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1917 country singer, songwriter Merle Travis, aged 65. Invented the first solid body electric guitar. Wrote 'Sixteen Tons' 1955 US No.1 for Ernie Ford. Travis died 20th October 1983.

1933 John Mayall, 'father of the UK blues movement', his Bluesbreakers Band has featured Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Jack Bruce, Peter Green and Jimmy McCulloch.

1939 Meco Monardo, (1977 US No.1 & UK No.7 single 'Star Wars Theme').

1941 Denny Doherty, The Mamas And The Papas, (1966 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Monday Monday'). Doherty died on 19th Jan 2007 at the age of 66 after a short illness.

1944 Felix Cavaliere, keyboards, The Young Rascals, (1967 US No.1 & UK No.8 single 'Groovin').

1947 Ronnie Montrose, guitarist, Montrose, Edgar Winter Group, (1973 US No.1 & UK No.18 single 'Frankenstein).

1951 Barry Goudreau, guitar, Boston, (1977 UK No.22 single 'More Than A Feeling', 1986 US No.1 single 'Amanda').

1959 Wendy Wu, Photos, (1980 UK No.56 single 'Irene').

1968 Martin Carr, guitar, The Boo Radleys, (1995 UK No.9 single 'Wake Up Boo').

1974 Apl.De.Ap, vocals, Black Eyed Peas, (2003 US & UK No.1 single 'Where Is The Love').

1979 The Game, (Jayceon Terrell Taylor), American rapper, (2005 US No.1 with his debut album, The Documentary).

1979 Ray Smith committed suicide.

1996 American singer Tiny Tim died, (1968 UK No.17 single 'Tiptoe Through The Tulips').

1999 Soul singer Curtis Knight died aged 54. Jimi Hendrix had been a member of his band in the 60's.

2001 Former Beatle George Harrison died in Los Angeles of lung cancer aged 58. Tributes to George were made worldwide by The Queen, George Bush, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Martin and Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher.

1956 The musical "Bells Are Ringing" opened on Broadway.

1959 Frank Sinatra won best new artist of the year at the Grammy Awards.

1960 Paul McCartney and Pete Best were deported from West Germany after being arrested on suspicion of arson after the hotel room they were staying in mysteriously caught fire. They were released and deported the next day.

1963 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' by The Beatles was released in the UK. For the first time ever in the UK advanced orders passed the million mark before it was released.

1963 The Beatles' fifth single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" was released in Britain.

1965 This week's UK Top 5 albums, No.5, 'Out Of Our Heads', The Rolling Stones, No.4, 'Highway 61 Revisited', Bob Dylan, No.3, 'Help!', The Beatles, No.2, 'Mary Popins', Soundtrack and at No.1, 'Sound Of Music', Soundtrack.

1965 Colorado Governor John A. Love declared a Rolling Stones day throughout the State as The Stones appeared at The Denver Coliseum in Colorado during a North American tour.

1968 The Who released their first concert record, "The Who Sell Out."

1969 John Lennon was convicted of possession of cannabis and fined $360 in London. Yoko Ono, who was arrested with Lennon on October 18, was cleared of charges.

1969 The Beatles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Come Together / Something', the group's 18th US No.1.

1971 The UK Top 5 singles: at No.5, The Piglets, 'Johnny Reggae', No.4, Cher, 'Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves', No.3, Benny Hill, 'Ernie, (The Fastest Milkman In The West)', No.2, T Rex, 'Jeepster', No.1, Slade, 'Coz I Love You.'

1975 During a UK tour Queen appeared at the Hammersmith Odeon, London.

1975 German trio Silver Convention started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Fly Robin Fly', it peaked at No.28 in the UK.

1976 Lancaster local council cancelled the *** Pistols gig at Lancaster Poly, England. The reason was given in a statement by the council saying: 'We don't want that sort of filth (The *** Pistols) in the town limits.'

1976 Jerry Lee Lewis shot his bass player, Norman "Butch" Owens, twice in the chest while trying to hit a soda bottle. Lewis was charged with shooting a firearm within the city limits.

1977 "Alive II" was released by KISS.

1979 The original four members of KISS performed their last show together until 1996 when they reunited for a makeup tour.

