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1925 Sammy Davis Jr, singer, actor, (1972 US No.1 single 'The Candy Man'). Died of throat cancer on 16th May 1990.

1939 James Galway, Irish musician, (1978 UK No.3 single 'Annie's Song',)

1939 Jerry Butler, vocals, The Impressions, (1965 US No.7 single 'Lilies Of The Field', solo 1969 US No.4 single 'Only The Strong Survive').

1942 Bobby Elliott, drums, The Hollies, (over 25 top 40 hits since 1963, 1972 US No.2 single 'Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress', 1988 UK No.1 single 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother', first released in 1969.

1943 Jim Morrison, vocals, The Doors, (1967 US No.1 & UK No.49 single 'Light My Fire' & 1971 single 'Riders On The Storm'). Morrison died of heart failure in a bathtub in a Paris hotel room on 3rd July 1971.

1944 Mike Botts, drums, Bread, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'Make It With You').

1946 Graham Knight, Marmalade, (1969 UK No.1 single 'Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da').

1947 Gregg Allman, keyboards, guitar, vocals, Allman Brothers Band, (1973 US No.12 single 'Ramblin Man').

1947 Geoff Daking, The Blue Magoos, (1967 US No.5 single, 'We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet').

1949 Ray Shulman, Simon Dupree And The Big Sound, (1967 UK No.9 single 'Kites'). Gentle Giant.

1953 Colin Routh, Black Lace, (1984 UK No.2 single 'Agadoo').

1957 Phil Collen, guitar, Def Leppard, (1987 UK No.6 single 'Animal' and 1987 worldwide No.1 album 'Hysteria', 1988 US No.1 single 'Love Bites').

1959 Paul Rutherford, vocals, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, (1984 UK No.1 & US No.10 single 'Relax' and six other UK Top 40 singles).

1962 Marty Friedman, Megadeth, (1990 UK No.13 single 'No More Mr Nice Guy').

1973 Judith Pronk, Alice Deejay, 1999 UK No. 2 single 'Better Off Alone').

1974 Nick Zinner, guitarist, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, (2006 UK No. 18 single 'Gold Lion').

1980 John Lennon was shot five times by 25 year old Mark Chapman outside the Dakota building in New York City where John and Yoko lived. Chapman had been stalking Lennon for days outside the Dakota apartments and asked for an autograph as Lennon walked through the courtyard. As he signed a piece of paper Chapman fired. Lennon was pronounced dead from a massive loss of blood at 11.30pm.

1982 Marty Robbins died aged 57. Had the first No.1 of the 60's in the US with 'El Paso'. (No.19 in the UK).

2003 Cuban pianist Ruben Gonzalez died aged 84. Worked with Buena Vista Social Club.

2004 Former Pantera guitarist Darrell Abbott was one of five people killed after a man stormed the stage during a Damageplan show at the Alrosa Villa Club in Columbus. Nathan Gale, aged 25, began firing at the band and crowd, was then shot and killed by a police officer who arrived shortly after the first shots were fired.

1914 "Watch Your Step" opened in New York. It was the first musical revue to feature a score completely by Irving Berlin.

1960 Fabian visited Elvis Presley at Graceland and lent him his pants when Elvis ripped his demonstrating karate.

1961 "Surfin'," the Beach Boys first recording, was released.

1963 Frank Sinatra, Jr. was kidnapped.

1965 The Spencer Davis Group kicked off a 9-date UK tour at The Top Rank, Southampton.

1966 Working at Abbey Road in London, Paul McCartney overdubed his lead vocal for 'When I'm Sixty-Four'. Then The Beatles set about remaking a new John Lennon song 'Strawberry Fields Forever'

1967 Traffic's "Mr. Fantasy" LP was released.

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

1969 Appearing at Friars, Aylesbury, England, Mott The Hoople.

1969 Mick Jagger was quoted saying 'I don't really like singing very much, I enjoy playing the guitar more than I enjoy singing and I can't play the guitar either'.

