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June 23rd

1929, Born on this day, June Carter Cash, country singer, wife of Johnny Cash. Died 15th May 2003 aged 73. Had hits with Johnny Cash, 'Ring Of Fire', 'Jackson', 'If I Were A Carpenter'.

1937, Born on this day, Niki Sullivan, guitarist, singer, one of the three original members of Buddy Holly's backing group, The Crickets. He co-wrote a number of his hit songs and sang back-up vocals on 27 of the 32 songs Buddy recorded over his brief career. Sullivan died suddenly of a heart attack on April 6th 2004, at his home in Independence, Missouri aged 66

1940, Born on this day, Adam Faith, singer and actor, (1959 UK No.1 single 'What Do You Want', plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles), acting roles include the TV series 'Love Hurts.' Faith died on March 8th 2003.

1940, Born on this day, Stuart Sutcliffe, original bassist of The Beatles for eighteen months (January 1960 - June 1961). Sutcliffe was living in Hamburg, Germany at the time of his death, he died of a brain haemorrhage in an ambulance on the way to hospital on April 10th 1962, aged 22.

1956, Born on this day, Randall Darius Jackson, American musician and record producer, now best known for being a judge on the US television show American Idol.

1957, Born on this day, Lee John, Imagination, (1982 UK No.2 single 'Just An Illusion').

1957, Lonnie Donegan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Gamblin' Man / Putting On The Style', the singers second UK No.1. It was the last UK No.1 to be released as a 78rpm as well as a 7' vinyl record.

1960, Eddie Cochran was at No.1 in the UK with the single 'Three Steps To Heaven'. The American singer had been killed 3 months earlier in a car crash while touring the UK.

1962, Born on this day, Richard Coles, Communards, (1986 UK No.1 single 'Don't Leave Me This Way').

1962, Born on this day, Steve Shelley, drums, Sonic Youth, (1993 UK No.26 single 'Sugar Kane').

1962, Ray Charles started a 14-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music'.

1962, The film soundtrack to 'West Side Story' went to No.1 on the UK charts for the first time. It spent a total of 13 weeks at No.1 on seven different occasions.

1965, Born on this day, Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs, guitar, Oasis, (first single 'Supersonic' 1994 UK No.31, 1996 UK No.1 single 'Don't Look Back In Anger', 1994 UK No.1 album 'Definitely Maybe' fastest selling UK debut album ever'). Quit the band in Aug 1999.

1965, The Yardbirds appeared at The City Hall, Salisbury, England, admission 10 shillings, ($1.40).

1966, Born on this day, James MacPherson, drummer, The Breeders, (1993 UK No.40 'Cannonball EP').

1966, Born on this day, Mark Chadwick, guitar, vocals, The Levellers, (1995 UK No.12 single 'Just The One').

1966, The Beatles had their tenth consecutive UK No.1 single with 'Paperback Writer'.

1967, John Entwistle bass player from The Who married Alison Wise.

1970, Cubby Checker was arrested in Niagara Falls after police discovered marijuana and other drugs in his car.

1973, 10CC were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Rubber Bullets', the first of three UK No.1's for the band, (who also had a No.1 as Hotlegs).

1973, George Harrison started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Living In The Material World', his second US No.1.

1975, during his 'Welcome To My Nightmare' tour in Vancouver, Canada, Alice Cooper fell from the stage and broke six ribs.

1975, Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of 14 shows over 7 nights at Paul's Mall in Boston, Massachusetts, as part of their Natty Dread Tour.

1976, Paul McCartney and Wings played the last date on their Wings Over America tour at the Forum in Los Angeles.

1980, Born on this day, Jessica Taylor, singer, Liberty X, (2002 UK No.1 single 'Just A Little').

1981, Born on this day, Anthony Costa, singer, Blue, (2002 UK No.1 single 'If You Come Back').

1984, Duran Duran started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Reflex', the group's first US No.1, also a UK No.1.

1984, Born on this day, Aimee Anne Duffy, (Duffy) Welsh singer-songwriter, (2008 UK No.1 single ‘Mercy’).

1988, Bros kicked off a UK tour at Sheffield City Hall.

1989, George Michael received the Silver Clef Award for outstanding achievements to British Music.

1990, 13-year-old Keith Sorrentino filed a $500,000 (£294,118) lawsuit against Madonna, claiming he suffered nightmares and bed-wetting problems after an incident outside Madonna’s home when she allegedly flung him to the ground.

1990, Elton John had his first UK solo No.1 single with 'Sacrifice / Healing Hands' after achieving over 50 previous UK hits and 6 chart toppers in the US.

1990, Buddy Holly’s Gibson acoustic guitar sold for £139,658 ($237,419) in a Sotheby's auction. The guitar was in a tooled leather case made by Holly himself.

1992, Luciano Pavarotti went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Essential Collection'.

1995, drummer Alan White made his live debut with Oasis at Glastonbury Festival. Also former Take That member Robbie Williams appeared on stage with the band during the show.

1996, Bryan Adams went to No.1 on the UK album chart with '18-Till I Die'. Metallica went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Load'.

2000, The Experience Music Project was unveiled in Seattle by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft. The £150 ($255) museum contained over 80,000 items of Hendrix memorabilia, including a smashed guitar from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.

2002, the top pop earners from US sales during 2001 were listed by Rolling Stone magazine as: Madonna at No.5 with £29.1 million ($49.5 million); Dave Matthews Band at No.4 with £31 million ($52.7 million); The Beatles at No.3 with £34.2 million ($58 million); Dr. Dre at No.2 with £37.1 million ($63 million) and, top of the list, U2 with £44.2 million ($75 million).

2002, Nelly started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Hot In Here.'

