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1933 Floyd Cramer, country piano player, (1961 UK No.1 single 'On The Rebound'). Worked with Elvis Presley on 'Heartbreak Hotel', Cramer died on 31st December 1997.

1934 Rico Rodrigues, The Specials, (1981 UK No.1 single 'Ghost Town').

1935 Michael Eavis, the farmer whose land is used to hold Glastonbury Festival, the first being in 1970 with T Rex headlining to a crowd of 1500.

1941 Alan Howard, bass, The Tremeloes, (1967 UK No.1 & US No.11 single 'Silence Is Golden').

1941 Jim Seals, guitar, fiddle, Seals & Croft, American singer, songwriter.

1946 Jim Tucker, guitar, The Turtles, (1967 US No.1 single 'Happy Together', 1967 UK No.4 single 'She'd Rather Be With Me').

1947 David St Hubbins, vocals, Spinal Tap, (1984 rock film 'This Is Spinal Tap').

1958 Alan Jackson, US singer, (2002 US No.1 album, 'Drive').

1962 Anne Rogers, bass, Popinjays, (1990 UK album 'Bang Up To Date With The Popinjays').

1967 Rene Dif, Aqua, (1997 UK No.1 single 'Barbie Girl').

1968 Ziggy Marley, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, (1988 UK No.22 single 'Tomorrow People'). His father late Bob Marley had his last haircut the year Ziggy was born.

1972 Eminem, US Rapper, (Marshall Bruce Mathers III), 2000 UK No.1 single 'The Real Slim Shady', 2000 world wide No.1 album 'The Marshall Mathers LP.'

1972 Wyclef Jean, The Fugees, (1996 UK No.1 single 'Killing Me Softly'. Solo 1998 UK No.3 single 'Gone Till November').

1977 Chris Kirkpatrick, *NSYNC, (2000 US No.1 single 'It's Gonna Be Me', 1999 UK No.5 single 'I Want You Back').

1981 Female blues singer Alberta Hunter died aged 89.

1991 US singer Tennessee Ernie Ford died of liver failure. Had a 1955 US & UK No.1 hit with 'Sixteen Tons'.

1996 Chris Acland drummer with UK indie band Lush committed suicide, aged 30

1999 Thomas Durden died aged 79. Co wrote 'Heartbreak Hotel' with Mae Axton.

2001 Songwriter and composer Jay Livingston died of pneumonia. Best known for writing hits for Doris Day and Nat King Cole.

2002 Derek Bell instrumentalist in the Irish folk group The Chieftains died following minor surgery.

2007 US singer Teresa Brewer died aged 76. She was one of the most popular US pop singers of the 1950s scoring hits such as 'Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now' and 'Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall.' She also sang with Tony Bennett, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis.

1940 Will Bradley's Orchestra recorded "Five O'Clock Whistle" for Columbia Records.

1953 Frankie Laine was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Hey Joe!' Laine spent a total of 28 weeks at No.1 with three different releases during 1953.

1953 Conductor Leopold Stokowski performed the first concert of contemporary Canadian music to be presented in the U.S.

1960 Billboard reported that Dion and the Belmonts were breaking up.

1960 The Drifters started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Save The Last Dance For Me', a No.2 hit the UK.

1962 The Beatles first appeared on Great Britain's Grenada TV Network.

1964 "She's Not There," by the Zombies, was released.

1964 Manfred Mann started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy', possibly the first No.1 with a nonsense song title. Also a No.1 in the UK, the song was first released by the US group The Exciters.

1967 The musical "Hair" premiered at New York's Public Theatre. The show ran for 1,758 performances.

1968 Jose Feliciano released his controversial, bluesy rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner."

1969 "Led Zeppelin II" was released along with the start of Led Zeppelin's third U.S. tour.

1969 Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane was busted for marijuana possession in Honolulu and was fined $350.

1970 Eric Clapton released "After Midnight."

1970 The Jackson Five started a five-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I'll Be There'. The group's fourth No.1 of 1970, it made No.4 in the UK. Motown records claimed the group had sold over 10 million records during this year.

