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Births
1910 John Hammond, producer, A&R scout. Worked with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, George Benson and Janis Joplin. Hammond died on 10th July 1987.

1946 Ace Kefford, The Move, (1969 UK No.1 single 'Blackberry Way').

1947 Walter 'Clyde' Orange, drums, vocals, The Commodores, (1978 UK & US No.1 single 'Three Times A Lady').

1948 Ralph Tavares, Tavares, (1976 UK No.4 and US No.15 single 'Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel').

1948 Jessica Cleaves, The Friends Of Distinction, (1969 US No.3 single 'Grazing In The Grass').

1954 Geoff Deane, Modern Romance, (1982 UK No.4 single 'Best Years Of Our Lives').

1957 Paul Hardcastle, producer, (1985 UK No.1 single 'Nineteen').

1965 Joseph Mascis, guitar, vocals, Dinosaur Jr, (1993 UK No.20 single 'Start Choppin').

1974 Meg White, drums, The White Stripes, (2003 UK No.1 album 'Elephant' spent 46 weeks on the UK chart).

1972 Brian Molko, guitar, vocals, Placebo, (1997 UK No. 6 single 'Nancy Boy').


Deaths
1967 Otis Redding, at age 26, was killed when his tour plane crashed into a Wisconsin lake. Redding's tour band, the "Bar-Kays," was also killed.

1988 Bill Harris of the Clovers died of cancer at the age of 63.

1995 Darren Robinson (formerly with the Fat Boys) died unexpectedly at the age of 28.

1996 Faron Young died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

1999 Rick Danko guitarist and singer with The Band died in his sleep aged 57.


Events
1927 The Grand Old Opry made its first radio broadcast from Nashville, TN.

1949 Fats Domino cut eight tracks during his first recording session at Cosimo Matassa's J&M Studios.

1959 The four male members of the Platters were acquitted on charges of aiding and abetting prostitution, lewdness and assignation. The charges stemmed from their August 10, 1959 arrest in Cincinnati, OH.

1961 Appearing at The Evergreen Ballroom, Olympia, James Brown, The Famous Flames, Sugar Pie DeSanto and The Brownies.

1961 The film 'The Young Ones', featuring Cliff Richard premiered in London.

1963 Donny Osmond made his debut with the Osmonds on NBC's "Andy Williams Show."

1964 The Beatles had their 6th UK No.1 single with 'I Feel Fine', also a US No.1.

1965 The Grateful Dead played their first concert. The show took place at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.

1966 The Beach Boys went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Good Vibrations', the groups third US No.1. Also No.1 in the UK.

1967 The Steve Miller Blues Band signs with Capitol Records for an unheard of $750,000. The group drops the "Blues" from its name.

1968 John Lennon made his first solo TV appearance.

1968 Appearing at the Marquee Club, London, Led Zeppelin, tickets 7 & 6 in advance. Other acts appearing at the club this month included Joe Cocker, The Who and Free.

1971 Frank Zappa was pushed from a London stage by the jealous boyfriend of a Zappa fan. Zappa spent months in a wheelchair recovering from a broken leg and ankle and fractured skull.

1972 Roberta Flack and two members of her backup band are injured in a car accident while driving into Manhattan.

1973 The CBGB Club opened in the lower eastside of New York City; it became the home of new bands such as Blondie, Television, Patti Smith and The Ramones.

1976 Billy Idol's new band Generation X made their live debut at The Central College Of Art, London.

1976 "Wings over America," by Paul McCartney's was released.

1983 Keith Richards married 27-year old Patti Hansen on his 40th birthday.

1983 Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Say Say Say'. It was Jackson's 10th No.1 (solo & The Jackson's) and McCartney's 29th, (solo and The Beatles).

1983 The first 'Now That's What I Call Music' compilation album went to No.1 on the UK album chart.

1984 The single "Do They Know It's Christmas" was released by Band-Aid. The group was assembled to aid in famine relief.

1987 Appearing at London's Wembley Arena, New Order supported by Primal Scream.

1988 Chicago started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Look Away', the groups third US No.1, not a hit in the UK.

1988 Cliff Richard had his 12th UK No.1 single with 'Mistletoe And Wine.'

1990 The first Billboard Music Awards took place. Janet Jackson was the big winner with eight trophies.

1991 Alan Freed was posthumously awarded a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. He is accreditted with coining the phrase "Rock & Roll."

1992 The musical "My Favorite Year" opened.

1994 East 17 started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Stay Another Day'. It also gave them the UK Christmas No.1 of 1994.

1994 Kenny G started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Miracles- The Holiday Album'.

1998 Bruce Springsteen won a L2 million court battle to ban an album of his early songs. The case revolved around a dispute over copyright ownership between Bruce and a former manager.

1998 A recording of a 1963 Beatles concert was sold at auction at Christies in London for Ł25,300 pounds ($41,500). The tape of The Beatles' 10-song concert was recorded by the chief technician at the Gaumont Theatre in Bournemouth during one of six consecutive nights which The Beatles had played. Also sold for Ł5,195 pounds ($8,500), was a set of autographs of five Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best, and Stuart Sutcliffe. The autographs had been obtained by a fan in Liverpool in 1961.

1998 The Amnesty International Concert for Human Rights Defenders took place at Bercy Stadium in Paris, France. The lineup included Alanis Morissette, Radiohead, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Shania Twain.

1998 Bruce Springsteen won a 2 1/2-year legal battle with two British companies that were seeking to release 19 previously unreleased songs from his early career.

1999 A war of words broke out between Cliff Richard and George Michael after George branded Cliff Richards hit 'Millennium Prayer' as 'vile'. Cliff hit back by saying that his single was a Christian celebration.

2000 Eminem went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Stan'.

2000 Westlife scooped the Record of the Year award at the Smash Hits awards for 'My Love'. Other winners included Atomic Kitten, for best new band, best new male went to Craig David, best British band, 5ive and Best Female Britney Spears.

2002 In Los Angeles, CA, the Oakwood Postal Station was renamed the Nat King Cole Post Office. U.S. President George W. Bush had signed the act for the change on October 30, 2002.

2003 Bobby Brown was charged with battery three days after he allegedly hit his wife Whitney Houston.

2003 Coldplay singer Chris Martin married actress Gwyneth Paltrow in Santa Barbara, California. The couple also announced that Paltrow was pregnant and the baby was due next summer.

2004 One of three RCA microphones used by radio station KWKH for the historic Elvis Presley appearance at the Louisiana Hayride was sold for $37,500. The microphone was one of three used during 50 performances by Elvis Presley when he performed for the radio show in Shreveport from 1954 to 1956.

2005 Queen overtook The Beatles to become the third most successful act of all time. Sales in 2005 showed that Queen had now overtaken The Beatles to make it into third place, spending 1,755 weeks on the British singles and album charts. The Beatles slipped to fourth place, with 1,749 weeks. Elvis had spent 2,574 weeks on the singles and album charts, making him number one in the Top 100 most successful acts of all time. Sir Cliff Richard remained in second place, clinching 1,982 weeks.

2007 Led Zeppelin played their first concert in 19 years, at London's 02 arena. Original band members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones were joined on stage by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham. More than one million people had taken part in a ballot for the 9,000 pairs of tickets available for the show.
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