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1939 Jerry Allison, The Crickets, (1957 US No.1 single 'That'll Be The Day', No.1 single 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore' plus over 15 other UK top 40 singles).

1940 Wilton Felder, The Crusaders, (1979 UK No.5 & US No.36 single 'Street Life').

1945 Van Morrison, singer, songwriter, Them, (1965 UK No.2 single 'Here Comes The Night'), solo, (1970 album 'Moondance', plus over 15 other UK Top 40 albums).

1948 Rudolf Schenker, The Scorpions, (1991 UK No.2 single 'Wind Of Change').

1955 Anthony Thistlethwaite, The Waterboys, (1991 UK No.3 single 'Whole Of The Moon', first released in 1985).

1957 Gina Schock, drums, The Go-Go's, (1982 US No.2 single, 'We Got The Beat', 1982 UK No.47 single 'Our Lips Are Sealed').

1957 Glenn Tilbrook, guitar, vocals, Squeeze, (1979 UK No.2 single 'Up The Junction'). Now solo.

1959 Tony 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).

1967 Gerard Love, bass, Teenage Fanclub, (1992 UK No.31 single 'What You Do To Me').

1970 Debbie Gibson, US singer, (1988 US No.1 & UK No.9 single 'Foolish Beat').

1977 Craig Nicholls, singer, songwriter, guitarist, The Vines, (2002 UK No. 3 album 'Highly Evolved').

1977 Del Marquis, (Derek Gruen), guitar, Scissor Sisters, (2004 UK No.1 self-titled album, 2004 UK No. 12 single 'Laura').

1971 A security guard was stabbed to death at a Who concert in Forest Hills, NY.

2004 Carl Wayne the singer with The Move died from cancer. They had the 1969 UK No.1 single 'Blackberry Way.' Wayne also worked with The Hollies.

2007 Hilly Kristal, founder of the New York punk club CBGB died from complications arising from lung cancer at the age of 75. Kristal was credited with discovering Patti Smith and The Ramones and his club became a breeding ground for punk rock. The New York City venue, whose full title CBGB OMFUG stood for 'country, bluegrass, blues and other music for uplifting gourmandisers', was originally launched to showcase country music.

1939 Frank Sinatra recorded "All or Nothing at All" with the Harry James Band.

1963 The girl trio Angels started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'My Boyfriend's Back'. The writers of the song Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer were a trio of Brooklyn songwriter/producers who went on to write the hits 'Sorrow' and have the 1965 US No.11 single as The Strangeloves with 'I Want Candy'.

1965 Sonny & Cher arrived in the UK for their first promotional visit.

1967 The Beatles announced that they would handle their own affairs following the death of manager Brian Epstein.

1968 Danny Kerwin joined Fleetwood Mac.

1969 Bob Dylan made his first paid appearance at England's Isle of Wight Pop Festival since his motorcycle accident three years earlier.

1971 The Rolling Stones plus the father of Brian Jones, filed a high court writ against ex managers Oldham and Easton. Claiming they made a secret deal with Decca Records in 1963 to deprive the group of royalties.

1974 Rolling Stone Keith Richards was quoted as saying; 'I gave up drugs when the doctor told me I had six months to live.'

1974 Traffic made their last live performance at the annual UK Reading Festival. Other acts appearing included: Alex Harvey, 10cc, Focus, Steve Harley and Procol Harum.

1974 The Rolling Stones released "Goat's Head Soup."

1974 "The Partridge Family" television show ended.

1974 In federal court, John Lennon testified the Nixon administration tried to have him deported because of his involvement with the anti-war demonstrations at the 1972 Republican convention in Miami, FL.

1974 Carole King's "Jazzman" was released.

1976 A judge ruled that George Harrison was guilty of copying from the song "He's So Fine" (by the Chiffons).

1978 Steve Winwood married Nicole Weir at Cheltenham register office.

1980 Karen Carpenter married real estate developer Thomas Burris in Beverly Hills.

1984 'Purple Rain' the movie-starring Prince opened at cinemas across the UK with special late night previews.

1985 'Brothers In Arms' by Dire Straits started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album charts. The album also topped the charts in 25 other countries and went on to sell over 20 million worldwide.

1985 UB40 with guest vocals from Chrissie Hynde had the UK No.1 single with their version of the Sonny Bono song 'I Got You Babe.'

1986 Bob Geldof married TV presenter Paula Yates. Yates died of a drug overdose on 17th September 2000.

1987 Michael Jackson's "Bad" video was televised for the first time on CBS-TV.

1988 Julianne Phillips filed for divorce from Bruce Springsteen.

1988 Bob Seger and his wife Annette Sinclair filed for a divorce.

1989 The Rolling Stones began their first concert tour in eight years at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, PA.

1991 Metallica's self-titled album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's pop album chart.

1991 Jason Donovan and the original London cast from the show, 'Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat went to No.1 on the UK album chart.

1994 Aaliyah and R Kelly secretly married at the Sheraton Gateway Suites, Rosemont, IL. Aaliyah never admitted being married, though Vibe published a copy of the marriage certificate. Unfortunately, she was only 15 at the time, so thus the marriage was later annulled.

1997 James Brown became the first U.S. artist to appear in Lebanon following the recent lift of the ban on U.S. travel to the country.

1997 The Microsoft Network netcast U2's performance in Dublin.

1997 Oasis went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their third album 'Be Here Now.' The album had sold over a million copies on the first day of release.

1998 Noreaga, Vincent Santiago, of the musical group Capone-N-Noreaga was charged with assault of an unhappy fan in Harrisburg, PA.

1998 Madonna filed suit against the YMCA to prevent it from building a high-rise residential tower near Lincoln Center in New York City, NY.

2002 NASA announced that Lance Bass, singer with *NSYNC, was to become the first celebrity astronaut. His $23.8 million, place on a Russian Soyuz module would make him the youngest person at 23 years of age to go into orbit. Bass ended up not taking part in the flight after failing to pay for his $20 million ticket on the craft.

2003 Elton John went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Are You Ready For Love.'

2003 The Darkness started a four week run at No.1 on the UK chart with 'Permission To Land' the UK bands debut album.

2003 Neptunes were at No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Neptunes Present Clones.'

2003 Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Skae Your Tailfeather.'

2004 UK medical magazine Thorax issued a warning to music fans saying that listening to loud music in the car can give you a collapsed lung. One 19 year-old had been treated in Bristol after his left lung collapsed as his 1,000-watt bass box boomed out in his Fiat Panda.

2005 Toby Keith announced that he was starting his own label named Show Dog Nashville Records.

2006 The Times ran a story on the demands of rock stars when on tour. Ozzy Osbourne insists on an eye, ear, nose and throat doctor at each venue. The Beach Boys require a licensed masseur, Meat Loaf a mask and one small tank of oxygen. David Bowie requests that the dressing room temperature of between 14c and 18c and Paul McCartney must have a large arrangement of white Casablanca lilies in his dressing room.
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