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1918 Professor Longhair, US rock & roll piano player. Influenced Fat's Domino and Dr John. Died on 30th Jan 1980.

1940 Phil Ochs, US folk singer songwriter. Wrote 'There But A Fortune', hit for Joan Baez. Hung himself on 9th April 1976 suffering from chronic depression.

1941 Maurice White, vocals, Earth Wind and Fire, (1975 US No.1 single 'Shining Star', 1981 UK No.3 single 'Let's Groove').

1944 Alvin Lee, guitar vocals, Ten Years After, (UK rock group, 1970 UK No.10 single 'Love Like A Man').

1944 Zal Yanovsky, The Lovin Spoonful, (1966 US No.1 & UK No.8 single 'Summer In The City'). Died of a heart attack on 13th December 2002.

1949 John McEuen, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, (1971 US No.9 single 'Mr Bojangles').

1958 Chris Hamill, (Limahl), vocals, Kajagoogoo, (1983 UK No.1 single 'Too Shy').

1987 Two teenage girls died in a crush at a Public Enemy gig at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.

1993 Michael Clarke of The Byrds died of liver failure aged 49.

2000 10,000 Maniacs guitarist Robert Buck died, (1993 UK No.47 single 'Candy Everybody Wants').

2000 Staple Singers Roebuck 'pop' Staples died, (1975 US No.1 single 'Let's Do It Again').

2000 English singer/songwriter Kirsty MacColl was killed while vacationing in Mexico at the age of 41. She was sccuba diving with her two sons when she was hit by a speedboat.

1955 Carl Perkins recorded the hit "Blue Suede Shoes."

1957 "The Music Man" opened on Broadway.

1957 Elvis Presley had his draft notice served on him for the US Army. He went on to join the 32nd Tank Battalion third Armor Corps based in Germany.

1958 Conway Twitty was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'It's Only Make Believe'.

1960 Neil Sedaka's "Calendar Girl" was released.

1960 Frank Sinatra recorded his first session with his very own record company, Reprise Records. Frank did "Ring-A-Ding-Ding" and "Let's Fall in Love."

1964 The Beatles fourth album 'Beatles For Sale' started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK album charts.

1964 The Supremes scored their third US No.1 single of the year when 'Come See About Me', went to the top of the charts. It made No.27 on the UK chart.

1969 Mick Jagger was fined Ł200 plus 50 guineas costs at Marlborough Magistrates Court for illegal possession of cannabis.

1974 Ron Woods joined the Rolling Stones.

1976 During an interview with UK daily newspaper The Daily Mail, *** Pistol Paul Cook's mother said he was no longer welcome at home and she was going to turn his bedroom in a dining room.

1979 Appearing at the Music Machine, London, Iron Maiden.

1980 The film "9 to 5," with Dolly Parton, opened.

1981 Abba scored their seventh UK No.1 album with 'The Visitors'.

1987 The Pet Shop Boys had their third UK No.1 single with 'Always On My Mind. The song had been a hit for Brenda Lee in 1972 and Elvis Presley in 1973.

1987 Paul Simon the musician, and Paul Simon, the presidential candidate, both host "Saturday Night Live."

1992 Neil Diamond's "Christmas in Washington" aired on NBC-TV.

1994 The Manic Street Preachers played the first of three nights at The Astoria, London, the last shows Richie James made with the band before disappearing.

1997 Marty Raybon made his last appearance with country group Shenandoah at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, TN.

1998 Irish girl group B*Witched scored their third consecutive UK No.1 single with 'To You I Belong.'

1999 Irish boyband Westlife started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their versions of the Abba song 'I Have A Dream' and Terry Jacks 'Seasons In The Sun'. It gave the group the Christmas No.1 and the last No.1 of the century.

2000 Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol Dirty Bastard was returned to New York from Philadelphia in police custody, in order to face outstanding drug charges for possessing crack cocaine.

2001 VH1 premiered "Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story."

2001 Dick Clark filed a $10 million lawsuit against Recording Academy President Michael Greene. The charge was that Greene would bar artists who appear first on Clark's American Music Awards from performing on the Grammy Awards.

2001 Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) pled guilty to domestic battery case that arose after fighting with his wife at a Hard Rock hotel on November 19. The judge approved a plea bargain in which the case would be dismissed if Weiland had no more problems for the next six months and he completed 26 counseling sessions.

2001 Madonna appeared on television's "Dateline."

2001 Former Spice Girl Emma Bunton paid Ł3,000 for a custom built toilet. The singer ordered the hand painted porcelain loo complete with hand crafted toilet roll holder for her new L500,000 seaside apartment.

2004 Ludacris went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Red Light District', the rappers second US No.1 album.

2005 'Fairytale of New York' was voted the favourite Christmas song ever in a VH1 poll. The song by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl took the top spot, Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas is You', was voted into 2nd place and Wham's 'Last Christmas' came third. Other songs voted into the Top 10 were, 'Mistletoe and Wine', Sir Cliff Richard at No.4, 'Merry Xmas Everybody' by Slade at No.5, 'I Wish it could be Christmas Everyday', Wizzard, No.6, 'Christmas Time', The Darkness, No.7, 'Saviour's Day', Sir Cliff Richard No.8, 'Do They Know It's Christmas' (1984), Band Aid at No.9 and 'Lonely This Christmas' by Mud at No.10.

2005 Sir Elton John turned down Ł5.7m for the exclusive rights to his civil union to his partner David Furnish. The couple had considered the offer from a US television channel, putting the money in the Elton John Aids Foundation, but they told Attitude magazine they had decided to keep the day private.

2006 Two giant eyeballs donated by Pink Floyd raised Ł16,500 for the homeless charity Crisis. The 6ft-high props, made to promote the Pulse DVD, were on the auction site eBay for a week and attracted 46 bids. Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, a vice-president of Crisis, said extra help was needed in the winter months.
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