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1937 Peter Cook, comedian (Derek & Clive), compare of UK TV music show 'Revolver'. (1965 UK No.18 single with Dudley Moore, 'Goodbye-ee' Cook died on 9th January 1995.

1937 Geoff Goddard, songwriter, wrote 'Johnny Remember Me', played keyboards on The Tornadoes 1962 No.1 hit 'Telstar'. He died on 15th May 2000 aged 62.

1938 Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian singer, (1971 UK No.30 single 'If You Could Read My Mind', 1974 US No.1 single 'Sundown').

1942 Bob Gaudio, The Royal Teens, (1958 US No.3 single 'Short Shorts). The Four Seasons, (1976 UK & US No.1 single 'December 1963, Oh What A Night').

1944 Gene Clark, singer, songwriter, The New Christy Minstrels, The Byrds, (1965 UK & US No.1 single 'Mr Tambourine Man'). Solo, (1974 album, 'No Other'). Died of a heart attack on 24th May 1991 aged 49.

1946 Martin Barre, Jethro Tull, (1969 UK No.3 single 'Living In The Past').

1947 Rod Clements, Lindisfarne, (1972 UK No.3 single 'Lady Eleanor').

1947 Robert Antoni, vocals, Nazz, Utopia with Todd Rundgren.

1948 Iain Sutherland, Sutherland Brothers And Quiver, (1976 UK No.5 single 'Arms Of Mary').

1956 Peter Cox, Go West, (1985 UK No.5 single 'We Close Our Eyes').

1957 Jim Babjak, US group, The Smithereens, (1988 US No.41 album 'Smithereens 11).

1960 RuPaul, US male drag queen, (1994 UK No.7 single with Elton John, 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart', 1998 UK No.21 single, 'It's Raining Men').

1966 Jeff Buckley, US singer songwriter, (1995 album 'Grace'). His singer songwriter father Tim Buckley, died on 29th June 1975 of a heroin and morphine overdose. 1972 album 'Greetings From LA'. Drowned while swimming on 29th May 1997.

1967 Ronald Devoe, New Edition, (1983 UK No.1 single 'Candy Girl'), Bell Biv De Voe, (1990 US No.3 single 'Do Me!').

1980 Clarke Isaac Hanson, Hanson, (1997 UK & US No.1 single 'MMMbop').

1981 Sarah Harding, Girls Aloud, (2002 UK No.1 single 'Sound Of The Underground').

2003 Soul singer Arthur Conley died of cancer. (1967 US No.2 & UK No.7 single 'Sweet Soul Music').

1957 Harry Belafonte was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Mary's Boy Child,' the first single to sell over 1m copies in the UK. It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks making it this years Christmas No.1.

1962 The Four Seasons started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Big Girls Don't Cry', the group's second No.1 of the year. It made No.13 in the UK.

1963 John Weightman the Headmaster of a Surrey Grammar School, banned all pupils from having Beatle haircuts saying "this ridiculous style brings out the worst in boys physically. It makes them look like morons."

1965 This week's UK singles chart: No.5, The Who, 'My Generation', No.4, Ken Dodd, 'Tears', No.3, Chris Andrews, 'Yesterday Man', No.2, The Seekers, 'Carnival Is Over', No.1, The Rolling Stones, 'Get Off Of My Cloud.'

1966 The Beach Boys were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Good Vibrations' The single was taken from the album 'Pet Sounds'.

1967 Pink Floyd released their third single 'Apples And Oranges', which failed to chart.

1967 The Who kicked off their second North American tour supporting The Buckinghams at Shawnee Mission South High School in Kansas City.

1967 Davey Jones of the Monkees opened a boutique, Zilch I, in Greenwich Village, NY.

1970 Elton John recorded a show in New York City which was later released as his 11-17-70 album.

1971 Slade were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Coz I Luv You', the group's first of six No.1's.

1973 The Who's double album 'Quadrophenia' entered the UK album chart peaking at No.2. One of two two full-scale rock operas from The Who (the other being the 1969 'Tommy'). The 1979 film based on the story stars Phil Daniels, Toyah Willcox, Ray Winstone, Michael Elphick and Sting.

1974 John Lennon scored his second solo US No.1 album with 'Walls And Bridges.'

1974 ABBA began their first tour of Europe. It was also their first tour outside of Sweden.

1976 The opening night of a UK tour by The Carpenters at The Playhouse, Edinburgh, two shows 6.45, and 9.30, both shows were completely sold out. (The tour was cancelled the year before due to Karen's illness).

1979 Jethro Tull bass player John Glascock died, aged 26.

1979 Abba scored their fifth UK No.1 album when their 'Greatest Hits Vol. 2' started a five-week run at the top.

1979 The Commodores went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Still', the group's second US No.1 single, it made No.4 in the UK.

1980 John Lennon's album "Double Fantasy" was released.

1984 Wham! Started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go'.

1985 Wham! Were at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Make It Big' and No.1 in the US singles chart with 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go'.

1987 The Madonna compilation album "You Can Dance" was released.

1990 David Crosby broke his left leg, ankle and shoulder in a motorcycle accident in Los Angles, CA.

1991 Stone Roses drummer Reni appeared in court on a charge of obstruction and was fined L50. He alleged that police beat him up after his arrest.

1992 At the end of a long battle to claim royalties Jimmy Merchant and Herman Santiago ex of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, received an estimated $4 million in back payments from the song 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love'.

1997 The Lighthouse Family kicked off a 20-date UK tour at Sheffield City Hall.

1997 Metallica released the album "ReLoad."

1998 Tori Amos released a compilation of her videos, "Tori Amos: The Complete Collection: 1992-1998".

1998 Garth Brooks released "Garth Brooks: Double Live."

1998 Whitney Houston released "My Love is Your Love."

1998 Mariah Carey released "#1's."

1998 Jewel released "Spirit."

1998 The three soundtracks were released for the animated film "The Prince of Egypt."

1999 Mariah Carey was forced to abandon a performance on Rome's historic Spanish Steps after crowds of tourists swamped her. She took shelter in a local shop before been given a police escort to safety.

2000 It was reported that Andy White who played drums on The Beatles track 'Love Me Do' which was featured on the new Beatles Greatest Hits album would not earn enough from it to buy his own copy. White would get no more than his original session fee of Ł7.

2002 On the 50th birthday of the British singles chart the Top 3 had DJ Sammy, 'Heaven' at No.3, Nelly & Kelly Rowland 'Dilemma' at No.2 and Christina Aguilera at No.1 with 'Dirty.'

2002 Irish boyband Westlife went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Unbreakable-The Greatest Hits.'

2003 21 year-old Britney Spears became the youngest singer to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The only other performer to get a Hollywood star at her age was Little House on the Prairie actress Melissa Gilbert.

2003 George Michael signed a new contract with the record company he took to court in 1993. The singer re-signed to Sony in a deal that included his extensive back catalogue. Michael had failed in his court wrangle with Sony after accusing it of "professional slavery"; his contract was bought out by Virgin Records.

2003 Country music legend Don Gibson died of natural causes aged 75. (1958 US No.7 single 'Oh Lonesome Me', 1961 UK No.14 single 'Sea Of Heartbreak.)' Neil Young covered 'Oh Lonesome Me' on 'After The Gold Rush' album.

2007 The Eagles were at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Long Road Out Of Eden' the bands seventh studio album and first since 1979.
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