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1916 Hugo Peretti, songwriter, producer. Wrote many classic hits including, 'Twistin' The Night Away', 'Shout', 'You Make Me Feel Brand New.' Died on 1st May 1986.

1920 Dave Brubeck, jazz pianist, (1962 UK No.12 album 'Time Further Out').

1943 Keith West, (Keith Hopkins), UK singer, (1967 UK No.2 single 'Excerpt From A Teenage Opera').

1944 Jonathan King, UK pop mogul, singer, producer, TV presenter, (1965 UK No.4 single 'Everyone's Gone To The Moon', plus 12 other UK Top 40 singles under various names, Bubblerock, Shag, Weathermen, Father Abraphart, Sakkarin). King was jailed for seven years in 2001 for *** attacks on five boys.

1947 Miroslav Vitous, Weather Report, (1976 single 'Birdland', 1977 album Heavy Weather').

1947 Fritz Fryer, The Four Pennies, (1964 UK No.1 single 'Juliet').

1955 Edward Tudor-Pole, vocals, actor, Tenpole Tudor, (1981 UK No.6 single 'Swords Of A Thousand Men'), appeared in the film 'Absolute Beginners' and became the presenter on TV's Crystal Maze.

1955 Rick Buckler, drums, The Jam, (1980 UK No.1 single 'Going Underground' plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles).

1956 Peter Buck, guitar, R.E.M. (1991 UK No.6 & US No.10 single 'Shiny Happy People', plus over 20 Top 40 UK singles, 1992 UK No.1 & US No.2 album 'Automatic For The People').

1961 David Lovering, drums, Pixies, (1990 UK No.28 single 'Velouria').

1962 Ben Watt, Everything But The Girl, (1995 UK No.3 & 1996 US No.2 single 'Missing').

1969 Mark Gardener, Ride, (1992 UK No.9 single 'Leave Them All Behind').

1969 Steven Drozd, drums, Flaming Lips, (2002 UK No. 32 single 'Do You Realize').

1970 Ulf Ekberg, Ace Of Base, (1993 UK No.1 single 'All That She Wants', 1994 US No.1 single 'The Sign').

1949 US blues artist, Leadbelly died. Wrote 'Goodnight Irene', 'The Rock Island Line', 'The Midnight Special'. Once jailed for shooting a man dead during an argument over a woman.

1969 Four people died during a free concert given by the Rolling Stones. One of the deaths was a stabbing that occurred near the stage. The event was recorded and released a year later.

1988 Roy Orbison, US singer, died of a heart attack. (1964 UK & US No.1 single 'Pretty Woman', plus over 20 US & 30 UK Top 40 singles). Member of The Traveling Wilburys, 1988 UK No.21 single 'Handle With Care').

2002 Percussionist David Leon 'Billy' Knight, brother of Gladys Knight died a of a heart attack aged 55. (1973 US No.1 single 'Midnight Train To Georgia', 1975 UK No.4 single 'The Way We Were' plus 20 other UK Top 40 singles).

1939 The musical comedy "Du Barry Was a Lady," by Cole Porter opened on Broadway.

1959 Gene Vincent made his UK live debut at The Tooting Granada, London, when he was a guest on The Marty Wilde Show.

1961 John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pete Best met with Brian Epstein for further discussions about his proposal to manage them. Epstein wanted 25% of their gross fees each week. He promises that their bookings will be better organized, more prestigious, and will expand beyond the Liverpool area. He also promises that they will never again play for less than L15, except for Cavern lunchtime sessions, for which he will get their fee doubled to ten pounds. Lennon, as leader of The Beatles, accepts on their behalf.

1964 The film 'Ferry Cross The Mersey' premiered in London. Featuring Gerry And The Pacemakers, Cilla Black and other Liverpool acts. It was written by Tony Warren, creator of the UK's longest running TV soap 'Coronation Street'.

1967 Cliff Richard was confirmed into membership of The Church Of England at St. Paul's Church, Finchley, London.

1967 The Beatles started a seven-week run at No.1 in the UK with 'Hello Goodbye' their 13th No.1 single.

1968 James Taylor's self-titled album was released in Britain.

1968 Elvis Presley received one of 66,000 letters that U.S. President Nixon sent out to potential administrative office holders.

