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1926 Charles Edward Berry, (Chuck Berry), 1963 UK No.6 single 'Let It Rock', 1972 UK & US No.1 single 'My Ding a Ling'. Major influence on The Beatles and Rolling Stones. 'Johnny B. Goode' was one of the examples of earth music sent out to space.

1938 Ronnie Bright, The Coasters, (1958 US No.1 single 'Yakety Yak', 1959 US No.2 and UK No.6 single 'Charlie Brown').

1947 Laura Nyro, singer songwriter. Her songs have been recorded by Suzanne Vega, Phoebe Snow, Roseane Cash, Frank Sinatra and Linda Ronstadt. She wrote 'And When I Die' a hit for Blood, Sweat & Tears and 'Stoney End' covered by Barbra Streisand. She died of ovarian cancer on 8th April 1997.

1949 Gary Richrath, REO Speedwagon, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.7 single 'Keep On Loving You').

1949 Joe Egan, Stealers Wheel, (1973 UK No.8 single 'Stuck In The Middle With You'). The song was used in Quentin Tarantino's 1992 movie Reservoir Dogs, during the famous "ear" scene.

1952 Keith Knudson, drummer, The Doobie Brothers, (1979 US No.1 single 'What A Fool Believes', 1993 UK No.7 single 'Long Train Runnin'). Died of pneumonia on 8th Feb 2005 aged 56.

1956 Dick Crippen, Tenpole Tudor, (1981 UK No.6 single 'Swords Of A Thousand Men').

1971 Mark Morriss, singer, songwriter, guitarist, The Bluetones, (1996 UK No.2 single 'Slight Return') and solo 2008 album 'Memory Muscle.'.

1974 Peter Svensson, guitar, The Cardigans, (1997 UK No.2 single 'Lovefool').

1977 Simon Rix, bass, Kaiser Chiefs, (2005 UK No.3 album 'Employment', 2005 UK No.6 single 'Oh My God', 2007 UK No.1 single 'Ruby').

1982 Ne-Yo, (born Shaffer Chimere Smith), American R&B singer-songwriter, (2006 US No.1 & UK No.4 album 'In My Own Words', 2006 US & UK No.1 single 'So Sick').

1987 Zachary Efron, American actor and singer from High School Musical. As part of the cast had the 2006 US No.1 'High School Musical' album and 2007, US No.1 'High School Musical 2' album. Over 17 million viewers in the United States watched the TV premier of High School Musical; making it the highest rated basic cable broadcast in U.S. history.

2000 US singer Julie London died after suffering a stroke. (1956 US No. 9 & UK No. 22 single 'Cry Me A River').

2007 South African reggae star, Lucky Dube was shot dead by car thieves when he was dropping his teenage son and daughter off in a Johannesburg suburb. Police said Dube's son and daughter were already out of the car when three shots were fired through the car window, witnesses said the wounded singer tried to drive away, but lost control of his car and hit a tree.

1935 "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" was recorded by Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra.

1957 Paul McCartney made his debut appearance with the Quarry Men in Norris Green, Liverpool.

1964 The Animals began their first U.S. tour.

1964 Taking a day off from their British tour The Beatles go into the studio and complete the recording of six album tracks and the A-side of their next single: 'I Feel Fine'. They also complete 'Eight Days a Week', 'Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey', 'Mr. Moonlight', 'I'll Follow the Sun', 'Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby'. 'Rock and Roll Music' and 'Words of Love.'

1966 The Jimi Hendrix Experience played its debut concert in Paris.

1967 The Bee Gees were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Massachusetts', the group's first of five UK No.1's. Engelbert Humperdink was at No.2 with 'The Last Waltz' and Traffic were at No.3 with 'Hole In My Shoe.'

1967 'I Can See For Miles' by The Who entered the UK singles chart, peaking at No.10.

1967 The Kinks single 'Autumn Almanac' was released this week, peaking on the UK charts at No.3.

1967 "How I Won the War," starring John Lennon, premiered in London.

