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Births
1916 Perez Prado, (1955 US & UK No.1 single 'Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White'). He died on 14th September 1989.

1926 Big Mama Thornton, singer, songwriter, Janis Joplin cover her song 'Ball And Chain', had the 1953 version of 'Hound Dog' before Elvis Presley. She died in 1984.

1940 David Gates, vocals, bass, Bread, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'Make It With You').

1944 Brenda Lee, singer, (1960 US No.1 single 'I'm Sorry', UK No.4 single 'Sweet Nothin's', plus 27 US & 18 other UK Top 40 singles).

1954 Jermaine Jackson, The Jackson Five, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'I Want You Back',) The Jackson's, (1977 UK No.1 single 'Show You The Way To Go'), solo, (1985 UK No.6 single 'Do What You Do').

1958 Nikki Sixx, bass, Motley Crue, (1988 UK No.23 single 'You're All I Need' & 1989 US No.1 album 'Dr Feelgood').

1961 Darryl Jones also known as "The Munch." American bassist who has played with the Rolling Stones since Bill Wyman's departure in 1993. Also worked with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, Eric Clapton and Joan Armatrading.

1962 Curtis Williams, Kool & The Gang, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.7 single 'Celebration', 1984 UK No.2 single Joana' and 15 other UK Top 40 hits).

1964 Justin Currie, bass player, Del Amitri, (1990, UK No.11 single, 'Nothing Ever Happens').

1967 DJ Yella, NWA, (1990 UK No.26 single 'Express Yourself').

1972 Easther Bennett, Eternal, (1997 UK No.1 single 'I Wanna Be The Only One').


Deaths
1964 Sam Cooke was shot to death at a the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, CA.


Events
1957 Jerry Lee Lewis secretly married his 13-year-old third cousin Myra Gale Brown. It was his third marriage.

1958 The Coasters recorded "Charlie Brown."

1960 Aretha Franklin made her New York debut at the Village Vanguard.

1961 Elvis Presley started a 20-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Blue Hawaii', his seventh US No.1 album.

1961 The Marvelettes went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Please Mr Postman'. The song gave the Carpenters a US No.1 and UK No.2 single in 1975.

1965 The Beatles, on their last tour of Britain, played two shows at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park, London.

1967 The NBC-TV special "Movin' with Nancy Sinatra" aired.

1968 The Scaffold were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Lily The Pink', this year's Christmas No.1.

1968 filming began for The Rolling Stones 'Rock & Roll Circus.' As well as clowns and acrobats, John & Yoko, The Who, Eric Clapton and Jethro Tull all took part. The film was eventually released in 1996.

1970 Ringo Starr's movie "The Magic Christian" premiered in London.

1971 James Brown 32nd album, "Revolution of the Mind," was released.

1971 Carly Simon's "Anticipation" was released.

1971 UK comedian Benny Hill was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)', giving Hill his only No.1 and the Christmas hit single of 71.

1972 James Brown was arrested after a show in Knoxville, TN, and charged with "disorderly conduct" after being accused of trying to incite a riot. The charges were dropped when Brown threatens to sue for $1 million.

1972 Genesis played their first show in the U.S. at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.

1976 Bob Seger released his album "Night Moves".

1976 KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was nearly electrocuted during a concert in Florida. He had touched a short-circuited light. He was carried from the stage but returned 10 minutes later to continue and finish the show.

1980 U2 appeared at The Mudd Club in New York City, the first date of four US shows which also took the band to Boston and Washington DC.

1982 Singer, TV actress and dancer Toni Basil went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Mickey', making her a US one hit wonder. It made No.2 hit in the UK.

1982 The Jam played their last ever gig as a band when they appeared in Brighton, England.

1983 The Flying Pickets were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Yazoo song 'Only You'. Also this years Christmas No.1.

1985 The single "Superbowl Shuffle" by Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew was released.

1988 Don Henley, Tom Petty, Graham Nash and Bonnie put on a benefit show at The Wiltern Theatre to pay tribute to Roy Orbison.

1989 The musical "City of Angels" opened.

1989 Appearing at Rock City, Nottingham, Big Audio Dynamite, tickets L6.

1992 Manic Street Preacher Nicky Wire was quoted as saying 'I hope Michael Stipe goes the same way as Freddie Mercury'.

1993 Janet Jackson started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Again', her 7th US No.1, a No.6 hit in the UK.

1993 Snoop Doggy Dogg went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Doggy Style'.

1993 The character Mr Blobby as featured on the UK TV's 'The Noel Edmunds House Party', show started a 1-week run as the UK No.1 single with 'Mr Blobby'.

1996 Johnny Marr and Morrissey were left with a Ł300,000 legal bill after loosing a case over unpaid royalties with former Smiths members Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce.

1997 Jagged Internetworks, Mick Jagger's Internet company, debuted with an exclusive live webcast of the Akai Singer Champions Trophy, an international cricket tournament in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

1997 Jewel, Sinead O'Connor and Emmylou Harris performed the Beatles' "In My Life" together at the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo.

1998 Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs) was injured after a performance in Austin, TX. He sustained a fracture to the base of his skull after an altercation with one of the club's security guards.

1998 During a gig in Tuscon, Arizona, a bottle thrown from the audience hit Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson. A security guard was then stabbed trying to eject a man from the crowd.

2000 Former Verve front man Richard Ashcroft was forced to cancel the remaining dates on his current UK tour after he fell on stage and broke two ribs. The accident happened during a show in Birmingham.

2001 Gene Simmons (KISS) did an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today" to promote his book "Kiss and Make-Up." The book was released for sale on December 4, 2001.

2001 Lionel Richie sang "Just Put Some Love In Your Heart" on CNN's "Larry King Live."

2001 Brian Harvey underwent surgery after suffering a serious head injury in an attack. The former East 17 singer was attacked by a group of youths as he left the Works nightclub in Nottingham, having appeared at a promotional event.

2003 Bobby Brown was charged with battery after allegedly hitting wife Whitney Houston in the face. Brown, turned himself in to the police three days after a reported domestic dispute at the couple's home in Atlanta, Georgia. Houston, who accompanied her husband to court, said they were trying to work out their problems "privately."
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