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1942 Harry Chapin, US singer, songwriter, (1974 UK No.34 single 'W.O.L.D. & 1974 US No.1 single 'Cat's In The Cradle'). Killed on 16th July 1981, when a tractor-trailer crashed into the car he was driving.

1949 Tom Waits, US singer, songwriter, actor, (1980 album 'Heart Attack And Vine', as used in a Levi's TV ad. Wrote 'Ol' 55', 1974 US No.17 single for The Eagles). Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Paul Young have all covers his songs.

1954 Mike Nolan, vocals, Bucks Fizz, (1981 UK No.1 single 'Making Your Mind Up', plus 12 other UK Top 40 singles').

1958 Tim Butler, Psychedelic Furs, (1986 UK No.18 single 'Pretty In Pink').

1961 Robert Downes, guitar, Then Jerico, (1989 UK No.13 single 'Big Area').

1963 Barbara Weathers, Atlantic Starr, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Always').

1963 Huw Chadbourne, keyboards, Babybird, (1996 UK No.3 single 'You're Gorgeous', 1996 UK No. 9 album 'Ugly Beautiful').

1965 Brian Futter, guitar, Catherine Wheel, (1992 UK No.35 single 'I Want To Touch You').

1973 Damien Rice, Irish singer, songwriter, former member of Juniper, now solo, (2003 album 'O' featuring the single 'Cannonball', 2006 UK No.1 album '9').

1974 Nicole Appleton, vocals, All Saints, (1998 UK No.1 single 'Never Ever' and 2003 UK No. 5 single as Appleton, 'Don't Worry').

1987 Aaron Carter, singer, (1998 UK No. 7 single 'Crazy Little Party Girl').

1977 Inventor Dr Peter Carl Goldmark was killed in a car crash aged 71. Goldmark invented the long-playing microgroove record in 1945 that went on to revolutionise the way people listened to music.

1993 Manic Street Preachers co-manager Phillip Hall died from cancer.

1987 Richard Taylor from The Manhattans died aged 47. (1976 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'Kiss And Say Goodbye').

1963 The Beatles appeared on the British TV show "Jukebox Jury."

1963 The Beatles second album 'With The Beatles' started a 21-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart. It replaced their first album 'Please Please me' which had been at the top of the charts since it's release 30 weeks previously. Also today, all four Beatles appeared on BBC TV's 'Juke Box Dury'. Some of the songs The Beatles judged were 'Kiss Me Quick' by Elvis Presley, 'The Hippy Hippy Shake' by the Swinging Blue Jeans. 'Did You Have a Happy Birthday' by Paul Anka and 'Where Have You Been All My Life' by Gene Vincent.

1963 The Singing Nun started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Dominique', it reached No.7 on the UK chart.

1964 Beach Boy Brian Wilson married Marilyn Rovell in L.A. The couple divorced in 1979.

1964 On his first tour of the UK Jerry Lee Lewis with The Yardbirds, Twinkle and The Quite Five appeared at The Town Hall In Birmingham.

1964 Brian Wilson, of the Beach Boys, suffered a nervous breakdown on a flight from L.A. to Houston. The event led Wilson to stop touring with the group.

1966 Nancy Sinatra appeared on "Frank Sinatra: A Man & His Music Part II" on CBS-TV.

1967 Otis Redding went into the studio to record '(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay'. The song went on to be his biggest hit. Redding didn't see its release; he was killed three days later in a plane crash.

1967 The Beatles Apple boutique opened its doors. The store closed seven months later when all the goods were given away free to passers by.

1968 The Beatles 'White Album' started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. The double set was the first on the Apple label and featured 'Back In The USSR', 'Dear Prudence', and the Harrison song 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps.'

1968 Eric Burdon announced he would break-up the Animals after a December 22 concert at Newcastle City Hall. His intention was to go to California and start an acting career.

1971 Appearing at The Hobbits Garden, Wimbledon, England, Genesis supported by Roxy Music.

1974 Barry White was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You're The First The Last My Everything', the singers first UK No.1.

1974 Carl Douglas started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Kung Fu Fighting'. The song was recorded in 10 minutes, started out as a B- side and sold 10 million.

1979 The Police had their second UK No.1 single with 'Walking on the Moon'.

1981 Duran Duran kicked off a 14- date UK tour at Canterbury University.

1984 A benefit concert for Ethiopia was held at The Royal Albert Hall, London, featuring, Nick Heyward, Feargal Sharkey, Julian Lennon, Mike Rutherford and others.

1984 Michael Jackson testified in Chicago, IL, that he wrote the song "The Girl is Mine," not an Illinois man. Jackson won the case.

1985 Mr Mister started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Broken Wings', a UK No.4 hit.

1986 Huey Lewis and the News sang the U.S. national anthem a capella before a San Francisco 49ers-New York Jets NFL football game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA.

1988 Appearing at Belfast Arts College, The Stone Roses

1988 Appearing at The Subterania, London, The Shamen.

1991 George Michael and Elton John were at No.1 in the UK with a live version of 'Don't Let The Sun Go down On Me'. All proceeds from the hit went to aids charities.

1991 Michael Jackson started a 7 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Black Or White', his 12th solo No.1, also a No.1 in the UK.

1991 Two weeks after Freddie Mercury's death 'Queen's Greatest Hits II' started a four week run at No.1 on the UK album chart

1991 U2 went to No.1 on the US album charts with 'Achtung Baby'. Featuring 'One', Zoo Station', 'The Fly' and 'Even Better Than The Real Thing'.

1992 Mariah Carey's MTV Unplugged EP became the first Sony Minidisc to be released in the US.

1993 Guns N' Roses announced they would keep the tune written by Charles Manson "Look At Your Game, Girl" on their album, "The Spaghetti Incident?" The decision to keep the song came when the band learned that the royalties would go to the son of one of Manson's victims.

1996 Jerry Lewis' white and red pinstriped devil suit was stolen from his dressing room at Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo. Lewis needed the costume, valued at $9,000, to play the role of Satan in the musical Damn Yankees.

1996 Australian singer Peter Andre scored his second No.1 UK single when 'I Feel You' went to the top of the charts.

1996 Bush went to No. 1 on the US album chart with 'Razorblade Suitcase'.

1996 Toni Braxton started a 11 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Un- Break My Heart'. Written by Dianne Warren it gave Braxton her second US solo No.1, a No.2 hit in the UK.

1997 Shane MacGowen spent the night in police cells after being arrested in Liverpool. He was charged after throwing a mike stand into the crowd and injuring a fan.

1997 The future of Black Grape was uncertain after Shaun Ryder sacked the rest of the band during a row backstage at a gig at the Doncaster Dome.

1998 Arturo Sandoval was granted U.S. citizenship after a six-year struggle with the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

2003 Britney Spears was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'In The Zone' the singer's fourth US No.1 album. The singer broke her own record from being the first female artist to have three albums enter the US chart at No.1 to being the first female artist to have 4 albums enter at No.1 consecutively.

2003 Outkast went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Hey Ya.'

2005 The MBE medal that John Lennon returned to the Queen was found in a royal vault at St James' Palace. Lennon returned his medal in November, 1969 with a letter accompanying saying, "Your Majesty, I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against Cold Turky slipping down the charts. With Love, John Lennon." Historians were calling for the medal to be put on public display.
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