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PostSubject: October 26   18.11.08 0:35

Births
1946 Keith Hopwood, guitar, Herman's Hermits, (1964 UK No.1 single 'I'm Into Something Good', 1965 US No.1 single 'Mrs Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter').

1951 Bootsy Collins, bass player, James Brown, Parliament, Funkadelic, Bootsy's Rubber Band

1951 Maggie Roche, singer, songwriter, The Roches, worked with Paul Simon and Loudon Wainwright.

1952 David Was, Was Not Was, (1992 UK No.4 single 'Shake Your Head').

1953 Keith Strickland, The B-52's, (1990 UK No.2 & US No.3 single 'Love Shack').

1962 Steve Wren, Then Jerico, (1989 UK No.13 single 'Big Area').

1963 Natalie Merchant, 10,000 Maniacs, (1993 UK No.47 single 'Candy Everybody Wants').

1965 Judge Jules, UK remixer, producer.

1978 Mark Barry, BBMak, (2001 UK No. 5 single 'Back Here' and No.1 in Japan).

1981 Guy Sebastian, Australian singer-songwriter, winner of the first Australian Idol series. (2003 Australian No.1 single, 'Angels Brought Me Here').


Deaths
1966 Alma Cogan died of stomach cancer. (1955 UK No.1 single 'Dreamboat', plus 20 other UK Top 40 hits). Youngest UK female act to top the charts during the 50's.

1984 19-year-old John D. McCollum killed himself with a .22 caliber handgun after spending the day listening to Ozzy Osbourne records. One year later, McCollum's parents took court action against Ozzy and CBS Records, alleging that the song "Suicide Solution" from the album Blizzard of Ozz contributed to their son's death. The case was eventually thrown out of court.

1991 Legendary American promoter Bill Graham was killed when the helicopter he was flying in hit a 200' utility tower in Sonoma County, California.


Events
1935 Judy Garland, at the age of 12, sang on Wallace Berry's radio show on NBC.

1958 Bill Haley and his Comets played the first rock 'n' roll concert in Germany. Over 7,000 rock 'n' roll fans turned the show into a riot.

1959 The Everly Brothers announced that they are considering leaving their record label.

1963 Bob Dylan played a sell out concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

1965 Queen Elizabeth II presented The Beatles with their MBE's (Member of the British Empire) at Buckingham Palace, England. According to John Lennon, The Beatles smoked marijuana in one of the palace bathrooms to calm their nerves.

1971 Al Green's "Tired of Being Alone," his first hit, went gold.

1974 Barry White scored his only US No.1 album with 'Can't Get Enough.'

1974 Dionne Warwick and the Spinners went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Then Came You.'

1975 "A Chorus Line" premiered.

1978 The Police played their first U.S. show in Boston at the Rat Club.

1980 Paul Kantner of Jefferson Starship suffers a brain hemorrhage during a recording session. After 15 days in the hospital he recovers fully.

1985 George Benson went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Love Songs Collection.'

1985 Whitney Houston went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Saving All My Love For You', also a No.1 hit in the UK.

1981 Queen and David Bowie record "Under Pressure" in Montreaux, Switzerland.

1991 Erasure scored their third UK No.1 album with 'Chorus', featuring the singles 'Love To Hate You' and the title track 'Chorus.'

1991 Ozzy Osboune broke his foot after an accident on stage at a gig in Chicago, causing him to cancel the remaining dates of a US tour.

1992 Pearl Jam sets a new record for first week sales when the LP "Vs." sold 950,000 copies.

1993 Catholic churches in San Juan, Puerto Rico urge residents to tie black ribbons on trees to protest Madonna's first concert there.

1994 Roseanne Barr appeared on her TV show "Roseanne" dressed as Prince.

1996 The Spice Girls had their second UK No.1 single when 'Say You'll Be There' started a two-week run at the top of the charts.

1998 Eros Ramazzotti released his "Eros Live" album.

1998 A U.S. federal judge refused to issue an injunction against the sale of MP3. The device is used to play music downloaded from the Internet. The Recording Industry Association of America had brought the case to court.

1998 Marilyn Manson began its Mechanical Animals tour in Kansas City, MO.

2000 During a UK tour Robbie Williams played a sold out gig at the Manchester Evening News Arena. England.

2002 Jessica Simpson, married former 98° member Nick Lachey. The couple were featured on MTV 'Newlyweds' TV show. The couple separated after three years of marriage.

2003 Sugababes went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Hole In The Head.' the girl group's third No.1.

2003 US American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Measure Of A Man.'

2004 Elvis Presley came top of a list of the highest-earning dead celebrities. Forbes.com listed the Top 5 dead music earners; 1. Elvis Presley $40m (Ł22m), 2. John Lennon $21m (Ł11m), 3. George Harrison $7m (Ł3.8m), 4. Bob Marley $7m and at 5. George and Ira Gershwin $6m.

2005 UK jazz/pop pianist and singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum kicked off a 13 date UK tour at The Plymouth Pavilions.
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