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1897 Jimmie Rodgers singer, songwriter, the first country music star. Sold over 12 million records and was the first person to be elected into the Country Music Hall Of Fame. (1957 US No.1 single 'Honeycomb' plus over 10 other US Top 40 hits). Rodgers died on 26th May 1933.

1925 Peter Sellers actor, The Goons, (1956 UK No.9 single 'Ying Tong Song' with The Goons, 1960 UK No.4 single 'Goodness Gracious Me', with Sophia Loren, 1965 UK No.14 single 'A Hard Day's Night'). Sellers died of a heart attack on 24th July 1980.

1932 Patsy Cline, country singer, the first female country singer to cross over as a pop artist. (1961 US No.19 single 'Crazy'). Cline was killed in a plane crash on 5th March 1963.

1942 Brian Cole, bass, vocals, The Association, (1967 US No.1 single 'Windy'). Cole died on 2nd August 1972.

1942 Sal Spampinato, The Beau Brummels, (1965 US No.8 single, 'Just A Little.')

1945 Kelly Groucutt, bass, vocals, Electric Light Orchestra, (1979 UK No.3 & US No.4 single 'Don't Bring Me Down' plus 26 other Top 40 hits).

1945 Ron Mckernan, organ, Grateful Dead, (1970 UK No.69 and US No.127 album 'Workingman's Dead'). Died on 8th March 1973 from cirrhosis of the liver aged 27.

1958 David Lewis, Atlantic Starr, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Always').

1960 David Steele, Fine Young Cannibals, (1989 UK No.5 single 'She Drives Me Crazy'), The Beat, (1983 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Can't Get Used To Losing You').

1960 Aimee Mann, US singer songwriter, member of Til Tuesday, solo, (1993 album 'Whatever').

1972 Andie Rathbourne, Mansun, (1996 UK No.15 single 'Wide Open Space').

1975 Richard Hughes, drums, Keane, (2004 UK No.1 album 'Hopes And Fears').

1979 Pink, (Alicia Moore), 2001 UK No.2 single 'Get The Party Started', 2001 US & UK No.1 single with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim and Mya 'Lady Marmalade'.

1980 Slim Thug, US rapper (born Stayve Jerome Thomas). 2005 US No.2 album 'Already Platinum', 2006 US No.1 single with Beyonce ' Check On It', also worked with Gwen Stefani and LeToya Luckett.

1997 Derek Taylor the publicist for The Beatles died aged 67. Taylor had been responsible for many of the legends surrounding their career and had also worked with The Beach Boys and The Byrds.

1935 The Hoboken Four, featuring Frank Sinatra as lead singer, appeared on "Major Bowes Amateur Hour" on WOR radio.

1941 Harry James and his orchestra recorded "Miserlou."

1952 After Atlantic Records bought Ray Charles' contract from Swingtime, Charles recorded his first session for Atlantic, cutting four songs. Over the next seven years, he will record such classics as 'Mess Around,' 'I Got a Woman,' 'Hallelujah, I Love Her So' and 'What'd I Say.'

1957 Reet Petite' by Jackie Wilson was released for the first time, it became a UK No. 1, 29 years later.

1968 The Beatles performed 'Hey Jude' on the UK television show 'Frost On Sunday' in front of an invited audience.

1971 The Tams were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Hey Girl Don't Bother Me'.

1973 Marvin Gaye started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Let's Get It On', his second US No.1, only reached No.31 in the UK.

1973 The Allman Brothers started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Brothers And Sisters', the groups only US No.1.

1974 Appearing at the New York 'Summersault '74' at Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury, Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the Beach Boys.

1977 Jimmy McCulloch quit Paul McCartney & Wings to join a reformed lineup for the Small Faces.

1979 Led Zeppelin scored their eighth UK No.1 album when 'In Through The Out Door' went to the top of the charts for two weeks.

1980 Kiss played the first of two sold out nights at London's Wembley Arena. Tickets L4.50.

1982 Peter Gabriel's "Security" LP was released.

1984 Stevie Wonder had his first UK No.1 with 'I Just Called To Say I Love You'. Taken from the film 'Lady In Red', it was 18 years after Wonder's chart debut in 1966. The song stayed at No.1 for six weeks.

1985 The Cure kicked off 10-date UK tour at the Coliseum, St. Austell

1988 Elton John sold some of his costumes and concert memorabilia at an auction in London for $6.2 million.

1989 Robert Wiggins from Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five died of a heart attack. (1982 UK No.8 single 'The Message').

1990 Jon Bon Jovi went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Blaze Of Glory', a No.2 in the UK.

1993 Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love appeared on stage together at a show in Hollywood. They performed a song they wrote together 'Penny Royal Tea'.

1995 R.E.M. kicked off an 18 date US tour at the Miami Arena, Miami Florida, with Radiohead as support band.

1997 29 years after the band first formed, Led Zeppelin released 'Whole Lotta Love', their first ever single in the UK. The track recorded in 1969 and featured on the bands second album was issued to promote their re-issued back catalogue.

1998 Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell proclaimed the week of September 8-13 as "Garth Brooks week."

1999 Sean Puffy Combes and his bodyguard Paul Offered both pleaded guilty to harassment in a New York Court. The pair faced charges of assaulting record company executive Steve Stoute with a champagne bottle a chair and a telephone.

2000 Sean "Puffy" Combs plead guilty to reduced assault charges in New York Criminal Court. Combs was sentenced to a one-day anger management class. The charges stemmed from Combs assaulting Interscope Records, executive Steve Stoute.

2002 Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson started his new job as an airline pilot. The heavy metal singer qualified as a Ł35,000 - a year first officer with Gatwick based airline Astraeus who took holidaymakers to Portugal and Egypt.

2003 David Bowie performed the first interactive concert when his performance was beamed live into 21 cinemas from Warsaw to Edinburgh. Members of the audience talked to Bowie via microphones linked to ISDN lines and took requests for songs from fans.

2004 Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant was guest of honour at the unveiling of a statue of 15th century rebel leader Owain Glyndwr at Pennal church, near Machynlleth in Wales. Plant, who owns a farmhouse in the area had donated money towards a bronze sculpture of the Welsh prince.

2005 Rod Stewart was ordered to pay a Las Vegas casino $2m for missing a New Year concert in 2000. Stewart had said he was unable to play at the Rio hotel and casino because his voice disappeared after an operation to remove a cancerous thyroid tumour. The singer said his voice only recovered in time to begin a world tour in June 2001 and he had since performed 150 shows.

2005 A charity album featuring some of the biggest bands in the UK was thought to be the fastest ever produced. Coldplay, Radiohead, Kaiser Chiefs, Antony and the Johnsons, The Magic Numbers, The Coral, Bloc Party and Gorillaz were among those who recorded tracks for 'Help: A Day in the Life.' The whole 22-track album was made available for download from the War Child website the following day.

2006 Whitney Houston filed for a divorce from Bobby Brown. The couple had married in 1992.

2007 Foxy Brown was sent to jail for a year in New York for violating her probation terms after she travelled outside New York without the court's permission and had missed anger management classes. The rapper (real name Inga Marchand), was arrested for allegedly assaulting a neighbour and in October 2006 she was put on probation for allegedly assaulting two nail salon workers in August 2004.
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