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1940 Nik Turner, Hawkwind, (1972 UK No.3 single 'Silver Machine').

1941 Chris Curtis, drums, The Searchers, (1964 UK No.1 single 'Needles And Pins'1964 US No.3 single 'Love Potion Number Nine'). Died on 1st March 2005 at the age of 63 after a long illness.

1948 Jet Black, (Brian Duffy), drums, The Stranglers (1982 UK No.2 single 'Golden Brown', and over 20 other top 40 hits).

1948 Valerie Simpson, singer, Ashford and Simpson, (1985 UK No.3 single 'Solid').

1950 Bill and Dick Cowsill, The Cowsills, (1967 US No.2 single 'The Rain The Park & Other Things', 1969 US No.2 single the theme from 'Hair'). TV's Partridge Family was based on the family.

1952 Billy Rush, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, (1978 album 'Hearts Of Stone').

1954 Michael Chetwood, Keyboards, T'Pau, (1987 UK No.1 single 'China In Your Hand', 1987 US No.4 single 'Heart And Soul').

1954 Steve Wright, BBC radio DJ and TV presenter, (1982 UK No.40 single 'I'm Alright').

1957 John O'Neill, The Undertones (1980 UK No.9 single 'My Perfect Cousin').

1965 Annie Holland, Elastica, (1995 UK No.13 single 'Waking Up').

1966 Dan Vickrey, Counting Crows (1994 UK No.28 single 'Mr Jones', 1996 US No.1 album 'Recovering The Satellites').

1967 Jeff Tweedy, singer, songwriter, gutarist, Wilco, (2004 album 'A Ghost Is Born').

1969 Adrian Young, No Doubt,(1997 UK No.1 single 'Don't Speak', 1997 No.1 US album 'Tragic Kingdom').

2004 US Cinematographer David Myers died after suffering a stroke. He worked of various music films including Woodstock, Elvis On Tour, The Last Waltz, The Grateful Dead Movie, Mad Dogs & Englishmen and Cracked Actor: A Film About David Bowie.

2004 Singer Laura Branigan died of a brain aneurysm. She had had a 1982 US No.2 & UK No.6 single with 'Gloria' and a 1984 US No.4 & UK No.5 with 'Self Control'. She had also played Janis Joplin in the US musical Love, Janis.

1939 The radio program, "Arch Oboler's Plays," presented the NBC Symphony for the first time.

1963 Cilla Black made her first major concert appearance at The Odeon Cinema, Southport, on a bill with The Beatles.

1964 The Supremes top the US singles chart for the first time with "Where Did Our Love Go?"

1965 Sonny & Cher were at No.1 in the UK with the single 'I Got You Babe'.

1967 Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" was released.

1967 Bobbie Gentry started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Ode To Billy Joe', it made No.13 in the UK.

1967 Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull joined up with The Beatles in Bangor, North Wales to seek guidance from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

1967 Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" is released in the US.

1967 Simon & Garfunkel's "Fakin' It" peaks at No.23 on the US pop chart.

1967 This was the fist day of the 3-day non-stop happening 'Festival of the Flower Children' at Woburn Abbey, England. Acts appearing included Small Faces, Move, The Gass, Tomorrow, Denny Laine, Jeff Beck, Eric Burdon and Marmalade. Plus DJ's John Peel and Tommy Vance, day tickets cost Ł1.

1968 Apple Corps releases its first products: five singles including the Beatles' "Hey Jude" backed by "Revolution." It becomes the bands biggest hit.

1970 Jimi Hendrix opened his recording studio in New York City.

1970 Jimi Hendrix made his last public appearance at the Isle of Wright Pop Festival in England.

1970 Duane Allman started recording as a member of Eric Clapton's new band, Derek & the Dominoes.

1970 Appearing over three days at the third Isle Of Wight Festival, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, (his last ever UK appearance), Donovan, Jethro Tull, Miles Davis, Arrival, Cactus, Family, Taste, Mungo Jerry, ELP, The Doors, The Who, Spirit, The Moody Blues, Chicago, Procol Harum, Sly and the Family Stone and Free.

1972 Looking Glass started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Brandy, You're A Fine Girl', it didn't chart in the UK.

1972 Argent's "Hold Your Head Up" peaks at No.5 on the US chart.

1972 The Hollies' "Distant Light" enters the US chart. The album contains the hit single, "Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)."

1973 10CC made their live debut at the Palace Lido, Isle Of Man at the start of a UK tour.

