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1940 Tony Gomez, The Foundations, (1967 UK No.1 single 'Baby Now That I've Found You'. 1969 US No.3 single 'Build Me Up A Buttercup'.)

1945 Robert Martinez, ? & The Mysterians, (1966 US No. 1 & UK No.37 single '96 Tears'). '96 Tears' was a UK No.17 hit for The Stranglers in 1990.

1948 Andy Peebles, UK radio DJ. The last person to interview John Lennon.

1948 Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter, guitar, Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, (1973 US No.11 single 'Reeling In The Years').

1948 Ted Nugent, guitarist, The Amboy Dukes, (1968 single, 'Journey To The Centre Of The Mind'). Solo, (1977 single 'Cat Scratch Fever'). Damn Yankees, (1990 album 'Damn Yankies').

1949 Tom Verlaine, guitar, vocals, Television, (1977 single and album 'Marquee Moon').

1950 Davy O'List, guitar, The Nice, (1968 UK No.21 single 'America'), Roxy Music, (1972 UK No.4 single 'Virginia Plain' plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).

1951 Tom Hamilton, bass, Aerosmith, (1989 UK No.13 single 'Love In An Elevator', 1989 album 'Pump' spent 53 weeks on the US charts, 1993 US No.1 & UK No.2 album 'Get A Grip', 1998 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing').

1952 Berton Averre, The Knack, (1979 US No.1 & UK No.6 single 'My Sharona').

1967 Jamie Foxx, (born Eric Marlon Bishop). US actor, R&B singer and pianist, (2005 US No.1 and UK No.2 single 'Gold Digger' with Kanye West, 2006 US No.1 & UK No.9 album 'Unpredictable'). Academy Award winner in 2005 for his performance of musician Ray Charles in Ray.

1970 Daniel Patrick, bass guitar, guitar and keyboards. Worked Nine Inch Nails, Tapeworm, Killing Joke, Methods of Mayhem.

1974 Nick McCarthy, guitar, Franz Ferdinand, (winners of the 2004 Mercury Music Prize for their self-titled debut album).

1975 Tom Delonge, Blink 182, (2000 UK No.2 single 'All The Small Things' 2001 US No.1 album 'Take Off Your...').

1981 Amy Lynn Lee, vocals, Evanescence, (2003 UK No.1 & US No.5 single 'Bring Me To Life', 2003 UK No.1 & US No.3 album 'Fallen').

2002 Zal Yanovsky of The Lovin Spoonful died of a heart attack. (1966 US No.1 & UK No.8 single 'Summer In The City').

1928 George Gershwin's musical work "An American in Paris" was premiered by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

1955 Dickie Valentine was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Christmas Alphabet', this years Christmas No.1 song.

1961 The Beatles performed at the Cavern Club, Liverpool playing two shows at lunchtime and then again at night. Decca Records' Mike Smith attended the night performance with a view to offering The Beatles a recording contract.

1962 Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Return To Sender', his 13th UK No.1.

1966 Jimi Hendrix made his TV debut on ITV's 'Ready Steady Go!' (Marc Bolan was also on the show). The Jimi Hendrix Experience also recorded 'Foxy Lady' on this day.

1969 Diana Ross took the Latino Casino in Philadelphia to court for $27,500 after her two pet dogs died after eating cyanide tablets left by an exterminator in her dressing room.

1969 Bob Dylan was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents (2/6).

1970 Dave Edmunds was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the 1955 Smiley Lewis hit 'I Hear You Knockin.'

1972 Appearing at The Cakais, Inverness, Scotland, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band.

1974 George Harrison had lunch with U.S. President Gerald Ford at the White House.

1975 David Bowie's "Golden Years" was released.

1975 Foghat's "Slow Ride" was released.

1975 Chicago started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Chicago IX-Chicago's Greatest Hits', the groups fifth No.1 album.

1979 Simple Minds played the first of two nights at The Marquee in London, tickets L1.25. And down the road at the Hope & Anchor, Islington, Tenpole Tudor, tickets 75p.

1980 Kenny Roger's Greatest Hits started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart.

1985 Phil Collins made his U.S. TV acting debut on "Miami Vice" playing a drug dealer.

1986 Bruce Hornsby & The Range went to No.1 on the US singles chart, with 'The Way It Is', a No.15 hit in the UK.

1988 Bruce Springsteen's divorce from Julianne Phillips became final.

1990 The musical revival of "Peter Pan" opened.

1991 "John Denver's Montana Christmas Skies" special aired on CBS.

1993 Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash joined Billy Joel on stage in Los Angeles to play a solo on the tune "Shameless."

1994 Prince performed the song "Dolphin" on the David Letterman show.

1996 The movie "Jerry Maguire," starring Glenn Frey, opened.

1997 Children's TV characters The Teletubbies went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Teletubbies Say-eh-oh'. The single spent a total of 32 weeks on the chart.

1999 Winners in the Smash Hits readers poll included, Backstreet Boys who won Best band, best album & best single, Britney Spears won best female singer, Robbie Williams best male singer, S Club 7 won best new band and worst group went to the Spice Girls.

2000 It was announced that after 74 years the UK rock weekly Melody Maker was to close down. The Christmas edition would be the last one then it would merge with the NME creating a more sizeable broad-based magazine.

2000 Sir Paul McCartney held his first-ever London book signing at Waterstone's in Piccadilly. Sir Paul was in the store to sign copies of his new book, Paul McCartney Paintings.

2001 The two surviving members of Nirvana, Krist Novoselic and David Grohl, filed a countersuit against Courtney Love. The charge was that she has manipulated the memory and work of her dead husband, Kirk Cobain, for the benefit of her own career.

2002 David Sneddon an unemployed busker and former children's TV presenter won a Ł1 million pound record deal after winning the BBC TV Fame Academy final. The singer songwriter from Glasgow went on to score a UK Number 1 with his debut single 'Stop Living The Lie' the following month.

2003 Lauryn Hill launched a blistering attack on the Catholic church, urging religious figures to "repent" whilst speaking on a stage regularly used by the Pope. The former Fugees singer was playing at a Christmas show in Vatican City and took the opportunity to speak her mind about allegations of sexual abuse in America, before an audience that included top Vatican cardinals, bishops and the cream of Italian society.
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