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1893 Ivor Novello, songwriter & actor. Annual British music awards are named after him. Died 6th March 1951.

1941 Don Van Vliet, (Captain Beefheart). Albums, 'Safe As Milk', 'Trout Mask Replica', 'Strictly Personal', with his Magic Band.

1942 Edward Bivens, vocals, The Manhattans, (1976 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'Kiss And Say Goodbye').

1947 Pete Waterman, producer, TV presenter and part of the Stock, Aitken & Waterman team. Booked the first ever tour for The Bay City Rollers, signed Musical Youth and Nik Kershaw, during the 70's was promotion consultant for John Travolta. Had 1987 UK No.13 hit with 'Roadblock.' Dominated UK pop in the mid-to-late 1980s. as part of S.A.W. the most successful pop writers & producers of all time producing Bananarama, Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, Jason Donovan. Judge on UK TV's Pop Stars.

1948 Ronnie Van Zant, vocalist with Lynyrd Skynyrd, (1974 US No.8 single with 'Sweet Home Alabama' and a 1982 UK No.21 single with 'Freebird'). He died in a plane crash on October 20th 1977.

1951 Martha Davis, vocals, The Motels, (1981 UK No.41 single 'Days Are OK').

1952 Melvyn Gale, cello, Electric Light Orchestra, (1979 UK No.3 & US No.4 single 'Don't Bring Me Down', plus 26 other Top 40 hits).

1953 Boris Blank, Yello, (1988 UK No.7 single 'The Race').

1953 Douglas Elwin Erikson, Garbage, (1996 UK No. 4 single 'Stupid Girl').

1959 Peter Trewavas, bass, Marillion, (1985 UK No.2 single 'Kayleigh').

1961 Damian O'Neill, guitar, The Undertones, (1980 UK No.9 single 'My Perfect Cousin').

1965 Adam Jones, guitarist, Tool, (2001 US No.1 album 'Lateralus').

1967 Lisa Velez, vocals, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, (1987 US No.1 single 'Head To Toe').

1969 Ice Cube, rapper, 1994 UK No.22 single Bop Gun, (1992, US No.1 US album 'The Predator'). NWA, (1990 UK No.26 single 'Express Yourself').

1975 Belinda Chapple, Bardot, winners of the Australian Popstars reality show, (2000 Australian No.1 single 'Poison', and 2000 Australian No.1 self-titled album).

1992 Dee Murray bass player with the Elton John band died.

1994 singer songwriter Harry Nilsson died in his sleep. He recorded 'Everybody's Talkin' from the film 'Midnight Cowboy' and wrote hits for Three Dog Night and The Monkees. Had the UK & US No.1 single with his version of Badfinger Evans & Ham song 'Without You.'

1998 Harmonica player Junior Wells died. Worked with Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, Carlos Santana.

1999 UK singer Marion Ryan died, one of the first stars to be made by television. 1958 UK No.5 single 'Love Me Forever.'

1958 The Everly Brothers made their debut on British TV appearing on The Perry Como Show.

1961 The Supremes signed a world wide recording contract with Motown Records.

1964 Vee Jay records filed a lawsuit against Capitol and Swan Records over manufacturing and distribution rights to Beatles recordings.

1964 The Beatles performed live at the Cinema Cyrano, Versailles, France, before an audience of 2,000. The show was a warm-up for a three-week engagement at the Olympia Theatre that would start the next day in Paris.

1965 The Who released their first single 'I Can't Explain'. With Jimmy Page on guitar and The Ivy League on backing vocals, it went on to reach No.8 on the UK chart.

1967 The Rolling Stones were forced to change the lyrics of 'Lets Spend The Night Together' to 'Lets Spend Some Time Together' when appearing on the US TV's The Ed Sullivan Show after the producers objected to the content of the lyrics.

1967 Donovan appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London, Paul McCartney and George Harrison both attended the show.

1967 The movie "The Fastest Guitar Alive," with Roy Orbison and Sheb Wooley, premiered in New York City, NY.

1967 The Rolling Stones performed on TV's "Ed Sullivan Show" and were forced to change their lyrics of "Let's Spend the Night Together" to "Let's Spend Some Time Together."

1967 The Buckinghams began recording "Don't You Care."

1971 Chase recorded "Get It On."

1972 Elvis Presley reportedly drew the largest audience for a single TV show to that time when he presented a live, worldwide concert from Honolulu, HI.

1972 Don McLean's 'American Pie' started a four week run at No.1 in the US singles chart.

1973 The Rolling Stones announced that they would put on a benefit concert for the people of Managua, Nicaragua. The area had been devestated by an earthquake on December 23rd. Nicaragua is the home of Jagger's wife, Bianca.

1976 Paul Simonon auditioned for The London SS, the band went on to become The Clash.

1977 Abba scored their second UK No.1 album when 'Arrival' went to the top of the charts.

1977 The Eagles went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Hotel California' the group's third US No.1 album.

1977 UK singer Leo Sayer went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You Make Me Feel Like Dancing', it was the first of two US No.1's for the singer.

1980 The Ramones appeared live on UK BBC TV music show The Old Grey Whistle Test.

1982 Harry Wayne Casey, leader of KC and the Sunshine Band was partially paralyzed in an automobile accident in Miami, FL. His recovery took about a year.

1983 A new pop music show was launched by Channel 4 TV called 'Gastank' hosted by ex Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman and Tony Ashton from Ashton Gardner & Dyke.

1983 Men At Work started a four week run at No.1 in the US singles chart with 'Down Under' the groups second US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK.

1983 Phil Collins had his first UK No.1 single with 'You Can't Hurry Love'. A hit for The Supremes in 1966.

1985 Singer Sheena Easton married record company executive Rob Light.

1991 Sean Lennon's remake of his father's "Give Peace A Chance" was released to coincide with the United Nation's midnight deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait. The lyrics were updated to reflect concerns of the 1990's.

1998 James Brown was admitted to a hospital for treatment for an addiction to painkillers at the age of 64. He was released on January 21, 1998.

2002 1980's British pop legend Adam Ant was admitted to a mental ward 24 hours after being charged by police with pulling a gun on staff in a London pub.

2004 It was announced that album sales in the UK rose by 7.6% in 2003 to a record high. Almost 121 million artist albums were sold, according to Official UK Charts Company. The Top five albums of 2003: 1. Dido, 'Life For Rent'. 2. Justin Timberlake, 'Justified', 3. Christina Aguilera, 'Stripped', 4. Daniel Bedingfield, 'Gotta Get Thru This', 5. Norah Jones, 'Come Away With Me'. UK singles sales continued to drop, down 30% on the previous year. The Black Eyed Peas had the biggest selling single of 2003 with sales over 625,000.

2006 James Blunt was at No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut album and biggest selling UK album of 2005 'Back To Bedlam.'

2008 Ronnie Wood was recovering following an operation for a hernia after he sustained the injury during the band's recent Bigger Bang tour. The 60-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist was told to rest for two months after the procedure.
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