1975 Bee Gee Maurice Gibb married Yvonne Spencely.

1977 "Street Survivors" was released by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Three days later vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines (Steve's sister) and road manager Dean Kilpatrick were killed when their plane crashed in Gillsburg, MS. The other four members of the band were seriously injured but survived the crash.

1979 "Tusk," the two record set by Fleetwood Mac, was released by Warner Brothers Records.

1981 Christopher Cross started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Arthur's Theme, (Best That You Can Do)', his second US No.1. and a No.7 hit in the UK.

1986 The film biography "Sid And Nancy" opened nationally.

1987 Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Tunnel Of Love' his second album release

1987 Lisa Lisa and Cold Cut went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Lost In Emotion'; it reached No.58 in the UK.

1987 The Bee Gees became the only group to have a UK No.1 single in each of the three decades, (60's, 70's & 80's), when 'You Win Again' went to No.1 on the UK singles chart.

1987 The Nescafe UK student 'All Time Top 50' album chart was published; voted in at No.3, 'The Wall' by Pink Floyd, No. 2, 'The Joshua Tree' U2 and No. 1, Dire Straits 'Brothers In Arms', who also had three other albums in the Top 20.

1987 The Style Council kicked off a 8-date UK tour at the Apollo in, Manchester.

1991 Sandie Shaw was arrested for failing to give a breath test outside her Harley Street flat in London and was fined Ł100

1992 Prince scored his fourth UK No.1 album with 'Symbol'.

1992 Tasmin Archers debut single 'Sleeping Satellite' was at No.1 in the UK

1995 During an interview with The Observer magazine Noel Gallagher from Oasis said he wished Demon Albarn and Alex Cox of Blur would die from AIDS. He later retracted his statement.

1995 In London, Sting's former financial adviser was sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of stealing $9.4 million from the musician.

1995 Rhino Home Video released 58 episodes of "The Monkees" on 21 cassettes. It was the largest video boxed set to be released.

1997 Warren G filed a lawsuit against Garth Brooks, his company Blue Rose Inc., and Home Box Office Inc. The suit alleged that Brooks had infringed on the trademarked circled "g" logo.

1998 The Wilkinsons made their first official appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.

1998 Billie scored her second consecutive UK No.1 single with 'Girlfriend.'

1998 UK newspaper the Daily Star ran a story claiming that R.E.M singer Michael Stipe had admitted that he was gay during an MTV interview shown in the US. Stipe was voicing his disgust at the killing of a young gay student in the US.

1998 Phil Collins went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his 'Hits' album, his fifth UK No.1 album.

1998 The Barenaked Ladies went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'One Week'.

1999 It was reported that Michael Jackson had played a secret gig at a martial arts exhibition in Barnstaple, England. The man who had arrived in the white stretch limo was Navi, a Londoner who claims to be the world's number one Jako impersonator.

2000 A flat in Montague Sq. London, which was once owned during the 60's by Ringo Starr, went on the market for Ł575,000. The two bedrooms, two-story property was also home for Jimi Hendrix, John & Yoko and Paul McCartney during the 60's.

2000 George Michael became the new owner of the piano that John Lennon wrote his classic song 'Imagine' on. George paid Ł1.5m for the piano at a London auction.

2001 Jay-Z was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault charges for stabbing a record producer during a fight in a nightclub on December 1, 1999.

2001 The heirs of Bing Crosby filed a $16 million lawsuit accusing Universal Music Group of underpaying royalties on recordings.

2004 Michael Jackson's long-time lawyer, Steve Cochran, left the star's defence team. Jackson who was fighting child abuse charges, said in a statement that the lawyer had taken a "temporary leave of absence" but would still "collaborate".

2004 Soft Cell singer Marc Almond had emergency surgery and was treated in intensive care after he was injured in a motorcycle crash in London.

2004 Usher and Alicia Keys were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'My Boo.' The hit gave Usher his fourth US No.1 of 2004.

2004 R.E.M went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Around The Sun', the bands seventh UK No.1 album.
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