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PostSubject: April 18   17.11.08 22:34

Births
1939 Glen D.Hardin, The Crickets, (1957 US No.1 single 'That 'll Be The Day', 1959 UK No.1 single 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore'. Plus over 15 other UK top 40 singles).

1942 Mike Vickers, Manfred Mann, (1964 UK & US No.1 single 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy').

1944 Skip Spence, Moby Grape, Jefferson Airplane, (1967 US No.18 single 'White Rabbit'). He died on 16th April 1999.

1958 Andy Kyriacou, Modern Romance, (1982 UK No.4 single 'Best years of our lives').

1958 Les Pattinson, Echo And The Bunnymen, (1983 UK No.8 single 'The Cutter').

1962 Shirley Holliman, vocals, Wham! 1982 UK No.3 single 'Young Guns, (Go For It').

1964 Mark 'Bez' Berry, Happy Mondays, (1990 UK No.5 single 'Step On'), Black Grape, (1995 UK No.8 single 'In The Name Of The Father').

1970 Greg Eklund, drums, Everclear, (2000 UK No.36 single 'Wonderful', 1997 album, 'So Much For The Afterglow').

1974 Mark Tremonti, Creed, (2001 US No.1 & UK No.13 single 'With Arms Wide Open', 2002 US No.1 album, 'Weathered').


Deaths
1996 Legendary Bernard Edwards guitarist and producer from 'Chic', died in a Tokyo Hotel room after complaining that he was feeling ill



Events
1953 Frankie Laine was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Believe.' The single stayed at No.1 for nine weeks.

1964 The Beatles appeared on the UK TV comedy program The Morecambe and Wise Show, playing ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and also participate in comedy sketches with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. The Beatles also held the UK and US No.1 position on this day with 'Can't Buy Me Love'.

1969 Lulu married Bee Gee Maurice Gibb, brother Barry was the best man.

1970 Eurovision Song Contest winner Dana started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles charts with 'All Kinds Of Everything'.

1970 Appearing at London's Royal Albert Hall, Santana, Taj Mahal and It's A Beautiful Day.

1971 The Jackson 5, Danny Thomas and Bill Cosby were guests on Diana Ross' solo TV special "diana."

1972 The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Amazing Grace.' The single enjoyed a five-week run at No.1.

1973 The Neil Young movie "Journey Through the Past" debuted at the Dallas Film Festival.

1975 Alice Cooper's first TV special, "Welcome To My Nightmare: The Making Of A Record Album" aired.

1975 Four Bay City Roller's fan's were taken to hospital and 35 others required on site treatment after they attempted to swim across a lake to meet their heroes, during an appearance at a BBC Radio 1 fun day at Mallory Park.

1981 Buck's Fizz had their 1st UK No.1 single with ' Making Your Mind Up'

1981 Yes announced its break-up after 13 years.

1984 Michael Jackson went into surgery in Los Angeles. Doctors performed scalp surgery to repair damage done after Jackson's hair caught fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial on January 27.

1985 Liberace grossed more than $2,000,000 for his engagement at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. He broke his own record of $1.6 million.

1985 Wham!! Became the first ever Western pop act to have an album released in China

1987 Aretha Franklin and George Michael started a 2 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Knew You Were Waiting' also a No.1 in the UK.

1989 The album "Twice Shy" was released by Great White.

1992 Annie Lennox went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut solo release 'Diva'.

1992 Right Said Fred had their 1st and only UK No.1 single with 'Deeply Dippy' ('I'm Too Sexy' & 'Don't Talk Just Kiss' both made the top 3)

1992 Def Leppard started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Adrenalize.'

1995 Oasis drummer Tony McCarrol was told by phone that he was being sacked from the group

1998 Diamond Rio was inducted into the Grande Ole Opry.

1999 Catatonia scored their second UK No.1 album with 'Equally Cursed And Blessed' the group also had their two other albums in the top 40.

2000 Four Monkee look-alikes were signed to play the 60's pop legends in a TV movie about the groups meteoric rise. The film called 'Daydream Believers' was set to start filming in Toronto.

2003 Etta James received a star (#2,223) on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2003 It was reported that the British share of the most played tracks on UK radio had fallen from 60% to 30% in the past five years. The chart from 2002 had only three UK acts in the Top 10, Sugababes, Blue and Liberty X. The most played single from 2002 was Kylie Minogue's 'Love At First Sight' which had a total of 48,486 plays on UK stations

2004 Guns N' Roses were at No.1 on the UK album chart with their 'Greatest Hits.'

2004 Eamon started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Fuck It, (I Don’t Want You Back)'.

2005 Sports firm Reebok pulled a UK TV ad featuring 50 Cent after a mother whose son was shot dead complained it glamorised gun crime. Lucy Cope, from London went to the Advertising Standards Authority about the campaign featuring the US rapper. The ASA had been investigating 54 other complaints from viewers over a reference to the rapper having been shot nine times.

2006 A sale of clothes belonging to Sir Elton John raised more than $700,000 (?395,000) for the singer's Aids charity. Over 10,000 pieces were sold during a five-day sale in New York City at the specially-created shop, Elton's Closet, at New York's Rockefeller Centre.
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