.13 single 'Midnight At The Oasis').


Deaths
1969 US singer Roy Hamilton died of a stroke aged 40. Had the 1955 US No.6 single 'Unchained Melody.'

1977 Gary Kellgren, operator and part owner of two of the most popular recording studios on the West coast, the Los Angeles Record Plant and the Sausalito Record Plant, drowns in a Hollywood swimming pool. He had engineered and produced albums by Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Rod Stewart, Barbara Streisand and Sly & the Family Stone. He was 38.


Events
1940 "Billboard" magazine published its first listing of best-selling singles. 10 songs were on the list.

1954 The Blue Moon Boys made their live debut appearing of a flatbed truck outside a new drug store in Memphis. The band line up was Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore and Bill Black.

1963 Jan and Dean started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Surf City', written by Beach Boy Brian Wilson, with the Beach Boys on backing vocals. The single made No.26 in the UK.

1964 The Beatles released two records this week: "And I Love Her" backed with "If I Fell" and "I'll Cry Instead" with "I'm Happy Just to Dance" on the other side.

1965 Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" was released.

1965 Lovin' Spoonful's first record, "Do You Believe in Magic," was released.

1967 Jerry Lee Lewis returns to the scene of his May 1958 demise -- England. He discovers there are a few English rock & rollers willing to forgive and actually never deserted him. His shows are well attended and reviews favorable.

1968 Jane Asher announced that Paul McCartney has broken off their engagement.

1968 Cream started a four week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Wheels On Fire'.

1968 Iron Butterfly's "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida", featuring the 17-minute title track with one of the longest drum solos in rock history debuts on the U.S. charts.

1968 Cream's "Wheels Of Fire" LP enters the US chart. It hits #1 and features the single "White Room."

1968 Hugh Masekela started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Grazing In The Grass.'

1971 The Carpenters show 'Make Your Own Kind Of Music', started a six week run on NBC-TV.

1973 TV talent show Opportunity Knocks winners Peters And Lee were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their first single 'Welcome Home.'

1974 David Bowie plays New York's Madison Square Gardens.

1974 Bob Dylan's "Before the Flood" LP enters the chart as does The Grateful Dead's "Grateful Dead From The Mars Hotel."

1974 Joey Ramone became the lead vocalist for the Ramones.

1975 Steve Van Zandt performed for the first time in concert as a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.

1976 The Buzzcocks made their live debut supporting The *** Pistols and The Damned at The Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester.

1979 Electric Light Orchestra took out advertisements dedicating the release of "Don't Bring Me Down" to Skylab.

1985 Sting's solo debut, "The Dream of the Blue Turtles" enters the album charts. The LP features the hits, "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" and "Fortress Around Your Heart."

1985 Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart's remake of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" peaks at #48 on the US chart.

1986 Van Halen's manager Ed Leffler is beaten up by an unknown assailant in a Dallas hotel elevator. He is hospitalized.

1986 "Sid and Nancy," a film biography of the *** Pistols, premiered in London.

1986 Santana celebrates their 20th anniversary at a concert in San Francisco that features a jam with all previous members of the band.

1987 Production was completed on Prince's third movie, "Sign O' The Times" in Minneapolis, MN.

1987 Mick Jagger shoots the video for his solo hit, "Let's Work" in New York.

1991 Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' "Into The Great Wide Open" LP enters the chart.

1991 EMF went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Unbelievable', it had spent 14 weeks on the chart before reaching the top.

1995 Public Enemy's Flavor Flav broke both his arms when he was involved in a motorcycle accident in Milan.

1996 Gary Barlow scored his first UK No.1 hit single when 'Forever Love' went to the top of the charts for one week.

1996 Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) was arrested for assault and then later released after playing on the Lollapalooza '96 tour in North Carolina.

1999 Church groups in middle America claimed that pictures of Britney Spears printed in Rolling Stone magazine encouraged child pornography. The shots showed Britney with not many clothes on in her bedroom.

2003 A tooth said to have been pulled out of Elvis Presley's mouth after an injury, failed to sell on the auction site eBay. The tooth had been put on a 10-day sale with a reserve price of ?64,100. The tooth was also accompanied by some of the singer's hair.
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