2003, Diana Ross appeared in court and testified that she was coerced and felt intimidated into taking a breath test that showed her blood alcohol level was 0.2 (well over the 0.08 limit). The singer said, "If I didn’t take the breath tests, I was either going to go to the hospital or to jail". After the hearing, Ross asked the judge if it would be possible to have court paperwork processed using her married name of Diana Naess. The City Magistrate said he thought it was "a little late" for that now.

2004, UK DJ Tony Blackburn was suspended by radio station Classic Gold Digital for playing songs by Cliff Richard which was against station policy.

2004, Bob Dylan was awarded an honorary degree by the University of St. Andrews Scotland’s oldest University and made a "Doctor of Music."

2008, Coldplay appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York City on the first night of the North American leg, Viva la Vida, 161-date world Tour.

2009, Chris Brown pleaded guilty to one count of assault on his former girlfriend, Rihanna. The 19 year-old R&B singer was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to do six months community service. Brown had faced charges of assaulting Rihanna, 21, during a row in February. The last-minute plea deal came before a hearing at a Los Angeles court at which Rihanna was due to give evidence. The Los Angeles County Superior Court judge also ordered Brown and Rihanna to stay at least 50 yards from each other, except at entertainment industry events when the distance is reduced to 10 yards.

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June 24th

1944, Born on this day, Arthur Brown, UK singer, (1968 UK No.1 and US No.12 single 'Fire', with The Crazy world of Arthur Brown).

1944, Born on this day, Charlie Whitney, guitar, Family, (1971 UK No.4 single 'In My Own Time').

1944, Born on this day, Chris Wood, sax, flute, Traffic, (1967 UK No.2 single 'Hole In My Shoe'). Wood died on 12th July 1983.

1944, Born on this day, Jeff Beck, guitarist, Screaming Lord Sutch, The Yardbirds, (1965 UK No.3 & US No.6 single 'For Your Love'). Rod Stewart, solo, 1967 UK No.14 single 'Hi- Ho Silver Lining', 1975 solo album 'Blow By Blow'). The Honeydrippers, (with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant & Nile Rodgers), 1984 US No.3 single 'Sea Of Love'.

1944, Born on this day, Mick Fleetwood, drums, Fleetwood Mac, (1987 UK No.5 single 'Little Lies', and 1977 US No.1 single 'Dreams' from worldwide No.1 album 'Rumours').

1945, Born on this day, Colin Blunstone, singer, Zombies, (1964 UK No.12 single 'She's Not There'), solo, (1981 UK No.13 single 'What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted').

1948, Born on this day, Patrick Moraz, keyboards, Refugee, Yes, (1975-76), Moody Blues, (joined in 1978).

1949, Born on this day, John Illsley, bass, Dire Straits, (1985 US No.1 single 'Money For Nothing', 1986 UK No.2 single 'Walk Of Life', 1985 world wide No.1 album 'Brothers In Arms').

1957, Born on this day, Jeff Cease, guitar, The Black Crowes, (1991 UK No.39 single 'Hard To Handle', 1992 US No.1 & UK No.2 album 'The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion').

1957, Born on this day, Terence Wilson, (Astro), vocals, UB40, (1983 UK No.1 & 1988 US No.1 single 'Red Red Wine' and over 30 other Top 40 singles).

1959, Born on this day, Andy McCluskey, vocals, guitar, keyboards, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, (1984 UK No.5 single Locomotion', plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles). Worked may pop acts in the late 90's and 00's including Atomic Kitten.

1961, Born on this day, Curt Smith, Vocals, bass, Tears For Fears, (1985 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World' plus over 12 other UK Top 40 singles)

1964, The Beatles played the first of two nights at Auckland Town Hall, New Zealand.

1965, John Lennon's second book of poetry and drawings, 'A Spaniard In The Works', was published. The book consisted of nonsensical stories and drawings similar to the style of his 1964 book 'In His Own Write'.

1965, The Hollies were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I'm Alive', the group's first of two UK No.1's and over 25 other Top 40 singles.

1965, During an 8-date mini-European tour, The Rolling stones played at the Messehallen in Oslo, the bands first ever date in Norway.

1966, The Rolling Stones kicked off their fifth North American tour at the Manning Bowl, Lynn, Massachusetts, support acts; The McCoys and The Standells.

1967, The Monkees went to No.1 on the US album charts with 'Headquarters' the group's second chart topper.

1969, the UK Top 5 singles this week: No.5, 'Living In The Past', Jethro Tull, No.4, 'Time Is Tight', Booker T and the MG's, No.3, 'Dizzy', Tommy Roe. No.2, 'Oh Happy Day', Edwin Hawkins Singers and at No.1, 'The Ballad Of John And Yoko' by The Beatles.

1970, Born on this day, Glenn Medeiros, singer, (1988 UK No.1 single 'Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You', 1990 US No.1 single 'She Ain't Worth It').

1972, David Bowie appeared at the Guildford City Hall, England, on his Ziggy Stardust world tour.

1973, Born on this day, Mario Calire, The Wallflowers, (1997 US No.3 album, 'Bringing Down The Horse').

1977, The Jacksons were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Show You The Way To Go.' The Jacksons were four members of the Jackson Five, including Michael.

1978, Genesis, Jefferson Starship, Jeff Beck, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Devo, Brand X and The Atlanta Rhythm Section all appeared at Knebworth Park, tickets cost £6 ($10).

1988, UB40 bass player Earl Falconer was sent to prison for six months, with a further 12 suspended, after admitting to causing his brothers death in a car accident.

1989, Paul McCartney scored his seventh UK No.1 solo album with 'Flowers In The Dirt', featuring the single 'My Brave Face'.