1976 Aerosmith was featured on the cover of "Rolling Stone."

1977 The Pretenders played their first public gig, opening for Strangeways.

1977 Appearing at the 17th three day Reading Festival, Uriah Heep, Thin Lizzy, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Golden Earing, Aerosmith, Doobie Brothers, Hawkwind, Racing Cars, John Miles, Graham Parker, The Enid, No Dice and Frankie Miller's Full House.

1978 The first Canada Jam Festival in Ontario took place.

1978 Frankie Valli went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Barry Gibb song 'Grease'. It went on to sell over 2 million in the States, (a No. 3 hit in the UK).

1979 Phil Collins joins Peter Gabriel onstage at the Reading Festival for a version of the Genesis classic, "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway."

1980 Tom Peterson quit Cheap Trick due to the "personal and musical differences." He was replaced by Pete Comita. However, he returned to the group in 1988.

1983 The film "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence," starring David Bowie, opened in the United States.

1985 Sheila E's "Romance 1600" album was released.

1987 Sonny Bono announced that he was running for mayor of Palm Springs, CA. He won the election.

1988 The first day at this years three day Reading Festival featuring Iggy Pop, Starship, Squeeze, Ramones, Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler, Hothouse Flowers, Deacon Blue, Quireboys, Broken English.

1989 Don Henley's "The End of the Innocence" peaks at No.8 on the US pop singles chart.

1989 Ringo Starr wins a court order to prevent a record producer from releasing material Starr considered to be of inferior quality due to the impaired state Starr was in when it was recorded.

1990 Randy Newman won an Emmy for composing music for "Cop Rock."

1993 A double sided acetate of The Beatles performing live at The Cavern in Liverpool, sold for L16,500 at Christies, London, a world record price for a recording.

1995 Blur scored their first UK No.1 single with 'Country House'.

1995 Seal went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Kiss From A Rose', taken from the film 'Batman Forever', a No.4 hit in the UK.

1997 Coolio's "My Soul" was released.

1997 Boyzone began a tour of Southeast Asia in Gangalore, India. It was a first-time tour launch for the region by an international act.

1997 Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers was admitted to hospital after crashing on his motorbike while driving down Sunset Boulevard.

2000 Douglas Allen Woody former bass player with The Allman Brothers was found dead in New York.

2001 Madonna filmed live footage at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI. The show was released as "Madonna - Drowned World Tour 2001."

2001 Maxwell started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Now'.

2001 Staind went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Break The Cycle'.

2003 Jimi Hendrix was voted as the greatest guitarist in rock history, in a list of guitar greats produced by Rolling Stone magazine. Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Chuck Berry, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ry Cooder all made it into the top 10.

2005 A plaque was unveiled by fellow Quarrymen John Duff Lowe and Colin Hantonat at the site where the band which was to become The Beatles made their first recordings. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison recorded a version of Buddy Holly's 'That'll Be The Day' and a Lennon-Harrison song, 'In Spite Of All The Danger' as The Quarrymen at the Percy Philips studio in Liverpool in 1958.

2005 A post office near the Los Angeles studio where Ray Charles recorded much of his music has been renamed after the R&B legend. A federal bill was signed by US President George Bush to rename the post office. Charles, died in June 2004 at the age of 74, suffering from acute liver disease.

2005 Green Day were named best band on the planet at the 12th annual Kerrang! rock awards, they also won best live act. Welsh metal group Funeral For a Friend won best British band, while New Jersey's My Chemical Romance picked up best album and best video. Iron Maiden were inducted into the Kerrang! Hall of Fame and Marilyn Manson took the Icon Award. Best single went to Foo Fighters' 'Best of You' while Trivium were named best international newcomers. 'Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor was named classic songwriter while Killing Joke were given a lifetime achievement accolade.

2006 rapper Rick Ross was at No.1 on the US album chart with his debut album 'Port of Miami.'

2007 Police who raided the home of US rap star DMX, found 12 neglected pit bulls terrier dogs and a number of guns. The bodies of three more dogs had been buried. No arrests were made and DMX told police he had not been at the property in Arizona for at least two months. The rapper who had launched his own range of dog clothing, including caps, scarves and raincoats for canines also featured on the cover of his latest album, Year of the Dog... Again, with a pit bull straining at the leash.

2007 Newton Faulkner started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Hand Built By Robots' which featured the 2007 UK Top 10 single 'Dream Catch Me.'

2007 High School Musical 2 soundtrack album was at No.1 on the US chart. The Disney album stayed at No.1 for 4 weeks. The premiere of the musical brought in a total of 17.2 million viewers in the United States, almost 10 million more than its predecessor, making it the highest rated basic cable broadcast in U.S. history.
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