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1926 Bill Black, bass player, Elvis Presley from 1954-1957, Bill Black Combo, (1959 US No.17 single 'Smokie Part 2'). Black died on 21st October 1965.

1936 Tommy Steele, singer, actor, (1957 UK No.1 single 'Singing The Blues', plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).

1937 Art Neville, vocals, piano, The Neville Brothers, (1989 UK No.47 single 'With God On Our Side')

1939 Eddie Kendricks, vocals, The Temptations, (1971 US No.1 & UK No.8 single 'Just My Imagination' and re- issued 'My Girl' UK No.2 in 1992, solo US No.1 & UK No.18 single 'Keep On Truckin'). Died on 5th October 1992.

1942 Paul Butterfield, blues singer, harmonica player, (1965 album 'Paul Butterfield Blues Band'). Appeared at The Bands, 'Last Waltz'. Died on 3rd May 1987.

1943 David Dee, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, (1968 UK No.1 single 'Legend Of Xanadu').

1948 Jim Bonfanti, The Young Rascals, (1967 US No.1 and UK No.8 single 'Groovin'). The Raspberries, (1972 US N.5 single 'Go All The Way').

1949 Paul Rodgers, singer, guitarist, Free, (1970 UK No.2 & US No.4 single 'All Right Now'). Bad Company, (1974 UK No.15 single 'Can't Get Enough'). Also a member of The Firm, with Jimmy Page.

1950 Carlton Barrett, The Wailers, (1983 UK No.4 single with Bob Marley, Buffalo Soldier', plus 10 other UK Top 40 singles). Barrett was shot dead outside his home on 17th April 1987.

1951 Wanda Hutchinson, The Emotions, (1977 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'Best Of My Love').

1958 Mike Mills, bass, R.E.M. (1991 UK No.6 & US No.10 single 'Shiny Happy People', plus over 20 Top 40 UK singles, 1992 UK No.1 & US No.2 album 'Automatic For The People').

1959 Bob Stinson, guitar, The Replacements died of an accidental drug overdose, (1984 album 'Let It Be').

1962 Sarah Dallen, singer Bananarama, (1984 UK No.3 single 'Robert De Niro's Waiting', plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles, 1986 US No.1 single 'Venus').

1964 David Walls, 'Ginger', vocals, guitar, The Wildhearts, (1996 UK No.14 single 'Sick Of Drugs').

1969 Micky Quinn, bass, Supergrass, (1995 UK No.2 single 'Alright', 1995 UK No.1 album 'I Should Coco' spent 35 weeks on the UK chart).

1970 DJ Homicide, Sugar Ray, (1999 UK No. 10 single 'Every Morning').

1978 Neil Christopher, drummer, Three Days Grace.

1982 Bluesman Big Joe Williams died aged 79. Wrote 'Baby Please Don't Go', 1965 UK Top 10 for Them.

1996 Armando Gallop died from Leukaemia aged 26. He was regarded as one of the originators of the worldwide 'House' scene.

1999 Crossover jazz saxophonist, Grover Washington, collapsed and died in New York after taping a performance for CBS's "The Saturday Early Show." He was 56. The show aired the next day.

2006 Saxophonist Denis Payton died. Member of Dave Clark Five who had the 1964 UK No.1 single 'Glad All Over', 1965 US No.1 single 'Over And Over', plus over 15 other UK top 40 singles.

1955 Carl Perkins wrote "Blue Suede Shoes." Less than 48 hours later, he recorded it in Memphis, TN.

1960 Returning from Hamburg, The Beatles appeared at the Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool. Chas Newby joined The Beatles on bass guitar (to replace Stu Sutcliffe, who had remained in Hamburg), a position he would hold for only two weeks and four performances. When Newby bowed out to return to college, Paul McCartney became The Beatles' bass player.

1962 Bob Dylan arrived in England for the first time; he played his first UK date the following night at the Troubadour Club in London.

1963 James Carroll at WWDC in Washington, DC, became the first disc jockey to broadcast a Beatles record on American radio. Carroll played 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', which he had obtained from his stewardess girlfriend, who brought the single back from the UK. Due to listener demand, the song was played daily, every hour. Since it hadn't been released yet in the States, Capitol Records initially considered court action, but instead released the single earlier than planned.