1989, Richard Marx scored his second US No.1 single with 'Satisfied', a No.52 hit in the UK.

1989, Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Back To Life'. Their only UK No.1 peaked at No.4 on the US chart.

1990, New Kids On The Block's Donnie Wahlberg spent two days in hospital after falling through an unlocked trapdoor mid-concert in Saratoga Springs, New York.

1992, Donny Osmond started a year long run in the musical 'Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat', in Toronto, Canada.

1999, Eric Clapton put 100 of his guitars up for auction at Christie's in New York City to raise money for his drug rehab clinic, the Crossroads Centre in Antigua. His 1956 Fender Stratocaster named Brownie, which was used to record the electric version of ‘Layla’, sold for a record $497,500. The auction helped raise nearly $5 million for the clinic.
2001, Blink 182 scored their second US No.1 album with 'Take Off Your...'

2003, a man who had been deported from Sweden for stalking Abba singer Agnetha Faeltskog was arrested near the singer's island retreat. Gert van der Graaf, 37, had been the singer's boyfriend from 1997 to 1999, but had been issued a restraining order barring him from seeing or talking to her in 2000.

2004, a Fender Stratocaster that Eric Clapton nicknamed “Blackie” sold at a Christie’s auction for $959,500 (£564,412) in New York, making it the most expensive guitar in the world. The proceeds of the sale went towards Clapton’s Crossroads addiction clinic, which he founded in 1998.

2005, The Thrills, The Zutons, Doves, The Killers, White Stripes, Kaiser Chiefs, Ash, The Coral, Keane, New Order, Coldplay, James Blunt, Brian Wilson, Garbage, Primal Scream and Basement Jaxx all appeared at this years UK Glastonbury Festival.

2006, AFI were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Decemberunderground’ the American bands seventh and first No.1 album.

2007, The White Stripes went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Icky Thump' the duo's sixth studio album.

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June 25th

1935, Born on this day, Eddie Floyd, US soul singer, (1966 US No.28 & 1967 UK No.19 single 'Knock On Wood'). Wrote '634-5789 a 1966 hit for Wilson Pickett.

1939, Born on this day, Harold Melvin, US soul singer and pianist. (1972 US No.3 & 1974 UK No.9 single 'If You Don't Know Me By Know'). He died on March 24th 1997.

1940, Born on this day, Clint Warwick, The Moody Blues, (1965 UK No.1 & US No.10 single 'Go Now', left in 1966). He died from liver disease on May 18th 2004.

1945, Born on this day, Carly Simon, US singer, songwriter, (1973 UK No.3 and US No.1 single 'Your So Vain', 1974 US No.5 single with James Taylor 'Mockingbird').

1946, Born on this day, Allen Lanier, guitar, keyboards, Blue Oyster Cult, (1976 US No.12 & 1978 UK No.16 single 'Don't Fear The Reaper').

1946, Born on this day, Ian McDonald, sax, King Crimson, Foreigner, (1985 UK & US No.1 single 'I Want To Know What Love Is').

1952, Born on this day, Tim Finn, singer, songwriter, Split Enz, (1980 UK No.12 single 'I Got You'). Crowded House, (1992 UK No.7 single 'Weather With You'). Solo and Finn Brothers.

1954, Born on this day, David Paich, vocals, keyboards, Toto, (1983 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Africa').

1963, Born on this day, Georgios Panayiotou (George Michael), UK singer, songwriter, Wham! (1984 UK & US No.1 single 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go', 1st solo No.1 single 1984 UK & US 'Careless Whisper', plus 7 other UK & US No.1 singles and over 10 other UK Top 40 hits').

1964, Roy Orbison was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'It's Over', his second UK No.1. Orbison was the first American artist to score a UK No.1 in the past 47 weeks.

1964, The Beatles played the second of two nights at Auckland Town Hall, New Zealand.

1966, The Beatles started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Paperback Writer', the group's 12th US No.1. Also No.1 hit in the UK.

1966, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Love, Captain Beefheart, The Lovin Spoonful and Percy Sledge all appeared at The Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California.

1966, Jackie Wilson was arrested for inciting a riot and refusing to obey a police order at a nightclub in Port Arthur, Texas. Wilson had a crowd of 400 whipped into a frenzy and refused to stop singing when requested to do so by police. He was later convicted of drunkenness and fined $30.

1967, during a north American tour The Jimi Hendrix Experience gave a free afternoon concert in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. They then played another two shows that evening at the Fillmore West.

1967, 40 million people saw The Beatles perform 'All You Need Is Love', live via satellite as part of the TV global link- up, 'Our World', Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, Keith Moon and Gary Leeds provided backing vocals.

1969, The Hollies recorded 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother'. Elton John played piano on the session.

1972, Born on this day, Mike Kroeger, bass, Nickelback, (2002 US No.1 & UK No. 4 single 'How To Remind You', 2001 US No.2 & 2002 UK No.2 album 'Silver Side Up').

1977, Radiators From Space supported by The Undertones appeared at Dublin University, Dublin, Ireland.

1977, Marvin Gaye went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Got To Give It Up', his third US No.1.

1977, 'The Muppet Show' album by The Muppets went to No.1 on the UK album chart.

1980, Billy Joel appeared at Madison Square Garden, New York City.

1983, The film soundtrack to 'Flashdance' started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart.

1983, The Police scored their fourth UK No.1 album with 'Synchronicity', also No.1 in the US and featuring the singles 'Every Breath You Take' and 'Wrapped Around Your Finger'.

1985, Kim Wilde appeared at The Apollo Manchester, England.

