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PostSubject: Februar 17   17.02.09 7:51

Births
1905 Orville "Hoppy" Jones, bass singer and cello player with the Ink Spots, who had a 1955 UK No.10 single with 'Melody Of Love'. He Died 18th October 1944.

1922 Tommy Edwards, singer (1958 US & UK No.1 single with 'Its All In The Game'). The song was written by US Vice President Charles Dawes. Edwards died on October 22nd 1968, aged 47.

1933 Bobby Lewis, US singer, (1961 US No.1 single 'Tossin' and Turnin').

1939 John Leyton, UK singer, actor, (1961 UK No.1 single 'Johnny Remember Me').

1941 Gene Pitney, singer, (1962 US No.4 single 'Only Love Can Break A Heart'. 1967 solo UK No.5 & 1989 UK No.1 single with Marc Almond 'Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart', plus over 15 other US & UK Top 40 hits). Pitney was found dead aged 65 in his bed in a Cardiff hotel on 5th April 2006. The American singer was on a UK tour and had shown no signs of illness.

1966 Melissa Brooke-Bellard, Voice Of The Beehive, (1988 UK No.15 single 'Don't Call Me Baby').

1972 Billie Joe Armstrong, guitarist and vocalist with Green Day, (1995 UK No.7 single with 'Basket Case'). 1994 album Dookie has sold over 10 million copies. Top Modern Rock Act in US in 1985.

1977 Chris Gentry, Menswear, (1996 UK No.10 single 'Being Brave').

1981 John Hassall, bassist, The Libertines, (2004 UK No.1 album 'The Libertines').

1981 Paris Hilton, American socialite, singer, actress and fashion model. Heiress to a share of the Hilton Hotel fortune, featured in the reality TV series, The Simple Life. Had the UK No.5 and US No.18 single 'Stars Are Blind', from her debut album 'Paris' released in 2006.


Deaths
1998 Songwriter Bob Merrill committed suicide aged 77. He wrote 'How Much Is That Doggie In The Window'' and Barbra Streisand's 'People.'


Events
1955 Little Richard sent his first audition tape to Specialty Records.

1960 The Everly Brothers signed with Warner Bros. Records in a 10-year contract worth $1 million.

1960 Elvis Presley won his first Gold record for the album 'Elvis.'

1962 Gene Chandler started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Duke Of Earl.'

1964 The first Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass concert was held, in Los Angeles, CA.

1966 Brian Wilson began recording the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations."

1966 Nancy Sinatra was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'These Boots Are Made For Walking.'

1967 The Beatles started recording a new John Lennon song 'Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite' at Abbey Road studio's, London. John's lyrics for the song came almost entirely from an antique poster advertising a circus performance scheduled to take place in Rochdale, Lancashire, in February 1843. John had purchased the poster in Sevenoaks on January 31 while The Beatles were on location for the filming of the 'Strawberry Fields Forever' promotional film.

1968 Diana Ross And The Supremes 'Greatest Hits' started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart.

1969 Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash recorded 'Girl From The North Country' together in Nashville at CBS Studios. The track appeared on Dylan's 'Nashville Skyline' album.

1969 Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan had a recording session in Nashville, TN. "Girl from the North Country" was the only duet released from the session.

1970 Joni Mitchell announced her retirement from live performances. She returned to the stage within a year.

1970 Maurice Gibb (Bee Gee's) opened in the London stage musical "Sing a Rude Song."

1970 Joni Mitchell announced she was retiring from live performances during a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall. Joni was on stage again by the end of the year.

1971 James Taylor made his TV debut on The Johnny Cash Show. Other guests included Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt and Tony Joe White.

1972 Pink Floyd began a 4-night stand in London. During the stand they premiered "The Dark Side of the Moon" a full year before it was released.

1972 Los Angeles radio station KDAY played two new Rolling Stones tracks non-stop for a day after obtaining stolen tapes from a producer's home.

1973 War started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'The World Is A Ghetto.'

1975 John Lennon released "Rock n' Roll." It was his last record before he left the music business for 5 years.

1976 The Eagles released their "Greatest Hits."

1976 Bette Midler was awarded the "Woman of the Year" award from Harvard's University's Hasty Pudding Theatrical Society.

1979 The Clash opened its first U.S. tour in New York City.

1979 Blondie scored their first UK No.1 album when 'Parallel Lines' started a four-week run at the top of the charts, featuring the singles 'Heart Of Glass', 'Hanging On The Telephone' and 'Sunday Girl.'

1979 The Clash opened the US leg of their 'Pearl Harbour '79', North American tour at New York's Palladium.

1980 US country singer Kenny Rogers was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Coward Of The County.'

1988 A 12-year old fan of Motley Crue set his legs on fire while trying to imitate a stunt in the band's "Live Wire" video. The boy suffered burns over ten percent of his body.

1989 David Coverdale (Whitesnake) and Tawny Kitaen were married.

1989 The Stone Roses appeared at JB's in Dudley, West Midlands on the first night of a 8-date UK tour.

1989 Appearing at the Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia, R.E.M. Hoodoo Gurus and The Go-Betweens.

1990 Aerosmith appeared on Saturday Night Live. The performed the Wayne's World theme song while appearing in the skit as themselves.

1996 A Platinum American Express card once belonging to Bruce Springsteen was sold for $4,500 at a New York memorabilia sale. The singer had given the expired card to a waiter in a LA restaurant by mistake and let them keep it as a souvenir.

2000 John Lennon's Steinway piano, on which he composed 'Imagine', went on display at the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool, England. The piano was set to be auctioned on the Internet later in the year and was expected to fetch more than Ł1 million ($1.7 million).

2000 Trick Daddy was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct at a North Miami Beach nightclub.

2002 It was reported that George Michael's in Hamstead was burglarized. The theft included his $114,000 Aston Martin sports car and $140,000 in paintings, jewelry and clothing.

2002 Westlife went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'World Of Our Own.' The Irish boy band's 10th UK No.1 single.

2002 'Always On Time' by Ja Rule featuring Ashanti started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.

2003 The man behind the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC was being investigated over complaints that aspiring stars paid $1,500 to feature on his website. Lou Pearlman was accused by Florida authorities of getting young actors and models to pay upfront to appear on his Trans Continental company's website by saying he would also help them to find work.

2004 Prosecutors in the murder case of producer Phil Spector demanded that a fingernail overlooked by police investigating Lana Clarkson's shooting should be put forward as evidence. They claimed the fingernail, blackened with gunpowder, could indicate that the 40- year old actress killed herself at Spector's Los Angeles mansion. Spector, had denied murdering Clarkson.

2004 Winners at this years Brit awards included, Daniel Bedingfield who won Best British male, Dido won Best British Female, The Darkness won Best British group, Best Rock group and Best British album with 'Permission To Land', Busted won British Breakthrough act and Duran Duran won Outstanding Contribution to Music.

2005 A 1965 Fender Stratocaster guitar belonging to Jimi Hendrix sold for Ł100,000 at an auction in London. Other Hendrix items sold included a poem written two weeks after his appearance at the Monterey Festival which went for Ł10,000 and the first Jimi Hendrix Experience's single 'Hey Joe', signed by all the band sold for Ł2,000.

2005 Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand made music history after taking two top prizes at the NME Awards. The band, who won best album and best single, became the first act ever to win the Mercury Music Prize, Brit Awards and NME awards in the same year.
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