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Births
1944 Bobby Colomby, drums, Blood Sweat & Tears, (1969 US No.12 & UK No.35 single 'You've Made Me So Very Happy').

1947 Peter Criss, drums, vocals, Kiss, (1974 US No.5 single 'On And On' 1976 US No 11 album 'Rock and Roll Over' spent 26 weeks on the chart. 1987 UK No.4 single 'Crazy Crazy Nights').

1948 Stevie Wright, The Easybeats, (1966 UK No.6 & 1967 US No. 16 single 'Friday On My Mind').

1957 Anita Ward, singer, (1979 US & UK No.1 single 'Ring My Bell').

1957 Billy Bragg, UK singer, songwriter, wrote 'New England' 1985 hit for Kirsty MacColl, (1988 UK No.1 charity single with Wet Wet Wet, 'She's Leaving Home').

1966 Chris Robinson, The Black Crowes, (1991 UK No.39 single 'Hard To Handle', 1992 US No.1 & UK No.2 album 'The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion').

1975 Graham Hopkins, drums, Therapy' (1993 UK No.9 single 'Screamager').


Deaths
1973 Bobby Darin died of a heart attack aged 37, (had a No.1 with 'Dream Lover' in 1959 plus 20 other US Top 40 hits during the 60's).

1992 Blues singer and guitarist, Albert King died. He recorded dozens of hugely influential songs, such as 'Crosscut Saw' and 'As The Years Go Passing By', and the 1967 album, 'Born Under a Bad Sign.'

1999 Hank Snow, Canadian Country singer died. 'The Singing Ranger' Released over 100 albums.


Events
1932 Al Jolson recorded "April Showers."

1957 Elvis Presley received his U.S. Army draft notice.

1958 John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison appeared as The Quarry Men at the wedding reception of George's older brother, Harry. The event was held at the Harrison family home at 25 Upton Green, Speke, Liverpool.

1959 Emile Ford and the Checkmates were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For.'

1962 The Osmond Brothers appeared on NBC-TV's "Andy Williams Show" for the first time.

1967 Jethro Tull was formed.

1967 Folk singer Joan Baez was sentenced to 45 days in prison after being arrested during an anti-war demonstration.

1968 The Beatles sixth Christmas record "The Beatles' 1968 Christmas Record", was sent to fan club members in the UK and the US. It included the song 'Nowhere Man' sung by Tiny Tim.

1969 Peter Paul and Mary went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Leavin' On A Jet Plane'.

1969 Rolf Harris was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Two Little Boys', the Christmas No.1 of 69 and the last No.1 of the 60s. The song stayed at No.1 for six weeks.

1969 The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their 10th release 'Let It Bleed', featuring 'Midnight Rambler', and 'You Can't Always Get What You Want.'

1972 Appearing at Gulliver's Club, Liverpool, England, Stealers Wheel.

1975 Joe Walsh joined the Eagles, replacing original member Bernie Leadon. Leadon left for a solo career.

1979 Appearing at London's Rainbow, Dire Straits tickets L3.50. And at The Bath Pavilion 1979, The Jam.

1979 The UK Christmas album chart at Our Price Records, Michael Jackson's 'Off The Wall', L3.74. The Police, 'Regatta De Blanc', L3.49, and the No.1 album Pink Floyd's 'The Wall', L6.45.

1980 Twelve days after John Lennon was shot dead 'Just Like Starting Over' gave the former Beatle his first ever UK solo No.1 single.

1980 Motorhead's Phil Taylor accidentally broke a bone in his neck when partying after a gig in Belfast.

1986 The Bangles started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Walk Like An Egyptian'.

1986 The Housemartins were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Caravan Of Love' a song written by Jasper Isley of The Isley Brothers.

2000 Ritchie and J from Five were remanded on bail following a court appearance in connection with a fight in a Dublin pub. They were charged with public order offences.

2001 Tommy Lee branded his ex-wife Pam Anderson an unfit mother. The drummer filed papers with the Los Angeles Superior Court alleging his son's tell him 'We hate Mommy' and his son Brandon had been using the F-word he learned from his mommy.

2006 Eminem and his high school sweetheart divorced for a second time, less than a year after they remarried. The couple agreed to share custody of their 10-year-old daughter, Hailie. The pair told a judge in Michigan they understood this time the divorce was final. The couple remarried in January. But the rapper filed for divorce less than three months later, saying there had been "a breakdown in the marriage relationship".

2006 Matthew Fisher, a founding member of Procol Harum, won a High Court battle over who wrote their song A Whiter Shade of Pale. He played organ on the 1967 hit and argued he wrote the distinctive organ melody. Mr Justice Blackburne ruled he was entitled to 40% of the copyright. Fisher had wanted half but the court decided lead singer Gary Brooker's input was more substantial. Fisher's claim for back royalties - of up to L1m - was also rejected. For almost 40 years, the song has been credited to lead singer Gary Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid.
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