1987, Songwriter Boudleaux Bryant died. Wrote with his wife Felice, The Everly Brothers hits, 'Bye Bye Love', 'All I Have To Do Is Dream', 'Wake Up Little Susie' and 'Raining In My Heart' a hit for Buddy Holly. Other acts to record their song include Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Tony Bennett, Simon and Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, the Grateful Dead, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Ruth Brown, Cher, R.E.M. and Ray Charles.

1988, Hillel Slovak original guitarist and founding member of The Red Hot Chili Peppers died from a heroin overdose shortly after the band returned from a European tour. Slovak recorded two albums with the band, Freaky Styley and The Uplift Mofo Party Plan.

1988, Debbie Gibson went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Foolish Beat', making Debbie the youngest female to write, produce and record a US No.1 single. A No.9 hit in the UK.

1988, Van Halen started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'OU812'.

1989, Bobby Brown played the first of two nights at Wembley Arena, London.

1993, the first of the three day Glastonbury Festival in England featured Suede, Belly, Lemonheads, The Orb, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Crowes, Lenny Kravitz, Verve, Porno For Pyros and Teenage Fan Club. Tickets cost £58 ($98.60) for the three days.

1993, Bruce Springsteen was a surprise guest on David Letterman's final show as host of NBC's Late Night.

1994, five people attending this years Glastonbury Festival were shot and injured when a lone madman pulled a gun and started shooting.

1994, Stone Temple Pilots started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Purple'.

1995, Pink Floyd were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Pulse’ the bands fifth US No.1.

2000, Eminem went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Marshall Mathers LP'. Enrique Iglesias was at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Be With You.'

2001, Beck played the first of two nights at London's Brixton Academy.

2004, Wilco, Nelly Furtado, Elbow, Groove Armada, PJ Harvey, Kings of Leon, Oasis, Scissor Sisters, Starsailor, Black Eyed Peas, Paul McCartney, Joss Stone, Morrissey and Muse all appeared at this years UK Glastonbury Festival.

2004, Rapper DMX was arrested on charges that he and another man tried to steal a car from New York's Kennedy airport. DMX - real name is Earl Simmons - and Jackie Hudgins were held after the city's Port Authority police interrupted a dispute. The pair were arrested on charges of attempted robbery, criminal impersonation and criminal mischief. A spokesman said a preliminary investigation indicated that Mr Simmons may have identified himself as a federal agent.

2005, tickets for a forthcoming Rolling Stones gig at the Hollywood Bowl were set to become the most expensive in rock 'n' roll history. Fans would have to pay up to £249 for a seat - £2 per minute to watch the Stones.

2006, Television producer and journalist Elkan Allan died aged 83. Allan produced the ground-breaking British pop show Ready Steady Go! during the 60's.

2006, Turkish-American music producer and arranger Arif Mardin died aged 74 from pancreatic cancer. He worked at Atlantic Records for over 30 years, before moving to EMI. The winner of 11 Grammy Awards, he worked with Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Wilson Pickett, Average White Band, The Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand and Norah Jones.

2006, Nicole Kidman married her singer boyfriend Keith Urban at ceremony in Sydney, Australia. X-Men actor Hugh Jackman, media magnate Rupert Murdoch and King Kong actress Naomi Watts were among the guests at the service.

2007, American singer and record producer Hank Medress died of lung cancer at 68. He was the vocalist on The Tokens 1961 US No.1 hit ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’, Medress was also in the vocal quartet The Linc-Tones with Neil Sedaka and produced the hit single ‘He's So Fine’ by The Chiffons, as well as Tony Orlando's ‘Knock Three Times.’

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Now, WL is this stuff all just lying around in your store house of musical knowlege, aka off the top of your head? Are you a musical trivia savant? Just kidding, I like to read through them and go "hhhmmmm!"


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2ndtime2wanee wrote:
Now, WL is this stuff all just lying around in your store house of musical knowlege, aka off the top of your head? Are you a musical trivia savant? Just kidding, I like to read through them and go "hhhmmmm!"


Too many cobwebs in the attic to remember this kind of stuff. Billboard.com used to update their site and I was using it up until June 2nd and it went dead. I emailed their people but got no response. Thisdayinmusic actually has better info so it is used now. The majority of what I read is new info for me - some of it is old and I sit here and think - wow, has it been that long since that happened?

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June 26th

1910, Born on this day, Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager. Before working in the music business Parker ran a troupe of dancing chickens. He died on January 21st 1997.

1940, Born on this day, Billy Davis Jr, (1977 US No.1 & UK No.7 single 'You Don't Have To Be A Star'. Also a member of The 5th Dimension.

1942, Born on this day, Larry Taylor, bass, Canned Heat, (1970 UK No.2 & US No. 26 single 'Let's Work Together').

1948, Born on this day, Richard McCarken, bass, Taste, (1970 UK No.18 album 'On The Boards').

1950, Born on this day, Junior Daye, Sweet Sensation, (1974 UK No.1 single with 'Sad Sweet Dreamer')

1955, Born on this day, Mick Jones, guitar, vocals, The Clash, (1979 UK No. 11 single 'London Calling', 1982 US No. 8 single 'Rock The Casbah, 1991 UK No.1 single 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go', first released 1982, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles), Big Audio Dynamite, (1986 UK No.11 single 'e=mc2').

1955, Born on this day, Ivan Julian, Richard Hell And The Voidoids, (1977 album 'Blank Generation' features the track 'Love Comes In Spurts').

1955, Elvis Presley (Scotty Moore and Bill Black) played the first of three nights at the Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. The local paper ran a preview which read; “A good looking youngster who has become a juke-box favorite with his That's Alright, Mama, and Blue Moon of Kentucky.
Presley is expected to repeat some of his hit tunes at the Airmen's Club show in addition to mixing up a few country tunes with some "bop" and novelty numbers.”

