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June 4th

1937, Born on this day, Freddy Fender, (Baldemar Huerta), 1975 US No.1 single 'Before The Next Teardrop Falls'. Died on 14th Oct 2006.

1940, Born on this day, Cliff Bennett, UK singer, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, (1966 UK No.6 single 'Got To Get You Into My Life').

1942, Glenn Wallichs launched Capitol Records in the US. The label became home to such artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Glen Campbell, Steve Miller, Dr. Hook, Bob Seger, Tina Turner, Heart and countless others. Wallichs was the man who invented the art of record promotion by sending copies of new releases to disc jockeys.

1944, Born on this day, Roger Ball, sax, Average White Band, (1975 US No.1 and UK No.6 single 'Pick Up The Pieces').

1945, Born on this day, Gordon Waller, Peter & Gordon, (1964 UK & US No.1 single 'A World Without Love').

1952, Born on this day, Jimmy McCulloch, guitarist, member of Thunderclap Newman, (1969 UK No.1 single 'Something In The Air'), also worked with Wings, John Entwistle, Stone The Crows and The Bluesbreakers. McCulloch died on September 27th 1979.

1956, Born on this day, Reeves Gabrels, American guitarist, worked with David Bowie from 1987 to 2000.

1958, Born on this day, Selwyn Brown, vocals, keyboards, Steel Pulse, (1978 UK No.35 single 'Prodigal Son').

1962, Born on this day, Steve Grimes, The Farm, (1990 UK No.4 single 'All Together Now').

1963, The first 'Pop Goes The Beatles' program was aired on the BBC in the UK. The band played a version of 'Pop Goes The Weasel' on the show.

1964, Born on this day, Chris Kavanagh, drums, Sigue Sigu Sputnik, Big Audio Dynamite, (1986 UK No.11 single 'E=MC2).

1964, The Beatles played two performances at the KB Hallen, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark on the first date of a 27-day world tour. Drummer Jimmy Nicol replaced Ringo Starr who was ill in hospital.

1967, Procol Harum, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Denny Laine all appeared at The Saville Theatre London, England.

1969, Seven years after his first hit Tommy Roe was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Dizzy' his only No.1 hit. Also a UK No. 1 for Vic Reeves and Wonder Stuff in 1991.

1969, hundreds of people in Glenrowan, Australia signed a petition protesting against the casting of Mick Jagger in the role of the Australian folk hero, Ned Kelly.

1970, Elvis Presley began five days of recording at RCA’s studio B in Nashville, starting each day at 6pm and working until dawn.

1974, Born on this day, Stefan Lessard, bass, Dave Matthews Band, (1998 US No.1 album 'Before These Crowded Streets', 2005 US No.1 album ‘Stand Up’).

1974, during a UK tour The Bay City Rollers played at Tiffanys, Derby, England.

1974, Randy Newman appeared on this week's UK TV show 'The Old Grey Whistle Test'.

1974, David Bowie kicked off his 73 date Diamond Dogs Tour at the Montreal, Forum in Canada.

1975, The Rolling Stones became the first rock band to receive royalties for sales of their records in Russia.

1976, Elton John appeared at The Capitol Theatre, Leeds, England.

1976, live recordings were made at the new wave venue GBGB's of performances from Blondie, Mink DeVille, Talking Heads, Laughing Dogs and Tuff Darts. The tracks featured on the album 'Live At CBGB'S New York'.

1976, Born on this day, Kasey Chambers, Australian country musician who has scored three successive Australian No.1 albums.

1977, The Jams debut single 'In The City' made No.40 on the UK singles chart.

1980, The Specials, The Bodysnatchers and Go Go's appeared at Tiffanys Great Yarmouth, England.

1983, The Police started a four week run at No.1 in the UK with 'Every Breath You Take' the groups fifth and final No.1 single.

1984, Bruce Springsteen released the album, ‘Born In The USA’, which went on to top the US chart for 7 weeks and spawn 7 Top 10 singles.

1985, Elton John began a high court battle with Dick James Music, seeking the rights to early songs and recordings plus damages estimated at more than £30 million ($51 million). The singer lost a six-month court battle to recover the copyright to 169 songs however, the court ordered Dick James to cough up millions in unpaid royalties.

1986, The first of a six date ‘Conspiracy of Hope’ tour was held at Cow Palace, San Francisco, California. The benefit concerts on behalf of Amnesty International were held to increase awareness of Amnesty on the 25th anniversary of its work for human rights. The shows were headlined by U2 and Sting, and also featured Bryan Adams, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Joan Baez, and The Neville Brothers.

1988, Tracy Chapman went to No.1 on the US chart with her self-titled debut album.

1990, American punk rock singer Stiv Bators of the Dead Boys and The Lords of the New Church died after being hit by a taxi in Paris, France. Bators had been out drinking when he was hit by a taxi while crossing the road; he was taken to hospital but left before seeing a doctor. He died in his sleep as the result of a concussion.

1992, Iron Maiden played a gig at the Oval pub, Norwich before 400 fans as The Nodding Donkeys, as a thank you to the pub's landlord Chris Hiles.

1992, Smokey Robinson's half sister, Rose Ella Jones field a suit against Smokey claiming she had been cheated out of royalty payments from songs written during the 1980's.

1992, The US Postal Service announced the results of a poll conducted to see which picture of Elvis Presley should be used on a commemorative stamp. The young Elvis beat the (older and larger) Vegas Elvis.

1993, Kurt Cobain was arrested after a dispute at his house in Seattle; the disagreement allegedly concerned the Nirvana's guitarist's collection of firearms.

1994, Oasis had their first ever front cover when UK music weekly NME featured the band.

1994, The Soundtrack from the film 'The Crow' went to No.1 on the US album chart.

1994, Wet Wet Wet started a fifteen-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Love Is All Around', written by Reg Presley of The Troggs and a former Top 10 for his band in 1967.

1996, Crowded House announced they had split up. Brothers Neil and Tim Finn from the group were both awarded OBE's in 1993 for their service to their native New Zealand.

2000, a teenage Sisqo fan was shot in the leg at a concert by the R&B star in Phoenix, Arizona when violence erupted after punters began objecting to parking fees of $30 (£17.60) at the venue.

2000, Bon Jovi went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Crush'.

2000, Eminem started a eight-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with his debut release 'The Marshall Mathers LP'.

2002, George Michael was jeered and heckled by the audience of a CNN news show as he took part in a phone interview. George was defending the content of the video to his new single 'Shoot The Dog' in which US President George Bush was shown in bed with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. George said this was an attack on Blair and not President Bush.

2002, Wyclef Jean was one of ten people arrested for disorderly conduct in a New York rally protesting cuts to education. Jean was arrested and led away in handcuffs following an attempt to perform, which was forbidden by the event’s permit. P. Diddy, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Erykah Badu, Foxy Brown and the Wu-Tang Clan were also at the rally to show their support and protest a proposed $1.2 billion (£0.7 billion) cut to New York’s public education system.

2003, a Grandfather who set up his own pirate radio station in Wakefield, Yorkshire was under investigation by local broadcasting authorities. The man known as Ricky Rock had erected a 32ft transmitter in his garden and had been playing hits by The Beach Boys, Beatles and Elvis Presley. Ricky said he set the station up because 'talent-less boy bands and dance music' featured on local stations did not cater to the tastes of his generation.

2004, Nathan Moore, former singer with Brother Beyond and Worlds Apart appeared at Highbury Corner magistrates court and pleaded guilty to a charge of kerb crawling in central London. He was fined £250 and ordered to pay £50 costs. The former pop singer was arrested on 27th May in the Kings Cross area after he approached a woman he thought was a prostitute and requested a sexual favour. He then rode away on his moped before being arrested.

2004, American Idol winner Fantasia was at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Believe.' The first time in US chart history a debut single topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

2006, Orson went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Bright Idea' the US bands debut album.

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June 5th

1941, Born on this day, Floyd Butler, vocalist with The Friends Of Distinction, who had a 1969 US No.3 single with ‘Grazing In The Grass’. Died of a heart attack on 29 April 1990.

1946, Born on this day, Freddie Stone, guitar, Sly and The Family Stone, (1971 US No.1 & 1972 UK No.15 single 'Family Affair').

1947, Born on this day, Laurie Anderson, US singer, (1981 UK No.2 single 'O Superman').

