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PostSubject: December 26   26.12.08 9:57

Births
1935 Abdul 'Duke' Fakir, The Four Tops, (1965 US No.1 single 'I Can't Help Myself', 1967 UK No.6 single 'Standing In The Shadows of Love').

1955 Lars Ulrich, drums, Metallica, (1991 UK No.5 single 'Enter Sandman', 1991 US & UK No.1 album 'Metallica').

1963 Dana Baldinger, bass, Popinjays, (1990 UK album 'Bang Up To Date With The Popinjays').

1971 Jared Joseph Leto, American actor and musician, 30 Seconds to Mars.

1979 Chris Daughtry, American guitarist, singer. Daughtry was the fourth-place finalist on the fifth season of American Idol. His band's self-titled debut 2007 US No.1 album sold more than 1 million copies after just five weeks of release, becoming the fastest selling debut rock album of all time.


Deaths
1999 Soul singer, songwriter Curtis Mayfield died aged 57. He was a member of The Impressions, (1965 US No.7 single 'Lilies Of The Field') and solo, (1971 UK No.12 single 'Move On Up', 1972 US No.4 single 'Freddie's Dead, Theme From Superfly').


Events
1931 George Gershwin's musical, "Of Thee I Sing," opened at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. It became the first American musical to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

1939 W.C. Handy recorded the classic "St. Louis Blues."

1955 Bill Haley and the Comets' "See You Later Alligator" was released by Decca Records.

1961 Jay & the Americans recorded "She Cried."

1963 Capitol Records released the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" backed with "I Saw Her Standing There."

1963 Stevie Wonder arrived in the UK for appearances on the TV shows 'Ready Steady Go!' and 'Thank Your Lucky Stars.'

1964 Lulu and Marty Wilde appeared in the pantomime 'Once Upon A Fairytale', at the Gaumont Theatre, Doncaster, England.

1964 The Beatles started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Feel Fine'. It was the groups 6th No.1 of the year in which they had 30 entries on the chart, giving them a total of 18 weeks at the top of the charts.

1964 The Rolling Stones placed an advertisement in the music paper New Musical Express, wishing starving hairdressers and their families a Happy Christmas.

1965 While spending Christmas at his father's home in Cheshire, Paul McCartney crashed from the moped he was riding and suffered a five-inch cut to his mouth.

1966 John Lennon appeared as a men's room attendant in Peter Cook's and Dudley Moore's BBC TV show 'Not only... But also'

1966 The Jimi Hendrix Experience played an afternoon show at The Uppercut Club, London. Hendrix also wrote the lyrics to Purple Haze in the dressing room on the same day.

1967 BBC Television broadcast The Beatles' movie 'Magical Mystery Tour' in black and white. The next day, the British press and the viewing public pronounce the film an utter disaster. The negative reaction was so strong that a US television deal for broadcasting the movie was cancelled.

1967 The Dave Brubeck Quartet formally disbanded after Paul Desmond left the group.

1968 Led Zeppelin started their first North American tour supporting Vanilla Fudge and Spirit at Denver Auditorium, Colorado, tickets for this Sunday night gig cost $5.

1970 George Harrison started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'My Sweet Lord', making him the first Beatle to score a No.1 US hit.

1973 Paul and Linda McCartney presented the UK TV BBC's 'Disney Time'.

1976 The *** Pistols recorded 'God Save The Queen' at Wessex Studios London, England.

1981 AC/DC started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'For Those About To Rock We Salute You'.

1987 Run D.M.C.'s Jason Mizell was hospitalized when his Jeep was hit head-on by a driver going the wrong-way.

1988 Shane McGowan was arrested for smashing the glass from a shop window in a drunken rage. The Pogues singer was later fined Ł250.

1989 U2 started a five-night run at Dublin's Point Depot in Ireland.

1997 The movie "Spice World" was released in the United Kingdom.

1998 The Spice Girls scored their 8th UK No.1 single with 'Goodbye', giving them the Christmas No.1 for the third year in a row equalling the record set by The Beatles from 1963, 64 and 65.

1999 Notorious BIG was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Born Again.'

2004 2Pac went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Loyal To The Game.'

2006 Michael Jackson filed a lawsuit against his former accountants, claiming they withdrew $2.5 million a year from his bank accounts but did not properly pay his bills. Jackson hired the Los Angeles-based firm in 2003 for book-keeping, opening bank accounts and filing personal, corporate and real estate taxes.

2007 Amy Winehouse's second album 'Back to Black' was named as the biggest-selling album of the year. Released at the end of 2006 the album had now sold more than 1.5m copies in the UK, achieving five platinum sales awards, Winehouse was also nominated for six Grammys including song of the year. Leona Lewis's 'Spirit' was the second best seller, Lewis sold 1.27m copies in just five weeks, becoming the fastest-selling debut in UK history and making the former X Factor winner the fastest female million-seller in the UK. Mika's 'Life in Cartoon Motion' were the third best selling album of 2007.
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