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Births
1937 Tom Paxton, folk singer, (1970 UK No.23 album, 'No.6).

1947 Russ Ballard, guitar, vocals, Argent, (1972 UK No.5 single 'Hold Your Head Up').

1952 Bernard Edwards, producer and member of Chic, (1978 UK No.7 single 'Le Freak'). Produced ABC, Power Station and Rod Stewart. Edwards died on 18th April 1996.

1956 Tony Bowers, Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias and then Simply Red, (1986 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Holding Back The Years').

1961 Larry Mullen, drummer, U2, (1984 UK No.3 single 'Pride, In The Name Of Love' plus over 25 other UK Top singles, 1987 UK and worldwide No.1 album 'The Joshua Tree' spent 156 weeks on the UK chart. Scored five consecutive US No.1 albums from 1987.)

1963 Johnny Marr, guitarist, songwriter, The Smiths, (1984 UK No.10 single 'Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now', plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles). Electronic, (1991 UK No.8 single 'Get The Message'). Modest Mouse, (2007 US No.1 album 'We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank'). Also worked with The The, The Pretenders and Johnny Marr and the Healers.

1963 Mikkey Dee, Motorhead, (1980 UK No.15 single 'Ace Of Spades').

1964 Colm O'Ciosoig, My Bloody Valentine, (1991 UK No.29 single 'To Here Knows When').

1965 Annabella Lwin, vocals, Bow Wow Wow, (1982 UK No.7 single 'Go Wild In The Country').

1966 1966, Ad- Rock, (Adam Horovitz), The Beastie Boys, (1987 US No.7 & UK No.11 single 'You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party', 1987 US No.1 and UK No.7 album 'Licence To Ill', plus 3 other US No.1 albums).

1968 Alistair Mcerlaine, guitarist, Texas, (1997 UK No.3 single 'Say What You Want').

1968 Al Mackenzie, D:Ream, (1994 UK No.1 single 'Things Can Only Get Better').

1970 Malin Berggren, Ace Of Base, (1993 UK No.1 single 'All That She Wants', 1994 US No.1 single 'The Sign').

1980 Charles Moniz, Candian bassist in Avril Lavigne's band and the drummer for the band Grade.

1981 Frank Anthony Iero, rhythm guitarist, My Chemical Romance, (2006 UK No.1 single 'Welcome to the Black Parade', 2006 US No.2 album 'The Black Parade').

1982 Monica and Gabriela Irimia, Cheeky Girls, Romanian duo, (2002 UK No.2 single 'Cheeky Song', Touch My Bum).


Deaths
1985 Producer Joseph Papp died of cancer at the age of 70. He was the co-creator of "A Chorus Line."

1990 UK DJ Roger Scott died of cancer. Scott was one of the most respected broadcasters in the UK, working on Capital Radio for 15 years and then Radio 1.


Events
1952 Pianist Johnnie Johnson hired 26 year old Chuck Berry as a guitarist in his band. While playing evening gigs in the St. Louis area, Berry kept his day job as a hairdresser for the next three years.

1954 Vera Lynn was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'My Son, My Son.' The singers only No.1 hit.

1959 The Quarry Men decided to change their name to Johnny and the Moondogs. The band were in Liverpool auditioning for the Carrol Levis show. The Quarry Men featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

1963 Gerry And The Pacemakers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You'll Never Walk Alone.' The group's third No.1.

1963 The Beatles returned to London from Sweden and were greeted by hundreds of screaming fans and a mob of photographers and journalists. American television host Ed Sullivan was at Heathrow as The Beatles arrived, and was struck by the sight of Beatlemania in full swing; he decided to look into getting this group to appear on his US television program.

1964 Barbra Streisand started a five-week run at Noi.1 on the US album chart with 'People'.

1964 The Supremes started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Baby Love', the group's second of five consecutive US No.1's. The group were formally known as the five piece group The Primettes.

1964 Ray Charles was arrested by Logan Airport customs officials in Boston and charged with possession of heroin. This was his third drug charge, following incidents in 1958 and 1961. Charles avoided prison after kicking the habit in a clinic in Los Angeles, but spent a year on parole in 1966.

1967 Rolling Stone Brian Jones was released from Wormwood Scrubs prison on L750 bail pending appeal. Jones had been found guilty of possession of cannabis. Seven Stones fans were arrested and charged with obstructing the police after demonstrating outside the prison gates.

1967 Iggy and the Stooges made their live debut when they played at a Halloween party in Michigan.

1970 Led Zeppelin started a four week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Led Zeppelin III', the bands second US chart topper.

1970 'Motown Chartbusters Vol 4' went to No.1 on the UK album chart. The album featured tracks from The Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, The Four Tops, The Supremes, The Temptations and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.

1970 Michelle Phillips, formerly of the Mamas and Papas, and actor Dennis Hopper were married. The two divorced 8 days later.

1974 Led Zeppelin launched their record label 'Swan Song'. Named after an unreleased Zeppelin instrumental track.

1980 Appearing at London's Rainbow Theatre, Bow Wow Wow. The group had a backing singer by the name of Lieutenant Lush, a.k.a. Boy George.

1981 The Human League went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Dare', their first No.1 LP.

1986 A new series of TV's Channel 4's 'The Tube', started with Jermaine Stewart, Troublefunk, Bob Geldof and Frankie Goes To Hollywood plus Spandau Ballet who played live in the studio at Newcastle upon Tyne.

