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PostSubject: December 28   28.12.08 8:31

Births
1915 Roebuck 'pop' Staples, vocals, The Staple Singers, (1975 US No.1 single 'Let's Do It Again'). Died 19th December 2000.

1921 Johnny Otis, (1957 UK No.2 single 'Ma, He's Making Eyes At Me', 1958 US No.9 single 'Willie And The Hand Jive').

1938 Charles Neville, sax, The Neville Brothers, (1989 UK No.47 single 'With God On Our Side').

1943 Chas Hodges, Heads Hands And Feet, Chas & Dave, (1982 UK No.2 single 'Ain't No Pleasing You').

1946 Edgar Winter, Edgar Winter Group, keyboards, vocals, (1973 US No.1 & UK No.18 single 'Frankenstein').

1947 Dick Diamonde, The Easybeats, (1966 UK No.6 & 1967 US No. 16 single 'Friday On My Mind').

1950 Alex Chilton, guitar, vocals, The Box Tops, (1967 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'The Letter'), formed Big Star in 1971.

1953 Richard Clayderman, French pianist who has sold over 70 million albums world-wide, biggest UK hit is the 1982 UK No.2 album 'Richard Clayderman.'

1954 Rosie Vela, US singer songwriter, (1987 UK No.27 single 'Magic Smile').

1964 Paul Wagstaff, Black Grape, (1995 UK No.8 single 'In The Name Of The Father').

1971 Anita Dels, vocals, 2 Unlimited, (1993 UK No.1 single 'No Limit').

1978 John Legend (John Stephens), singer, songwriter, 2006 US No.3 & UK No.10 album 'Once Again.'

1979 Akon, (Aliaune Thiam), US singer, (2005 UK No.1 album 'Trouble', 2005 UK No.1 and US No.4 single 'Lonely', (which samples Bobby Vinton's 'Mr. Lonely').


Deaths
1978 Chris Bell guitarist with Big Star was killed after his car crashed into a telephone pole, he was 27.

1983 Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys drowned while swimming near his boat in the harbor at Marina del Ray, CA.


Events
1944 The musical "On the Town" opened in New York City and ran for 462 performances. It features the song, "New York, New York."

1961 Danny Williams was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Moon River.' The Tokens were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight.'

1968 The Doors' "Touch Me" was released.

1968 The Beatles went to No.1 on the US album chart with the 'White Album', the group's 12th US No.1 album.

1968 The three day Miami Pop festival took place, the first major rock festival held on the East Coast of the US, with Chuck Berry, The McCoys, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, The Turtles, The Box Tops, Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, Pacific Gas and Electric, Procol Harum, Canned Heat, Iron Butterfly and The Grateful Dead.

1969 "Temptations Day" was declared in Detroit, MI.

1971 During a UK tour Mott The Hoople appeared at the Guildhall in Plymouth.

1974 Helen Reddy went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Angie Baby', the singers third US No.1. The song was turned down by Cher.

1975 Twenty-five year old David Gelfer pointed a .44 magnum at Ted Nugent and was then brought down to the ground by members of the audience and security guards. Gelfer was charged with "intimidating with a weapon."

1978 Rolling Stone magazine voted 'Some Girls' by The Rolling Stones 'Album of the Year.'

1980 St Winifred's School Choir were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'There's No One Quite Like Grandma.'

1981 WEA Records (Warner-Elektra-Atlantic) raised the price of its 45-rpm records from $1.68 to $1.98.

1983 After a heavy day's drinking Beach Boy Dennis Wilson drowned while swimming from his boat moored in Marina Del Rey, California. With the help of President Reagan he was given a burial at sea, normally reserved for Navel personnel. Dennis was the only genuine surfer in The Beach Boys.

1985 Shakin' Stevens was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Merry Christmas Everyone'.

1993 Canadian singer Shania Twain married record producer Mutt Lange.

1996 The Spice Girls scored their third UK No.1 single with '2 Become 1' went to the top of the charts.

1998 UK radio station BBC Radio 1 aired the 100 National Anthems, songs voted by listeners. At No.5 Radiohead, 'Creep', No.4 Underworld 'Born Slippy', No.3 The Verve 'Bitter Sweet Symphony', No.2 Nirvana 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', No.1 Massive Attack 'Unfinished Sympathy'.

1998 Usher sued the Tommy Hilfigger company for alleged infringement of publicity rights and false endorsement.

2001 A district court judge reduced a charge against Marilyn Manson. The original charge, fourth-degree criminal sexual misconduct, was reduced to disorderly conduct. A second charge, a misdemeanor count of assault and battery, remained unchanged. The incident stemmed from a concert on July 30, 2001 in Clarkston, MI, in which Manson allegedly assaulted a security guard.

2002 Shamed rock star Gary Glitter was deported from Cambodia after spending two nights in jail over suspected *** offences.

2003 50 Cent's debut album, 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin' was named the biggest selling album in the US in 2003 with the album going platinum six times over. Outkast came second with 'Speakerboxxx' / 'The Love Below' and Linkin Park's 'Meteora' was the third biggest seller. The Top 10 albums of 2003 in the USA accounted for around 30 million sales.

2005 Pink Floyd were voted the greatest rock stars ever in a survey of 58,000 listeners from UK radio station Planet Rock. Led Zeppelin were voted into second place, 3rd was The Rolling Stones, 4th The Who, 5th, AC/DC, 6th, U2, 7th, Guns N' Roses, 8th, Nirvana, 9th, Bon Jovi and in 10th place Jimi Hendrix. Listeners also named the 1970s as the golden age of rock, followed by the 1960's.
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