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PostSubject: December 16   16.12.08 7:52

Births
1934 Karl Denver, UK singer, (1962 UK No.4 single 'Wimoweh', 1990 UK No.46 hit 'Lazyitis- One Armed Boxer' with Happy Mondays). Denver died on 21st December 1998.

1945 Tony Hicks, guitar, The Hollies, (over 25 Top 40 hits since 1963, 1972 US No.2 single 'Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress', 1988 UK No.1 single 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' first released in 1969.

1946 Benny Anderson, keyboards, vocals, Abba, (first UK hit 1974 No.1 single 'Waterloo', followed by 8 other UK No.1 singles and 9 UK No.1 albums, 1977 US No.1 single 'Dancing Queen').

1950 Bill Gibbons, guitar, vocals, ZZ Top, (1984 US No.8 & 1985 UK No.16 single 'Legs').

1959 Steven Irvine, drums, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, (1985 UK No.19 single 'Brand New friend').

1972 Michael McCary, vocals, Boyz II Men, (1992 US & UK No.1 single 'End Of The Road').


Deaths
1988 US singer Sylvester James died. (1978 US No.36 & UK No. 8 single 'You Make Me Feel, Mighty Real').

1997 American singer songwriter Nicolette Larson died aged 45. Worked with Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt and David Crosby.

1999 A 28 year-old man died after falling more than 80ft at Earls Court, London, while dismantling the set at a Spice Girls concert.

2001 Stuart Adamson, lead singer of Big Country was found dead in Hawaii a month after disappearing from his home in the US. The 43-year old Scottish musician had fought a long battle against alcoholism. His body was found in a hotel room.

2007 Dan Fogelberg died at his home in Maine at the age of 56. The US singer, songwriter discovered he had advanced prostate cancer in 2004.


Events
1907 Eugene H. Farrar became the first singer to broadcast on radio. He sang from the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York.

1940 Bob Crosby and his Bobcats backed up Bing as "San Antonio Rose" was recorded for Decca Records.

1960 George Harrison was deported from Germany for being too young to perform there with the Beatles.

1965 Released as a double A side The Beatles 'Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out', became their ninth UK No.1 and their third Christmas chart topper in a row. The single was a US No.1 in January 1966.

1966 The first Jimi Hendrix Experience single 'Hey Joe', was released in the UK on Polydor records, the track had been rejected by the Decca label.

1967 The Lemon Pipers released "Green Tambourine."

1967 The Rolling Stones announced that Marianne Faithfull was the first signing to their 'Mother Earth' label.

1971 Frank Zappa's '200 Motels' film opened at London's Piccadilly Classic Cinema.

1971 Don McLean's eight-minute-plus version of "American Pie" was released.

1972 Paul McCartney's single, "Hi, Hi, Hi," was released.

1972 Billy Paul started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Me and Mrs Jones', a No.12 hit in the UK.

1973 ITV broadcast a Barbra Streisand spectacular on UK TV, the set had been filmed at Elstree studios.

1973 Stephen Stills lost a paternity suit filed by a woman in California.

1974 Guitarist Mick Taylor announced he was leaving The Rolling Stones, saying he felt that now was the time to move on and do something new.

1974 UK group Mott The Hoople announced they had split up.

1977 The "Saturday Night Fever" film debuted.

1983 The Who officially disbanded.

1983 Judas Priest played the first of two sold out nights at London's Hammersmith Odeon.

1984 Various stars named their favourite party songs in music magazine Smash Hits; Morrissey picked 'What's The World', by James, Siouxsie had 'Love Is The Drug' by Roxy Music, Robert Smith from The Cure picked 'Boogie Nights,' by Heatwave and Andy Partridge from XTC picked 'Take Five' by Dave Brubeck.'

1988 Appearing at Glasgow Barrowlands, Scotland, The Proclaimers.

1988 Appearing at Stourbridge Town Hall, England, Sigue Sigue Sputnik.

1989 Billy Joel went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Storm Front'.

1989 Jive Bunny and The Mastermixes had their final UK No.1 single with 'Let's Party'.

1991 Chubby Checker filed a lawsuit against McDonald's in Canada seeking $14,000 million for it's alleged use of an imitation of his voice. The song 'The Twist' had been used on a French fries commercial.

1993 Appearing at The Krazy House, Liverpool, England, Verve supported by Oasis.

1993 The musical "The Red Shoes" opened.

1993 MTV aired Nirvana's New York "Unplugged" performance.

1997 Bobby Brown settled out of court with Althea Durant. Durant had claimed that she paid him $30,000 for a show in Trinidad that he never played.

1999 Former *** Pistols manager, Malcolm McLaren, announced plans to join the race for London's first-ever elected mayor.

2000 The estranged father and former manager of LeAnn Rimes made embarrassing allegations during a legal battle involving millions of pounds. One fact told in court was that LeAnn paid her mother Ł6,700 every time she styled her hair before a show.

2001 Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Frank and Nancy Sinatra 1967 No.1 hit 'Somethin' Stupid'. The Christmas No.1 for this year.

2002 Liza Minnelli and her husband, David Gest, filed a $23 million dollar lawsuit against VH1, MTV Networks, Viacom and Remote Productions, Inc. for breach of contract. The lawsuit was filed because plans were dropped on a reality show that was centered on the lives of Minnelli and Gest.

2003 Michael Jackson was out on police bail of $3m after being arrested following allegations of child abuse. The 45-year-old singer strenuously denied the allegations, calling them a big lie. Following the allegations of child abuse a special information web site was set up by the District Attorney's office because of the level of media interest in the case. Mr Jackson, who was arrested, cited and released after surrendering to police on 20th November, was due to appear in court on 9 January.

2004 Gold and silver Black Sabbath discs were stolen from the Kent home of Ozzy Osbourne's former manager Patrick Meehan. Police recovered the discs a week later after they were offered for sale on the internet auction site eBay.

2005 The surviving Beatles and relatives of the band's late members began legal action against EMI to get royalties allegedly worth Ł30m. Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and relations of George Harrison and John Lennon claimed EMI owed record royalties to their company Apple Corps.

2006 Incubus started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Light Grenades' the bands sixth album.

2007 Sir Paul McCartney said he left EMI, his record label of 45 years, as it had become "boring" and he had "dreaded going to see" its executives. McCartney told The Times that the company's handling of his music had become "symbolic of the treadmill". The ex-Beatle went on to sign a deal with Starbucks' label, Hear Music.
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