1947, Born on this day, Tom Evans, bass, vocals, Badfinger, (1970 UK No.4 and US No.7 single 'Come And Get It'). Evans committed suicide on 23rd November 1983.

1948, Born on this day, Frank Eslersmith, keyboards, Air Supply, (1980 UK No.11 single 'All Out Of Love', 1981 US No.1 single 'The One That You Love'). He died March 1st 1991.

1954, Born on this day, Nicko McBrain, drums, Iron Maiden, (1991 UK No.1 single 'Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter').

1956, Born on this day, Richard Butler, vocals, Psychedelic Furs, (1986 UK No.18 single 'Pretty In Pink').

1956, Elvis Presley appeared on ABC-TV's 'Milton Berle Show', and while singing 'Hound Dog' performed the suggestive 'gyrating' movements.

1959, Bob Zimmerman graduated from high school in Hibbing, Minnesota. Zimmerman was known as a greaser to classmates in the remote rural community, because of his long sideburns and leather jacket.

1961, Roy Orbison went to No.1 on the US chart with 'Running Scared', it made No.9 in the UK.

1964, Born on this day, Maggie Dunne, vocals, guitar, We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It, (1989 UK No.11 single 'International Rescue').

1964, The Rolling Stones played their first-ever live date in the US when they appeared at the Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, California.

1965, Born on this day, Stefan Schnfeldt, bass, The Wannadies, (1996 UK No. 18 single, 'You And Me Song').

1965, The soundtrack album to 'The Sound of Music' started a 10-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. It returned to the top of the charts on no less than 11 other occasions spending over 380 weeks on the chart.

1966, At the Marquee Club, London “The Bowie Showboat”, a lunchtime performance from David Bowie, “three hours of music and mime”, plus a Top Ten disco. Admission was 3 shillings, ($0.42).

1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on the Dusty Springfield TV show filmed on ATV, in London, England.

1969, Born on this day, Brian McKnight, US singer, (1998 UK No.36 single 'You Should Be Mine').

1970, Born on this day, Claus Norreen, Aqua, (1997 UK No.1 single 'Barbie Girl').

1971, Born on this day, Mark Wahlberg, Marky Mark, New Kids On The Block, (1991 US No.1 single, 'Good Vibrations'). Solo

1971, Grand Funk Railroad smashed the record held by The Beatles when they sold out New York's Shea Stadium in 72 hours.

1971, Paul McCartney's second solo album 'Ram' started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. Featuring the US No.1 single 'Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey'.

1974, Born on this day, Dominic Chad, Mansun, (1996 UK No.15 single 'Wide Open Space').

1974, Sly Stone married Kathy Silva on stage during a gig at Madison Square Gardens, (they separated four months later).

1976, The Who, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Little Feat, Outlaws and Streetwalkers appeared at Celtic Football Club, Glasgow, Scotland. Tickets cost £4 ($7).

1976, One hit wonder J.J. Barrie was at No.1 in the UK with the single 'No Charge'.

1977, Alice Cooper's boa constrictor, a co-star of his live act suffered a fatal bite from a rat it was being fed for breakfast. Cooper held auditions for a replacement and a snake named 'Angel' got the gig.

1979, Blues legend Muddy Waters (aged 64), married Marva Jean Brooks on her 25th birthday.

1979, Born on this day, Pete Wentz, bassist, Fall Out Boy, (2007 US No.1 album ‘Infinity on High’).

1982, Roxy Music scored their third UK No.1 album with 'Avalon'.

1983, during a 48-date North American tour U2 played at Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver. The show was recorded and released as 'U2 Live At Red Rocks: Under A Blood Red Sky.'

1988, Eric Clapton's wife Patti applied for a divorce, the couple had married in 1979.

1988, The Pet Shop Boys played their debut live show when they appeared at London's Piccadilly Theatre as part of an Anti Section 28 Benefit concert.

1990, American drummer Jim Hodder drowned in his swimming pool aged 42. He was the original drummer with Steely Dan and also worked with Sammy Hagar and David Soul.

1990, Richard Sohl, keyboard player with the Patti Smith group died of a heart attack. Also played live with Iggy Pop.

1990, Bobby Brown played the first of eight sold out nights at London's Wembley Arena.

1993, Country singer Conway Twitty died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He had the 1958 US & UK No.1 single 'It's Only Make Believe'. Until 2000, he held the record for the most Number One singles of any country act, with 45 No.1's. He lived in Hendersonville, Tennessee, just north of Nashville, where he built a country music entertainment complex called Twitty City.

1993, Mariah Carey married the President of Sony Music, Tommy Mottola in Manhattan, guest's included Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand and Ozzy Osbourne. (The couple separated in 1997).

1993, Janet Jackson started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Janet'.

1997, Noel Gallagher married Meg Matthews at the Little Church Of The West in Las Vegas, (where Elvis married Priscilla). The Oasis guitarist divorced Matthews in 2001.

1997, Ex Small Faces, The Faces and leader of Slim Chance, Ronnie Lane died aged 51 after a 20-year battle with multiple sclerosis.

1999, Jazz singer and songwriter Mel Torme died aged 73. Biggest hit was the 1956 UK No. 4 single 'Mountain Greenery' and his 'Christmas Song' (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) has been recorded more than 1,700 times.

2001, Madonna kicked off her Summer Drowned World Tour in Cologne, Germany.

2001, Officials in Singapore threw out an appeal against a ban on Janet Jackson's latest album, ‘All For You’. They decided that the lyrics of the album, particularly one song, ‘Would You Mind’, were "not acceptable to our society". The record was initially outlawed because of its "sexually explicit lyrics", including "I just wanna touch you, tease you, lick you, please you, love you, make love to you." EMI were attempting a compromise by trying to persuade Jackson's management to delete ‘Would You Mind’ from the album.

2003, R Kelly was banned from travelling to LA for a video shoot. He wasn't allowed to leave Chicago after being charged with 21 child porn offences last June over a video, which claimed to show him having sex with an underage girl.

2005, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Don’t Believe The Truth’ the bands sixth UK No.1 album.

2005, Audioslave were at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Out of Exile.'

2007, Jurors in the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector were shown the bloody revolver that was found at the feet of Lana Clarkson, the actress he was accused of killing at his home in the early hours of February 3rd, 2003. She had accompanied Spector to his Alhambra, California mansion after meeting him at her job as a hostess at the House of Blues just hours earlier.

2007, Sir Paul McCartney released his 21st solo album, ‘Memory Almost Full’ on the new Hear Music Starbucks label. It was later announced that all copies sold through UK Starbucks would not be eligible for the UK charts as the 533 stores were not registered with the Official Chart Company. The album was being played non-stop in more than 10,000 Starbucks outlets across 29 countries.

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June 6th

1936, Born on this day, Levi Stubbs, vocals, The Four Tops, (1965 US No.1 single 'I Can't Help Myself', 1967 UK No.6 single 'Standing In The Shadows of Love').

1939, Born on this day, Gary U.S. Bonds, singer, (1961 US No.1 single 'Quarter To Three', 1981 UK No.43 single 'This Little Girl').

1942, Born on this day, Howie Kane, Jay and the Americans, (1969 US No.6 single 'This Magic Moment plus nine other US Top 30 hits).

1944, Born on this day, Clarence White, guitar, The Byrds, (1965 UK & US No.1 single 'Mr Tambourine Man'). White died on July 14th 1973.

1944, Born on this day, Edgar Ffoese, keyboards, guitar, Tangerine Dream, (1974 UK No.15 album 'Phaedra').

1944, Born on this day, Peter Albin, Janis Joplin Band, (1971 US No.1 single 'Me And Bobby McGee', 1971 US No.1 album 'Pearl').

1955, Born on this day, Michael Wallace, keyboards, Third World, (1978 UK No. 10 single 'Now That We've Found Love'). Wallace was shot dead on 6th July 1999.

1959, Born on this day, Robert Hodgens, guitar, vocals, The Bluebells, (1993 UK No.1 single with the re-issued 'Young At Heart').

1960, Born on this day, Steve Vai, guitarist, Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.9 single 'Here I Go Again').

1960, The Silver Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers appeared at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard, Lancashire, England.

1960, Bing Crosby was presented with a Platinum disc to commemorate his 200 millionth record sold. The sales figures were a combined total of 2,600 recorded singles and 125 albums. Crosby's global lifetime sales on 179 labels in 28 countries totaled 400 million records.

1961, Born on this day, D.C. Lee, singer, Wham! Style Council, (1983 UK No.3 single 'Long Hot Summer') Solo (1985 UK No.3 single 'See The Day').

