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Births
1939 Jim Yester, guitar, vocals, The Association, (1967 US No.1 single 'Windy').

1941 Donald Dunn,Booker T and the MG's, (1962 US No. 3 single 'Green Onions', 1969 UK No.4 single 'Time Is Tight').

1941 Pete Best, The Beatles drummer, 1960-1962.

1942 Billy Connolly, singer, actor, comedian, The Humblebums with Gerry Rafferty, 1975 UK No.1 single 'D.I.V.O.R.C.E.'

1943 Robin Williams, The Incredible String Band, UK folk group, (1967 album 'The 5000 Spirits or The Layers Of The Onion').

1944 Bev Bevan, drums, The Move, (1969 UK No.1 single 'Blackberry Way'), Electric Light Orchestra, (1979 UK No.3 & US No.4 single 'Don't Bring Me Down' plus 26 other Top 40 hits). Now a UK radio presenter on Saga FM in the West Midlands.

1945 Lee Michaels, US keyboard player, (1971 US No.6 single 'Do You Know What I Mean').

1955 Clem Burke, drummer, Blondie, (5 UK No.1 singles including 1979 UK & US No.1 single 'Heart Of Glass' and 1978 worldwide No.1 album 'Parallel Lines').

1957 Chris Hayes, Huey Lewis and the News, (1985 US No.1 & UK No.11 single 'The Power Of Love').

1958 Carmel, (1983 UK No.15 single 'Bad Day').

1962 John Squire, guitar, The Stone Roses, (1989 UK No.8 single 'Fool's Gold', 1989 album 'The Stone Roses'). The Seahorses, (1997 UK No.3 single 'Love Is The Law').

1962 Gary Stonedage, bass, Big Audio Dynamite, (1986 UK No.11 single 'E=MC2').

1964 Tony Rombola, guitarist, Godsmack, (2003, US No.1 album 'Faceless', 2006 US No.1 album 'IV').

1970 Chad Taylor, guitarist, Live, (1997 US No.1 album 'Secret Samadhi').


Deaths
1985 Singer Big Joe Turner died of a heart attack.

1991 Eric Carr (Kiss) died of cancer at 41. Carr had joined Kiss in 1982 when founding drummer, Peter Criss, left the group.

1991 Freddie Mercury died of complications from aids at his home in London's Holland park aged 45, just one day after he publicly admitted he was HIV positive. Mercury was openly bisexual and enjoyed a colourful rock star lifestyle; during his career with Queen he scored over 40 Top 40 UK singles including the worldwide No.1 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

1993 US blues guitarist Albert Collins died aged 61.


Events
1950 The musical "Guys and Dolls" opened.

1959 US singer Johnnie Ray was released on bail after spending the night in jail charged with accosting and soliciting.

1961 Howlin' Wolf arrived in London for his first European tour.

1964 The first commercial radio station in the UK, Radio Manx based on The Isle of Man started broadcasting.

1966 The Beatles get together for the first time since their return from the summer tour of the United States, ready to record a new album. The first song selected for recording is John's 'Strawberry Fields Forever', which will end up, not on the album, but on The Beatles' next single. This day's session is devoted entirely to 'Strawberry Fields Forever.'

1968 Diana Ross and The Supremes were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Love Child', a No.15 hit in the UK.

1972 ABC-TV debuted "In Concert."

1973 Ringo Starr went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Photograph'. His first of two US chart toppers as a solo artist.

1976 Chicago were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'If You Leave Me Now', the group's only UK No.1.

1978 David Bowie played the first of two sold-out nights at the RAS Show Grounds, Sydney during his 8-date Low / Heroes tour of Australia and New Zealand.

1979 Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'No More Tears, (Enough Is Enough). A No.3 hit in the UK.

1983 Irish group The Undertones split up. Lead singer Feargal Sharkey went on to have a No.1 UK single as a solo artist with 'A Good Heart' and later worked in A&R for various record labels.

1990 Madonna started a nine-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Immaculate Collection.'

1991 Cyndi Lauper married actor David Thornton in Manhattan, the wedding was officiated by Little Richard.

1992 Bill Wyman's divorce was finalised with the high court awarding his ex wife Mandy Smith Ł580,000.

1994 Prince performed "Peach" on the European MTV Awards. He claimed the song was a "cover tune by a good friend."

1996 Makaveli, (aka 2Pac) was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Don Killuminati - The 7 Day Theory'.

1999 During a Bonhams of London rock auction, Buddy Holly's first driving licence sold for Ł3,795; and a copy of The Beatles 'White Album' numbered 00000001, sold for Ł9,775.

2000 Former husband of Spice Girl Mel B Jimmy Gulzar was given unconditional bail after appearing in court charged with attacking the star's sister, Danielle.

2000 Fatboy Slim kicked off a 7-date UK tour at The Arches, Glasgow.

2002 Robbie Williams started a five week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Escapology', his fifth UK No.1 album.

2002 Jay-Z was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Blueprint 2', the rapper's first US No.1 album.

2003 'Agadoo' by Black Lace was named the worst song of all time by a panel of music writers. The song peaked at No.2 on the UK charts in 1984.

2004 Former US American Idol winner Ruben Studdard was taken to hospital, suffering from exhaustion. The 26-year-old was in his Alabama hometown when he was taken ill.

2005 Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey announced they were to separate after three years of marriage. Their relationship had been the subject of persistent media scrutiny after it was chronicled on the hit MTV series 'Newlyweds.'

2005 Bob Geldof called for fair trade at an awards event in Rome that recognised his antipoverty efforts. "Africa must be allowed to trade itself out of poverty," he said as he received the Man of Peace award from the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

2006 Winners at this year's American Music Awards included, Kelly Clarkson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shakira, Jamie Foxx, Nickelback, Sean Paul, Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Mary J. Blige. Nelly Furtado, John Mayer and Fall Out Boy.

2007 Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea lost his multi-million pound house in a wildfire that swept through Malibu, 53 other properties were destroyed by the blaze. Flea told the Los Angeles Times the $4.8m (Ł2.3m) property was "burnt to a crisp".
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