1979 Anita Pallenburg was cleared of murder charges in the shooting death of her young male companion. She was Keith Richards' common-law wife.

1979 Paul Simon filed two lawsuits against his record label in an attempt to leave them.

1980 Abba scored their ninth and last UK No.1 single with 'Super Trouper', the group's 25th Top 40 hit in the UK.

1980 John and Yoko's 'Double Fantasy' album was released. A No.1 in the US & the UK the set featured the No.1 single 'Just Like Starting Over.'

1982 Metallica played their first headlining show. They played the song "Whiplash" for the first time. Exodus was the opening act.

1986 Bon Jovi went to No.1 on the US single chart with 'You Give Love A Bad Name'.

1986 'Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band Live / 1975-85' started a seven week run at No.1 on the US album chart.

1990 The musical "Shogun - The Musical" opened.

1992 U2's first TV special, called "U2's Zoo TV Outside Broadcast," aired on Fox-TV.

1993 Metallica released the box set "Binge & Purge." It contained three CDs, three videos and a book.

1995 Sammy Hagar and model Kari Karte were married.

1997 Whitney Houston pulled out of a concert sponsored by the Moonies two hours before she was due on stage after finding out the event was a mass wedding for over 1,000 Moonie couples. The religious group said they had no intention of suing providing the singer returned the $1m fee she had received.

1997 Celine Dion went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Let's Talk About Love.'

1997 The Lou Reed song 'Perfect Day' performed by various artists including Elton John, Bono, Tom Jones & David Bowie went to No.1 on the UK singles chart. The single raised over L2 million for the Children In Need Charity.

1999 It was reported that Oasis singer Liam Gallagher had gone missing after leaving his house three days earlier. The band were due to fly out to the US at the end of the week to start a tour.

2000 U2's Larry Mullen came to the rescue of motorcyclist who had been involved in an accident. Larry was driving home when he saw the motorcyclist who had crashed and stopped to call for help on his phone and then waited for the ambulance to arrive.

2002 Three paintings by Sir Paul McCartney were bought for just Ł35 each at the Secrets Postcard Sale at London's Royal College of Art. Members of the public gambled on whether they were buying works by celebrity artists at a fraction of their value, as a picture's creator was only made known after it has sold.

2003 A five-hour charity show, to boost the fight against Aids, was held at the Greenpoint Stadium in Cape Town. Acts who appeared included, Bono, Queen, Ms Dynamite, Peter Gabriel, Eurythmics, Beyonce, Youssou N'Dour, Anastacia, The Corrs, Jimmy Cliff and Chaka Chaka. The show was also broadcast live on the internet.

2005 50 Cent was planning to create a vibrator of his manhood, so his female fans could pretend to have *** with him. The rapper was also planning to sell a line of condoms and waterproof *** toys designed to excite his female fans. The rapper said: "I need to make a 50 Cent condom and motorised version of me, which will have to be waterproof so you can utilise it in the tub, Blue is my favourite colour so it will probably be blue".

2005 Pop Idol creator Simon Fuller dropped his Ł100m copyright case against the X Factor's Simon Cowell after Fuller settled the case out of court in a deal which made him a joint partner in the X Factor show. Mr Fuller had claimed Mr Cowell's ITV talent show X Factor copied his successful Pop Idol format, in a case taken to London's High Court. As part of the settlement, Mr Cowell agreed to appear in at least five more series of American Idol.

2006 The High School Musical: The Concert tour began in San Diego, California, continuing until January 28th, 2007 playing in major cities around the United States, Canada and Latin America.

2007 Control, the biopic about late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, scooped five prizes at the British Independent Film Awards. The black-and-white film, which featured The Killers, David Bowie and New Order on the soundtrack, was shot for just L3m.

2007 Morrissey was set to sue UK music weekly the NME after it failed to apologise for an article focusing on his views on immigration. The magazine had criticised the 48 year old singer and former Smiths star for allegedly telling a reporter Britain had lost its identity due to high levels of immigration.

2007 Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle, a convicted *** offender, was arrested for failing to properly register a new permanent address. The 59-year-old had pleaded guilty in 1993 to charges of attempted capital sexual battery by an adult on a victim younger than 12 and being principal to lewd and lascivious behavior on a child younger than 16. He was sentenced to eight years of probation.
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