1961, Born on this day, Tom Araya, vocals, bass, Slayer, (1995 UK No.50 single 'Serenity In Murder').

1962, the first Beatles recording session took place at Abbey Road studios. The group recorded four tracks, one of which was ‘Love Me Do’, the four musicians received payments for the session of £7.10 ($12.07) each.

1964, The Dixie Cups started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Chapel Of Love', it made No.22 in the UK.

1965, Born on this day, David White, Brother Beyond, (1988 UK No.2 single 'The Harder I Try').

1966, Born on this day, Gary Newby, The Railway Children, (1991 UK No.24 single 'Every Beat Of The Heart').

1966, Roy Orbison's first wife, Claudette, was killed when a truck pulled out of a side road and collided with the motorbike that she and her husband were riding on in Gallatin, Texas, she was 25.

1968, Screaming Lord Sutch appeared at the Freehold Hullabaloo in Freehold, New Jersey, (Sutch was touring the East Coast in a old custom-painted Rolls Royce “hearse”). Support band was The Castiles (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals).

1970, Born on this day, James Shaffer, guitar, Korn, (1998 UK No.23 single 'Got The Life', 1998 US No.1 album 'Follow The Leader').

1970, Christie were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Yellow River', the groups only No.1. Written by Jeff Christie for the Tremeloes who turned it down, so he recorded it himself.

1970, Colosseum, Taste, Atomic Rooster, Matthews Southern Comfort, Brinsley Schwarz, The Strawbs and Daddy Longlegs all appeared at this years Buxton Festival in Derbyshire, England.

1971, John & Yoko jammed live on stage with Frank Zappa at The Filmore East in New York.

1977, Queen appeared at Earls Court in London, England.

1978, Born on this day, Carl Barat, singer, The Libertines, (2004 UK No.1 album ‘The Libertines’). Dirty Pretty Things, (2006 UK No.3 album ‘Waterloo to Anywhere’).

1979, Def Leppard played at Crookes Workingman's Club in Sheffield. The gig was reviewed in UK music paper 'Sounds' and led to a recording contract with Phonogram Records.

1982, Tom Petty, Crosby Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks and Jackson Browne all appeared at The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California to a crowd of 85,000 fans.

1986, A&R man Dick Rowe died of diabetes. Rowe became famous for not signing The Beatles to Decca records and made the classic quote 'Nobody cares about guitar groups anymore.' He did however sign The Rolling Stones to Decca.

1987, Kim Wilde went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You Keep Me Hanging On', a No.2 hit in the UK. The song had been a 1966 hit for The Supremes.

1987, Simple Minds scored their third UK No.1 album with 'Live In The City Of Light'.

1987, Whitney Houston had her second UK No.1 single with 'I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)'.

1987, Born on this day, Kyle Falconer, lead vocalist, guitarist, The View, (2007 UK No.1 album ‘Hats Off to the Buskers’).

1987, Michael Jackson announced that he was breaking all ties with the Jehovah's Witnesses. Jackson had been raised as a Jehovah's Witness and would don disguises and go door to door with the Watchtower message in cities where he was performing.

1992, Lionel Richie started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with the compilation LP 'Back To Front'.

1993, A re-formed Velvet Underground played at Wembley Arena, London.

1996, Inventor William Palmer died. He invented the magnetic tape recorder; before this music had been cut direct to record.

1998, B*Witched scored their first UK No.1 single with 'C'est La Vie', making them the seventh act in chart history to debut at No.1. Also today for only the second time in chart history all of the Top 3 singles on the UK chart were new entries.

1998, Boyzone scored their third UK No.1 album with 'Where We Belong', it was also the first time in chart history that both the No.1 positions were by Irish acts, with B*Witched at the top of the singles chart.

1998, Brandy & Monica started an 11 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Boy Is Mine'.

1999, Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen'.

1999, Boyzone started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'By Request', the group's fourth No.1 album.

1999, Plans were announced for Elvis Presley to tour the UK almost 23 years after his death with a virtual version of the 'King' performing with a live orchestra and members of his band.

1999, Backstreet Boys started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Millennium’, the US boy bands first No.1 album.

2002, Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Glenn Colvin), bass guitarist with The Ramones died at his Hollywood, California apartment of a heroin overdose aged 49. He was the group's primary songwriter, penning songs such as 'Rockaway Beach', '53rd & 3rd', and 'Poison Heart'.

2003, keyboard player with The Animals Dave Rowberry died aged 62. He replaced Alan Price who left in 1965. The Animals had the 1964 UK & US No.1 single 'House Of The Rising Sun'.

2003, a High court judge in London ruled that rap lyrics should be treated as a foreign language after admitting that he was unsure of the meaning of 'shizzle my nizzle' and 'mish mish man.' The court battle was over a copyright issue between the Ant'ill Mob and the Heartless Crew who had used the lyrics on a remix.

2004, Avril Lavigne was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Under My Skin’, the Canadian singers second US No.1.

2004, Mario Winana feat Enya & P Diddy started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Don’t Wanna Know.'

2007, Spice Girl Melanie Brown married film producer boyfriend Stephen Belafonte at the Special Memory Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.

2008, Ki McPhail and Owen Doyle from Busted lost their £10m royalties battle. The former band members claimed they were forced to sign away their rights before being sacked from the band in October 2001. They pair said they wrote songs with the two other band members James Bourne and Matt Willis, including ‘Year 3000’ and ‘What I Go To School For’, when the group formed in 2001, but the judge in the case, Mr Justice Morgan, dismissed their claims and criticised the evidence they gave.

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June 7th

1917, Born on this day, Dean Martin, US actor, singer, (1956 UK & US No.1 single 'Memories Are Made Of This' plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles). He died December 25th 1995.

1940, Born on this day, Thomas Woodward, (Tom Jones), 1965 UK No.1 and US No.10 single 'It's Not Unusual' plus over 20 other UK and US Top 40 hit singles. 1999 UK No.1 album 'Reload' plus over 20 other UK Top 40 albums).

1957, Born on this day, Paddy McAloon, guitar, vocals, Prefab Sprout, (1988 UK No.7 single 'The King Of Rock 'N' Roll').

1958, Born on this day, Prince Rogers Nelson, T.A.F.K.A.P, 1984 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'When Doves Cry', 1994 UK No.1 single 'The Most Beautiful Girl In The World', plus over 40 other Top 40 singles.

1963, The Beatles, touring with Roy Orbison, performed at the Odeon Cinema in Glasgow, Scotland.

1964, during their first ever US tour The Rolling Stones were booed off stage at a gig in San Antonio, Texas. Some performing Monkeys who had been the act on before the Stones were brought back on stage for another performance.

1966, Born on this day, Eric Kretz, drums, Stone Temple Pilots, (1993 UK No.23 single 'Plush').

1967, Born on this day, David Navarro, Jane's Addiction, (1991 UK No.34 single 'Been Caught Stealing'). Red Hot Chili Peppers from 1993 - 1998. (1994 UK No.9 single 'Give It Away'). Also worked with Alanis Morissette.

1968, Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane all appeared for the first of a three night run at the Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, California.

1969, Born on this day, Liam Tyson, Cast, (1996 UK No.4 single 'Flying').

1969, supergroup Blind Faith, featuring Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Steve Winwood made their live debut at a free concert in London's Hyde Park.

1969, Keith Richards and his partner Anita Pallenburg were involved in a car crash near their home in Sussex. Richards escaped serious injury but Pallenburg was taken to hospital with a broken collarbone and the car was a write-off.

1969, The Who’s ‘Tommy’ album entered the UK chart peaking at No.2. One of two full-scale rock operas from The Who (the other being the 1973 'Quadrophenia').

1969, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell both appeared on the first ABC TV Johnny Cash Show from Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

1975, Elton John's album 'Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboys', went to No.1 on the US album chart, the first album ever to enter the US chart at No.1.

1975, John Denver went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Thank God I'm A Country Boy', the singers third US No.1.

1977, Led Zeppelin played the first of six sold out nights at Madison Square Garden, in New York City.

1979, Blondie performed 'Sunday Girl' on UK music television show 'Top Of The Pops'.

1980, Bob Marley And The Wailers, Average White Band, Joe Jackson and The Q-Tips all appeared at The Summer Of '80 Garden Party, Crystal Palace, London, England. Tickets £7.50 on the day.

