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PostSubject: December 27   27.12.08 21:52

Births
1931 Scotty Moore, guitarist, who's first group was Doug Poindexter & the Starlite Wranglers. He played on the first Sun Studios session with Elvis Presley and went on to a lengthy career with Presley, playing on many of his most famous recordings including "Baby Let's Play House", "Heartbreak Hotel" "Mystery Train", "That's All Right", "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock".

1941 Les Maguire, Gerry And The Pacemakers, (1963 UK No.1 single 'You'll Never Walk Alone' 1965 US No.6 single, 'Ferry Across The Mersey').

1941 Mike Pinder, The Moody Blues, (1965 UK No.1 single 'Go Now' and 1968 UK No.19 & 1972 US No.2 single 'Nights In White Satin').

1944 Mike Jones, guitar, Foreigner, (1985 UK & US No.1 single 'I Want To Know What Love Is')

1948 Larry Byrom, guitar, Steppenwolf, (1969 UK No.30 single 'Born To Be Wild').

1952 David Knopfler, Dire Straits, left in early 1980, (1979 UK No.8 single 'Sultans Of Swing').

1961 Youth, Killing Joke, (1985 UK No.16 single 'Love Like Blood'), producer, worked with U2.

1972 Matt Slocum, Sixpence None The Richer, (1999 UK No.4 single, 'Kiss Me', 1999 US No.8 single 'There She Goes').

1984 Spectacular Blue Smith, singer, Pretty Ricky, (2007 US No.1 album 'Late Night Special').


Deaths
1976 Blues guitarist Freddie King died of heart trouble and Ulcers aged 42. Eric Clapton covered his 'Have You Ever Loved A Woman' on the Layla album.

1981 US singer songwriter and bandleader Hoagy Carmichael died aged 82. Composer of 'Georgia On My Mind' 'Star Dust' and 'Lazy River'.


Events
1927 The musical "Showboat" opened in New York.

1932 Radio City Music Hall opened its doors to the public for the first time.

1939 "The Glenn Miller Show," also known as "Music that Satisfies," debuted on CBS radio.

1940 Singer Al Jolson and actress Ruby Keeler were divorced after 12 years of marriage that included that final year of separation.

1960 The Beatles appeared at Litherland Town Hall Ballroom in Liverpool. Added to the bill at the last minute, The Beatles were not advertised to appear, so banners had been pasted onto advertising posters, saying "Direct From Hamburg, The Beatles!" Since The Beatles were playing in an area they'd only played in once before, most of the audience assumes they were a German group.

1963 The Animals perform on their first radio broadcast on the BBC show "Saturday Club."

1964 The Supremes made their first appearance on TV's "Ed Sullivan Show."

1969 Led Zeppelin II was at No.1 on the US album charts, it went on to sell over six million copies in the US.

1969 Diana Ross and the Supremes went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Someday We'll Be Together', the group's 12th US No.1. A No.13 hit in the UK.

1969 Miles Davis was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents, (2/6).

1970 "Hello, Dolly!" closed on Broadway after a run of 2,844 performances.

1971 The "Sonny & Cher Show" began airing on CBS. The show ran for four 1/2 years.

1975 The Four Seasons, "December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)" was released.

1975 Queen started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with 'A Night At The Opera' the groups first No.1 album.

1975 The Faces split became official. Rod Stewart had severed all connections with the group to work as a solo artist, Ron Wood was on permanent loan to the Stones, Ronnie Lane went on to form Slim Chance and drummer Kenny Jones joined The Who.

1975 The Staple Singers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Let's Do It Again' the group's second US No.1.

1980 John and Yoko's 'Double Fantasy' album started an eight-week run at No.1 on the US chart. 'Just Like Starting Over' started a five-week stay at No.1 on the singles chart.

1984 Appearing on the Granada TV music show 'Brighton Rock', Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Madness, Nik Kershaw, Gloria Gaynor, Spandau Ballet, The Flying Pickets and Helen Terry.

1985 Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon married model Yasmin Parvanah.

1985 Metallica finished working on "Master of Puppets."

1986 Jackie Wilson had the Christmas UK No.1 single of 1986 with 'Reet Petite' 29 years after it first entered the charts.

1989 A former chef at the Chuck Berry owned restaurant Southern Air started court proceedings against Berry alleging that the singer had installed secret video cameras in the ladies toilets. A further 200 other women also took action claiming that the recordings were used for improper sexual fetishes.

1989 Chuck Berry was sued by a former cook in his restaurant for allegedly putting a camera in the ladies' restroom.

1992 Harry Connick Jr. was arrested at New York's Kennedy Airport after a 9mm pistol was discovered in his carry-on luggage.

1992 The musical revival of "3 From Brooklyn" closed after 45 performances.

1992 The musical revival of "Tommy Tune Tonite! A Song and Dance Act" opened.

1997 The Spice Girls went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Too Much'.

1997 Mark Morrison was arrested outside the Pink Coconut nightclub in central Derby. The singer was convicted of threatening an off-duty police officer with an electric stun gun.

1998 Busta Rhymes (AKA Trevor Smith) was arrested and charged with criminal possession after police found a loaded, unregistered pistol in his car. The police originally pulled Rhymes over for changing lanes three times without signaling.

1999 Sean 'Puff Daddy' Combs and his girlfriend Jennifer Lopez were arrested after a gun was found in their car as they left a Manhattan nightclub. Police were investigating a shooting in the club.

2001 Steps announced they were splitting up. The group had notched up 13 Top 5 UK singles and had become Britain's biggest live act.

2004 Mario was at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Let Me Love You.'

2005 It was announced that 'Crazy Frog' by Axel F was the best selling UK ringtone of 2005. 'Tweet Tweet' by Sweetie Chick was the second and '(Is This The Way To) Amarillo' by Tony Christie and Peter Kay was the third biggest seller. The UK ringtone market was now worth more than double the value of the CD singles sales.
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