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PostSubject: December 09   09.12.08 7:52

Births
1932 Junior Wells, US blues singer, harmonica player, toured with The Rolling Stones in 1970. He died on 5th January 1998.

1941 Sam Strain, The O'Jays, (1973 US No.1 & UK No.9 single 'Love Train').

1943 Rick Danko, guitar, vocals, The Band, (1970 UK No.16 single 'Rag Mama Rag'). Died 10th December 1999.

1943 John Traynor, Jay and the Americans, (1969 US No.6 single 'This Magic Moment plus nine other US Top 30 hits).

1944 Neil Innes, vocals, guitar, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, 1968 UK No.5 single 'I'm The Urban Spaceman'. Composed music for Monty Python's Flying Circus wrote and performed The Rutles a TV spoof on The Beatles.

1950 Joan Armatrading, singer, songwriter, (1983 UK No.11 single 'Drop The Pilot').

1957 Donny Osmond, singer (1971 US No.1 single with 'Go Away Little Girl', a 1972 UK No.1 single with 'Puppy Love' plus seven other UK Top 40 singles). As part of The Osmonds he enjoyed a 1971 US No.1 single with 'One Bad Apple', and the 1974 UK No.1 single with 'Love Me For A Reason'.

1958 Nick Seymour, bass, Crowded House, (1992 UK No.7 single 'Weather With You').

1968 Brian Bell, Weezer, (1995 UK No.12 single, 'Buddy Holly').

1969 Jakob Dylan, guitar, vocals, The Wallflowers, (1997 US No.3 album, 'Bringing Down The Horse').

1970 Zak Foley, EMF, (1990 UK No.3 & 1991 US No.1 single 'Unbelievable'). Died 31st December 2001 aged 31.

1971 Geoff Barrow, Portishead, (1995 UK No.13 single 'Glory Box').

1972 Frank Wright, 'Tre Cool', drums, Green day, (1995 UK No.7 single 'Basket Case').

1978 Chris Wolstenholme, bass, Muse, (2003 UK No.1 album 'Absolution', 2003 UK No.8 single, 'Time Is Running Out').


Deaths
2002 Stereolab singer Mary Hanson was killed in a cycling accident after colliding with a tipper truck in East London.


Events
1961 The Beatles played at the Palais Ballroom in Aldershot to a crowd of just 18 people. The date had not been advertised, owing to the local newspaper's refusal to accept the promoter's cheque. After the show The Beatles became rowdy, getting themselves ordered out of town by the local police.

1963 The first Supremes album, "Meet the Supremes," was released.

1964 The John Coltrane Quartet recorded "Love Supreme."

1966 The Beatles album 'A Collection Of Beatles Oldies' was released in the UK.

1967 Jim Morrison was arrested onstage in New Haven, CT, and charged with breach of peace and resisting arrest.

1968 The Supremes' and the Temptations' "TCB (Takin' Care of Business") special aired on NBC-TV.

1968 Free appeared at the Marquee Club in London England. Other acts appearing at the club this month included Joe Cocker, The Who and Led Zeppelin.

1971 Richie Havens received a role in the orchestral stage version of "Tommy."

1972 "Tommy" was performed at London's Rainbow Theatre. The recording of the event was released the next year.

1972 Helen Reddy went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Am Woman', didn't chart in the UK.

1972 The Moody Blues started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Seventh Sojourn'.

1972 Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" was released.

1974 George Harrison released his first album on his Dark Horse label, entitled "Dark Horse."

1978 "Soul Man," John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's version, was released under the name, "The Blues Brothers."

1978 Boney M had their second UK No.1 single with their version of the Harry Belafonte 1957 hit 'Mary's Boy Child'.

1978 Chic started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Le Freak', a No.7 hit in the UK.

1984 Appearing at The Powerhouse, Birmingham, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, and on the same night Spandau Ballet played at Wembley Arena, London.

1984 The Jacksons played their last show together in Los Angeles, CA.

1988 According to a poll released in the US, the music of Neil Diamond was favoured as the best background music for ***, Beethoven was the second choice and Luther Vandross was voted third.

1989 Billy Joel started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'We Didn't Start The Fire', a No.7 hit in the UK.

1990 Paula Abdul was taken to North Hollywood Medical Centre after being involved in a car crash in Los Angeles.

1992 Bill Wyman left the Rolling Stones after over 30 years with the group.

1993 The musical revival of "My Fair Lady" opened.

1995 "Free as a Bird," debuted on a six-hour ABC documentary on the Beatles'. It was their first new song in 25 years.

1995 Darren Robinson, founder member of The Fat Boys died.

1995 Michael Jackson scored his 6th solo UK No.1 single when 'Earth Song' started a 6-week run at the top. It also gave Jackson the UK Christmas No.1 of 1995.

1997 Oasis played the first of three sold out nights at Wembley Arena, London, supported by Supergrass.

1998 All Saints singer Nicole Appleton walked out during the recording of BBC2's 'Later' saying she had quit the band.

2000 Sharon Corr of The Corrs called for the legalisation of cannabis, claiming that the drug has medicinal properties. Sharon said, 'Certainly people with certain conditions can get a brief reprieve from their symptoms through cannabis'.

2000 U2 made their first-ever appearance on the long-running NBC program 'Saturday Night Live.' The band played 'Beautiful Day' and 'Elevation.'

2001 Channel 4 TV apologised to viewers after Madonna said 'motherfucker' during live UK TV coverage at The Tate Gallery, London. Madonna was presenting a prize to artist Martin Creed. A TV spokesman said that did have a bleeper system but they missed the offending word.

2001 Usher went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'U Got It Bad'.

2001 Winners at The Smash Hits awards included Atomic Kitten, Best single for 'Whole Again', Westlife won Best band and Best album for 'World Of Our Own', and Blue won Best newcomer, Steps won Best live act, Shaggy won Best male act, Britney Spears won Best Female Act, Destiny's Child won Best R&B act, S Club 7's Rachel Stevens won Most Fanciable Female and Best Video went to Gorillaz, 'Clint Eastwood.'

2002 Britney Spears filed for a restraining order against a 41-year-old Japanese man that she claimed had been stalking her since September.

2003 Ozzy Osbourne was admitted to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, Berkshire after being injured in a quad bike accident at his UK home. The 55 year-old singer broke his collarbone, eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck. News of Osbourne's accident reached the House of Commons, where the government sent a goodwill message.

2003 'A Celebrity Thumbprints' auction took place on ebayliveauctions.com. Beyonce, Kelly Osbourne, Coldplay, Blue and Westlife were among the stars whose thumbprints went under the hammer.

2005 Joss Stone, Lemar and Ms. Dynamite backed by the African Children's Choir and 1,200 school children set a new world record for the most children singing simultaneously. The 'Big Sing' was held at The Royal Albert Hall, London. The singers led a performance of 'Lean On Me' which was broadcast to more than half a million people.

2006 Jay-Z was at No.1 on the US album chart with his comeback album 'Kingdom Come.'

2006 Mariah Carey threatened legal action against **** star Mary Carey in an attempt to stop her trademarking her similar-sounding stage name. The singer believed fans could get the two performers confused if the adult film actress Mary Carey's trademark application was successful.
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