1983, Shawn Michelle Stevens became wife number five for Jerry Lee Lewis.

1985, Born on this day, Charlie Simpson, guitar, vocals, Busted, (2003 UK No.1 single 'You Said No', 2002 UK No.2 album, 'Busted').

1985, The Smiths played the first date of a US tour at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom.

1986, Doctor And The Medics started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK charts with their version of the Norman Greenbaum 1970 hit 'Spirit In The Sky'.

1986, Madonna went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Live To Tell', her third US No.1 single, a No.2 hit in the UK.

1987, David Bowie played a concert in West Berlin in front of the Reichstag with the speakers pointing towards the nearby Berlin Wall where thousands of young East Berliners stood and listened.

1990, The Black Crowes played their debut UK gig at the Marquee in London.

1991, During their Use Your Illusion Tour, Guns n' Roses played the first of two nights at the CNE Stadium in Toronto, Canada.

1995, Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood was admitted to hospital after his ear was leaking blood. The problem was diagnosed as his arm movement from continuous guitar appearing.

1997, Gary Barlow went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut solo album 'Open Road'.

1997, Hanson started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'MMMbop'.

1997, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher played a five-song set at the Tibet Freedom Concert, Downing Stadium in New York City. U2, Patti Smith and Radiohead also appeared at the concert.

1998, Songwriter Wally Gold died in a New Jersey hospital aged 70. Wrote 'It's My Party' hit for Lesley Gore and 'It's Now or Never', hit for Elvis Presley. Member of late 50's group The Four Esquires, produced Kansas & Gene Pitney.

2001, During their 'The Tour of Brotherly Love' tour, Oasis, The Black Crowes and Spacehog played the first of three nights at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

2002, Liam Howlett of The Prodigy married former All Saints singer Natalie Appleton at a ceremony in Les Adrets, France. Guests included Liam and Noel Gallagher and former Eurythmic Dave Stewart.

2002, Virgin Records announced they had dropped Victoria Beckham after her debut solo album, which cost over £3 million ($5.1 million) to make, had sold only 50,000 copies.

2007, the funeral of guitarist, singer Bo Diddley took place in Gainesville, Florida. Many in attendance chanted "Hey Bo Diddley" shortly after family members had passed by his coffin as a gospel band played Bo Diddley's music. At the service, they presented a floral tribute in form of his trademark square guitar.

2008, 3 Doors Down were at No.1 on the US album chart with their self titled second US No.1.

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1940, Born on this day, Nancy Sinatra, US singer, actress, (1966 UK & US No.1 single 'These Boots Are Made For Walking'). With her father Frank she became the only father and daughter team ever to score a UK No.1 single with the 1967 hit 'Somethin' Stupid'.

1940, Born on this day, Sherman Garnes, Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, (1956 UK No.1 and US No.6 single 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love'). Garnes died February 26th 1977.

1941, Born on this day, Clarence Haskins, Funkadelic, (1978 US No.16 album 'One Nation Under A Groove').

1942, Born on this day, Chuck Negron, vocals, Three Dog Night, (1970 UK No.3 & US No.1 single 'Mamma Told Me Not To Come').

1944, Born on this day, Boz Scaggs, US singer, member of The Marksmen with Steve Miller, The Wigs, solo, (1976 US No.3 single 'Lowdown', 1977 US No.11 and UK No.13 single 'Lido Shuffle').

1947, Born on this day, Mick Box, guitar, Uriah Heep, (1975 UK No.7 album 'Return To Fantasy').

1953, Born on this day, Bonnie Tyler, singer, (1983 UK & US No.1 single 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart').

1953, Born on this day, Jeff Rich, drums, Status Quo, (1977 UK No.3 single 'Rockin' All Over The World', plus over 50 other UK Top 75 singles).

1954, US record labels started to supply radio stations with 45rpm discs for the first time, replacing the 78 records.

1960, Born on this day, Mick Hucknall, singer, songwriter, Simply Red, (1986 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Holding Back The Years',
1995 UK No.1 single 'Fairground' and 1991 UK No.8 single 'Stars', world-wide No.1 1991 album 'Stars').

1962, Born on this day, Nick Rhodes, keyboards, Duran Duran, (1983 UK No.1 single 'Is There Something I Should Know', plus 25 other UK Top 40 singles, 1984 US No.1 single 'The Reflex'), Arcadia, (1985 UK No.7 single 'Election Day').

1963, The Crystals' "Da Doo Ron Ron" peaked at No.3 on the US singles chart. Produced by Phil Spector, who used a multi-track recording system to build the song layer upon layer to achieve a result that become known as a "wall of sound". Backing musicians include Glen Campbell on guitar, Leon Russell on piano, Hal Blain on drums and Nino Tempo on sax.

1965, Born on this day, Rob Pilatus, vocals, Milli Vanilli, (1989 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Girl I'm Gonna Miss You'). He died of a drug and alcohol overdose on April 2nd 1998.

1966, Born on this day, Doris Pearson, 5 Star, (1986 UK No.3 single 'System Addict' plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).

1967, Born on this day, Neil Mitchell, keyboards, Wet Wet Wet, (1994 UK No.1 single 'Love Is All Around', which spent 15 weeks at No.1, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).

1967, Procol Harum were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale', the groups only UK No.1. In 2004 the song was named the most played record of the past 70 years. More than 900 recorded versions by other artists are known.

1967, The Beatles 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' went to No.1 in the UK. Costing £25,000 ($42,500) to produce the album was recorded over 700 hours of studio time. It was also the first album to print the lyrics on the sleeve. The album spent 27 weeks at No.1 on the UK chart.

1969, Founder member of The Rolling Stones Brian Jones announced that he was leaving the group, saying that he no longer saw 'eye to eye' with the rest of the band.

1970, Born on this day, Nicci Gilbert, Brownstone, US female group, (1995 UK No.8 single, 'If You Love Me').

1970, Deep Purple had their van and equipment impounded by East German police while on an European tour, after mistakenly driving too close to the border.

1971, Born on this day, Jef Streatfield, guitar, The Wildhearts, (1996 UK No.14 single 'Sick Of Drugs').

1974, a one-day concert at Hinckley Athletic Football Ground with Geordie, Blackfoot Sue, Medicine Head and top of the bill The Bay City Rollers, tickets £2.50.

1974, Bill Wyman became the first Rolling Stone to release a solo album with 'Monkey Grip', (it peaked at No.39 in the UK and No.99 in the US).

1974, David Bowie started a four-week run at the top of the UK charts with his third No.1 album 'Diamond Dogs'.

1974, Dolly Parton was at No.1 on the US country chart with 'I Will Always Love You'. The Parton penned song later became a worldwide hit for Whitney Houston in 1992.

1974, Keyboard player Rick Wakeman announced that he was leaving Yes.

1974, Paul McCartney and Wings went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Band On The Run', his third solo US No.1, a No.3 hit in the UK.

1977, Born on this day, Kayne West, US rapper, producer, worked with Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and Ludacris. Solo, (2005 US No.1 single 'Gold Digger', 2005 US No.1 album 'Late Registration', 2007 World-wide No.1 album 'Graduation').

1978, The Only Ones appeared at Manchester Poly, Manchester, England.

1979, Singer Marianne Faithfull married Ben Brieley of punk rock band The Vibrators.

1985, Born on this day, Jamie Shaw, One True Voice, (2002 UK No.2 single 'Sacred Trust/After You're Gone').

1985, Kajagoogoo guitarist Nick Beggs married his girlfriend Boo.

1985, Tears For Fears started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World', the groups first US No.1.

1985, The Style Council scored their only UK No.1 album with 'Our Favourite Shop'.

1987, Yogi Horton a session drummer with Luther Vandross, jumped to his death from a 17th floor hotel window, having told his wife he was tired of Living in the shadow of Vandross Also worked with The B-52's, Diana Ross and Debbie Harry.

1989, At a Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior's press conference, vegetarian Chrissie Hynde claimed that she once firebombed a McDonalds restaurant. The following day a McDonalds in Milton Keynes, England was firebombed and Hynde was threatened with legal action.

1989, Born on this day, Richard Fleeshman, English actor and singer-songwriter. His television appearances have included a role in Coronation Street.

1991, Bruce Springsteen married Patti Scialfa, at their Beverley Hills home.

1991, Color Me Bad had their only UK No.1 single with 'I Wanna Sex You Up'.

1991, Extreme went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'More Than Words', a No.2 hit in the UK.

