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Births
1924 Lee Dorsey, US singer, (1966 US & UK No.8 single 'Working In The Coalmine').

1945 Lemmy, Hawkwind, (1972 UK No.3 single 'Silver Machine'), Motorhead, (1980 UK No.15 single 'Ace Of Spades').

1946 Jan Akkerman, guitar, Focus, (1973 UK No.4 single 'Sylvia', 1973 US No. 9 single 'Hocus Pocus').

1971 Ricky Martin, singer, (1999, US & UK No.1 single 'Livin' La Vida Loca'. Recorded the world's biggest selling football song 'The Cup Of Life').

1975 Joe Washbourne, Toploader, (2000 UK No.7 single 'Dancing In The Moonlight').


Deaths
1954 R&B singer Johnny Ace shot himself and died while playing Russian roulette backstage at a concert in Houston, TX.

1992 Percussion player with The Doobie Brothers, Bobby Lakind died from cancer.

1999 Zeke Carey of The Flamingos died. Had the 1959 US No.11 single 'I Only Have Eyes For You', (which was also a 1975 UK No.1 hit for Art Garfunkel).

2000 Four Seasons bassist Nick Massi died. They scored the 1976 UK & US No.1 single 'December 1963, Oh What A Night'.


Events
1906 Reginald A. Fessenden became the first person to broadcast a music program over radio, from Brant Rock, MA.

1920 Enrico Caruso gave his last public performance, when he sang in Jacques Halevy's "La Juive" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

1951 Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors," was first broadcast by NBC. It was the first opera written specifically for television.

1955 The Lennon Sisters debuted as featured vocalists on "The Lawrence Welk Show" on ABC-TV.

1963 The first night of The Beatles Christmas show at The Finsbury Park Astoria, London with Billy J. Kramer, The Fourmost, Cilla Black and Rolf Harris.

1966 Tommy James recorded "I Think We're Alone Now".

1967 The Bee Gees performed their Christmas special 'live' from Liverpool Cathedral, England which was broadcast on UK TV.

1971 Slade appeared at London's Marquee Club, for a Christmas Eve party night.

1972 David Bowie appeared at the Rainbow Theatre, London, England giving a special Christmas Eve concert.

1973 Tom Johnson of the Doobie Brothers was arrested in Visalia, CA, on charges of marijuana possession.

1977 The Bee Gees started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'How Deep Is Your Love', the groups 4th US No.1. It stayed in the top 10 for 17 weeks giving it the longest chart run in history, a No.3 in the UK.

1977 The *** Pistols played their last ever UK gig, (until 1996), before splitting, at Ivanhoes in Huddersfield. It was a charity performance before an audience of mainly children.

1978 Factory Records released a double EP 'A Factory Sample', featuring Joy Division, Durutti Column and Cabaret Voltaire.

1978 Bjorn Ulvaeus & Agnetha Falkstad (both of ABBA) announced their seperation and that they were filing for divorce.

1988 Anita Baker started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Giving You The Best That I Got'.

1988 Cliff Richard started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Private Collection.'

1988 Poison started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn.'

1988 Nirvana started recording their first album 'Bleach' using a $600 loan from an old school friend.

1990 Dave Clark's company 'Right Time' took out double page ad's in the press thanking those who helped him win Ł665,000 damages against Rank Theatres who he claimed had been responsible for the closure of the 'Time' musical.

1994 Pearl Jam went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Vitalogy'.

1997 Appearing live all over the UK, tribute bands including, Bi Jovi at The Wheatsheaf Stoke on Trent, T-Rextasy at Sheffield City Hall, The Silver Beatles at Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms and Voulez Vous, The Abba tribute show at The Venue, London.

2003 Jack White of The White Stripes turned himself in to Detroit police to face aggravated assault charges stemming from a bar room altercation in which he allegedly attacked Jason Stollsteimer of The Von Bondies. White was also fingerprinted and formally booked on the charges before he was released on bail.

2005 Rapper Foxy Brown was handcuffed and threatened with jail after she stuck her tongue out at a New York judge who asked her to stop chewing gum. Judge Melissa Jackson told the singer, she had showed disrespect to the court. Brown was in court on charges of assaulting two nail salon workers during a row over payment.
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