1956, Born on this day, Chris Isaak, US singer songwriter, actor, (1990 UK No.10 & 1991 US No.6 single 'Wicked Game').

1960, Born on this day, Chris Duffy, Waterfront, (1989 UK No.17 single 'Cry').

1961, Born on this day, Terri Nunn, vocals, Berlin, (1986 UK & US No.1 single 'Take My Breath Away').

1961, Gary U.S. Bonds started a two-week run at No.1 on the US charts with 'Quarter To Three', a No.7 hit in the UK.

1963, Born on this day, Harriet Wheeler, vocals, The Sundays, (1997 UK No.15 single 'Summertime').

1964, during a world tour, The Beatles played two shows at Town Hall, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand. The flight from Auckland to Dunedin was tense due the receipt of an anonymous threat that a "germ bomb" had been placed on board the aircraft.

1965, The Byrds went to No.1 on the US singles chart with their version of Bob Dylan's 'Mr Tambourine Man'. Only Roger McGuinn from the band played on the song, the drummer Hal Blaine played on the track also played on 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'.

1966, Born on this day, Par Wiksten, guitar, vocals, The Wannadies, (1996 UK No. 18 single, 'You And Me Song').

1966, during a North American tour, The Rolling Stones played two shows, a matinee show at The Coliseum in Washington DC and an evening show at The Baltimore Civic Centre in Maryland. The McCoys and The Standells were the support acts.

1969, Born on this day, Colin Greenwood, bass, Radiohead, (1993 UK No.7 single 'Creep', 1997 UK No.1 & US No.21 album 'OK Computer', 2000 UK & US No.1 album 'Kid A').

1969, Born on this day, Mark Decloedt, EMF, (1990 UK No.3 & 1991 US No.1 single 'Unbelievable').

1969, Joni Mitchell appeared on the ABC TV Mama Cass Television Program from Los Angeles, California.

1971, Emerson Lake and Palmer went to No.1 on the UK chart with their second album 'Tarkus'.

1972, Born on this day, Jussi Sydänmaa, guitarist, Lordi. Became Finland's first ever Eurovision Song Contest winners after their song ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ won the contest held in Athens in 2006.

1973, Rolling Stone Keith Richards and his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg were arrested at their home in Chelsea, London on drugs and gun charges.

1973, Born on this day, female US country singer, Gretchen Wilson, (2004 US country No.1 album 'Here For The Party', 2005 US No.1 album 'All Jacked Up').

1974, Cher divorced Sonny Bono after 10 years of marriage. Four days later, Cher married guitarist Gregg Allman, the couple split 10 days after that, got back together and split again. They did stay married for three years, producing Elijah Blue Allman.

1975, Paul McCartney's version of the theme to ITV's UK weekday soap 'Crossroads', was aired for the first time.

1976, All members of Roxy Music announced that they were going their separate ways for at least a year.

1976, TV talent show winners from Liverpool The Real Thing were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You To Me Are Everything', the group's only No.1 hit. It was the first single by a Black British band to top the UK charts.

1977, Elvis Presley made his last ever live stage appearance when he appeared at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Presley would die less than two months later. The last two songs he performed were ‘Hurt’ and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water.’ Before the show Elvis was presented with a plaque commemorating the 2 billionth record to come out of RCA’s pressing plant.

1979, Elvis Presley's father Vernon died aged 63.

1979, Born on this day, Nathan Followill, drums, Kings Of Leon, (2007 UK No.1 album ‘Because Of The Times’, 2008 UK No.1 single ‘Sex on Fire’, 2008 UK No.1 album ‘Only By The Night’).

1981, Bob Dylan played the first of five nights in London during his current European tour.

1982, Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry married Lucy Helmore in Sussex, England.

1982, American singer and One hit wonder Charlene was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I've Never Been To Me'. The song was recorded in 1976 and was reissued by Motown records in 1982 by which time Charlene had moved to England and was working in a sweet shop in Ilford, east London.

1988, Bros were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Owe You Nothing'. It was the only No.1 for the Boy band comprising of twins Luke & Matt Goss and Craig Logan.

1993, Gabrielle started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Dreams'. The single entered the British charts at No.2 which was the highest chart entry for a debut act. Jamiroquai started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Emergency On Planet Earth'.

1999, Elton John was reported to be in talks with a City finance house to secure a £25 million ($42.5 million) loan, using his back catalogue of hits as security. It had been reported that Elton had been spending £250,000 ($425,000) a week on credit cards.

2000, Britney Spears hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana announced that a new museum, due to open early next year, would include a section including fan mail, platinum records and genuine items of the singers clothing.

2001, The Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey caused uproar among theologians after rejecting an application from a rock star for a degree course on religious grounds. Former Cockney Rebel member Andrew Brown who was now a minister of the Unitarian church wanted to complete a MA in theology but Carey had rejected his application because Brown did not belong to a mainstream church.

2003, The Sun newspaper reported that Gareth Gates's mum had moved into his flat to curb the Pop Idol star's wild behaviour. Wendy Gates was said to be furious after her son had been spotted out on a string of benders.

2008, Total Guitar magazine voted Celine Dion’s rendition of the AC/DC track ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ as the world's worst cover version ever, the magazines editor Stephen Lawson said Dion's cover was "sacrilege". In the best cover versions list, Jimi Hendrix was voted into first place with his version of the Bob Dylan song ‘All Along the Watchtower,’ The Beatles' rendition of ‘Twist and Shout’, (first recorded by the Top Notes), was in second place, followed by the Guns N' Roses version of the Wings song ‘Live and Let Die’.

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1959, Four members of The Platters were arrested after a gig in Cincinnati after being found with four 19 year old women, (3 of them white), in various stages of undress. The scandal resulted in radio stations across the US removing Platters records from their playlists.