1969 Testifying at his trial for possesion of hashish and heroin in the Toronto Supreme Court, Jimi Hendrix claimed that he had now "outgrown" drugs. The jury found him not guilty after eight hours of deliberations.

1971 This weeks Top selling 8-Track cartridges chart: No.5, Frank Sinatra's Greatest Hits Vol 2, No.4, Carole King, Tapestry, No.3, Simon and Garfunkel, Bridge Over Troubled Water, No.2, Motown Chartbusters Vol 6 and No.1, John Lennon, Imagine.

1972 Frank Zappa Sr. placed an advertisement in Variety Magazine claiming he will give private instruction in craps, roulette, keno and blackjack.

1973 Roxy Music had their first UK No.1 album when 'Stranded' went to the top for one week. The sleeve featured Playboy's Playmate of The Year, model Marilyn Cole

1976 John Denver appeared on the Carpenters' ABC-TV special.

1977 Four people were arrested after a riot broke out when Blondie didn't arrive for a gig in Brisbane. Over 1,000 Australian fans had waited over an hour for the group to appear on stage, but the gig was cancelled due to singer Debbie Harry being unwell.

1979 Rod Stewart scored his seventh UK No.1 album when his 'Greatest Hits' started a five-week run at the top of the charts.

1979 Styx went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Babe', the groups only US No.1, a No.6 hit in the UK.

1984 Hall and Oates started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Out Of Touch', the duo's 6th US No.1, it made No.48 in the UK.

1984 One time Coasters manager Patrick Cavanaugh was convicted of first degree murder of group member Buster Wilson whose dismembered body was discovered in Modesto, California, in 1980.

1984 Vince Neil from Motley Crue was involved in a car accident in Redondo Beach, Ca, which killed Nick Dingley from Hanoi Rocks and injured two other passengers. Neil was jailed for 20 days and paid $2.6 million in compensation.

1988 Appearing at the playhouse, Edinburgh Rick Astley on a tour sponsored by the soft drinks company Vimto

1990 Stevie B started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Because I Love You, (The Postman Song)', a No.6 hit in the UK.

1991 The musical "Nick and Nora" opened.

1991 Jazz trumpeter Buck Clayton died of natural causes at the age of 80.

1993 The Verve, Acetone and Oasis started a UK tour at Wulfren Hall, Wolverhampton.

1995 Courtney Love appeared on the ABC TV show '10 Most Fascinating People', telling the presenter that she wished she had done 'eight thousand million things differently' to have prevented the death of her husband Kurt Cobain.

1995 Courtney Love was interviewed by Barbara Walters for ABC's "10 Most Fascinating People of 1995." During the interview Love told Walters that she wished she had done "eight thousand million things" differently to prevent husband Kurt Cobain's death.

1995 The surviving members of the Grateful Dead announced they were disbanding. Jerry Garcia's, the founder of the group, had died the previous August.

1998 The FBI opened its files on Frank Sinatra to the public. The file contained over 1,300 pages.

1998 It was announced that Bruce Springsteen would tour again with the E Street Band for the first time in nearly a decade.

1999 Prince appeared on NBC's "Today."

1999 James Brown made his new MP3-only holiday album "James Brown Christmas For The Millennium & Forever" available exclusively through EMusic.com.

1999 1960's singer Heinz was given a formal caution by magistrates in Southampton for playing music to loud in his flat. The singer who scored 4 Top 40 singles in the 60's is now wheelchair bound.

2000 A plaque to commemorate the 20th anniversary of John Lennon's death was unveiled outside his childhood home in Liverpool.

2000 Sting received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2002 Baz Luhrmann's "La Boheme" opened on Broadway.

2003 In England, Ozzy Osbourne was injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident. His injuries included a fractured left collarbone, eight fractured ribs and stable fracture to one of the vertebrae in his neck.

2003 Eminem scored his fourth UK No.1 single with 'Loose Yourself.'

2003 BPI figures showed that the UK sales of seven-inch singles had increased by 84% on the previous year. The report claimed that bands such as The Darkness, The Strokes and The White Stripes had boosted sales by releasing special limited edition seven-inch records.
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