1965 Judy Garland and The Supremes performed at the opening of the Astrodome in Houston.

1968 At the Marquee Club, London, The Who's Xmas party, plus a new group called Yes. Members 15 shillings, ($1.80) or Ł1 ($2.40) on the night. Other acts appearing at the club this month included Joe Cocker, Free and Led Zeppelin.

1969 TV history was made when Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki Budinger were married on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson.

1970 The Beach Boys played a show for Princess Margaret at London's Royal Albert Hall.

1973 Slade were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Merry Xmas Everybody' their sixth chart topper. The song has re-entered the UK charts on eight other occasions.

1975 Appearing at Brunel University, Middlesex, Hawkwind.

1977 Mr David Ackroyd purchased the one-millionth copy of 'Mull Of Kintyre', by Wings and became the first record buyer to receive a Gold Disc.

1977 Deputising for The *** Pistols on NBC- TVs 'Saturday Night Live', Elvis Costello stops his performance of 'Less Than Zero', saying ' there's no reason to do this', and launches into 'Radio Radio' which he'd been told not to perform.

1977 George Harrison played an unannounced live set for the regulars at his local pub in Henley-On-Thames.

1977 Elvis Costello and the Attractions appear on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in place of the *** Pistols. The *** Pistols could not get visas to enter the U.S.

1982 The Who play the "last concert of our farewell tour" at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens.

1982 Karen Carpenter made her last live appearance with The Carpenters when she performed in Sherman, California.

1983 Appearing on the children's UK TV show 'Saturday Superstore', Culture Club, Duran Duran and The Police.

1984 Appearing on the UK TV show 'Razzmatazz Solid Gold Christmas special', Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Big Country, Duran Duran, Ultravox, Paul Young and Wham!

1986 The Doobie Brothers reunited for a benefit in Palo Alto, CA. The performance inspired a reunion tour in 1987.

1986 Wayne "Danke Schoen" Newton won a $19.2 million suit against NBC News. NBC had aired reports claiming a link between Newton and mob figures. The reports were proven to be false.

1986 Paul & Linda McCartney's limo caught fire en route to a TV taping in Newcastle, England. They are both unharmed.

1988 Appearing at the G-Mex, Manchester, New Order, A Certain Ratio, Happy Mondays plus DJ Mike Pickering.

1988 Featured on the front page of the NME, Bros, interviewed for the paper, a quote from Matt, 'We've got the quickest selling debut LP in the history of CBS Records. You don't do that if your talentless'.

1989 Appearing at the Town and Country Club, London, the first of two nights from The Sugarcubes.

1990 Olivia Newton-John appeared in the TV movie "A Mom For Christmas."

1993 Sting's wife Trudie Styler gave birth to a son, Giacomo Luke, at a London hospital.

1994 Celine Dion married her manager Rene Angelil at the Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal.

1994 Ini Kamoze started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Here Comes The Hotstepper', a No.4 hit in the UK.

1994 A remixed version of The Four Seasons' "December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)" re-entered the US Hot 100, where it stayed for another 27 weeks, just as it did when it first charted in 1976. The combined run will establish a record for the longest total chart appearance in US chart history.

1994 Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and Heather Locklear were married.

1995 A statue of the late Frank Zappa was unveiled in Vilnius, the capital of the Republic Of Lithuania. It had been organised by Zappa fan club President Saulius Pauksty.

1996 Celine Dion said she was going to take a break from her career and concentrate on starting a family.

1997 U.S. President Clinton signed the No Electronic Theft Act. The act removed protection from individuals who claimed that they took no direct financial gains from stealing copyrighted works and downloading them from the Internet.

1997 David Bowie launched his BowieNet on the Internet.

1999 The NME writers albums and singles of 1999; Super Furry Animals 'Guerrilla' came 3rd, Shack 'HMS Fable' 2nd and The Flaming Lips 'The Soft Bulletin' was voted album of the year. Aphex Twin 'Windowlicker' was voted best single of the year.

2000 Bob The Builder started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Can You Fix It'.

2000 Eminem was the subject of a sick Internet hoax after MTV reported that the rapper had been killed in a car crash en route to a party.

2004 Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley agreed to sell 85% of his estate to businessman Robert Sillerman in a deal worth $100m. Sillerman would run Presley's Memphis home Graceland, and own Elvis' name and the rights to all revenue from his music and films. In the deal Lisa Marie would retain possession of Graceland and many of her father's 'personal effects.'
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