1991, Paula Abdul started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Spellbound'.

1991, The Pixies and Ride appeared at Crystal Palace Bowl, London, tickets £15.

1996, The Fugees scored their first UK No.1 single with their version of 'Killing Me Softly'.

1998, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and Martin Carr from The Boo Radleys were all involved in a fight at Dingwalls, Camden in London.

1998, former Take That member Robbie Williams and Nicole Appleton from All Saints became engaged.

2001, AC/DC, The Offspring, Queens Of The Stone Age and Megadeth all appeared at the Milton Keynes Bowl, England; tickets cost £28.50 ($48.45).

2002, Jennifer Lopez separated from her second husband, dancer Cris Judd, after just nine months of marriage.

2002, months of secrecy surrounding Sir Paul McCartney's wedding plans were blown when John Leslie the owner of the 17th century Castle Leslie in Co Monaghan, let slip to reporters that Sir Paul had booked the Castle for the wedding.

2003, Evanescence started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Bring Me To Life.'

2003, Stereophonics scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘You Gotta Go There To Come Back.’

2003, Led Zeppelin were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘How The West Was Won’, the bands seventh US No.1 album.

2007, George Michael was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and banned from driving for two years at Brent Magistrates court, north London. The 43-year-old who was arrested last October after being found slumped at the steering wheel of his car pleaded guilty to driving while unfit, blaming "tiredness and prescribed drugs" for the offence.

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June 9th

1891, Born on this day, Cole Porter, singer, composer, one of America's greatest songwriters. Wrote countless classic songs, 'Night And Day', 'I Get A Kick Out Of You', 'Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye'. Died 15th Oct 1964.

1915, Born on this day, guitarist Les Paul, inventor of the Gibson Les Paul guitar who also had a 1953 UK No.7 single with ‘Vaya Con Dios’ and the US No.7 single ‘Hummingbird’ with Mary Ford featuring his multi-layered recording techniques. He also pioneered “close miking” and echo delay recording. He broke his right arm in a car accident and had it set at an angle so he could still play guitar.

1929, Born on this day, R&B singer Johnny Ace, Billboards 'most played artist of 1955'. He died playing Russian roulette backstage at a gig on December 25th 1954.

1934, Born on this day, Jackie Wilson, US soul singer. Suffered a heart attack on stage at a New Jersey Club in 1975 and was in a coma until he died on January 21st 1984. Scored 24 US Top 40 hits during late 50's & 60's. 1986 UK No.1 single with the re-issued 'Reet Petite.' Van Morrison wrote 'Jackie Wilson Said' covered by Dexy's Midnight Runners.

1941, Born on this day, Billy Hatton, The Fourmost, (1964 UK No.6 single 'A Little Loving').

1941, Born on this day, Jon Lord, keyboards, Deep Purple, (1970 UK No.2 single 'Black Night'), 1973 US No. 4 single 'Smoke On The Water').

1946, Born on this day, Stuart Edwards, Edison Lighthouse, (1970 UK No.1 single 'Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes').

1947, Born on this day, Mitch Mitchell, drums, Jimi Hendrix Experience, (1967 UK No.3 single 'Purple Haze', 1970 UK No.1 single Voodoo Chile'). Mitchell had been in the ITV's 'Ready Steady Go!' house band. Mitchell was found dead in his US hotel room on 12th Nov 2008 aged 61.

1949, Born on this day, George Bunnell, Strawberry Alarm Clock, (1967 US No.1 single 'Incense And Peppermints').

1949, Born on this day, Francis Monkman, Curved Air, (1971 UK No.4 single 'Back Street Luv').

1950, Born on this day, Trevor Boulder, bass, Spiders From Mars, Uriah Heep, (1975 UK No.7 album 'Return To Fantasy').

1951, Born on this day, Terry Uttley, Smokie, (1975 UK No.3 single 'If You Think You Know How to Love Me').

1953, Born on this day, Errol Kennedy, vocals, Imagination, (1982 UK No.2 single 'Just An Illusion').

1954, Born on this day, Peter Byrne, Climie Fisher, (1988 UK No.2 single 'Love Changes Everything').

1958, Johnny Mathis went to No.1 on the US album chart with his 'Greatest Hits' album.

1962, Born on this day, Eddie Lundon, guitar, China Crisis, (1984 UK No.9 single 'Wishful Thinking').

1962, The Beatles, on the last night of their tour with Roy Orbison, performed at King George's Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire. It was during this tour that The Beatles' fans started throwing jelly babies at them while they were on stage, after an off-the-cuff remark on television that George Harrison enjoyed eating them.

1963, The Beatles held the UK No.1 position on the singles chart with 'From Me To You'. Lesley Gore was at No.1 on the US chart with 'It's My Party'.

1967, Born on this day, Dean Felber, bass, Hootie & The Blowfish, (1995 US No.1 album 'Cracked Rear View' sold over 15m copies. 1995 UK No.50 single 'Hold My Hand').

1967, singer, songwriter John Denver married Annie Martell.

1967, Pink Floyd played two gigs in one day, the first at the College of Commerce in Hull, and then the UFO at The Blarney Club, Tottenham Court Road, London, England.

1967, The Monkees kicked off a North American summer tour at the Hollywood Bowl in California.

1970, Born on this day, Ed Simons, keyboards, The Chemical Brothers, (1996 UK No.1 single 'Setting Sun', 2007 UK No.1 album 'We Are The Night' ).

1972, Elvis Presley made entertainment history by performing 4 sold-out shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden. George Harrison, John Lennon David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Art Garfunkel were among music stars that attended the shows. The shows were recorded and became the album 'Elvis as recorded at Madison Square Garden'.

1972, Born on this day, Wesley Reid Scantlin, singer, songwriter, Puddle Of Man.

1972, Bruce Springsteen signed with Columbia Records and started to assemble the E Street Band from various Asbury Park ex-band mates.

1975, Windsor Davies and Don Estelle were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Whispering Grass.'

1977, George and Patti Harrison were officially divorced.

1978, Ian Dury and the Blockheads appeared at St George's Hall, Bradford, England.

1978, Joy Division appeared at The Russell Club, Manchester, England.

1978, Siouxsie And The Banshees signed to Polydor records in the UK.

1978, Born on this day, Matthew Bellamy, guitar, vocals, keyboards, Muse, (2003 UK No.1 album ‘Absolution’, 2003 UK No.8 single, ‘Time Is Running Out’).

1979, The Bee Gees went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Love You inside Out', the groups 9th US No.1. A No.13 hit in the UK.

1980, Born on this day, James Walsh, singer, guitarist, Starsailor, (2001 UK No.2 album 'Love Is Here').

1983, Born on this day, Frankee (Nicole Francine Aiello), US R&B singer, (2004 UK & Australian No.1 single ‘F.U.R.B.’ (f!*k You Right Back). A response to Eamon's single 'f!*k It (I Don't Want You Back').

1984, Cyndi Lauper started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Time After Time' a No.3 hit in the UK.

1988, Fleetwood Mac appeared at the Waldbuhne, Berlin, West Germany during their Stage European tour.

1990, Englandneworder started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'World In Motion'.

1990, M.C. Hammer's debut album started a record breaking 21 week stay at the top of the US album charts, making it the longest uninterrupted stay at the top since the album charts started.

1990, Michael Jackson was admitted to hospital with a mystery illness. It was later diagnosed as an inflamed cartilage in his rib cage.

1990, Bailiffs repossessed the mansion owned by the group 5 Star after non-payment of the mortgage. The group had achieved 15 top 20 hits over five years.

1990, Wilson Phillips went to No.1 on the US with 'Hold On'. 25 years earlier to the day Wendy and Carnies father Beach Boy Brian had been at No.1 with 'Help Me Rhonda'.

1994, After an argument TLC singer Left Eye set fire to her boyfriend’s Atlanta mansion, worth $2 million (£1.176 million), burning it to the ground. She was charged with arson and fined $10,000 (£5,882) with five years probation.

1997, The Spice Girls started filming 'Spice World The Movie'.

1998, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher and Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall were involved in a brawl at The Metropolitan Hotel, London.

1998, The Ronettes appeared in the Supreme Court of New York for their lawsuit against producer Phil Spector. The Ronettes, whose hits included 'Be My Baby' and 'Walking In The Rain', claimed that Spector had breached the group's 34-year-old contract by paying the members no royalties since 1963. Although The Ronettes went on to win the case, the New York State Court of Appeals overturned the decision in October, 2002, saying that the contract the Ronettes signed with Spector in 1963 was still binding.