1969 Led Zeppelin made their debut on the US singles chart with 'Whole Lotta Love', it went on to make No.4 on the chart and was the first of six Top 40 singles for the group in the US. During the bands career, Zeppelin never released any singles in the UK.

1969 One hit wonders Steam started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye'. The song became a UK No.5 single for girl group Bananarama in 83.

1969 The Rolling Stones played a free festival at Altamont in California, along with Jefferson Airplane, Santana, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Crosby Stills Nash & Young. Rolling Stones fan Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death as the group played by Hell's Angels who'd been hired to police the event. It's claimed Hunter was waving a revolver. One other man drowned, two men were killed by in a hit-and run accident and two babies were born.

1970 "Gimme Shelter," the documentary film about the Rolling Stones' 1969 tour of the U.S. debuted.

1971 During a UK tour Crosby Stills & Nash played the first of two nights at The Festival Hall in London.

1975 Paul Simon went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Still Crazy After All These Years', his first US No.1 solo album.

1975 Rev Charles Boykin of Tallahassee, Florida organised the burning of Elton John and Rolling Stones records, claiming they were sinful. Boykin was reacting to the results from a survey that said, 984 of the 1,000 local unmarried mothers had *** when listening to rock music.

1976 Showaddywaddy were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Under The Moon Of Love', the groups only No.1.

1978 Sid Vicious smashed glass in the face of Patti Smith's brother Todd during an altercation at New York rock club Hurrah. Vicious was out on bail after being charged with the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.

1982 U2 appeared at The Hammersmith Palais, London, England.

1983 Appearing live at the Apollo, Manchester, England, Duran Duran.

1984 Frankie Goes To Hollywood were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Power Of Love'. The groups third No.1 of the year and final UK No.1. This made them the first group since Gerry And The Pacemakers to have a UK No.1 with their first three singles.

1986 Europe were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Final Countdown'. They became only the second Swedish act to score a UK No.1.

1986 Peter Cetera and Amy Grant went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Next Time I Fall', not a hit in the UK.

1988 Metallica recorded their first video, "One."

1990 Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder booked himself into the Priory Clinic Rehabilitation Detox facility in Manchester, England.

1993 The Eagles taped a video for Travis Tritt's version of "Take It Easy" which led to their reunion.

1995 Michael Jackson was hospitalized after collapsing in a New York theater while rehearsing for a TV special.

1995 Joni Mitchell was awarded the Billboard's Century Award.

1997 Metallica performed "Fuel" and "The Memory Remains" with Marianne Faithfull on NBC's Saturday Night Live.

1997 Counting Crows kicked off a 8 date UK tour at The Forum, London.

1999 It was announced taht Gabriel Gomez had been charged with the kidnapping and murder of Sandra Rosas, wife of Los Lobos singer/guitarist Cesar Rosas. She had disappeared from her home on October 23.

2000 The Strokes appeared at The Mercury Lounge in New York City.

2000 The Foo Fighters kicked off a 5-date UK tour at the Manchester Apollo.

2003 Elvis Costello married jazz artist Diana Krall in a ceremony at Elton John's UK mansion. About 150 guests, including Sir Paul McCartney, attended the wedding. It was Costello's third marriage.

2005 A Jeep hit a patch of ice on Elvis Presley Boulevard and crashed through 'the graffiti wall' outside the Graceland mansion. No-one was hurt in the accident.

2005 Robbie Williams accepted substantial libel damages over claims that he is secretly homosexual. The People newspaper, Star and Hot Stars magazines in 2004 published stories alleging Mr Williams had engaged in casual homosexual ***. The publications' owners, MGN Limited and Northern & Shell plc, now accepted the stories were untrue and had agreed undisclosed damages, the court heard. Tom Shields QC, told the court: "Mr Williams is not, and has never been, homosexual."

2005 Myleene Klass was the victim of a 'happy slapping' attack by two girls and three boys in London. The former Hear'Say member had chips thrown at her and was thrown to the ground.
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