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1929 Chris Kenner, US singer, (1961 US No.2 single 'I Like It Like That'). Also a hit for Dave Clarke Five.

1937 O'Kelly Isley, The Isley Brothers, (1968 UK No.3 single 'This Old Heart Of Mine'). Died on 31st March 1986.

1940 Phil Spector, producer, 'The Spector Wall Of Sound.' Member of Teddy Bears, (1958 US No.1 single 'To Know Him Is To Love Him'). Produced many classic songs including; Ben E King, 'Spanish Harlem', The Crystals, 'Da Doo Ron Ron', The Ronettes, 'Baby I Love You', The Righteous Brothers, 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling', Ike and Tina Turner, 'River Deep, Mountain High.' Also produced albums for The Ramones, John Lennon, George Harrison, The Beatles, Cher and Harry Nilsson.

1940 Pete Brown, lyricist, poet, singer, producer, Cream, (1967 UK No.11 single 'I Feel Free'). Also worked with Jack Bruce, Graham Bond, Mick Jagger and Peter Green.

1943 Trevor Lucas, Fairport Convention, UK folk group, (1969 UK No.21 single 'Si Tu Dois Partie'). Also worked with Al Stewart and The Strawbs. Lucas died 4th February 1989.

1944 Henry Vestine, guitar, Canned Heat, (1970 UK No.2 & US No.26 single 'Let's Work Together'). Died on 20th October 1997.

1944 Kenny Everett, UK radio and TV presenter, (1983 UK No.9 single 'Snot Rap'). Died 4th April 1995.

1945 Noel Redding, bass, Jimi Hendrix Experience, (1967 UK No.3 single 'Purple Haze', 1970 UK No.1 single 'Voodoo Chile'). Died on 12th May 2003 aged 57.

1946 Jimmy Buffett, American singer songwriter, (1977 US No.8 single 'Margaritaville', 2004 US No.1 album 'License to Chill').

1948 Country singer Barbara Mandrell, named Country Music Association entertainer of the year in 1979, 1980 & 1981, (1977 US No.1 Country single 'Sleeping Single In A Double Bed').

1954 Annie Lennox, singer, The Tourists, (1979 UK No.4 single 'I Only Want To Be With You'). Eurythmics, (1983 US No.1 single 'Sweet Dreams', 1985 UK No.1 single 'There Must Be An Angel'). Solo, (1995 UK No.2 single 'No More I Love You's').

1954 Robin Campbell, guitar, vocals, UB40, (1983 UK No.1 & 1988 US No.1 single 'Red Red Wine' and over 30 other Top 40 singles).

1957 Shane MacGowan, guitar, vocals, The Pogues, (1987 UK No.8 single 'The Irish Rover', 1987 UK No.2 single with Kirsty MacColl, 'Fairytale Of New York').

1958 Alannah Myles, Canadian singer, 1990 US No.1 and UK No.2 single 'Black Velvet.'

1964 Bob Stanley, Saint Etienne, (1993 UK No.12 single 'You're In A Bad Way')

1971 Dido, singer, songwriter, (2001 UK No.1 & US No.4 album 'No Angel', 2001 UK No.4 single 'Here With Me').

1971 Noel Hogan, guitar, The Cranberries, (1994 UK No.14 single 'Linger'). The bands 1993 album 'Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can't We' spent 86 weeks on the UK chart.

1972 Josh Freese, drummer, Nine Inch Nails, (2005 US No.1 album 'White Teeth'). Also worked with The Vandals, Devo, Viva Death and A Perfect Circle.

1995 Singer Dean Martin died at the age of 78.

1998 Bryan MacLean, guitarist with Love, died of a heart attack ahed 62 while having Christmas dinner with a young fan who was researching a book about the band. (1966 US No.33 single '7 And 7 Is', 1968 UK No.24 album 'Forever Changes').

1818 "Silent Night" was performed for the first time, at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorff, Austria.

1954 Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas' entered the Billboard Pop chart for the first time, seven years after it was recorded. Bing's rendition has sold over 100 million copies around the world, with at least 50 million sales as singles. It was the largest selling single in music history until it was surpassed by Elton John's 'Candle in the Wind 1997'.

1958 The first day of a 10 day residency in Alan Freeds Christmas rock n' roll spectacular in New York with Chuck Berry, Frankie Avalon, Dion, Jackie Wilson, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley and The Everly Brothers.

1959 Richard Starkey, 18, who later would be known as Ringo Starr, received a drum set for Christmas.

1964 Beatles fans attacked George Harrison's girlfriend Patti Boyd as they arrived at London's Hammersmith Odeon for tonight's Beatles concert.

1964 Appearing at The Fox Theatre, Brooklyn, New York, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Miracles, Stevie Wonder and The Marvelettes.

1964 The Beatles, recorded six songs for the BBC radio program Saturday Club in London: 'Rock and Roll Music', 'I'm a Loser', 'Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby', 'I Feel Fine', 'Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey' and 'She's a Woman.'

1965 Dave Clark Five went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Over And Over'. They became the 7th UK act of 1965 to score a US No.1 single.

1965 The Beatles 6th album 'Rubber Soul' started a nine-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. It spent a total of 42 week's on the UK chart and was also a No.1 in the US.

1967 Paul McCartney and Jane Asher become engaged, but they never married.

1971 Melanie started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Brand New Key', the first release on her new label Neighbourhood Records.

1976 Johnny Mathis was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'When A Child Is Born', the singers only UK No.1

1976 The Eagles started a eight-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Hotel California.'

1977 Harlem's Apollo Theater re-opened.

1978 Public Image Ltd. made its debut performance at the Rainbow Theatre in London.

1978 Abba's pre-recorded appearance on BBCI-TV's "Mike Yarwood Christmas Show" aired in Britain.

1978 John Lydon's new group Public Image Ltd played their first live gig at the Rainbow Theatre, London.

1981 Michael Jackson phoned Paul McCartney and suggested they write and record together, the first result being 'The Girl Is Mine'. The song was a US No.2 & UK No.8 in 1982.

1982 David Bowie had a No.3 UK hit with a duet with Bing Crosby, 'Peace On Earth - Little Drummer Boy.'

1990 James Brown gave his first concert performance in two years for soldiers of Ft. Jackson, SC. Brown was on a 4-day furlough from prison.

1993 Mariah Carey started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Hero', a No.7 hit in the UK. Also on this day Mariah went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Music Box'.

1995 Mariah Carey was at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Daydream'.

1996 "The People vs. Larry Flynt," starring Courtney Love was released.

2003 Michael Jackson recorded his first interview since news of the allegations of sexual abuse with a 12-year old boy. He told the CBS TV network he would 'slit his wrists' before he would hurt a child. He also claimed he suffered a dislocated shoulder after police 'manhandled' him and treated him 'very roughly' during his arrest.

2006 James Brown, the "Godfather of Soul", died at the age of 73 after being diagnosed with severe pneumonia. Brown went to his dentist in Atlanta the previous day who told him something was wrong, and he sent him to a doctor immediately.
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