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Births
1940 Freddy Cannon, singer, (1959 US & UK No.3 single, 'Way Down Yonder In New Orleans').

1942 Bob Mosley, Moby Grape, (1967 'Moby Grape').

1942 Chris Hillman, bass, vocals, The Byrds, (1965 UK & US No.1 single 'Mr Tambourine Man'), Flying Burrito Brothers, The Souther, Hillman, Furay Band, (1974 US No.27 single 'Fallin' In Love').

1944 Dennis Wilson, drums, vocals, The Beach Boys, (1966 UK & US No.1 single 'Good Vibrations', plus over 25 other UK Top 40 singles). Wilson drowned while swimming from his boat moored in Marina Del Rey, California on 28th December 1983 after a heavy day's drinking.

1947 Terry Woods, The Pogues, (1987 UK No.8 single 'The Irish Rover').

1948 Southside Johnny, vocals, harmonica, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, (1978 album 'Hearts Of Stone').

1951 Gary Rossington, guitar, Lynyrd Skynyrd, (1974 US No. 8 single 'Sweet Home Alabama', 1982 UK No.21 single 'Freebird').

1969 Jay-Z, (Shawn Carter), 1998 UK No.2 single 'Hard Knock Life' 1999 UK No. 10 single with Mariah Carey, 'Heartbreaker' 2001 US No.1 album 'The Blueprint'. Owner of Roc-A-Fella Records, is the second richest Hip-Hop Entertainer (behind Sean "Puffy" Combs), having a net-worth estimate of $340 million.

1972 Justin Welch, drums, Elastica, (1995 UK No.13 single 'Waking Up'), Me Me Me, (1996 UK No.19 single 'Hanging Around').


Deaths
1976 Tommy Bolin of Deep Purple died of a drug overdose at the age of 25.

1993 Multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, Frank Zappa died of prostrate cancer. Zappa recorded many albums with The Mothers Of Invention and solo, 1969 album 'Hot Rats', 1974 album 'Apostrophe', featuring 'Don't Eat The Yellow Snow'. His first band was The Blackouts, Zappa recorded one of the first concept albums, 'Freak Out'.


Events
1956 The so-called 'Million Dollar Quartet' jam session took place at Sun Studios in Memphis with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Johnny Cash had been in the studio but left to go shopping with his wife.

1961 Gene Chandler's "Duke of Earl" was released.

1962 The Beatles made their London-area debut on television when they appeared in a live broadcast from Wembley on 'Tuesday Rendezvous', on ITV station Rediffusion. The Beatles performed live, doing lip-sync performances of 'Love Me Do' and 45 seconds of 'P.S. I Love You.'

1964 The Beatles released their fourth album 'Beatles For Sale'. It spent 11 weeks as the UK No.1 album.

1965 The Byrds started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Turn! Turn! Turn!' the groups second No.1. A No.26 hit in the UK.

1967 During a UK tour, Jimi Hendrix played two shows at Newcastle City Hall, England.

1971 Led Zeppelin started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with the 'Four Symbols' album. Featuring the 8-minute track 'Stairway To Heaven', the album stayed on the US chart for 1 week short of 5 years, selling over 11 million copies.

1971 Sly and the Family Stone started a five-week run at No.1 on the US single chart with 'Family Affair', their third US No.1.

1971 T Rex scored their first No.1 album with their 6th release 'Electric Warrior'.

1976 Workers at EMI records went on strike, refusing to package the *** Pistols single 'Anarchy In The UK.'

1979 U2 appeared at The Hope and Anchor, Islington, London.

1980 Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones made the announcement of their decision not to re-form Led Zeppelin in the wake of the death of drummer John "Bonzo" Bonham.

1982 The Jam were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Beat Surrender', the groups fourth UK No.1.

1982 'The John Lennon Collection' started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart.

1983 Tears For Fears kicked off a 13-date UK tour at Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre. Tickets L4.

1987 Madonna filed for divorce from actor Sean Penn. She changed her mind, but would file again in January 1988.

1987 Metallica released the "Cliff 'Em All" video collection. The bootleg and unprofessional recordings had been shot during 1982-1986 when Cliff Burton was still with the band.

1988 Roy Orbison played his final ever gig when he appeared in Cleveland, Ohio. Orbison died of a heart attack two days later.

1989 Lenny Kravitz made his UK live debut at London's Borderline Club

1989 The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ruling that said that Prince did not steal the song, "U Got The Look" from his half-sister. Lorna Nelson claimed the lyrics were similar to ones she had written.

1990 Madonna appeared on "Nightline" to defend her "Justify My Love" video. She denied the video's explicit contents were intended to stir up controversy and get her publicity. The video was banned by MTV.

1991 Paula Abdul was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1991 Van Halen performed a free concert in Dallas. Sammy Hagar had promised the show because he had lost his voice during a show in Dallas 3 1/2 years earlier.

1995 Michael Jackson appeared with legendary mime Marcel Marceau at New York news conference promoting a Jackson special airing on HBO.

1999 Rapper Jay-Z was released on $50,000 bail, after being accused of attacking Lance Rivera when a fight broke out at a party for rapper Q-Tip at a Manhattan Club. Police declined to say what caused the dispute.

2000 Irish singer Ronan Keating was dumped as chart topping boy band Westlife's manager. Ronan was told his services were no longer required. Westlife had scored seven No.1 UK singles.

2001 Gene Simmons' book "Kiss and Make-Up" was released.

2002 Whitney Houston admitted in an US TV interview that drink and drugs nearly killed her. Bobby Brown's missus also admitted to being addicted to ***. She said her business is ***, drugs and rock 'n' roll, and got into the lifestyle after missing out on partying when her career kicked off aged 18.

2005 David Gray kicked of a 10-date UK tour at Manchester Arena finishing at The Brixton Academy in London on the 15th.

2006 Yahoo revealed that Britney Spears was the most searched for term of 2006 with more online searches done about Spears than any other topic or person. Female celebrities dominated the top 10 overall search list, with Shakira at number three, Jessica Simpson at number four and Paris Hilton at number five.
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