1961, Helen Shapiro was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with You Don't Know. Aged 14, Shapiro became the youngest act ever to score a UK No.1.

1963, 13 year-old Little Stevie Wonder started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Fingertips part II', making him the youngest singer to top the charts.

1963, on UK TV, the 100th edition of 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' with Cliff Richard, The Shadows, The Searchers, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas and Alma Cogan.

1963, Acker Bilk, Chris Barber, Ronnie Ross, Cyril Davies, Long John Baldry and The Rolling Stones all appeared at the third Richmond Jazz Festival held over two days in Richmond, England. A weekend ticket cost 20 shillings.

1964, Mick Jagger was fined £32 in Liverpool for driving without insurance and breaking the speed limit. His solicitor explained that Jagger was on “an errand of mercy”, driving to see two fans injured in a car crash.

1964, The Beatles had four singles re-released in the US: ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’, ‘Please, Please Me’, ‘Love Me Do’ and 'Twist And Shout.’

1968, Deep Purple, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Ten Years After, The Nice, Ginger Baker and Arthur Brown all appeared at the National Jazz & Blues Festival, Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury On Thames, England.

1968, Cream started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Wheels Of Fire'.

1968, Tom Jones went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Delilah'.

1969, during a North American tour, Led Zeppelin appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena. Jethro Tull were the support act.

1970, Elvis Presley played the first night of a four-week engagement, playing 2 shows most nights at The International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nirvana.

1970, Simon and Garfunkels album 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' was at No.1 on the UK album chart, The Beatles were at No.2 with 'Let It Be' and Bob Dylan was at No.3 with 'Self Portrait.'

1972, Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested and fined £800 for possession of cannabis in a drugs bust after a concert in Gothenburg, Sweden.

1974, John Denver went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Back Home Again'.

1974, Roberta Flack went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Feel Like Makin' Love', the singers third US No.1.

1976, Elton John played the first of ten nights sold out nights at Madison Sq. Gardens in New York City. The $1.25 million generated from the shows broke the record set by The Rolling Stones in 1975.

1982, Southside Johnny leader of The Asbury Dukes married Jill Glasner. Bruce Springsteen performed at the wedding party.

1982, during a North American tour Queen appeared at the Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut.

1983, Kajagoogoo sacked their lead singer Limahl who took up a solo career. The group scored the 1983 UK No.1 single 'Too Shy'.

1985, Canadian singer, guitarist Bryan Adams scored his first US No.1 album with 'Reckless.'

1985, 'Money for Nothing' by Dire Straits peaked at No.4 on the UK singles chart.

1985, Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran was air lifted to safety when his boat 'Drum' overturned while racing off the English coast. Le Bon was trapped under the hull with five other crew members for twenty minutes, until being rescued by the Royal Navy.

1987, Wilson Pickett was found guilty by a New Jersey court of possessing a shotgun with intent to endanger life following his involvement in a fist fight in a bar.

1991, Luciano Pavarotti scored his third UK No.1 album with 'The Essential Pavarotti II'.

1991, The 5th Dimension received a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

1992, Def Leppard kicked off the North American leg on their 248-date Seven Day Weekend world Tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

1993, the Dave Matthews Band played at The Flood Zone in Richmond, Virginia, the gig was recorded with some of tonight’s songs ending up on the bands first album ‘Remember Two Things.’

1997, during a UK tour The Verve played at Glasgow Barrowlands in Scotland.

1997, Puff Daddy & the Family went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'No Way Out.'

1999, it was announced that Oasis rhythm guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthur's had quit the band after finishing his guitar parts on the bands new album.

2001, Toploader guitarist Dan Hipgrave married Scottish TV presenter Gail Porter at an Edinburgh register office.

2002, ex Steps singer Faye Tozer married Jasper Irn at The Priory Church in Dunstable, Bedfordshire England.

2002, Former Hear'say singer Kym Marsh married Eastenders actor Jack Ryder in Hertfordshire

2002, Lisa Marie Presley married actor Nicolas Cage at a resort in Hawaii. The marriage was Presley's third. She was married previously to musician Danny Keough and pop star Michael Jackson. Cage filed for divorce four months later.

2005, James Blunt was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You're Beautiful’, Mariah Carey had the US No.1 with ‘We Belong Together’ and Axel F was at No.1 on the Australian singles chart with ‘Crazy Frog.’

2007, Anthony Wilson the UK music mogul behind some of Manchester's most successful bands died aged 57 after suffering from kidney cancer. The TV presenter and entrepreneur founded Factory records, the label behind New Order and the Happy Mondays was also famous for setting up the Hacienda nightclub in Manchester, England.

2007, Spice Girl Emma Bunton gave birth to a baby boy called Beau at London's private Portland Hospital. Bunton and her partner Jade Jones, a former member of defunct boy band Damage, had been together for eight years.

2008, US singer-songwriter Isaac Hayes died at his home in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 65. Police were called to his home after his wife found him unconscious. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Hayes won an Oscar for the 1971 hit Theme From Shaft as was also known as the voice of Chef from the hit cartoon show, South Park. He was married four times and had 12 children.

2008, American singer-songwriter Katy Perry went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Kissed a Girl’. The track was a worldwide hit topping the charts in over than 20 countries.
August 10th: Born on this day

1909, Born on this day, Leo Fender, inventor of The Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars. Died on 21st March 1991.

1928, Born on this day, Jimmy Dean, singer, (1961 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Big Bad John'. Went on to present a prime time variety show on US TV.

1929, Born on this day, American singer and entertainer Eddie Fisher, singer, (1953 UK No.1 single 'Outside Of Heaven', 1955 US No.6 single 'Heart').

