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Births
1935 Esther Phillips, US soul singer, (1975 US No. 20 & UK No.6 single 'What A Difference A Day Makes'). She died on 7th August 1984.

1939 Johnny Kidd, singer, Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, (1960 UK No.1 single 'Shakin' All Over'). Killed in a car crash while on tour in Manchester, England on 7th October 1966.

1940 Eugene Record, vocals, The Chi-lites, (1972 US No.1 single 'Oh Girl', 1972 UK No.3 single 'Have You Seen Her'). He died of cancer on 22nd July 2005.

1940 Jorma Kaukonen, guitar, Jefferson Airplane, (1967 US No.18 single 'White Rabbit'). Hot Tuna.

1941 Ron Bushy, Iron Butterfly, (1968 US No.14 single 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

1941 Tim Hardin, US singer, songwriter, (1967 UK No.50 single 'Hang On To A Dream'). Wrote 'Reason To Believe' and 'If I Were A Carpenter.' Died of a heroin overdose on 29th December 1980.

1943 Derek Smalls, bass, Spinal Tap, (1984 rock film 'This Is Spinal Tap').

1946 Duster Bennett, singer, guitarist, harmonica player. Worked with Alexis Korner, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac and B.B. King. Killed in a car crash on 26th March 1976.

1949 Ariel Bender, guitarist, Mott The Hoople, (1972 UK No.3 single 'All The Young Dudes'), Spooky Tooth.

1958 Dave Murray, guitar, Iron Maiden, (1982 UK No.1 album 'The Number Of The Beast', 1991 UK No.1 single 'Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter').

1960 Wil Sinnott, The Shamen, died 23/5/91, (1991 UK No.4 single 'Move Any Mountain').

1964 Eddie Vedder, vocals, Pearl Jam, (1992 UK No.15 single 'Jeremy', 1993 US No.1 & UK No.2 album 'Vs', 1994 US No.1 & UK No.4 album Vitalogy' and 1996 US No.1 & UK No.3 album 'No Code').

1974 Montsho Eshe, Arrested Development, (1992 UK No.2 single 'People Everyday').

1975 Katie Underwood, Bardot, winners of the Australian Popstars reality show, (2000 Australian No.1 single 'Poison', and 2000 Australian No.1 self-titled album).

1985 Harry Judd, McFly, (2004 UK No.1 single 'Colours In Her Hair', 2004 UK No.1 album 'Room On The 3rd Floor').


Deaths
1985 Judas Priest fans Raymond Belknap and James Vance shot themselves after listening to the Judas Priest album 'Stained Class.' The two had drunk beer, smoked marijuana and then listened to hours of the album. Afterwards they took a shotgun to a nearby school playground where Belknap shot and killed himself. Vance then blew away his jaw, mouth and nose but lived for more than three years before dying of effects of the shooting.


Events
1959 Chuck Berry was arrested for transporting a minor across a state line for an immoral purpose.

1959 The Drifters recorded "This Magic Moment."

1962 During his first visit to the UK Bob Dylan performed at the King and Queen pub in London's West End, the singer songwriter's third UK gig.

1964 Pirate station 'Radio London', started broadcasting from the former US Minesweeper 'Mv Galaxy'.

1964 During a US tour Beach Boy Brian Wilson had a nervous breakdown during a flight from Los Angeles to Houston. Wilson left the band to concentrate on writing and producing. Glen Campbell replaced Wilson for the bands live shows.

1966 The final show of BBC-TV's "Ready, Steady Go!" was aired with the Who as special guest.

1967 The Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Foxy Lady" was released.

1969 Elton John and Bernie Taupin began writing songs together.

1972 John Lennon's film "Imagine" premiered on national TV.

1972 Former Grand Funk Railroad manager Terry Knight arrived during a concert by the band with a court order to seize $1m in money or assets. Police inform the ex manager that he couldn't take anything until after the show.

1974 George Harrison released a holiday single, "Ding Dong, Ding Dong."

1977 Cat Stevens converted to Islam and changed his name to Yusef Islam.

1977 Cat Stevens formally changed his name to Yusef Islam.

1978 Rod Stewart's "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" was released.

1984 Howard Jones played the first of three sold out shows at London's Hammersmith Odeon, with support band Strawberry Switchblade.

1985 During a concert by LL Cool J at a Rollerrink in Baltimore, a fight broke out, one person was trampled underfoot and three people were shot.

1989 Phil Collins started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Another Day In Paradise', his 7th US solo No.1, a No.2 hit in the UK.

1989 The second version of 'Do They Know Its Christmas' by Band Aid II, went to No.1 on the UK singles chart.

1991 James Brown sued the producers of the movie "The Commitments." Brown claimed that one of the characters too closely resembled him. He lost the case.

1996 Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx married TV's 'Baywatch' star Donna Deruico.

1998 On UK TV BBC 1 aired a program about the life of former Take That singer Robbie Williams, 'Some Mothers...'.

2000 Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall was given a police caution for possessing cocaine and cannabis. Police found the Class A and Class B drugs at his Surrey home after a woman falsely accused him of rape in November.

2002 Sir Paul McCartney was granted his own coat of arms by the College of Arms. The honour featured a Liver Bird, highlighting his Liverpool connections.

2005 Geezer Butler, the bass player with Black Sabbath offered Ł5,000 for any information leading to the safe return of Toga, the three-month-old penguin that had been stolen from a zoo on the Isle of Wight a few days earlier.

2006 It was reported that U2 singer Bono was to given an honorary knighthood in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music and humanitarian work.

2006 Ciara was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Ciara : The Evolution' the American singers second album.
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