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Births
1940 Frank Zappa, multi' instrumentalist, producer and composer. Recorded with The Mothers Of Invention and solo, 1969 album 'Hot Rats', 1974 album 'Apostrophe', featuring 'Don't Eat The Yellow Snow'. First band was The Blackouts, recorded one of the first concept albums 'Freak Out'. Zappa died of prostrate cancer on 4th December 1993.

1940 Ray Hilderbrand, Paul and Paula, (1963 US No.1 & UK No.8 single, 'Hey Paula').

1943 Albert Lee, UK country guitarist. Worked with Emmylou Harris Hot Band, Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker. One time member of Heads Hands And Feet.

1946 Carl Wilson, guitar, vocals, The Beach Boys, (1966 UK & US No.1 single 'Good Vibrations', plus over 25 other UK Top 40 singles'). Died 6th February 1998 after a long battle with lung cancer.

1953 Betty Wright, US singer, (1971 US No. 6 single 'Clean Up Woman', 1975 UK No. 27 single 'Shoorah! Shoorah!).

1964 Emmett Murphy, Dinosaur Jr, (1993 UK No.20 single 'Start Choppin').

1964 Patrick Murphy, The Lemonheads, (1993 UK No.14 single 'Into Your Arms').

1966 Gabrielle Glaser, US singer, Luscious Jackson, (1997 UK No.25 single 'Naked Eye').


Deaths
1987 John Spence, singer, original member of No Doubt in the late 80's, committed suicide.

1988 Ex Cockney Rebel bass player Paul Jeffreys was one of the passengers killed by a terrorist bomb on Pan Am flight 103. The plane crashed over Lockerbie, Scotland.

1998 Karl Denver died, 1962 UK No.4 single 'Wimoweh', 1990 UK No. 46 hit 'Lazyitis- One Armed Boxer' with Happy Mondays.


Events
1955 LaVern Baker recorded "Jim Dandy".

1960 Elvis Presley was inducted into the Los Angeles Indian Tribal Council coinciding with the opening with his movie "Flaming Star."

1966 Appearing live in Lymington, Long John Baldry with Elton John.

1966 The Who played at The Uppercut, London, England, tickets cost 17/6.

1967 The Beatles held a party at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London to preview their new movie 'Magical Mystery Tour'.

1967 The Rolling Stones album, "Their Satanic Majesties Request" was released.

1968 Crosby, Stills and Nash performed together in public for the first time.

1968 Glen Campbell went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Wichita Lineman'.

1969 The Supremes made their last TV appearance together with Diana Ross on 'The Ed Sullivan show', singing their last No.1 'Someday We'll Be Together'.

1968 Janis Joplin gave her first solo performance in Memphis, TN.

1969 Diana Ross gave her last performance as a member of the Supremes on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

1970 Elvis Presley went to the White House to volunteer his services to U.S. President Nixon on fighting the nation's drug problems. He gave Nixon a chrome-plated Colt .45 and Tricky Dick gave Elvis a Narcotics Bureau badge.

1971 Martha & the Vandellas disbanded.

1974 Mud were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Lonely This Christmas'.

1976 "Barry Manilow on Broadway" opened for a two-week run in New York.

1977 During a North American tour Queen appeared at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California.

1984 Frankie Goes To Hollywood played the first of 3 sold out nights at Liverpool Royal Court.

1985 Heart went to No.1 on the US album chart with their self- titled album.

1985 Lionel Richie started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Say You, Say Me', a No.8 hit in the UK.

1991 Appearing at the Food Records Xmas party at The Brixton Academy, London, Jesus Jones, Blur, Diesel Park West, Sensitize and Whirlpool.

1991 Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are The Days Of Our Lives' by Queen started a five week run at No.1 in the UK, released as a tribute to Freddie Mercury.

1992 David Crosby was a guest on ABC-TV's "Roseanne."

1993 Shaquille O'Neal's "I Know I Got Skillz" single was certified Gold by the RIAA.

1995 Former Oasis drummer Tony McCarrol, issued a writ against the band seeking damages and royalties from his work on ('What's The Story) Morning Glory'.

1995 Northern Uproar singer Leon Meya received a letter from the Spanish Ministry Of Defence ordering him to sign up for national service. Meya had lived in Spain until he was five

1996 The charity record Dunblane 'Throw These Guns Away', went to No.1 on the UK singles chart for 1 week.

1996 Tony Bennett was rushed to a hospital for an emergency operation for an erupted hernia. Bennett was just arriving at the White House for a holiday dinner with U.S. President and Mrs. Clinton when he fell ill.

1999 Readers of UK Guitar magazine voted Noel Gallagher the most overrated guitarist of the millennium. Jimi Hendrix was voted guitarist of the millennium with Nirvana's 'Nevermind' winning best album.

2000 Figures from the RIA of America showed that Teen Pop was alive and doing very well. Pop accounted for most of the record sales in America with Jive records, home to Britney Spears, The Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC selling 31m records

2001 Police launched an investigation into why Olivia Harrison listed a non-existent Beverly Hills address as the place of George Harrison's death.

2002 Keane appeared at the 12 Bar Club, London and were spotted by Simon Williams of Fierce Panda records who asked them to put a single out on his label.

2003 Eminem's ex-wife Kimberley Mathers pleaded guilty to a drug and driving offences. Mathers had been pulled by traffic police in June and was charged with possession of cocaine, two other charges driving with a suspended license and maintaining a drug house in which police discovered marijuana and Ecstasy were dropped. The 28 year-old mother appeared in a Michigan court after turning herself in, having previously failed to attend a November 1 hearing and removed an electronic tagging device used to monitor her movements.

2003 Michael Andrews feat Gary Jules went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Tears For Fears song 'Mad World.' The song took just 90 minutes to record in 2001 and was featured in the film 'Donnie Darko.'

2003 American Idol winner Ruben Studdard was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Soulful.'

2005 The Sugababes unveiled their new member just a day after Mutya Buena announced she was leaving. Self-confessed Sugababes fan Amelle Berrabah, 21, from Hampshire, was named as the new singer in the group. "For years I've dreamt of breaking into the music business but never did I dream of waking up one day to be the third Sugababe," she said. Buena said she left because she wanted a break from promoting the band's album Taller in More Ways.

2005 Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish became the first gay celebrities to register their relationship as a civil partnership. The 20 minute ceremony took place at The Guild Hall, Windsor, England, guest's included Ringo Starr, Victoria Beckham, Joss Stone, Sting, Elvis Costello, Jamie Cullum, George Michael and The Osbournes - Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly.

2005 Madonna was forced to cancel a romantic holiday at Skibo Castle in Scotland after her private jet broke down with technical difficulties at London Airport.

2006 P Diddy's girlfriend, Kim Porter gave birth to twin girls, who were named D'Lila Star and Jessie James Combs.
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