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PostSubject: December 05   05.12.08 7:58

Births
1899 Sonny Boy Williamson, US blues singer. Van Morrison, The Who, The Animals, Yardbirds and Moody Blues all covered his songs. He died on 25th May 1965.

1932 Richard Penniman, (Little Richard), 1956 US No. 6 & 1957 UK No.3 single 'Long Tall Sally', plus over 10 other US & UK Top 40 singles).

1938 JJ Cale, US guitarist, singer songwriter, (1972 US No. 22 single 'Crazy Mama', 1982 UK No.36 album 'Grasshopper').

1945 Eduardo Delgado, ? & The Mysterians, (1966 US No. 1 & UK No.37 single '96 Tears'). '96 Tears' was a UK No.17 hit for The Stranglers in 1990.

1947 Jim Messina, Buffalo Springfield, (1967 US No.17 single 'For What It's Worth'). Loggins and Messina, (1972 US No.4 single 'Your Mama Don't Dance').

1952 Andy Kim, singer, (1974 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Rock Me Gently')

1960 Les Nemes, bass, Haircut 100, (1982 UK No.3 & US No. 37 single 'Love Plus One')

1965 Johnny Rzeznik, singer, guitarist, Goo Goo Dolls, (1999 UK No. 26 single 'Iris', 2002 US No.3 album 'Gutterflower').

1971 Craig Gill, Inspiral Carpets, (1990 UK No.14 single 'This Is How It Feels').

1980 Zainam Higgins, vocals, Cleopatra, (1998 UK No.3 single 'Cleopatra's Theme').

1980 Christian Smith Pancorvo, drummer, Serafin. Previously a member of Razorlight with Johnny Borrell.


Deaths
1993 Doug Hopkins from Gin Blossoms died of self-inflicted bullet wounds age 32.


Events
1956 Alan Freed's "Rock Rock Rock" film (with Connie Francis singing for Tuesday Weld) was released.

1960 Elvis Presley started a ten-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'G.I. Blues'. His fifth US No.1 album.

1961 Ray Charles was arrested in an Indianapolis hotel and charged with possession of drugs.

1964 Lorne Greene star of the NBC TV show 'Bonanza' was at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Ringo', making him the second Canadian to have a US No.1 single, a No.22 hit in the UK.

1965 The Beatles played their last ever show in their hometown of Liverpool when they appeared at The Liverpool Empire during the group's final UK tour. Only 5,100 tickets were available, but there were 40,000 applications for tickets. The group also had the UK No.1 single with 'We Can Work It Out / Day Tripper.'

1967 The last night of a package tour arrived at 'Green's Playhouse, Glasgow, featuring Pink Floyd, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Move and Amen Corner.

1968 The Rolling Stones unveil "Beggar's Banquet" in an uncontroversial white cover designed to resemble a formal invitation.

1968 Graham Nash quit the Hollies. He announced the formation of Crosby, Stills and Nash three days later.

1970 Amazing Grace' by Judy Collins entered the UK singles chart for the first of eight times, it spent a total of 67 weeks on the chart never making the No.1 position.

1976 Music weekly NME reviewed the *** Pistols debut single 'Anarchy In The UK' saying "Johnny Rotten sings flat, the song is laughably naive, and the overall feeling is of a third-rate Who imitation."

1981 Julio Iglesias was at No.1 in the UK singles chart with 'Begin The Beguine.'

1987 Fat Larry James, drummer and leader of Fat Larrys Band died of a heart attack aged 38. (1982 UK No.2 single 'Zoom').

1987 Belinda Carlisle went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Heaven Is A Place On Earth', the ex Go-Go's member first solo No.1, also a No.1 hit in the UK.

1987 The Jesus And Mary Chain were banned from appearing on a US music TV show after complaints of blasphemy when the groups name was flashed across the screen. The CBS show asked the band to be called JANC but the group didn't agree.

1992 Ice Cube went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Predator'.

1993 Douglas Hopkins, ex-Gin Blossoms lead guitarist committed suicide at his home in Tempe, AZ, at the age of 32. Hopkins was fired the previous year due to a drinking habit.

1997 Carl Edward Hunter, manager of Ray Charles, was arrested in Japan on suspicion of marijuana possession.

1997 Toni Braxton filed suit against LaFace Records and its distributor Arista Records, claiming that her 1989 recording contracts were invalid.

1998 R Kelly started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I'm Your Angel', featuring Celine Dion. A No.3 hit in the UK.

1999 Korn were at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Issues' the bands second US No.1.

2004 Snoop Dogg was at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Drop It Like It's Hit.'

2004 Band Aid 20 started a four week at No.1 on the UK singles chart with a new version of 'Do They Know It's Christmas.' The third time the song had reached No.1. The new version featured, Joss Stone, Busted, Chris Martin, Bono, Justin Hawkins, Dizzee Rascal, Tom Chaplin, Ms Dynamite, Beverly Knight, Will Young, Jamelia, Fran Healy, Sugababes, Dido and Robbie Williams.

2004 U2 started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb', the bands ninth UK No.1 album. The band also went to No.1 on the US album chart giving them their sixth US No.1 album.

2006 Beatles lyrics handwritten by Sir Paul McCartney to an early version of Maxwell's Silver Hammer sold for $192,000 at an auction in New York. A guitar owned by Jimi Hendrix fetched $168,000, a notebook containing lyrics written by Bob Marley, sold for $72,000 and a poem penned by Doors frontman Jim Morrison made $49,000 at the Christie's sale.
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