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1930 Matt Monro, UK singer, (1964 UK No.4 & US No.23 single 'Walk Away' plus 10 other UK Top 40 hits). He died on 7th February 1985.

1934 Billy Paul, (1972 US No.1 & 1973 UK No.12 single 'Me and Mrs Jones').

1936 Lou Rawls, US singer, (1976 US No.2 & UK No.10 single 'You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine'). Rawls died from lung cancer on 6th January 2006 aged 72.

1938 Sandy Nelson, US drummer, (1962 UK No.3 & US No.7 single 'Let There Be Drums'). Worked with The Teddy Bears, Gene Vincent. Lost his left foot in a car accident.

1944 Bette Midler, singer, actress, (1989 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'Wind Beneath my Wings'). Worked with Barry Manilow, starred in the film 'The Rose' based on the life of Janis Joplin.

1944 Charlie Grima, Wizzard, (1973 UK No.1 single 'See My Baby Jive').

1944 Eric Bloom, Blue Oyster Cult, (1976 US No.12 & 1978 UK No.16 single 'Don't Fear The Reaper').

1944 John Densmore, drums, The Doors, (1967 US No.1 & UK No.49 single 'Light My Fire' & 1971 single 'Riders On The Storm').

1946 Gilbert O'Sullivan, singer, songwriter, (1972 UK No.1 single 'Clair', 1972 US No.1 single 'Alone Again Naturally', plus 13 other UK Top 40 singles).

1951 Jaco Pastorius, jazz bass player, (1976 hit with Weather Report, 'Birdland'). Also worked with Joni Mitchell and Pat Metheny. Died on 21st September 1987 aged 35. He suffered irreversible brain damage after being beaten into a coma after an altercation with a bouncer at the Midnight Club in Fort Lauderdale.

1956 Julee Cruise, singer, (1990 UK No. 7 single 'Falling').

1959 Stephen Batt, Japan, (1982 UK No.5 single 'Ghosts').

1963 Sam Reid, Glass Tiger, (1986 UK No.29 single 'Don't Forget Me, When I'm Gone').

1971 Greg Upchurch, drummer, joined in 2005, 3 Doors Down, (2003 US No.4 single 'When I'm Gone', 2005 US No.1 album 'Seventeen Days').

1977 Brad Delson, guitar, Linkin Park, (2002 US No.2 & UK No.4 single 'In The End', 2002 US No.2 & 2001 UK No.4 album 'Hybrid Theory').

1956 The Leonard Bernstein musical "Candide" opened on Broadway. The work was based on the book by Voltaire.

1956 The rock and roll film "Shake, Rattle and Roll" opened.

1957 Three rock and roll acts made their debut on the Ed Sullivan Show: Buddy Holly & the Crickets ("That'll Be the Day"), Sam Cooke ("You Send Me"), and the Rays.

1958 The musical "Flower Drum Song" Rodgers and Hammerstein opened on Broadway.

1960 Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee were married.

1964 Beatles drummer Ringo Starr booked into University College Hospital to have his tonsils removed.

1964 The Who played the first of 22 consecutive Tuesday night gigs at The Marquee Club in London, the band were paid Ł50 for each gig.

1965 During a North America tour The Rolling Stones appeared at the Vancouver Auditorium, British Columbia.

1966 Tom Jones was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Green Green Grass Of Home.' It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks giving Decca records its first million selling single by a British artist. Also a No.11 hit in the US.

1967 During a 15 date UK tour Jimi Hendrix played two shows at Chatham Town Hall.

1968 Janis Joplin made her final appearance with Big Brother & the Holding Company.

1972 Martha & the Vandellas gave their farewell performance in Detroit, MI.

1973 Appearing at The Odeon, Birmingham, England, The O'Jays, Billy Paul and The Intruders.

1973 The Carpenters went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Top Of The World', their second US No.1, a No.5 hit in the UK.

1976 The *** Pistols appeared on the British TV "Today Show." In the interview Glenn Matlock said the word "f***." The result was the *** Pistols being banned in several British cities.

1980 Appearing at London's Hammersmith Palais, London, Talking Heads supported by U2.

1981 Keyboard player Vince Clarke announced he was quitting Depeche Mode to form Yazoo with Alison Moyet.

1982 Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' album was released. It spent 190 weeks on the UK album chart became the biggest selling pop album of all time, with sales over 51 million.

1982 Epic Records released the album "Thriller" by Michael Jackson.

1984 Jim Diamond was at No.1 in the UK singles chart with 'I Should Of Known Better.'

1987 A Kentucky teacher lost her appeal in the US Supreme Court over her sacking after showing Pink Floyd's film 'The Wall' to her class. The court decided that the film was not suitable for minors with its bad language and sexual content.

1987 Prince decided to cancel the release of "The Black Album." It was only a week away from release.

1989 Sly Stone was sentenced to 55 days after pleading guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of cocaine, (two weeks later he also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and was sentenced to spend 9-14 months in rehab).

1990 C.C. Deville guitar player with Poison spent six hours in jail in Louisville, after being arrested for public drunkenness and criminal mischief after a concert in the town that night.

1990 Vanilla Ice started a four-week run at No.1 in the UK with the single 'Ice Ice Baby'.

1990 Whitney Houston went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I'm Your Baby Tonight', her 8th US No.1 and the first for writers and producers Reid and Babyface.

1991 The musical "Once on this Island" closed after 469 performances.

1994 Tupac Shakur was convicted on charges of sexually abusing a woman in a hotel room. He was recovering from gunshot wounds he had suffered the day before.

1995 An auction of Frank Sinatra's possessions earned him $2,072,000.

1998 The first night of a US tour with *NSYNC, Britney Spears and B*Witched opened in Columbus, Ohio.

1999 Jay-Z stabbed Lance Rivera at a party at Manhattan's Kit Kat Klub. Jay-Z plead guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to three years probation on September 17, 2001.

2002 Daniel Bedingfield scored his second UK No.1 single with 'If You're Not The One.'

2002 Shania Twain started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Up!' a No.4 hit in the UK.

2006 An Oasis fan enjoyed "the best day of his life" when Noel Gallagher popped round to his house in Poynton, Cheshire to play an intimate gig. Ben Hayes had won a BBC Radio 1 competition to have the star play in his front room as part of a week of gigs compered by DJ Jo Whiley. 15 people packed into his lounge for the tiny gig - with his mother on hand making cups of tea for the crew.
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