2002, it was announced that Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was to be given a knighthood for his services to music.

2003, Former Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating raised more than £100,000 ($170,000) for cancer charities during a 23 day walk from the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim to Kinsale in County Cork. He visited 610 towns along the way, walking an average of 32km (20 miles) each day.

2006, Robbie Williams kicked off a 16-date European tour in Dublin, Ireland ending at Wembley in London.

2007, George Michael became the first music artist to perform at the new Wembley Stadium in London when he played the first of two shows at the venue during his ‘25 Live Tour’.

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June 10th

1910, Born on this day, Blues singer, guitarist, Chester Burnett, (Howlin Wolf). 1956 hit, 'Smoke Stack Lightning'. He died from cancer on January 10th 1976.

1922, Born on this day, Judy Garland, singer, actress. Played Dorothy in the 1939 film 'Wizard Of Oz' sang 'Over The Rainbow' in the film, 1961 US No.1 comeback album 'Judy At Carnegie Hall'. 'Over The Rainbow' was voted the 'Song Of The Century' in a 2001 poll published in America. She died June 22nd 1969 of a barbiturate overdose.

1941, Born on this day, Shirley Owens, The Shirelles, (1961 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow').

1944, Born on this day, Rick Price, The Move, (1969 UK No.1 single 'Blackberry Way'), Wizzard, (1973 UK No.1 single 'See My Baby Jive').

1956, American singer, actor Pat Boone was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I'll Be Home.' Boone scored over 30 UK Top 40 hit singles during the 50's and early 60's and was the second biggest charting artist behind only Elvis Presley.

1961, Born on this day, Kim Deal, bass guitar, vocals, Pixies, (1990 UK No.28 single 'Velouria'), The Breeders, (1993 UK No.40 'Cannonball EP').

1961, Born on this day, Mark Shaw, vocals, Then Jerico, (1989 UK No.13 single 'Big Area').

1964, Born on this day, Emma Anderson, guitar, Lush, (1996 UK No.21 single 'Single Girl').

1964, Born on this day, Jimmy Chamberlin, drums, Smashing Pumpkins, (1995 US No.1 album 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness', 1996 UK No.7 single 'Tonight Tonight').

1964, The first edition of the official Rolling Stones book was issued, priced at one and six. Also on this day, The Stones recorded 'It's All Over Now', and ‘Time Is On My Side' during their first session at Chess studios in Chicago.

1964, on their first world tour The Beatles took a flight from Hong Kong to Australia making an unscheduled fuel stop in Darwin, where over 400 fans greet their aircraft. The Beatles then fly on to Sydney, where they arrive in the middle of a heavy downpour. The group were required to appear in an open-top truck in the pouring rain to wave at the 1,000’s of fans greeting them at the airport.

1966, Steve Marriott of The Small Faces collapsed while performing on UK TV show Ready Steady Go! The group were forced to cancel the following weeks gigs.

1967, Born on this day, Darren Robinson, (Human Breathbox), Rapper, The Fat Boys, (1988 UK No.2 single 'Wipe-out'). Died 9th December 1995.

1971, Born on this day, Joel Hailey, (Jojo), vocals, Jodeci, (1995 UK No.17 single 'Freek 'N' You).

1972, Sammy Davis Jr started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Candy Man', his only US No.1. The song was taken from the film 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory'.

1972, The Rolling Stones double album 'Exile On Main Street' went to No.1 on the UK chart the bands seventh UK No.1 album.

1973, Born on this day, Faith Evans, US female singer, (1997 US & UK No.1 single with Puff Daddy 'I'll Be Missing You', 2000 UK No.26 single with Whitney Houston, 'Heartbreak Hotel').

1974, The Who began a four-night sold-out run at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

1977, Joe Strummer and Nicky Headon from The Clash were each fined £5 ($8.50) by a London court for spray-painting “The Clash” on a wall.

1978, John Travolta and Olivia Newton John went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You're The One That I Want' also No.1 in the UK.

1982, Addie Harris from The Shirelles died of a heart attack after a show in Atlanta. 1961 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow'. Became the first all girl group to have a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100.

1983, Chris Sievey of UK group The Freshies released the first computer game single. When played on a Sinclair ZX 81 computer via a record deck the lyrics of the song came on the screen.

1986, Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead went into a five day diabetic coma, resulting in the band withdrawing from their current tour.

1988, George Michael played the first of 6 sold-out nights at Earls Court in London, England, during his 137-date Faith World Tour. Tickets cost £14.50 ($25) and £12.50 ($21.25).

1989, Bette Midler went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Wind Beneath My Wings', taken from the film 'Beaches', a No.5 hit in the UK.

1989, Jason Donovan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of 'Sealed With A Kiss', a hit for Brian Hyland in 1962.

1989, Madonna's 'Express Yourself', became her 18th UK Top 5 hit, a new record for a female artist.

1991, Temptations member Eddie Kendricks was arrested while attending the funeral of soul singer David Ruffin in Detroit on charges of owing $26,000 ($15,294) in child support.

1991, Nirvana and Dinosaur Jr kicked off an 8-date tour at the Gothic Theater in Denver.

1992, Suede appeared at The Old Trout, Windsor, England.

1993, Irish singer Sinead O'Connor took out a full-page ad in the Irish Times asking the public to "stop hurting me please." She blamed her troubles on abuse she suffered as a child. O'Connor was still being criticized for ripping up a picture of the Pope during an appearance on Saturday Night Live the previous October.

1997, INXS kicked off a seven date UK tour at Aberdeen Exhibition Centre. Tickets cost £17.50 ($30).

2001, Radiohead went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Amnesiac'.

2002, Former Wet Wet Wet singer Marti Pellow made his debut appearance in the London West End show 'Chicago' at The Adelphi Theatre.

2003, Kim Mathers, the ex-wife of rapper Eminem, was arrested and released pending further investigation in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, for driving with a revoked license. Two Ziploc bags containing a 'white powdery substance' were found in the glove box of her white Cadillac.

2004, US singer, songwriter Ray Charles died aged 73. Glaucoma rendered Charles blind at the age of six. Had the 1962 UK & US No.1 single 'I Can't Stop Loving You' plus over 30 US Top 40 singles and the 2005 US No.1 album 'Genius Loves Company.' Appeared in the 1980 hit movie, The Blues Brothers, Charles was married twice and fathered twelve children by nine different women. Winner of 17 Grammy Awards.

2006, Dixie Chicks started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Taking the Long Way’ the American country girl group’s eighth album.

2007, The Rolling Stones played their first UK festival in over 30 years when they appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival. The Stones arrived at the Isle of Wight on their own privately chartered ferry for their 200-strong entourage including five Winnebago trailers and private security team. The Stones last UK festival appearance was Knebworth Fair in 1976.

2007, Rihanna went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her third album 'Good Girl Gone Bad.' Featuring the single ‘Umbrella’ which spent 10 consecutive weeks at No.1 in the UK making it the longest running No.1 single since Wet Wet Wet's ‘Love Is All Around' and the longest running No.1 by a female artist since Whitney Houston's ‘I Will Always Love You.’

2007, R Kelly was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Double Up.' His eleventh studio album featured guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, Nelly, T.I., Usher, Huey, Ludacris and Kid Rock.

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June 11th

1940, Born on this day, Joseph DiNicola, Joey and the Starlighters. (1962 US No.1 single 'Peppermint Twist, Part 1'). Jimi Hendrix was a member of the band during 1964.

1946, Born on this day, John Lawton, Uriah Heep, (1975 UK No.7 album 'Return To Fantasy').

1947, Born on this day, Glenn Leonard, vocals, The Temptations, (1971 UK No.8 single 'Just My Imagination' and re-issued 'My Girl' UK No.2 in 1992).

1948, Born on this day, Alan Skipper, drums, The Pretty Things, (1964 UK No.10 single 'Don't Bring Me Down').

1949, Born on this day, Frank Beard, drums, ZZ Top, (1984 US No.8 & 1985 UK No.16 single 'Legs').

1949, Hank Williams made his debut at the 'Grand Ole Opry' in Nashville and received an unprecedented total of six encores.

1951, Born on this day, Lynsey De Paul, UK singer, songwriter, (1972 UK No.5 single 'Sugar Me'). Became the first woman to win an Ivor Novello song-writing award.

