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1929 Buck Owens, Jr. American singer and guitarist, scored twenty number-one hits on the Billboard country music charts, pioneered what has come to be called the Bakersfield sound-a reference to Bakersfield, California. Died March 25th 2006.

1941 Craig Douglas, singer, 1959 UK No.1 single 'Only Sixteen 'plus nine other UK Top 40 hits.

1949 Mark Knopfler guitar, vocals, Dire Straits, (1985 US No.1 single 'Money For Nothing', 1986 UK No.2 single 'Walk Of Life', 1985 world-wide No.1 album 'Brothers In Arms'), member of Notting Hillbillies.

1950 Ronald David Mael, Sparks, (1974 UK No.2 single 'This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us').

1951 August Darnell, singer, Kid Creole And The Coconuts, (1982 UK No.2 single 'Annie I'm Not Your Daddy').

1953 Jerry Speiser, Men At Work, (1983 UK & US No.1 single 'Down Under').

1954 Pat Metheny, jazz rock guitarist, worked with David Bowie and Gary Burton. Recorded film soundtrack albums

1958 Jurgen Dehmel, Nena, (1984 UK No.1 & US No.2 single '99 Red Balloons').

1961 Roy Hay guitar, vocals, Culture Club, (1983 UK No.1 & 1984 US No.1 single 'Karma Chameleon' plus seven other UK top 10 singles').

1962 Bragi Olaffson, bass, The Sugarcubes, (1992 UK No.17 single 'Hit').

1963 Sir Mix-A-Lot, US rapper, (1992 US No.1 single 'Baby Got Back', a No.56 hit in the UK).

1968 Paul Tucker, Keyboards, Lighthouse Family, (1996 UK No.4 single 'Lifted' plus 9 other UK Top 40 singles).

1969 Tanita Tikaram, singer, songwriter, (1988 UK No.10 single 'Good Tradition').

1978 Pete Meaden, the Who's publicist and manager in their High Number days, commits suicide in London by ingesting an overdose of barbituates. Meaden helped the group refine their mod image. He was 35.

1985 Kyu Sakamoto was killed in a plane crash. 1963 US No.1 & UK No.6 single 'Sukiyaki', the first ever Japanese US No.1.

1877 Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and made the first sound recording.

1940 Will Bradley and his trio recorded "Down the Road Apiece."

1960 The Silver Beetles recruited drummer Pete Best.

1964 The Beatles first film 'A Hard Days Night' opened in 500 American cinemas to rave reviews.

1966 John Lennon apologized at a news conference in Chicago, IL, for his remark that "the Beatles are more popular than Jesus."

1967 Fleetwood Mac made their stage debut in Great Britain at the Windsor Jazz & Blues Festival.

1968 Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham played together for the first time when they rehearsed at a studio in Lisle Street in London's West End. The first song they played was a version of 'Train Kept A-Rollin.'

1970 A Woody Guthrie memorial concert held at the Hollywood Bowl.

1971 John & Yoko donated Ł1,000 to the Clyde Shipbuilders Scottish Union fighting fund who were refusing to stop work at the Glasgow site after being made redundant.

1972 Alice Cooper was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'School's Out'.

1972 The Festival of Hope was the first rock festival to raise funds for an established charity.

1977 Henri Padovani guitarist with The Police quit the group after nine months leaving them a trio.

1978 The Commodores started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Three Times A Lady', also No.1 in the UK and becoming Motown's biggest British selling single.

1984 As The Olympic Games came to a close, Lionel Richie performed, 'All Night Long' live from Los Angeles.

1986 Prince started a run of five nights at Wembley Arena, London, his first UK shows for five years.

1989 Richard Marx scored his third US No.1 single with 'Right Here Waiting'.

1991 Bryan Adams started the fourth of sixteen weeks at No.1 on the UK single chart with ('Everything I Do), I Do It For You'.

1993 The Red Hot Chili Peppers replaced guitarist Arik Marshall with Jesse Tobias. Tobias was replaced by Dave Navarro three months later.

1994 Woodstock '94 opened in Saugerties, NY. The opening was on the 25th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair.

1997 MTV debuted the Fleetwood Mac reunion concert. The special was taken from two performances at a Warner Brothers soundstage a few months earlier.

1996 The Spice Girls were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Wannabe', Los Del Rio were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Macarena'.

1998 Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) pled guilty to felony heroin possession and was sentenced to three months in a drug treatment facility.

1999 The Sugarcubes kicked off 15 date UK tour at The Octagen, Sheffield.

2000 Robbie Williams scored his third UK No.1 single with 'Rock DJ'.

2001 Alicia Keys went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Fallin'.

2001 Atomic Kitten went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut release 'Right Now'.

2001 So Solid Crew scored their first UK No.1 single with '21 Seconds.'

2003 Lee Ryan from Blue was arrested whilst driving a Porsche around central London and was charged with drink driving. Ryan had spent the night knocking back drinks at Browns night-club in Covent Garden with his cousin and a record company executive. After annoying others in the club with rowdiness, and his cousin's throwing up in the VIP area, bouncers threw Lee out. Lee opted to drive his L60,000 Porsche, Officers pulled the star over just after 4am on Tower Bridge Road and breath tests showed him to be twice over the legal drinking limit.

2006 founding member of Destiny's Child, LeToya was No.1 on the US album chart with her debut solo album 'LeToya.' It was released six years after being dismissed from the group and staying away from the spotlight.

2007 UK singer, songwriter Kate Nash went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut album 'Made Of Bricks.'
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