1986 Roger Waters went to the high court to try and stop Dave Gilmour and Nick Mason from using the name 'Pink Floyd', for future touring and recording.

1987 Fleetwood Mac started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with their third No.1 LP 'Tango In The Night.'

1987 Forbes Magazine listed the Top 40 American entertainment earners from 86-87, 8th was Whitney Houston $44 million, 7th Madonna $47 million and third place Bruce Springsteen $56 million.

1988 Debbie Gibson held a séance at her Halloween party to contact the spirits of Liberace and Sid Vicious.

1988 Appearing at The Hacienda, Manchester, England, Bomb The Bass.

1989 The very first MTV unplugged show was recorded in New York, featuring UK band Squeeze, the program was aired on 26th Nov 1989.

1990 During a gig in Seattle, Washington, Billy Idol dumped 600 dead fish in Faith No More's dressing room. They responded by walking on stage, naked during Idol's set.

1992 Boyz II Men were at No.1 in the UK with the single 'End Of The Road', taken from the film 'Boomerang'.

1992 Prince and the New Power Generation released the album "."

1993 Tupac Shakur was arrested for allegedly shooting two off-duty Atlanta policemen.

1993 Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea was at the scene of actor's River Phoenix fatal collapse in Los Angles.

1995 James Brown was arrested in Aiken, South Carolina for assaulting his 47 year old wife, Adrienne, who said that her husband hit her with a mirror. Adrienne died in January, 1996 and the assault charges against James were dropped.

1996 Linkin Park's Chester Bennington married his wife Samantha.

1996 Slash announced he was no longer in Guns N' Roses. The guitarist said that Axl Rose and he had only been civil to each other on two occasions since 1994.

1995 Alice in Chains released "Alice in Chains" as a vinyl edition. It was not available on CD or cassette until November 7, 1995.

1997 Over 200 counterfeit tickets were confiscated at a Jane's Addiction reunion concert in New York.

1998 Chart history was made when the UK Top 5 singles chart was made up entirely of new entries. Alanis Morissette went in at No.5, Culture Club at No.4, U2 at No.3, George Michael at No.2 and Cher with 'Believe' at No.1.

1998 Cher started a seven week run at No.1 with her third UK No.1 single 'Believe', (the biggest seller of 1998), also a No.1 in the US. It made Cher the first female artist to have a No.1 single over the age of 50.

1999 A list of 'New Pop Fortunes' published in The Sunday Times, reported that The Corrs were worth L1.5 million each, Boyzone L3 million each, Jamiroquai L4 million, The Chemical Brothers L4 million each and Norman Cook L10 million.

1999 EMI records announced that it was planning to stop paying for some of its artists to release singles. The label said that anyone who sold less than 80,000 copies would be discouraged from releasing a single.

1999 Five scored their first UK No.1 single when 'Keep On Movin', went to the top of the charts.

1998 KISS kicked off its Psycho-Circus tour with a Halloween extravaganza in Los Angeles, CA. The Smashing Pumpkins were the opening act.

1999 Bryan White sang the National Anthem at the Adelphia Coliseum in Nashville prior to the game between the Tennessee Titans and the St. Louis Rams. Following the game, White gave his second annual Howl-O-Ween concert at the north end of the coliseum.

2000 Winners at this years Q Awards included, David Gray, best single for 'Babylon', Oasis won best live act, Coldplay won best album for 'Parachutes', best act in the world went to Travis, Badly Drawn Boy won best new act and former Clash member Joe Strummer won the Q Inspiration award.

2000 Britney Spears paid Ł6,000 to hire a private bar in Leipzig, Germany during a night off on her 'Oops...I did It Again Tour.' Britney who at 18 was banned from drinking in the US was reported to be knocking back vodka laced White Russians and Pina Coladas.

2002 The mother of pop star Bjork ended a hunger strike she had staged to protest against plans for a by a US company to build a aluminum smelter and hydroelectric plant power plant in the Icelandic wilderness. Hildur Runa Hauksdottir began eating again after four week's of fasting.

2003 The first UK Fame Academy winner, David Sneddon quit his career as a pop star to become a songwriter less than a year after winning the talent contest. Sneddon had scored two Top 10 singles since winning his L1m recording contract through the BBC TV show.

2004 R Kelly was kicked off a tour with Jay-Z, a day after claiming he was attacked with pepper spray by a member of the rapper's entourage. Kelly alleged he had been sprayed by a member of Jay-Z's entourage during a performance in New York. But Jay-Z's publicist denied that the rapper or any of his associates were involved. Jay-Z and R Kelly were in the midst of the 40-city Best of Both World's tour, scheduled to run until 28 November.

2004 Robbie Williams was at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Greatest Hits.'

2004 Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Stardust' his third US No.1 album since 1971.

2004 Ja Rule went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Wonderful.'

2005 The white suit worn by John Lennon on the cover of the Beatles' Abbey Road album sold for $118,000 (Ł66,385) at an auction in Las Vegas. And an Austin Princess hearse driven by the late star in the documentary Imagine sold for $150,000 (Ł84,388). A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the items went to Amnesty International.

2007 22-year-old X Factor winner Singer Leona Lewis helped boost UK online music downloads to a record 1.7 million in one week making it the biggest week ever for download sales. Lewis sold more than 106,000 downloads of her track 'Bleeding Love.'
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