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Births
1932 Carl Perkins, singer, songwriter, guitarist, (died 19th Jan 1998 aged 65). 1956 US No.2 & UK No.10 single 'Blue Suede Shoes.'

1944 Gene Parsons, drummer, The Byrds, (1965 UK & US No.1 single 'Mr Tambourine Man').

1946 Les Gray, vocals, Mud, died from throat cancer 21st Feb 2004 aged 57, (1974 UK No.1 single 'Tiger Feet' plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles').

1948 Phillip Wright, vocals, drums, Paper Lace, (1974 UK No.1 single 'Billy Don't Be A Hero', 1974 US No.1 single 'The Night Chicago Died').

1961 Mark Kelly, keyboards, Marillion, (1985 UK No.2 single 'Kayleigh')

1977 Gerard Way, vocals, My Chemical Romance, (2006 UK No.1 single ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’, 2006 US No.2 album ‘The Black Parade’).

1978 Rachel Stevens, vocals, S Club 7, (1999 UK No.1 single 'Bring It All Back'), 2000 UK No.1 album '7' spent over a year on the UK chart. Solo (2003 UK No.2 single 'Sweet Dreams My LA Ex').

1980 Albert Hammond Jr, guitar, The Strokes, (2001 UK No. 14 single, 'Last Nite' 2001 UK No.2 album ‘Is This It’).

1987 Jesse McCartney, American singer, actor. Member of the boy band Dream Street, (2005 Australian No.1 & US & UK Top 20 hit single ‘Beautiful Soul’).


Deaths
1976 Phil Ochs committed suicide at the age of 35.

1988 Dave Prater of Sam & Dave died in a car accident.

1988 Brook Benton died aged 56. Scored over 20 US top 40 singles including 1974 No.4 'Rainy Night In Georgia.'

1991 Record producer Martin Hannett died. He worked with many Manchester groups including The Smiths, New Order, Joy Division, Happy Mondays, Magazine as well as U2 and The Psychedelic Furs.

1997 Songwriter Mae Boren Axton died aged 82, she co- wrote 'Heartbreak Hotel'. Mother of country singer, songwriter Hoyt Axton.


Events
1956 Gene Vincent recorded the classic rock 'n roll song 'Bebop-A-Lula.

1965 Bruce Johnston joined the Beach Boys as the permanent replacement for Brian Wilson.

1965 The Rolling Stones made their first live appearance on British TV's "Ready Steady Go!"

1966 Jeff Beck collapsed onstage during a Yardbirds concert in France.

1966 Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves A Woman" was released.

1966 'Blue Turns To Grey', a song written by Jagger and Richards gave Cliff Richard a No.15 UK hit.

1966 The Righteous Brothers started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You're My Soul And Inspiration', a No.15 hit in the UK.

1968 Appearing at The Odeon Glasgow, Scotland, Gene Pitney supported by Status Quo.

1970 Paul McCartney quit the Beatles.

1973 Paul McCartney released the song "My Love."

1973 Queen had its debut performance at the Marquee Theater in London.

1974 Terry Jacks was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Seasons In The Sun.'

1977 Shaun Cassidy performed "Da Doo Ron Ron" on "American Bandstand."

1977Abba went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Dancing Queen', the groups 7th US Top 40 hit and first No.1. Also a No.1 in the UK in 1976.

1981 The Sam Goody record chain and a top company executive were convicted of trafficking pirated tapes.

1981 On this week's UK Indie album chart, No.5, Crass, 'Stations Of The Crass', No.4, Toyah, 'Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!' No.3, Joy Division, 'Closer', No.2, Adam and the Ants, 'Dirk Wears White Sox', No.1, Theatre Of Hate, 'He Who Dares Wins.'

1983 David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Let's Dance', his third UK No.1.

1983 King kicked off a 19-date UK tour at Belfast Maysfield Leisure Centre.

1988 Billy Ocean started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car', a No.3 hit in the UK.

1989 Rolling Stone Bill Wyman announced his forthcoming marriage to 19-year old Mandy Smith. He revealed the couple had been dating for six years.

1990 Billy Idol released the single "Cradle of Love."

1993 Take That released 'It Only Takes A Minute', in the US, along with a Take That breakfast cereal box.

1994 Pantera entered the US album chart at No.1 with 'Far Beyond Driven'.

1994 R Kelly started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Bump N' Grind', his first US No.1, a No.8 hit in the UK.

1994 Take That scored their fourth UK No.1 single with 'Everything Changes.'

1997 A&M Records issued a press release stating that the members of Soundgarden have mutually and amicably decided to disband.

1998 A Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded Michael Jackson $2.7 million in damages in a defamation-of-character suit against Victor Gutierrez of the TV show Hard Copy.

1999 Faith Hill began her first solo tour "Faith Hill's This Kiss Tour" in Minneapolis, MN.

2000 Craig David went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Fill Me In'. At 18 years 11 months he became the youngest UK male solo artist to write and sing a UK No.1.

2000 Moby started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Play'. The album went on to spend 81 weeks on the chart.

2000 NSYNC started a seven week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘No Strings Attached’ the Boybands first US No.1.

2002 Eminem agreed to pay $100,000 minus attorney's fees to a man who had filed a civil lawsuit against him for allegedly hitting him in the head and face with an unloaded handgun. The man, John Guerra, had kissed Eminem's wife Kim.

2003 Paul McCartney played his first Manchester show in 24 years when he appeared at the MEN Arena as part of the UK leg on the 'Back In The World Tour 2003.'

2004 A man was arrested for allegedly stalking Avril Lavigne. James Speedy, 30, from Seattle, Washington, was arrested after police searched his home, he was later released on $5,000 bail. Mr Speedy had been under investigation since last summer for allegedly sending harassing letters and e-mails to the 19-year-old singer. He was later charged with stalking the singer.

2006 Former Smiths singer Morrissey went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his 8th solo album 'Ringleader Of The Tormentors.'

2007 Country and western singer Tanya Tucker was sued by her manicurist for $300,000 (?150,000) over claims the star's dog attacked and injured her. Danielle Hobbs stated in court papers that she was bitten by Bella at the singer's Nashville home and also claimed that the alleged attack, had left her with painful and disfiguring scars on her leg. She stated that Tucker's assistant told her the dogs were "just babies" and said "they will not hurt you".
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