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1935 Luciano Pavarotti, Italian singer, (1990 UK No.2 single 'Nessun Dorma', 1990 UK No.1 album 'The Essential Pavorotti', spent 72 weeks on the UK chart).

1935 Sam Moore, singer, (Sam & Dave, 1964 UK No.24 & 1967 US No.2 single 'Soul Man').

1942 Melvin Franklin, vocals, The Temptations, (1971 US No.1 & UK No.8 single 'Just My Imagination' and re-issued 'My Girl' UK No.2 in 1992). He died on 23rd February 1995.

1948 Rick Parfitt, vocals, guitar, Status Quo, (1977 UK No.3 single 'Rockin' All Over The World', plus over 50 other UK Top 75 singles).

1955 Jane Siberry, Canadian singer, songwriter, (1989 album 'Bound By The Beauty').

1956 David Letts, (Dave Vanian), vocals, The Damned, (1986 UK No.3 single 'Eloise').

1960 Bob Mould, guitar, vocals, Husker Du, (1987 album 'Warehouse Songs And Stories), Sugar, (1992 album, Copper Blue').

1966 Brian Kennedy, Irish singer, songwriter, worked with Van Morrison band & solo, (1996 UK No.27 single 'Life, Love and Happiness', 1996 UK No.19 album 'A Better Man'). Appeared on Broadway in The River Dance.

1969 Martie Seidel, Dixie Chicks, (1999 UK No.26 single, 'There's Your Trouble', 2000 single 'Cowboy Take Me Away', 1999 US No.1 album Wide Open Space').

1971 Gene Vincent died from a perforated ulcer, aged 36. Had the 1956 US No. 7 & UK No. 16 single 'Be Bop A Lula'.

1985 Ricky Wilson, of the B-52's, died of complication of AIDS at the age of 32.

1997 John Denver was killed when the plane he was piloting crashed into Monterey Bay, CA. He was 53 years old.

1944 Frank Sinatra returned to the Paramount Theatre to a huge crowd known as the "Columbus Day Riot".

1957 Little Richard tossed four diamond rings into the Hunter River in Sydney, Australia, to prove that he was giving up rock-n-roll for his faith in God. He returned to music five years later.

1962 Little Richard headlined a concert in Liverpool. One of the opening acts was the Beatles.

1963 Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Sugar Shack'.

1968 The Jimi Hendrix Experience was formed in London.

1968 John Sebastian left the band Lovin' Spoonful to start his solo career.

1968 Big Brother And The Holding Company went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Cheap Thrills'.

1968 The Hollies started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with their 'Greatest Hits.'

1969 A DJ on Detroit's WKNR radio station received a phone call telling him that if you play The Beatles 'Strawberry Fields Forever' backwards, you hear John Lennon say the words "I buried Paul." This started a worldwide rumour that Paul McCartney was dead.

1970 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's "Jesus Christ Superstar" debuted on Broadway.

1970 Bill Graham held a rock Memorabilia auction at New York's Fillmore East.

1974 Olivia Newton-John went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'If You Love Me, Let Me Know.'

1974 The Bay City Rollers went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut album 'Rollin.'

1975 Rod Stewart and the Faces play their final show together. The group's breakup was due to Stewart wanting to further his success with his solo career.

1978 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark made their live debut at Eric's, Liverpool, England.

1978 Sid Vicious (*** Pistols) was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. Spungen had been found dead with several knife wounds to her abdominal area. Vicious died of a heroin overdose before his murder trial began.

1978 The Tom Robinson band appeared at Friars in Aylesbury with Stiff Little Fingers as support and the Johnny Thunders All Stars played at The Lyceum in London. His band featured Paul Cook and Steve Jones from the *** Pistols.

1982 Appearing at Shea Stadium, New York, The Who supported by The Clash.

1983 Karen Carpenter received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1985 Jennifer Rush was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Power Of Love'. The song stayed at No.1 for five weeks and became the biggest selling single of the year.

1985 Ready For The World went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Oh Sheila', a No.50 hit in the UK.

1991 Mariah Carey had her fifth No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Emotions' a No.17 hit in the UK.

1991 Simply Reds fourth album 'Stars' went to No.1 on the UK chart for the first of five times, featuring the singles 'Thrill Me', 'For Your Babies' and the title track 'Stars.' The album became the biggest seller of 1991 and 1992 in the UK spending 134 week's on the chart.

1991 Nirvana's album, "Nevermind" was certified gold by the RIAA.

1995 Tupac Shakur was released from prison on $1.4 million bail. He was released pending an appeal of his conviction for sexual assault.

1996 "The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus", the film documentary, was released. The work had been filmed in December 1968.

1996 The Chemical Brothers scored their first UK No.1 single with 'Setting Sun.'

1997 A Backstreet Boys concert in a central Madrid square was cancelled by city officials. 300 girls had to be treated after fainting in the heat. More than 7,000 fans came to the event that expected no more than 5,000.

1997 Boyz II Men were at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Evolution'.

1999 Adrian Young drummer with No Doubt proposed to his girlfriend during a gig in San Francisco. Young came on to the stage before the bands encore and got down on bended knee with a ring, his girlfriend Nina accepted.

1999 The island of their birth, The Isle Of Man, issued six stamps honouring The Bee Gees. Their mother had run a local post office on the island.

2000 Badly Drawn Boy started a 13-date UK tour at Leeds, Metropolitan University.

2005 Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee suffered minor burns at a concert in Casper, Wyoming during a pyrotechnics explosion. Lee was treated at a local hospital for the injuries to his arm and face, which occurred while he was suspended from a wire 30 feet above the stage.

2005 Singer and Live Aid co-founder Midge Ure received an honorary degree from Dundee's University of Abertay. He said: "Having left school at the age of 15, I never expected to receive such an accolade."

2005 Freddie Mercury's 1974 Rolls Royce was offered for auction on eBay by his family. The Silver Shadow luxury vehicle had already attracted bids of up to Ł8,400. It came with an unused box of tissues the singer always stored in the car.
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