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Births
1903 Country singer Roy Acuff was born. He was the first living artist to be elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

1941 Les Braid, The Swinging Blue Jeans, (1964 UK No.2 single 'Hippy Hippy Shake').

1956 Jaki Graham, singer, (1985 UK No.5 single 'Could It Be I'm Falling In Love').

1958 Tim Whelan, Furniture, Guitar, (1986 UK No.21 single 'Brilliant Mind').

1960 Michel Dorge drums, Crash Test Dummies, (1994 UK No.2 & US No.4 single 'MMM MMM MMM MMM').

1965 Zak Starkey, drummer, (son of Ringo). Formed his own band The Face and has worked with The Who, Oasis, Johnny Marr and the Spencer Davis Group.

1976 Ivette Sosa, Eden's Crush, (2001 US No. 8 single 'Get Over Yourself').

1976 KG, MN8, (1995 UK No.2 single 'I've Got A Little Something For You').

1977 Paul Thomson, drums, Franz Ferdinand, (winners of the 2004 Mercury Music Prize for their self-titled debut album).


Deaths
2004 Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) died in Los Angeles of prostate cancer. Founding member of The Ramones, major influence on many punk and 90's bands.


Events
1930 Hoagy Carmichael recorded "Georgia on My Mind." The song has been the official state song of Georgia since 1922.

1934 NBC radio debuted "The Gibson Family." The program was the first musical comedy to be broadcast.

1956 Elvis Presley started a five-week run at No.1 on the US charts with 'Don't Be Cruel'.

1962 The Beatles were called "a nothing group" after an interview with Peter Jones of the "London Daily Mirror."

1962 The Four Seasons started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Sherry', it made No.8 in the UK. They became the first American group to have three No.1's in succession.

1964 The Beatles were ordered off the stage at Cleveland's Public auditorium so the screaming crowd could calm down.

1966 The Small Faces were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All Or Nothing'.

1967 During a UK tour Pink Floyd appeared at the Starlight Room in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

1968 The TV musical series "Soul" premiered on NBC.

1969 The Ed Sullivan Singers and Orchestra released "The Sulli-Gulli." It was the only released by Sullivan.

1969 Deep Purple performed "Concerto for Rock Band and Orchestra" with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London's Royal Albert Hall.

1973 Helen Reddy went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Delta Dawn', the singers second US No.1.

1974 Gary Thain (Uriah Heep) was nearly electrocuted on stage during a show in Dallas.

1977 "Love You Live" was released by the Rolling Stones.

1978 Bob Dylan kicked off his longest and most continuous US tour of his career in Augusta, Maine, playing the first of sixty-five gigs in sixty-two cities.

1979 Led Zeppelin scored their sixth US No.1 album when 'In Through The Out Door' started a seven-week run at the top of the charts.

1979 Bob Dylan released the album "Slow Train Coming." It was his first religiously themed album.

1980 "The Elephant Man" made its debut on Broadway, with David Bowie in his acting debut.

1984 Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 'Relax' became the longest running chart hit since Engelbert Humperdink's 'Release Me', after spending 43 weeks on the UK singles chart.

1988 Mark Knopfler announced the official end of Dire Straits, (they reformed in 1991).

1990 George Michael scored his second UK No.1 solo album with his second release 'Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1'.

1990 New Kids On The Block's business manager had his briefcase containing $100000 stolen from a hotel in Hollywood.

1990 The Steve Miller Band had a UK No.1 with 'The Joker' 16 years after it's first release.

1990 Wilson Phillips had their second US No.1 with 'Release Me', a No.36 hit in the UK).

1990 Bruce Hornsby began filling in on keyboard for The Grateful Dead following the death of Brent Mydland.

1996 Pearl Jam went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'No Code'.

1997 A 34 year old man was awarded more than Ł20,000 by a French court after he lost his hearing when he stood too close to loudspeakers at a U2 concert in 1993.

1998 "Mechanical Animals" was released by Marilyn Manson.

1998 Coolio was booked and released for possessing marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon.

1998 Reba McEntire received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2001 Metallica action figures went on sale.

2002 Atomic Kitten scored their second UK No.1 album with 'Feels So Good,'

2002 Dixie Chicks started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Home.'

2003 Abba tribute acts overtook Elvis impersonators in the battle of British covers singers according to a survey. The Swedish group jumped from third most tributed act in 2001 to top in 2002 with imitators like Abba Fever and Voulez Vous putting on Abba shows. Elvis dropped to number two while the Beatles dropped to three. The Performing Right Society carried out the research.

2003 Madonna's children's book "The English Roses" went on sale.

2006 The Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool where The Beatles played their first gig was given a Grade II listed building status after a recommendation from English Heritage. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison played in the converted coal cellar of the house in West Derby, in August 1959 as The Quarrymen.

2007 Rihanna started a 40-date North American and European tour at GM Place, Vancouver, British Columbia Canada.
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