1940, Born on this day, Bobby Hatfield, singer, The Righteous Brothers, (1965 UK & US No.1 single 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', 1990 UK No.1 single 'Unchained Melody', first released in 1965). He died on 5th November 2003.

1943, Born on this day, James Griffin, guitar, vocals, Bread, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'Make It With You').

1946, Born on this day, Mick Clarke, The Rubettes, (1974 UK No.1 single 'Sugar Baby Love').

1947, Born on this day, Ian Anderson, flute, vocals, Jethro Tull, (1969 UK No.3 single 'Living In The Past').

1947, Born on this day, Ronnie Spector, singer, The Ronettes, (1963 US No.2 & UK No.4 single 'Be My Baby'). Married producer Phil Spector in 1968.

1948, Born on this day, Patti Austin, singer, (1983 US No.1 & UK No.11 single with James Ingram 'Baby Come To Me').

1949, Born on this day, Andy Cresswell-Davis, The Korgis (1980 UK No.5 single 'Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime').

1959, Born on this day, Mark Price, drummer, All About Eve, (1988 UK No.10 single 'Martha's Harbour'). Also worked with The Cure and Right Said Fred.

1961, Born on this day, Jon Farriss drummer, INXS, (1988 UK No.2 & US No.1 single 'Need You Tonight'). 1987 album 'Kick' has sold over 10m copies in the US alone and features four Top 10 singles; 'Need You Tonight,' 'Devil Inside', 'New Sensation,' and 'Never Tear Us Apart.'

1962, Born on this day, Julia Fordham, singer, songwriter, one time member of Mari Wilson's Wilsations and backing singer for Kim Wilde, (1988 UK No.27 single 'Happy Ever After').

1968, Born on this day, Leigh Marklew, bass, Terrorvision, (1999 UK No.5 single 'Tequila').

1968, Born on this day, Michael Bivins, New Edition (1983 UK No.1 single 'Candy Girl'), Bell Biv DeVoe, (1990 US No.3 single 'Do Me!).
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1962, Neil Sedaka started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do', his first US No.1 as an artist. It reached No.7 on the UK chart.

1964, The Beatles started recording their fourth album (‘Beatles For Sale’, not yet titled), at EMI studios in London, England.

1964, The High Numbers, (later to become The Who), played at The Railway Hotel in Harrow, England. Just before the band were due on stage, Roger Daltry’s father-in law came into the venue and dragged the singer outside and hit him. The band started their set and Daltry appeared back on stage after the fight.

1966, at a press conference held at The Astor Towers Hotel in Chicago, John Lennon apologised for his remarks that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus". Lennon told reporters “Look, I wasn’t saying The Beatles are better than God or Jesus, I said ‘Beatles’ because it’s easy for me to talk about The Beatles. I could have said ‘TV’ or ‘Cinema’, ‘Motorcars’ or anything popular and would have got away with it…”

1967, The Small Faces, The Move, Marmalade, Paul Jones, Pink Floyd, Amen Corner, Donovan, Zoot Money, Cream, Jeff Beck, John Mayall, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac and The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown all appeared at this years UK Reading festival. An advance 3 day ticket cost £2. Arthur Brown's trademark flaming helmet burnt out of control and organiser Harold Pendleton's father-in-law had to douse the flames with a pint of beer.

1969, 350 special guests were invited to see Motown Records new signings The Jackson Five play at The Daisy Club in Beverly Hills.

1973, guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Seiwell both quit Wings.

1979, The Knack started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Get The Knack'.

1979, Led Zeppelin played their last ever UK show when they appeared at Knebworth Park, England. Also on the bill, The New Barbarians, Todd Rundgren, Southside Johnny and the Ashbury Dukes, Chas and Dave and Fairport Convention.

1980, Madness played the first of two nights at Nottingham's Theatre Royal, supported by The Mo-Dettes.

1982, The Police appeared at the McGill Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada on their Ghost In The Machine Tour.

1984, Ray Parker JR. started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the theme from the film 'Ghostbusters'. Parker who had been a session guitarist for Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye was accused of plagiarizing the melody from Huey Lewis and the News song ‘I Want a New Drug’, resulting in Lewis suing Parker, the pair settled out of court in 1985.

1989, Three members of L.L. Cool J crew were arrested and charged with raping a 15 year-old girl. The incident took place after a concert when the girl had won a backstage pass on a radio contest.

1999, Kiss arrived on Hollywood Boulevard to unveil their star on The Walk Of Fame. The band had released over 30 albums and sold over 80 million records world-wide.

1999, Four music festivals took place in Cornwall, England for the full solar eclipse. James, The Levellers, Van Morrison, Kula Shaker and the Happy Mondays were all appearing at various events.

2000, Madonna gave birth to a baby boy Rocco Ritchie at The Cedars-Sinai Hospital Beverly Hills.

2001, Black Sabbath, Linkin Park, Slipknot and Marilyn Manson all appeared at the Ozzfest at PNC Bank Arts Centre, New Jersey.

2002, Nelly and Kelly Rowland started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Dilemma.' Also a No.1 UK hit.

2002, Bruce Springsteen started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Rising’, the singers fifth US No.1. Also No.1 in the UK.

2008, Karl Wiosna from Graig, near Pontypridd in Wales had his stereo equipment and music collection destroyed after being served with a noise abatement notice, which he later admitted breaching. Environmental health officers were alerted by neighbours who complained about the unacceptable volume Wiosna was playing his Cher and U2 records. Two tape and record decks, a radio and CDs were seized and destroyed by the council, he was also fined £265.

