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Births
1937 Billy Stewart who had a hit with "Summertime," is born in Washington, D.C.

1938 Bassist Holger Czukay, who founded the group Can, is born in Danzig, Germany.

1951 Dougie Thompson, bass, Supertramp, (1979 US No.6 & UK No.7 single 'The Logical Song').

1960 Nena, singer, (1984 UK No.1 & US No.2 single '99 Red Balloons').

1970 Sharon Corr, vocals, violin, The Corrs, (1998 UK No.3 single 'What Can I Do'. 'Talk On Corners' was the best selling UK album of 1998 spending 142 weeks on the UK chart).


Deaths
1972 Soul singer, Linda Jones, died aged 26 in New York after collapsing into a diabetic coma following a performance at Harlem's Apollo Thetare. (1967 US No.21 single 'Hypnotized').

1997 US soul singer Harold Melvin died aged 57. (1972 US No.3 & 1974 UK No.9 single 'If You Don't Know Me By Know').


Events
1945 Billboard published the first US LP chart. Nat King Cole was at No.1 with 'A Collection Of Favourites.'

1958 In Memphis, Elvis Presley is inducted into the U.S. Army as Private Presley, serial number U-S-53310761.

1959 The Drifters release "There Goes My Baby," their first single with new lead singer Ben E. King and producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

1962 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first perform together as Little Boy Blue & the Blue Boys.

1962 The Mersey Beat Poll Winners, The Beatles play at The 'Barnston Women's Institute'.

1966 The New York State Assembly makes it illegal to sell bootleg recordings.

1966 Simon and Garfunkel made their UK singles chart debut with 'Homeward Bound.'

1973 Pink Floyd release Dark Side of the Moon in the US.

1973 Alice Cooper went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Billion Dollar Babies'.

1973 The O'Jays went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Love Train'.

1973 Lou Reed was bitten on his rear end by a fan during a concert in Buffalo, NY. The male fan was ejected from the show.

1978 British record companies are granted by the courts the right to confiscate all bootleg and pirate recordings.

1979 The Bee Gees started a 2 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Tragedy', the groups 8th US No.1. Also No.1 in the UK.

1979 Motorhead started a 17 date UK tour at St Albans City Hall, tickets, ?1.50- ?2.50

1982 Iron Maiden release the album The Number of the Beast.

1984 Lionel Richie started a six week stay at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Hello'.

1984 Nik Kershaw kicked off an 18-date UK tour at Southend Cliffs Pavilion.

1985 'Easy Lover' by former Earth Wind and Fire singer Philip Bailey and Phil Collins was at No.1 on the UK singles chart.

1986 At the Oscars, Lionel Richie's "Say You, Say Me" wins the award for Best Original Song. Featured in the film White Nights.

1986 Van Halen release 5150, the band's first recording with new singer Sammy Hagar.

1990 Canadian singer Alannah Myles started a 2 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Black Velvet', a No.2 hit in the UK.

1990 Sinead O'Connor went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got', featuring the single 'Nothing Compares To You', it also made No.1 in 13 other countries plus 6 weeks at No.1 in the US.

1991 The Black Crowes were dropped as the opening act on ZZ Top's tour for repeatedly criticizing Miller Beer. Miller Beer was sponsoring the tour.

1992 A Chicago judge ruled in the Milli-Vanilli class-action suit that $3.00 cash rebates would be given to anyone that could prove that they bought the group's music before November 27, 1990 (the date the lip synching scandal broke).

1998 Mark Morrison was jailed for a year after trying to con his way out of doing community service. He had sent his minder as a replacement hoping to confuse the authorities..

1997 US soul singer Harold Melvin died aged 57.

1998 Type O Negative released its first home video, "After Dark."

1998 Amway Corp. announced that it had agreed to pay $9 million to settle a lawsuit over the company's use of songs by top artists in videotaped sales pitches.

1998 UK singer Mark Morrison was jailed for a year after trying to con his way out of doing community service. He sent his minder Gabriel Mafereka who wore sunglasses and hid his hair under a hat so he looked like the star.

2000 Judge Marsha Revel orders Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard to undergo psychiatric evaluation.

2000 A film company paid 1,079,500$ for over nine hours of film shot during the 70s by Yoko Ono. The film contained shots of Lennon smoking hash and talking about his political beliefs.

2000 Sir Elton John's Aida opened on Broadway. It took Elton 21 days to write the music and five years to make the production.

2002 Gareth Gates became the youngest male solo artists to score a UK No.1 with his debut release 'Unchained Melody.' Gates was 17 years and 255 days old. He had won second place on TV's 'Pop Idol' show.
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