1968 John Lennon and Yoko Ono were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana when Ringo Starr's apartment was raided by police.

1969 The Jackson 5 made their U.S. television debut on ABC-TV's "Hollywood Place."

1969 The Temptations scored their second US No.1 single with 'Can't Get Next To You'. A No.13 hit in the UK.

1974 Mary Woodson shoots herself in Al Green's home. She shot herself after throwing a pot of boiling grits on Green when he was getting out of the bathtub.

1974 Sweet Sensation were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Sad Sweet Dreamer', their only UK No.1.

1975 John Denver started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Windsong.'

1975 Simon and Garfunkel reunited on "Saturday Night Live."

1976 The Buzzcocks made their first recordings at Revolution Studios, Cheadle, Manchester, England.

1977 Appearing on the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test, John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett performing their only hit 'Cor Babe That's Really Free'.

1979 Buggles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Video Killed The Radio Star.'

1981 Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the 1963 Lesley Gore hit 'It's My Party.'

1986 Former Eastenders TV actor Nick Berry was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Every Loser Wins.' Berry had played barman Simon Wickes in the TV show. It also gave BBC records its first ever UK No.1 single.

1986 Huey Lewis and the News went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Fore!'

1986 Christine McVie married composer Eduardo DeMendonca.

1987 On UK television The South Bank Show aired a documentary on The Smiths, filmed during the recording of 'Strangeways.'

1989 During a gig at The Los Angeles Coliseum, Guns N' Roses front man Axl Rose announced to the crowd that he was quitting the band.

1990 The musical "Once on This Island" opened.

1990 The City of Los Angeles declared "Rocky Horror Picture Show Day."

1992 Lynn Anderson was released from jail after serving two days in jail in Nashville, TN for a contempt of court sentence for swearing in front of her children.

1996 Joni Mitchell was interviewed by Morrissey for the promotional CD 'Words and Music' by Reprise Records to promote her new releases Hits and Misses.

1997 Former Clash front man Joe Strummer kicked off an eight-date UK tour at Rock City in Nottingham.

1997 Hanson sang the national anthem at the opening game of the World Series.

1998 Metallica performed at the Playboy Mansion.

1998 Frank Sinatra Jr. married Cynthia McMurrey in Houston, TX.

1998 Jay-Z started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Vol 2...Hard Knock Life.'

2000 DNA Visual Business Solutions filed a lawsuit against Britney Spears and her marketing company for failing to pay for the redesign of her website britneyspears.com.

2002 After a 15 year court battle, New York State's highest court ruled that the Ronettes, did not have the right to share the money earned by their producer Phil Spector through the use of the group's songs in movies, television and advertising. Citing a 1963 contract signed by the group, the court also substantially reduced the amount they stood to gain from royalties on sales of records and compact discs.

2005 Live Aid co-founder Midge Ure collected his OBE from the Queen for his music and charity work. The 52 year-old ex-Ultravox singer wore a kilt for the occasion at Buckingham Palace, London.

2005 Madonna admitted that she wrote a grovelling letter to Abba asking if she could sample their music on her latest single 'Hung Up.' The singer had to seek permission to sample 'Gimme Gimme Gimme' and became only the second act that Abba has allowed to sample their work. The Fugees used part of 'The Name Of The Game' on their 1996 track 'Rumble In The Jungle.'

2005 An image of a naked John Lennon, taken on the last day of his life, was named the top US magazine cover of the past 40 years. The Rolling Stone front cover, taken by Annie Leibovitz and showing Lennon curled around Yoko Ono, was picked by editors, artists and designers.

2007 Amy Winehouse and her husband Blake Fielder-Civil were arrested in Bergen, Norway and held overnight for possession of cannabis. The singer was released the following morning after paying a fine of 500 euros (Ł350; $714).

2007 The Spice Girls US record label announced that their forthcoming greatest hits album would be made available exclusively at the lingerie chain Victoria's Secret shops in the US two months ahead of other outlets.
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