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PostSubject: March 31   17.11.08 22:27

Births
1934 Shirley Jones, singer, actress, The Partridge Family, (1970 US No.1 single 'I Think I Love You', 1972 UK No.3 single 'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do').

1937 Herb Alpert, trumpet, vocals, (1968 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'This Guy's In Love With You'). Formed A&M Records with Jerry Moss, at first operating from his garage at home.

1944 Rodney Bainbridge, bass, The Fortunes, (1965 UK No.2 & US No.7 single 'You've Got Your Troubles').

1946 Al Nichol, The Turtles, (1967 US No.1 single 'Happy Together', 1967 UK No.4 single 'She'd Rather Be With Me').

1947 Al Goodman, The Moments, (1970 US No.3 single 'Love On A Two- Way Street', 1975 UK No.3 single 'Girls').

1947 Jon Poulos, drums, The Buckinghams, (1967 US No.1 single 'Kind Of A Drag').

1948 Mick Ralphs, guitarist, Mott The Hoople, (1972 UK No.3 & US No.37 single 'All The Young Dudes'), Bad Company, (1974 UK No.15 & US No.5 single 'Can't Get Enough').

1948 Thiis Van Leer, organ, flute, Focus, (1973 US No 9 single 'Hocus Pocus', 1973 UK No.4 single 'Sylvia').

1953 Sean Hooper, Huey Lewis and the News, (1985 US No.1 & UK No.11 single 'The Power Of Love').

1954 Tony Brock, The Babys, (1977 US No.13 & UK No.45 single 'Isn't It Time').

1958 Pat McGlynn, Bay City Rollers, (1975 UK No.1 single 'Bye Bye Baby', plus 11 other UK Top 20 singles', 1976 US No.1 single 'Saturday Night').

1958 Paul Ferguson, Killing Joke, (1985 UK No.16 single 'Love Like Blood').

1959 Angus Young, guitar, AC/DC, (the one with the short pants, 1980 UK No.36 single 'Whole Lotta Rosie' and 1980 UK No.1 & US No.14 album 'Back in Black' sold over 10 million copies).

1971 Julian Deane, Toploader, (2000 UK No.7 single 'Dancing In The Moonlight').

1974 Stefan Olsdal, bass, Placebo, (1997 UK No. 6 single ‘Nancy Boy’).


Deaths
1985 Jeanine Deckers, The Singing Nun, died after taking a overdose of sleeping pills in a suicide pact with a friend. (1963 US No.1 & UK No.7 single 'Dominique').

1986 O'Kelly Isley of The Isley Brothers died of a heart attack, aged 48.

1995 Mexican American singer Selena was killed by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar. Saldivar had been fired for embezzlement. Warner Brothers made a film based on her life starring Jennifer Lopez in 1997.

1996 Jeffrey Lee Pierce founder member and guitarist with The Gun Club died from a blood clot on his brain.


Events
1958 Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" was released.

1960 Lonnie Donegan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'My Old Man's A Dustman.'

1962 Connie Francis went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Don't Break The Heart That Loves You', it made No.33 in the UK.

1962 The Beatles played their first gig in the South of England when they appeared at The Subscription Rooms, Stroud, on the same bill as The Rebel Rousers, tickets cost 5 shillings, ($0.70).

1967 Jimi Hendrix began his first British tour with Cat Stevens.

1972 The Beatles Official Fan Club closed. The Beatles Monthly magazine had ceased three years previously.

1973 Donny Osmond was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of 'The Twelfth Of Never' a hit single for Johnny Mathis in 1957.

1976 The Brotherhood Of Man were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Save Your Kisses For Me.' The groups first of three UK No.1's.

1979 Greatest Hits Vol 2' by Barbra Streisand started a four week run at No.1 on the UK album chart, the singers first UK No.1 LP.

1982 The Doobie Brothers announced their break-up.

1984 Kenny Loggins started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Footloose', the theme from the film with the same name, a No.6 hit in the UK.

1987 Prince's "Sign O' The Times" LP was released in the U.S.

1989 Guns N' Roses released their single "Patience."

1990 David Bowie scored his seventh UK No.1 album with 'Changes Bowie.'

1990 Snap! had their first UK No.1 single with 'The Power.'

1992 White Zombie's "La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. One" was released. It was their major label debut album.

1992 Human touch and Lucky Day, both by Bruce Springsteen were released.

1995 Jimmy Page escaped being knifed when a fan rushed the stage at a Page and Plant gig at Auburn Hills, Michigan. The fan was stopped by two security guards, who he knifes instead. After his arrest, he told police that he wanted to kill Jimmy Page because of the Satanic music he was playing.

1998 The first Celebration of Female Artists Awards took place at The Grosvenor House in London.

1998 The video for "Good Times," the only movie to star Sonny & Cher, hit stores. The video included an unreleased version of "I Got You Babe." The movie was made in 1967.

1999 It was announced that tickets for the Cranberries' forthcoming U.S. tour would only be sold via the Internet at www.cranberries.com.

2001 Whitney Houston and husband Bobby Brown were banned for life from Hollywood's Bel Air hotel after wrecking their room. Hotel workers said a TV was smashed, two doors were ripped of their hinges and the walls and carpets were stained by alcohol. It was reported that Whitney called in her lawyers to plead with the hotel management not to call the police. The suite was so badly damaged it had to be shut for five days for repairs.

2002 Bee Gee Barry Gibb bought his childhood home in Keppel Road, Chorlton, Manchester. Gibb said he was going to clean the house up, rent it out and put a plaque on the wall.

2002 Celine Dion started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'A New Day Has Come', the singers fifth No.1 album.

2005 Rap record company boss Marion "Suge" Knight was ordered to pay $107m to a woman who claimed she helped found Death Row label in 1989, one of hip-hop's top labels with artists including Tupac Shakur, Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg. Lydia Harris said she invested in Death Row but was pushed out by Mr Knight.

2007 a new world record for the longest non-stop concert was set by hundreds of musicians in Japan. The performance began on the evening of 23 March in the city of Omi, with musicians aged between six and 96 taking turns with over 2,000 tunes being performed over 182 hours. Organisers praised the musicians, one of whom carried on despite a major earthquake during her piano piece. The previous world record was set in Canada in 2001 with 181 hours.
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