1960, Born on this day, Nick Hallam, DJ, producer, co founder of Gee Street Records, Stereo MC's, (1992 UK No.12 single 'Step It Up').

1961, Born on this day, Robert Birch, vocals, Stereo MC's, (1992 UK No.12 single 'Step It Up').

1962, The Beatles recorded a BBC radio program, "Here We Go", at the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester, in front of a studio audience composed largely of loyal Cavern fans. This was the last recording on which Pete Best played drums.

1966, The Rolling Stones started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Paint It Black', the groups third US No.1 single. Also a No.1 in the UK.

1966, European radio stations mistakenly report that The Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey is dead. Actually, it was guitarist Pete Townshend who had been injured in a car accident a few days earlier.

1967, Printed in this week's music weekly Melody Maker's ad's pages, 'Freaky lead guitarist, bass and drummer wanted for Marc Bolan's new group. Also any other astral flyers like with car's amplification and that which never grows in window boxes, phone Wimbledon 0697.'

1968, Working at Abbey Road studios in London on The White Album, John Lennon worked on ‘Revolution 9’ in studio 3, while Paul McCartney recorded ‘Blackbird’ in studio 2.

1969, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Ballad Of John and Yoko' the groups 17th UK No.1. Only two Beatles played on the track, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

1976, AC/DC started their first headline tour of the UK appearing in Scotland.

1977, Joe Strummer and Topper Headon were detained overnight in prison in Newcastle upon Tyne having failed to appear at Morpeth Magistrates on May 21st. Both Clash members were to answer a charge relating to the theft of a Holiday Inn pillowcase. They were both fined £100 ($170).

1977, as Britain celebrated the Queen's Silver Jubilee, The Sex Pistols reached No. 2 in the singles chart with 'God Save The Queen'.

1977, KC and the Sunshine Band became only the second group after The Jackson Five to achieve four US No.1's when 'I'm Your Boogie Man' went to the top of the charts.

1978, The Top ten posters for sale in this weeks NME included Deborah Harry, Olivia Newton-John, Saturday Night Fever, Cheryl Ladd in hot pants, Yes live and Genesis, all priced at £1.10.

1980, Echo and the Bunnymen played the first night of a 19-date tour at The Trinity Hall, Bristol. The bands first full UK tour.

1983, Drummer Alex Van Halen married Valeri Kendall in Los Angeles. Brother Eddie Van Halen was best man.

1988, Nelson Mandellas 70th birthday tribute took place at Wembley Stadium, London, featuring Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder, Tracy Chapman, George Michael, Eric Clapton, UB40, The Eurythmics and Simple Minds. The event was broadcast live on BBC 2 to 40 different countries with an estimated audience of 1 billion.

1997, Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall received a Master of Science Degree at UMIST, Manchester for his fund-raising work following an IRA bombing in the city the previous year.

2000, Aaliyah went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Try Again'. It became the first "airplay-only" song to reach No.1 on the US singles chart (no points from a commercial single release).

2000, on this weeks Top 3 US album chart; Eminem, 'The Marshall Mathers LP' at No.1. Kid Rock, 'The History Of Rock' at No.2 and Britney Spears, 'Oops!...I Did It Again' at No.3.

2001, Sir Paul McCartney married Heather Mills at St Salvator Church, Ireland. Guests included Ringo Starr, David Gilmour, Jools Holland and Chrissie Hynde. Heather walked down the aisle clutching a bouquet of 11 'McCartney' roses.

2001, Depeche Mode played the first date on their Exciter world tour at the Pepsi Arena in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

2003, Adam Ant was arrested after going berserk and stripping off in a London cafe. The former 1980's pop star had thrown stones at neighbour's homes smashing windows before going to the nearby cafe.

2004, Courtney Love surrendered to US police after allegedly assaulting a woman at the home of her former manager and ex-boyfriend. Ms Love was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. She was later released on bail. The charges related to an incident on 25 April 2004, when Ms Love allegedly assaulted a woman with a bottle and a torch at the LA home of Jim Barber.

2006, Sandi Thom went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Smile ... It Confuses People' the Scottish singer, songwriters debut album which featured the hit 'I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker, (with flowers in My Hair').

2008, The American Federation of Musicians filed a federal lawsuit against the producers of American Idol, claiming musicians were underpaid because the show’s live music was re-recorded for re-runs. The union filed the suit seeking unspecified damages in the US District Court in Los Angeles, alleging that American Idol Productions Inc. and its subsidiary Tick Tock Productions Inc. violated a collective bargaining agreement.

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June 12th

1928, Born on this day, Vic Damone, US singer, 1958 UK No.1 & US No.4 single 'On The Street Where You Live'.

1941, Born on this day, Chick Corea, jazz musician. Worked with Miles Davis, Stanley Clarke, Bobby McFerrin.

1941, Born on this day, Roy Harper, UK folk singer, songwriter, (1977 UK No.25 album 'Bullinamingvase'). Led Zeppelin wrote 'Hat's Of To Roy Harper' featured on the bands third album.

1943, Born on this day, Reg Presley, The Troggs, (1966 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Wild Thing'). Wrote 'Love Is All Around', 15 weeks as UK No.1 for Wet Wet Wet in 1994.

1944, Born on this day, Harold Cowart, John Fred and His Playboy Band, (1968 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Judy In Disguise').

1948, Born on this day, Barry Bailey, Atlanta Rhythm Section, (1977 US No.7 single, 'So In To You', 1979 UK No.48 single 'Spooky').

1951, Born on this day, Brad Delp, guitar, vocals, Boston, (1977 UK No.22 single 'More Than A Feeling', 1986 US No.1 single 'Amanda'). Committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in at his home in the New Hampshire on March 9th 2007.

1951, Born on this day, Bun E Carlos, drums, Cheap Trick, (1979 UK No.29 & US No.17 single 'I Want You To Want Me', 1988 US No.1 single 'The Flame').

1952, Born on this day, Pete Fardon, bass player with The Pretenders, (1980 UK No.1 single with ‘Brass In Pocket’). He died of a drug overdose on April 14th 1983.

1953, Born on this day, Rocky Burnette, singer, (1980, US No. 8 single, 'Tired Of Toein The Line').

1959, Born on this day, John Linnell, They Might Be Giants, (1990 UK No.6 single, 'Birdhouse In Your Soul').

1964, The Beatles arrived in Adelaide, Australia and were greeted by an estimated 250,000 fans, (the biggest welcome the band would ever receive), who lined the ten mile route from the airport to the city centre. The group gave their first four shows in Australia at the Centennial Hall, Adelaide over two nights, playing: I Saw Her Standing There, I Want To Hold Your Hand, All My Loving, She Loves You, Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven, Can't Buy Me Love, This Boy, Long Tall Sally and Twist And Shout. Temporary member Jimmy Nicol was standing in for Ringo on drums who was recovering from having his tonsils removed.

1965, The Beatles were included in the Queen's birthday honours list to each receive the MBE. Protests poured into Buckingham Palace, MP Hector Dupuis said 'British Royalty has put me on the same level as a bunch of vulgar numbskulls'.

1965, The Supremes scored their fifth consecutive US No.1 single when 'Back In My Arms Again', went to the top of the charts.

1966, The Dave Clark Five made a record 12th appearance on US TV Ed Sullivan show.

1971, Black girl trio Honey Cone went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Want Ads'.

1972, The Sound Broadcasting Act was passed in the UK, providing for 21 new commercial radio stations.

1976, The Wurzels scored their only UK No.1 hit with 'Combine Harvester' the cider-drinking folkies from the West Country had reworked Melanie's hit 'Brand New Key.'

1976, The Who, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Little Feat, Outlaws and Streetwalkers all appeared at Swansea City Football Club, Swansea, Wales, Tickets cost £4 ($7).

1978, Playing live around the UK, Dire Straits at Erics, Liverpool. The Thompson Twins at The Limit in Sheffield and The Jam at King George's Hall, Blackburn.

1979, Born on this day, Robyn Carlsson, Swedish singer, (1998 UK No.8 single 'Show Me Love', 2007 UK No.1 single 'With Every Heartbeat').

1982, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and Gary 'US' Bonds all appeared at a rally for nuclear disarmament in Central Park, New York to over 450,000 fans.
1982, Adam Ant was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Goody Two Shoes', his third and last No 1.

1989, The Elvis Presley Autoland Museum opened at Graceland. The museum contained over 20 cars which were owned by Presley.

