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Births
1937 Mary Travers, Peter Paul and Mary, (1969 US No.1 & 1970 UK No.2 single 'Leaving On A Jet Plane', written by John Denver).

1942 Johnny Rivers, US singer, songwriter, (1966 US No.1 single 'Poor Side Of Town' plus over 15 other US Top 40 hits).

1943 Joni Mitchell, (Roberta Anderson), singer, songwriter, 1970 UK No.11 single 'Big Yellow Taxi', 1974 US No.7 single 'Help Me'. Wrote 'Both Sides Now' hit for Judy Collins and 'Woodstock.' Crosby Stills Nash and Young and Matthews Southern Comfort.

1951 Kevin Scott MacDonald, Cutting Crew, (1987 US No.1 & 1986 UK No.4 single 'I Just Died In Your Arms')

1951 Nick Gilder, singer, Sweeney Todd, solo, (1978 US No.1 single 'Hot Child In The City').

1954 Robin Beck, singer, (1988 UK No.1 single 'First Time'). The song was taken from a TV advertisement for Coca-Cola. As a backing singer Beck worked with Melissa Manchester, Chaka Khan and Leo Sayer.

1960 Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist, took over Ace Frehley's character in Kiss of the 'Spaceman.'

1963 Clint Mansell, guitarist, Pop Will Eat Itself, (1991 UK No.15 single 'X Y & Zee').

1964 Liam O'Maonlai, vocals, guitar, piano, Hothouse Flowers, (1988 UK No.11 single 'Don't Go').

1967 Sharleen Spiteri, vocals, Texas, (1997 UK No.3 single 'Say What You Want', 1997 UK No.1 album 'Blonde On Blonde').

1970 Neil Hannon, singer, Divine Comedy, (1999 UK No. 8 single 'National Express').

1978 Mark Daniel Read, vocals, A1, (2000 UK No.1 single, 'Same Old Brand New You').


Events
1951 Frank Sinatra married his second wife actress Ava Gardner, the couple split up in 1953 and divorced in 1957. Sinatra was married three other times, to his first wife Nancy Barbato, to the actress Mia Farrow and finally to Barbara Marx, to whom he was married at his death.

1958 Eddie Cochran made his UK chart debut with 'Summertime Blues'. It reached No.18 in the UK & No.8 in the US.

1963 The Beatles went to Ireland to make their only two appearances ever in the country playing two shows at the Adelphi Cinema, Dublin. The group hooked up with screenwriter Alun Owen, who had been appointed to write the screenplay for The Beatles' first (as yet untitled) motion picture. Owen spent three days with The Beatles observing their hectic, lifestyle.

1967 Reg Dwight (Elton John) and his song writing partner Bernie Taupin signed to DJM publishing, their signatures had to be witnessed by their parents because they were both under 21 years of age. Taupin answered an advertisement for a lyric writer placed in the New Musical Express, the pair have since collaborated on over 30 albums.

1967 The Beatles finished recording 'Blue Jay Way', 'Flying' and 'Magical Mystery Tour.' The Beatles have only six songs, not enough for an album so decided to issue a double-EP. Capitol Records didn't think the double-EP format would be acceptable for the US market, so they decide to put out an album instead. The six "Magical Mystery Tour" songs with five of the six songs from The Beatles' 1967 singles went on side two.

1969 The Rolling Stones kicked off their 6th North American tour at Fort Collins state University, Colorado. Also on the bill, Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and BB King.

1970 Led Zeppelin released their third album, which entered the UK chart at No.1 and spent a total of 40 weeks on the Top 75.

1974 Ted Nugent won a National Squirrel-shooting contest after picking off a squirrel at 150 yards. The heavy metal guitarist also shot dead 27 other mammals during the three day event.

1975 A new world record was set for continuous guitar string plucking by Steve Anderson who played for 114 hours 17 minutes.

1975 Elton John started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Rock Of The Westies', the singers seventh US No.1.

1981 Hall and Oates started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Private Eyes', the duo's third US No.1, a No.32 hit in the UK.

1981 Shakin' Stevens went to No.1 on the album chart for one week with 'Shaky.'

1986 Willie Nelson made a guest appearance the series "Miami Vice" as a corrupt policeman.

1987 During a UK tour The Jam appeared at St Andrews University in Scotland.

1987 Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Tunnel Of Love.'

1987 Tiffany became the youngest act to score a US No.1 since Michael Jackson ('Ben', in 1972) with 'I Think we're Alone Now'.

1988 John Fogerty won his self-plagiarism court battle with Fantasy Records. The label claimed Fogerty copied his own song, "Run Through The Jungle" when he wrote "The Old Man Down The Road".

1990 The musical revival of "Those Were The Days" opened.

1991 Frank Zappa was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

1991 The musical revival of "Brigadoon" opened in New York.

1995 Alice in Chains released "Alice in Chains" on CD and cassette. The album was only available in a vinyl edition until this release.

1995 The Madonna album "Something to Remember" was released.

1995 The Captain and Tennille (Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille) renew their wedding vows on their 20th anniversary.

1997 The Spice Girls sacked their manager Simon Fuller and his 19 management team.

1999 Geri Halliwell went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Lift Me Up', beating former colleague Emma Bunton's single which entered the chart at No.2. Sales of Geri's single were helped by front-page press reports about her dating Chris Evans.

1999 It was reported that Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall had met his mother for the first time in 37 years. His mother had left him when he was 2 years old.

2000 Garth Brooks filed for a divorce from his wife Sandy.

2002 12 Guns N' Roses fans were arrested during a riot after a gig in Vancouver was cancelled. Promoters pulled the gig after Axl Rose's flight from Los Angeles was delayed.

2002 Whitney Houston's husband, Bobby Brown was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, speeding, driving without a licence and having no proof of insurance after he was stopped by police in Atlanta City.

2004 Eminem went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Just Lose It', his fourth UK No.1. The UK top five this week consisted of all American acts: No.2, Destinys Child - Lose My Breath, No.3, Britney Spears - My Prerogative, No.4, Christina Aguilera & Missy Elliott - Car Wash and No.5 Usher & Alicia Keys - My Boo.

2004 R.Kelly and Jay-Z went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Unfinished Business.'

2004 Elton John turned the air blue live on BBC Radio 1 using the words; f****ing, w**k, and t**s. The singer was a guest on the Chris Moyles breakfast show.

2006 The game "Guitar Hero II" for Playstation 2 was released in North America.
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