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Births
1942 Ray Thomas, The Moody Blues, (1965 UK No.1 single 'Go Now', and 1968 UK No.19 & 1972 US No.2 single 'Nights In White Satin').

1946 Marianne Faithfull, UK singer, one time girlfriend of Mick Jagger, (1965 UK No.4 single 'Come And Stay With Me').

1947 Cozy Powell, drummer, Whitesnake, ELP & solo, (1973 UK No.3 single 'Dance With The Devil'). Powell was killed in a car crash in England on 5th April 1998.

1948 Charlie Spinosa, John Fred and His Playboy Band, (1968 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Judy In Disguise').

1951 Yvonne Elliman, singer, (1978 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'If I Can't Have You', also worked with Eric Clapton).

1955 Neil Giraldo, Pat Benatar group, (1985 UK No.17 single 'Love Is A Battlefield', plus 10 other US Top 40 singles).

1961 Jim Reid, The Jesus and Mary Chain, (1987 UK No.8 single 'April Skies').

1961 Mark Day, guitar, Happy Mondays, (1990 UK No.5 single 'Step On').

1963 Alex Gifford, Propellerheads, (1997 UK No.7 single 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'), remixed 808 State, Luscious Jackson.

1966 Bryan Holland, vocals, guitar, The Offspring, (1999 UK No.1 & US No. 59 single 'Pretty Fly, (For A White Guy', 1999 US No.6 & UK No.10 album 'Americana').


Deaths
1967 Orchestra leader Paul Whiteman died at the age of 76.

1980 Folksinger/songwriter Tim Hardin died at age forty due to a heroin overdose.


Events
1943 "San Fernando Valley" was recorded by Bing Crosby.

1956 Elvis Presley made chart history by having 10 songs on Billboards Top 100 for week ending Dec 19th.

1957 Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme were married.

1960 Cliff Richard was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Love You'. The singers fourth UK No.1.

1962 During his first visit to the UK Bob Dylan performed at The Troubadour in London.

1963 The Weavers gave their farewell concert at Orchestra Hall in Chicago.

1966 The Jimi Hendrix Experience made their debut on the UK TV show 'Top Of The Pops' performing 'Hey Joe'.

1967 Guitarist and singer Dave Mason quit Traffic after differences of musical opinion.

1969 Appearing at The Lyceum, London, The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.

1973 Jim Croce scored his second No.1 US single of the year when 'Time In A Bottle' went to the top of the charts. Croce was killed in a plane crash on 29th September 1973.

1975 Paul Kantner and Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane were divorced.

1980 US singer, songwriter Tim Hardin died of a heroin overdose. Hardin wrote the songs 'If I Were A Carpenter' and 'Reason To Believe.'

1982 Sets of commemorative stamps in memory of Bob Marley were issued in Jamaica.

1984 Band Aid were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' and Madonna was at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Like A Virgin.'

1990 Cliff Richard has his 12th UK No.1 single with 'Saviours Day'.

1994 Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes plead guilty to arson charges for setting fire to and destroyed boyfriend Andre Rison's $1 million Atlanta mansion.

1999 UK music paper The Melody Maker published it's Music of the Millennium Poll of albums placing The Smiths 'The Queen Is Dead' at Number 1.

1999 Three ferrets named Beckham, Posh Spice and Baby Spice were used to lay power cables for a rock concert being held in Greenwich, London. Workers were not allowed to dig the turf at the Royal Park.

2001 Aretha Franklin was suing a US newspaper which alleged that the star had alcohol problems. The singer's lawyers filed a federal lawsuit against the Florida-based Star claiming she was defamed by an article in the paper in December 2000 and were seeking $50m (L35m) in damages.

2002 Readers of Sugar magazine voted Pink as their No.1 role model. The Top 10 was: 1. Pink; 2. Britney Spears; 3. Ms Dynamite; 4. Kelly Osbourne; 5. Kylie Minogue; 6. Victoria Beckham; 7. Avril Lavigne; 8. Jennifer Lopez; 9. Sarah Michelle Geller and 10. Holly Valance.

2003 Westlife star Shane Filan married his childhood sweetheart Gillian Walsh at a ceremony in Ballintubber Abbey, Ireland.

2006 The wife of rock singer Marilyn Manson, Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese filed for divorce after just a year of marriage. The couple married in December 2005 in a ceremony held at a castle in Ireland.
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