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PostSubject: December 12   12.12.08 7:58

Births
1915 Frank Albert Sinatra, US singer, actor, made his first record in 1939. First singer to encounter 'pop hysteria', 'My Way' holds the UK longevity record of 136 weeks on the charts, 1966 UK & US No.1 single 'Strangers In The Night'. Sinatra died on 14th May 1998.

1938 Connie Francis, singer, (1958 UK No.1 single 'Who's Sorry Now', 1960 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'Everybody's Fool', plus over & 20 UK Top 40 hits.

1940 Dionne Warwick, US singer, (1964 UK No.9 single 'Walk On By', 1974 US No.1 & UK No.29 single 'Then Came You', plus over 25 US Top 40 hits).

1941 Terry Kirkman, vocals, The Association, (1967 US No.1 single 'Windy').

1942 Declan Clusky, The Bachelors, (1964 UK No.1 single 'Diane', plus 16 other UK Top 40 singles).

1942 Mike Heron, The Incredible String Band, UK folk group, (1967 album 'The 5000 Spirits or The Layers Of The Onion).

1942 Tim Hauser, singer, Manhattan Transfer, (1977 UK No.1 'Chanson D'amour', 1981 US No.7 single 'Boy From New York City').

1943 Dave Munden, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, (1963 UK No.1 single 'Do You Love Me').

1943 Dicky Betts, guitar, vocals, Allman Brothers Band, (1973 US No.12 single 'Ramblin Man').

1943 Grover Washington Jr, singer, (1981 UK No.34 single 'Just The Two Of Us'). Died on 17th December 1999.

1943 Mike Smith, Dave Clark Five, (1964 UK No.1 single 'Glad All Over', 1965 US No.1 single 'Over And Over', plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles). Smith died on 29th Feb 2008 from pneumonia at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, England at the age of 64.

1944 Rob Tyner, US singer, MC5, (1969 album 'Kick Out The Jams'). Died 17th September 1991.

1945 Alan Ward, The Honeycombs, (1964 UK No.1 single 'Have I The Right').

1946 Clive Bunker, drummer, Jethro Tull, (1969 UK No.3 & US No.11 single 'Living In The Past').

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

1948 Ray Jackson, Lindisfarne, (1972 UK No.3 single 'Lady Eleanor').

1953 Bruce Kulick, American guitarist, worked with Meat Loaf, Michael Bolton and Kiss

1959 Belouis Some, (Neville Keighley) 1986 UK No.17 single 'Imagination').

1959 Sheila E. singer and percussionist discovered by Prince, she had the 1985 US & UK Top 20 single 'The Belle Of St Mark'. Also worked with Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston & Celine Dion.

1961 Daniel O'Donnell, Irish singer, top UK Country 'n' Irish artist, (1998 UK No.7 single 'Give A Little Love', scored over 15 Top 40 albums). Received an MBE in 2002.

1963 Claudia Brucken, Propaganda, (1985 UK No.21 single 'Duel').

1963 Eric Schenkman, guitar, The Spin Doctors, (1993 UK No.3 & US No.7 single 'Two Princes').

1966 Sinead O'Connor, Irish singer, songwriter, (1990 UK, US and world-wide No.1 single with the Prince penned 'Nothing Compares To U'). Her version of the song was also a No.1 hit in 18 other countries.

1968 Danny Boy, US rap group, House Of Pain, (1993 UK No.8 single, 'Jump Around').

1976 Dan Hawkins, guitar, The Darkness, (2003 UK No.2 single 'I Believe In A Thing Called Love', 2003 UK No.1 album 'Permission To Land').

1980 Carl Dalemo, bass, Razorlight, (2005, UK No.2 single 'Somewhere Else', 2006 UK No.1 album 'Razorlight').


Deaths
2007 Ike Turner, the former husband of Tina Turner died at the age of 76 at his home near San Diego, California. Turner who was a prolific session guitarist and piano player is credited by many music historians with making the first rock 'n' roll record in 1951. After marrying Tina Turner in 1959, the pair released a string of hits including the Phil Spector produced 'River Deep Mountain High.'


Events
1955 Bill Haley and the Comets recorded "See You Later Alligator."

1957 Disc Jockey Al Priddy of KEX, Portland, Oregon, was fired for playing Elvis Presley's rendition of "White Christmas." He had violated the radio station's ban against the song.

1962 The Beatles played two shows at the Cavern Club, Liverpool at lunchtime and then again that night.

1963 The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', the groups third No.1 and this year's Christmas No.1.

1964 Bobby Vinton went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Mr Lonely', his second No.1 of the year.

1964 The Righteous Brothers "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" was released.

1967 Rolling Stone Brian Jones was given 3 years probation and a L1,000 fine for drug offences. Three psychiatrists agreed that Jones was an extremely frightened young man with suicidal tendencies.

1968 "Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus" was recorded. It was not shown publicly until its release in late 1996.

1970 Little Richard was charged with "larceny by trick" in Miami Beach, FL, by Blacks, Inc. The group claimed that Little Richard pocketed $250 he solicited for the group. The charges were later dropped.

1970 Steven Stills' "Love The One You're With" was released.

1970 Smokey Robinson and the Miracles started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Tears Of A Clown'. It was the groups 26th Top 40 hit and first No.1, also a No.1 hit in the UK.

1970 The Doors played what would be their last ever live show with Jim Morrison when they played in New Orleans.

1971 Filming began on the Diana Ross movie, "Lady Sings the Blues."

1974 Mick Taylor left the Rolling Stones.

1980 Marie Osmond's solo TV series debuted on NBC.

1981 The Human League had their only UK No.1 single with 'Don't You Want Me.' The Christmas hit of 81, the biggest seller of 1981 and Virgin Records first No.1 UK single.

1985 The Rolling Stone's keyboard player Ian Stewart died of a heart attack in his doctor's Harley Street waiting room.

1985 Dionne Warwick received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1987 George Michael started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Faith'.

1992 Whitney Houston started a twenty-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Bodyguard'.

1996 Clint Black got a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1998 A seven inch single by the Quarry Men featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison was named as the rarest record of all time, only 50 copies were made with each copy being valued at Ł10,000.

1999 Celine Dion was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'All The Way, A Decade Of Song.'

2001 Arthur Lee guitarist and singer from Love, was released from prison after serving almost six years of an eleven-year sentence. Lee had been convicted of possession of a firearm and for allegedly shooting a gun in the air during a dispute with a neighbour.

2001 Flutist James Galway received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.

2002 It was announced that Les Paul planned to give memorabilia from his music career to Waukesha County's historical society for an exhibit. Paul said that he planned to donate about 2,000 records and original sheet music.

2003 Mick Jagger became a Sir after being knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Jagger's 92-year-old father was at the Palace to see his son receive the award.

2004 Linkin Park and Jay-Z were at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Collision Course.'
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