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Births
1933 Nina Simone, (Eunice Wayman) US jazz, blues singer, (1959 US No.18 single 'I Love You, Porgy', 1968 UK No.2 single 'Ain't Got No I Got Life'). Simone died of cancer on 21st April 2003

1942 Bob Day, Allisons, (1961 UK No.2 single 'Are You Sure').

1943 David Geffen, Geffen record label boss. Founder of Asylum records signed The Eagles, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell. Formed Dreamworks in 1995.

1945 Paul Newton, Uriah Heep, (1975 UK No.7 album 'Return To Fantasy').

1949 Jerry Harrison, keyboards, guitar, Jonathon Richman And The Modern Lovers, Talking Heads, (1983 US No.9 single 'Burning Down The House', 1985 UK No.6 single 'Road To Nowhere'). Member of Casual Gods.

1951 Vince Welnick, keyboards, The Tubes, (1977 UK No.28 single 'White Punks On Dope'. 1983 US No.10 single 'She's A Beauty').

1952 Jean-Jacques Burel, bass, vocals, The Stranglers, (1982 UK No.2 single 'Golden Brown' plus over 20 other UK Top 40 hits).

1954 Mike Pickering, DJ, M People, (1993 UK No.2 single 'Moving On Up', plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles).

1958 Mary-Chapin Carpenter, country singer, (1992 album 'Come On, Come On').

1961 Ranking Roger, The Beat, (1983 UK No.3 single 'Can't Get Used To Losing You'). Fine Young Cannibals, (1989 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'She Drives Me Crazy').

1962 Mark Arm, vocals, Mudhoney, (1991 UK No.60 single 'Let It Slide').

1967 Michael Ward, guitar, The Wallflowers, (1997 US No.3 album 'Bringing Down The Horse').

1969 James Dean Bradfield, guitar, vocals, Manic Street Preachers, (1996 UK No.2 single 'A Design For Life', 1998 UK No.1 album 'This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours').

1986 Charlotte Church, UK singer, (1999 UK No.34 single 'Just Wave Hello'. 1998 UK No.4 album, 'Voice Of An Angel').

1989 Corbin Bleu, American actor and singer from High School Musical, as part of the cast had the 2006 US No.1 'High School Musical' album and 2007, US No.1 'High School Musical 2' album. Over 17 million viewers in the United States watched the TV premier of High School Musical; making it the highest rated basic cable broadcast in U.S. history.


Deaths
1976 Florence Ballard of The Supremes died of cardiac arrest, aged 32. Ballard had left The Supremes in 1967, lost an $8 million lawsuit against Motown records and was living on welfare when she died.

1980 Jacob Miller from Jamaican group Inner Circle was killed in a car crash aged 23. Inner Circle had the re-issued 1992 UK No.3 single 'Sweat, A La La La La Long').

1980 Janet Vogel committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning aged 37. Sang with The Skyliners on their 1959 US No.1 hit, 'Since I Don't Have You.'

1982 US DJ Murry K died. Murray is thought to be the first person to play a Beatles record on radio in the US.

2004 Mud singer Les Gray died from throat cancer aged 57, (1974 UK No.1 single 'Tiger Feet' plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles').


Events
1958 The first Flying V, by Gibson, was shipped from a factory in Kalamazoo, MI.

1961 The Beatles played three gigs in one day. The first was a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club, then at night they appeared at the Cassanova Club, Liverpool and at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool.

1964 New York band The Echoes recruited a new young unknown piano player, named Billy Joel.

1964 three classic British singles were released, The Rolling Stones 'Not Fade Away', (a UK No.3), The Hollies 'Just One Look', (a UK No.2), and Billy J Kramer's 'Little Children', (a UK No.1).

1968 Otis Redding had his first entry on the UK singles chart when '(Sittin On) The Dock Of The Bay' entered the chart, it went on to be a No.3 hit.

1968 McGraw-Hill, Inc. outbids eight other American publishers for the U.S. rights to Hunter Davies' authorized biography of the Beatles. They paid $150,000 for the rights.

1970 The Jackson 5 made their TV debut on "American Bandstand."

1970 Simon and Garfunkel went to No.1 on the UK chart with 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'. The album went on to stay on the chart for over 300 weeks, returning to the top of the charts on eight separate occasions and spending a total of 41 weeks at No.1.

1976 The Four Seasons were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'December '63 (Oh What A Night). The groups only UK No.1.

1977 Fleetwood Mac released 'Rumours'. The album went on to sell more than 15 million copies world-wide and spent 31 weeks at No.1 on the US chart.

1977 Neil Diamond's in-concert TV special aired on NBC.

1981 Prince appeared on "Saturday Night Live" and performed "Party Up." It was his first appearance on the show.

1981 Dolly Parton started a two week run at No.1 on the US charts with '9 to 5', the singers first No.1, a No.47 hit in the UK.

1981 REO Speedwagon went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Hi Infidelity'. The album spent a total of 15 weeks at No.1.

1981 Phil Collins entered the UK album chart at No.1 with 'Face Value.'

1987 Ben E King was at No.1 in the UK singles chart with 'Stand By Me.' The track was first released in 1961 and became a hit in 1987 after being featured in the film 'Stand By Me.'

1987 Sly Stone was jailed on drug charges.

1995 For the first time in seven years, Bruce Springsteen performed live with the E Street Band. The New York City nightclub appearance was for a video for Jonathan Demme's film "Murder Incorporated."

1998 Celine Dion went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'My Heart Will Go On'. The song was featured in the film 'Titanic.'

2001 Robbie Williams was attacked and thrown from the stage during a concert in Stuttgart, Germany after a man got onto the stage and pushed Williams into the security pit. The attacker was arrested and taken to a secure psychiatric clinic.

2002 Elton John accused the music industry of exploiting young singers and dumping talented artists for manufactured groups. He said 'There are too many average and mediocre acts; it damages real talent getting airplay. It's just fodder.'

2003 Liberty X kicked off an-11 date UK tour at Manchester MEN Arena. Liberty X were the five runners up on the 'Popstars' UK TV show. The name Liberty was chosen to reflect the freedom they enjoyed from not being under the rigid enforcements of the television company and record label that was put upon the winners Hear'Say.

2004 Simon Cowell was set to appear in a new episode of The Simpsons. The TV Pop Idol judge would play a nursery boss who gets punched by Homer Simpson.

2008 Britney Spears failed in a court bid to regain visitation rights to her two children. Spears was banned from monitored visits in January of this year after refusing to hand the children back, resulting in a stand-off with police at her house. The singer's ex-husband Kevin Federline was awarded primary custody of two-year-old Sean Preston and Jayden James, aged one, in October.

2008 A computer expert was jailed for two years for electronically stalking Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. Devon Townsend worked at a US national security laboratory in New Mexico, where she used a computer to track Bennington, she admitted to obtaining family photos, accessing e-mail and voicemail, and threatening his wife Talinda.
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