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Births
1944 Barry Jenkins, drums, The Animals, (1964 UK & US No.1 single 'House Of The Rising Sun'), also a member of The Nashville Teens.

1946 Rick Nielsen, vocals, guitar, Cheap Trick, (1979 UK No.29 & US No.17 single 'I Want You To Want Me', 1988 US No.1 single 'The Flame')

1949 Robin and Maurice Gibb, The Bee Gees, singers, songwriters, producers, Robin was the eldest by 1 hour. (1967 UK No.1 single 'Massachusetts', 1978 UK & US No.1 single 'Night Fever', over 30 UK Top 40 hits and 9 US No.1's over 4 decades). Maurice died on 12th January 2003 of a heart attack.

1950 Alan Williams, The Rubettes, (1974 UK No.1 single 'Sugar Baby Love').

1957 Ricky Ross, vocals, guitar, piano, Deacon Blue, (1988 UK No.8 single 'Real Gone Kid', plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles). Also solo.

1966 Danny Saber, Black Grape, (1995 UK No.8 single 'In The Name Of The Father').

1968 Richard James Edwards, guitar, vocals, Manic Street Preachers, (1992 UK No.17 single 'Theme From Mash'). Disappeared on 1st February 1995, after leaving his car at a service station by The Severn Bridge, near Bristol, England.

1972 Vanessa Paradie, French singer, actress, (1988 UK No.3 single with 'Joe Le Taxi').

1984 Jonas Erik Altberg, (Basshunter), Swedish musician and DJ. (2008 UK No.1 'Now You're Gone').

1989 Jordin Brianna Sparks, American pop/R&B singer, songwriter. Winner of the sixth season of American Idol, at the age of 17, making her the youngest winner of American Idol. 2008 Australian No.1 single with Chris Brown 'No Air.'


Deaths
2002 Former Clash singer and guitarist Joe Strummer died of a suspected heart attack aged 50. (1979 UK No. 11 single 'London Calling', 1982 US No. 8 single 'Rock The Casbah, 1991 UK No.1 single 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go', first released 1982, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).

2006 Songwriter Dennis Linde died aged 63 from a rare lung disease. Linde wrote one of Elvis Presley's last major hits, Burning Love and also wrote Goodbye Earl for the Dixie Chicks, and Callin' Baton Rouge for Garth Brooks.


Events
1941 Jimmie Lunceford and his orchestra recorded "Blues in the Night."

1962 The Tornadoes started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Telstar'. Produced and written by Joe Meek, it was the first major hit from a UK act on the American chart. Also a No.1 in the UK.

1962 During his first visit to the UK Bob Dylan performed at the Singers Club in London, the singer songwriter's second UK gig.

1963 The Dave Clark Five scored their only US No.1 single with 'Over And Over', a No.5 in the UK.

1967 Appearing at The Olympia, London 'Christmas On Earth Continued'. An all night festival featuring The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Who, Keith West and Tomorrow, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Soft Machine, DJ John Peel plus a paddling pool, light shows and a movie theatre, tickets L1.

1968 Eric Burdon left the Animals.

1972 Little Jimmy Osmond was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Long Haired Lover From Liverpool.' At nine years of age it made him the youngest person to have a No.1 record, also the biggest seller of 72.

1973 Elton John started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road', it also had a eight week run at No.1 on the US chart.

1975 Appearing at the Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band.

1975 Ike and Tina Turner are robbed of $86,000 when a suitcase was stolen containing concert receipts.

1976 Isaac Hayes filed for bankruptcy.

1978 Kenney Jones, of Faces, becomes the drummer for the Who. He replace Keith Moon who had died a couple of months earlier.

1978 The stage version of Harry Nilsson's "The Point" opened in London with Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz.

1979 Appearing at a Christmas special gig at the Electric Ballroom, London, The Damned and Spodgenessabounds.

1979 Rupert Holmes started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Escape, (The Pina Colada Song). His only US No.1 solo hit, a No.23 hit in the UK.

1979 Appearing at the Marquee Club, London, The Pretenders.

1981 Suggs from Madness married his girlfriend Bette.

1981 A rock 'n' roll auction in London brought in $2,000 for a letter of introduction from Buddy Holly to Decca Records. John and Cynthia Lennon's marriage certificate was sold for $850 and an autographed program from the world premiere of the Beatles film "Help!" brought in $2,100.

1984 CBS Records announced the upcoming release of Mick Jagger's first solo album, set for February, 1985. The album was titled "She's the Boss."

1984 Madonna started a six-week run at No.1 in the US charts with 'Like A Virgin', her first US No.1.

1987 Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue was pronounced 'dead on arrival' in an ambulance when his heart stopped beating for two minutes. Sixx was given two shots of adrenaline in his chest to revive him. Fellow band members were prematurely informed of his death.

1988 The Smiths played their farewell gig at Wolverhampton Civic Hall, (without guitarist Johnny Marr). To gain entrance to the gig fans had to wear a Smiths or Morrissey T- shirt.

1991 Gregg Allman made his acting debut as a drug kingpin in the movie "Rush."

2000 Madonna married film director Guy Ritchie at Skibo Castle, Scotland. Celebrities attending the wedding included Jon Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Sting and fashion designers Donatella Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier and Stellla McCartney.

2002 Pop Stars: The Rivals winners Girls Aloud started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their debut release ' Sound Of The Underground.'

2003 The annual list of all-time music greats by the Guinness book of hit singles was again topped by Elvis Presley. The list based on the number of weeks spent on the UK singles chart looked like this; 1. Elvis Presley (1193), 2. Cliff Richard (1152), 3. The Shadows (771), 4. Elton John (623), 5. Madonna (606), 6. Diana Ross (560), 7. Michael Jackson (509), 8. Rod Stewart (477), 9. Beatles (456) and 10. David Bowie (452).

2005 Janet Jackson was the most-searched name during 2005 according to Google, the singer topped a list of searches with people looking for pictures from her infamous 'wardrobe malfunction' at the 2004 Super Bowl when she exposed her right breast.
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