1991, Crowded House played the first of two nights at The Borderline in London.

1993, Dutch duo 2 Unlimited went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'No Limits'.

1993, UB40 had their third UK No.1 single with ('I Can't Help), Falling In Love With You'.

1999, it was reported that Oasis had paid Gary Glitter £200,000 ($340,000) as an out-of-court settlement after being accused of using the Gary Glitter lyric, ‘Hello, hello, it’s good to be back’ in the song ‘Hello’.

2000, Sinead O’Connor announced that she was a lesbian. The mother of two told the American magazine Curve that she had been in the closet for years saying “I am a lesbian. I haven’t been very open about that, I’ve gone out with blokes because I haven’t necessarily been terribly comfortable about being a lesbian.”

2002, Clive Calder the man who is credited with discovering Britney Spears sold his record company Zomba to BMG Music for $2 billion. Calder started Zomba in 1975 and had hits with Billy Ocean, Sam Fox and Tight Fit.

2004, Lee Ryan from Blue was found guilty of criminal damage and ordered to pay £500 ($850) compensation from charges relating to an incident outside London nightclub 10 Rooms the previous December. Ryan admitted to throwing punches at a photographer after being bombarded by snappers when leaving the club, but argued that he was provoked into doing so. Judge Caroline Tubbs accepted that Lee was acting in self-defence, so dismissed any assault charges.

2005, Pink Floyd announced they would reunite with former bassist Roger Waters, who left the band in 1985, on July 2 for the Live 8 London concert. This would be the first time the band had played together as a quartet since The Wall tour in 1981.

2006, Prince received a Webby Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his "visionary" use of the Internet; Prince was the first major artist to release an entire album, 1997's Crystal Ball, exclusively on the internet.

2008, Amy Winehouse performed an exclusive gig at a Moscow art gallery for Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich and his girlfriend Daria Zhukova. It was reported that the singer was paid £1m for the gig at the launch of The Garage gallery, which has been set up by Ms Zhukova.

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June 13th

1934, Born on this day, Uriel Jones, session drummer for Motown Records' in-house studio band, the Funk Brothers, during the 1960s and early 1970s. Jones played on many Motown classics including ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’, by Marvin Gaye, ‘Cloud Nine’ by the Temptations, ‘I Second That Emotion’ by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles and ‘For Once In My Life’ by Stevie Wonder. Died on 24th March 2009.

1940, Born on this day, Bobby Freeman, singer, (1958 US & UK No.5 single 'Do You Want To Dance').

1943, Born on this day, Esther Ofarim, singer, (1968 UK No.1 single 'Cinderella Rockerfella').

1949, Born on this day, Dennis Locorriere, guitar, Dr Hook, (1972 US No.5 & UK No.2 single 'Sylvia's Mother' plus 9 other US Top 40 hits).

1951, Born on this day, Howard Lees, Heart, (1987 US & UK No.3 single 'Alone').

1957, Born on this day, Rolf Brendel, Nena, (1984 UK No.1 & US No.2 single '99 Red Balloons').

1963, Born on this day, Robbie Merrill, bassist, Godsmack, (2003, US No.1 album ‘Faceless’, 2006 US No.1 album ‘IV’).

1964, Louis Armstrong started a six week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Hello Dolly!'

1964, The Beatles performed another two shows at Centennial Hall, Adelaide, South Australia. For the four shows that The Beatles performed in Adelaide there were 12,000 tickets, for which 50,000 requests had been placed. The two shows on this day were drummer’s Jimmy Nicol's last as a "temporary Beatle". Ringo Starr (who had been ill), re-joined The Beatles in Melbourne the next day.

1967, The Bee Gees appeared live on the UK TV show 'As You Like It'. The group were promoting their debut single 'New York Mining Disaster 1941.'

1968, Born on this day, David Gray, UK singer, songwriter. His 'White Ladder' was the second biggest selling UK album of 2001. He scored the 2000 UK No.5 single 'Babylon.'

1968, Born on this day, Deneice Pearson, 5 Star, (1986 UK No.3 single 'System Addict' plus 15 other UK top 40 singles).

1969, Born on this day, Soren Rasted, Aqua, (1997 UK No.1 single 'Barbie Girl').

1969, The Rolling Stones held a photo call in Hyde Park to introduce new guitarist Mick Taylor.

1970, Born on this day, Rivers Cuomo, Weezer, (1995 UK No.12 single, 'Buddy Holly').

1970, The Beatles started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Long And Winding Road', the groups 20th US No.1. The album 'Let It Be' started a four-week run at No.1 the US album chart on the same day.

1970, Grand Funk Railroad, supported by Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) appeared at the Ocean Ice Palace in Bricktown, New Jersey, tickets $5.00.

1972, Clyde McPhatter, original lead vocalist with The Drifters, died of a heart attack in New York. Joined Billy Ward & the Dominoes in 1950, formed The Drifters in 1953, had several solo hits including 1962 'Lover Please,' was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

1975, John Lennon made his last ever TV appearance we he appeared on 'Salute To Sir Lew Grade', performing 'Slippin And Slidin', and 'Imagine'.

1976, Born on this day, Jason Brown, vocals, Five, (1998 UK No.2 single 'Everybody Get Up', 1999 UK No.1 single 'Keep On Movin').

1981, Born on this day, Kymberley Marsh, singer, Hear'Say, (2001 UK No.1 single 'Pure And Simple'). Quit the group in 2002. Now an actress.

1981, Smokey Robinson was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with a song he wrote in the late 60's. 'Being With You', the American singers first solo No.1.

1987, Atlantic Starr went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Always', a No.3 hit in the UK.

1987, Whitney Houston started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with her second LP 'Whitney'.

1988, The biggest charity Rock concert since Live Aid three years earlier took place at London's Wembley Stadium, to denounce South African apartheid. Among the performers were Sting, Stevie Wonder, Bryan Adams, George Michael, Whitney Houston and Dire Straits. Half the money raised went towards anti-apartheid activities in Britain, the rest was donated to children's charities in southern Africa.

1992, Billy Ray Cyrus started a 17-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Some Gave All'.

1992, Erasure started a five-week run at No.1 in the UK with the 'Abba-Esque EP'.

1995, Alanis Morissette released 'Jagged Little Pill'. The album went on to sell over 30 million copies world-wide making Morissette the first female Canadian to score a US No.1 album.

1999, S Club 7 went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Bring It All Back'.

2000, 37-year-old Susan E Santodonato collapsed and died of a heart attack outside New York radio station Star 105.7. after a Britney Spears impersonator left the building. A crowd had gathered after a DJ claimed Britney Spears was in the studio.

2000, a roadie who worked for The Spice Girls, Oasis, Elton John and Whitney Houston was arrested and charged with smuggling millions of pounds worth of Ecstasy into the UK.

2000, Bobby Brown admitted he was an alcoholic, saying, 'I have a disease, I am an addict, I am an alcoholic'. The singer made the admission while appearing in a Florida court.

2003, former East 17 member Brian Harvey was cleared of drugs charges after the prosecution's key witness refused to give evidence and left the UK for Spain. Harvey had been arrested after a News Of The World investigation and charged with possessing and supplying cocaine.

2003, the elder statesman of music were rewarded in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list for their services to music. Sting was awarded a CBE, Gerry Marsden an MBE, Errol Brown an MBE and Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour a CBE.

2003, The Arctic Monkeys made their live debut at The Grapes pub in Sheffield, England. They received £27 from ticket sales.

2004, Faithless were at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘No Roots.’

2004, after 50 Cent mentioned R. Kelly's pending child pornography trial during an appearance at the New York Summer Jam XI concert, chairs were thrown onstage forcing 50 Cent and his G-Unit crew to leave the stage area.

2005, Michael Jackson was cleared of all charges of child abuse by a jury of eight women and four men at the end of a 16-week hearing in Santa Maria, California. Jackson was found not guilty of all 10 charges including abusing a 13-year-old boy, conspiracy to kidnap and supplying alcohol to a minor to assist with a felony.

2008, A Chicago jury acquitted R Kelly of all 14 charges of child pornography against him. The US singer was found not guilty of making an explicit sex video that prosecutors had said showed him having sex with a girl as young as 13. Both Kelly and the alleged victim, now 23, denied they were the people shown on the tape, which the jury saw. The defence argued that the man in the tape did not have a large mole on his back as does Mr Kelly, and that the tape could have been doctored.

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