August 11th: Born on this day

1942, Born on this day, Mike Hugg, drums, Manfred Mann, (1964 UK & US No.1 single 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy').

1943, Born on this day, Denis Payton, sax, Dave Clark Five, 1964 UK No.1 single 'Glad All Over', 1965 US No.1 single 'Over And Over', plus over 15 other UK top 40 singles). Payton died on 17th December 2006.

1943, Born on this day, Jim Kale, Guess Who, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.19 single 'American Woman').

1948, Born on this day, Bill Hurd, The Rubettes, (1974 UK No.1 single 'Sugar Baby Love').

1949, Born on this day, Eric Carmen, singer, The Young Rascals, (1967 US No.1 and UK No.8 single 'Groovin'). The Raspberries, (1972 US No.5 single 'Go All The Way') solo, 1976 US No.2 single, 'All By Myself').

1950, Born on this day, Erik Braunn, Iron Butterfly, (1968 US No.14 single 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida'). He died on 25th July 2003 aged 52.

1954, Born on this day, Bryan Bassett, Wild Cherry, (1976 US No.1 & UK No.7 single 'Play That Funky Music').

1955, Born on this day, Joe Jackson, UK singer, songwriter, (1980 UK No.5 single 'It's Different For Girls' and 1982 US No.6 & UK No.7 single 'Steppin Out').

1959, Born on this day, Alan Frew, Glass Tiger, (1986 UK No.29 single 'Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone').

1960, Born on this day, Paul Gendler, Modern Romance (1982 UK No.4 single 'Best Years Of Our Lives').

1964, Born on this day, Hamish Seelochan, The Pasadenas, (1992 UK No.4 single 'I'm Doing Fine Now').

1970, Born on this day, Andy Bell, guitar, vocals, Ride, (1992 UK No.9 single 'Leave Them All Behind'). Also a member of Hurricane No.1, Bell joined Oasis in 1999.

1976, Born on this day, Benjamin Gibbard, singer with American band Death Cab for Cutie.

1981, Born on this day, Sandi Thom, Scottish singer /songwriter, 2006 UK and Australian No.1 single ‘I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (with Flowers in My Hair)’
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August 12th: On this day

1960, Pete Best auditioned to become The Silver Beatles' drummer and was asked to travel to Hamburg in Germany for the bands next set of dates. Before leaving for Hamburg, The Silver Beatles changed their name to simply, "The Beatles".

1964, The Beatles first film ‘A Hard Days Night’ opened in 500 American cinemas to rave reviews.

1966, The Beatles performed two shows at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois. This was the first stop on what would turn out to be The Beatles' final US tour. Support acts were the Remains, Bobby Hebb, Cyrkle, and the Ronettes.

1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at The Ambassador Theatre, Washington D.C.

1968, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham played together for the first time when they rehearsed at a studio in Lisle Street in London’s West End. The first song they played was a version of ‘Train Kept A-Rollin.’

1970, Derek and the Dominoes appeared at the Speakeasy, London.

1970, Fleetwood Mac played the first of a five-night run at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California.

1971, John & Yoko donated £1,000 to the Clyde Shipbuilders Scottish Union fighting fund who were refusing to stop work at the Glasgow site after being made redundant.

1971, during a UK tour Queen played at the Tregye Hotel in Truro, England.

1972, Alice Cooper was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'School's Out'. The singers only UK No.1, a No.7 hit on the US chart.

1973, The Eagles, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young and the Santa Monica Flyers all appeared at the Corral Club in Topanga, California.

1977, Henri Padovani guitarist with The Police quit the group after nine months leaving them a trio.

1978, The Commodores started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Three Times A Lady', also No.1 in the UK and becoming Motown's biggest British selling single. Lionel Richie wrote the song about his love for his wife, mother and grandmother hence 'Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady.'

1984, as The Olympic Games came to a close, Lionel Richie performed, 'All Night Long' live from Los Angeles to an estimated television audience of 2.6 billion people around the world.

1985, Kyu Sakamoto was killed in a plane crash when JAL Flight 123, a 747, crashed and burned on a thickly wooded mountain about 60 miles northwest of Tokyo. He was 43. He had the 1963 US No.1 & UK No.6 single 'Sukiyaki', the first Japanese artist to hit the top of the US singles chart.

1986, Prince started a run of five nights at Wembley Arena, London, his first UK shows for five years.

1988, Kiss played the first of two nights at The Ritz in New York City on their current 129 Crazy Nights world tour.

1989, Richard Marx scored his third US No.1 single with 'Right Here Waiting'.

1989, The two day Moscow Music Peace Festival was held at The Lenin Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Western Acts who appeared included Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi, Skid Row and The Scorpions. This was the first time that an audience had been allowed to stand up and dance at a stadium rock concert in the Soviet Union. Previous to this, all concerts had to be seated.

1991, Bryan Adams started the fourth of sixteen weeks at No.1 on the UK single chart with ('Everything I Do), I Do It For You'.

1996, The Spice Girls were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Wannabe', Los Del Rio were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Macarena'.

1996, Alanis Morissette appeared at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, New York with Radiohead as support.

2000, Robbie Williams scored his third UK No.1 single with 'Rock DJ'.

2000, during an outdoor gig in Mancos, California as 38 Special were mid-set, the wind took hold of an overhead canopy and brought down ten tons of equipment onto the stage. The drum kit was completely crushed, but no one was seriously injured.

2001, Alicia Keys went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Fallin'.

2001, Atomic Kitten went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut release 'Right Now'. UK rappers So Solid Crew scored their first UK No.1 single with '21 Seconds.'

2003, Lee Ryan from Blue was arrested whilst driving a Porsche around central London and was charged with drink driving. Ryan had spent the night knocking back drinks at Browns night-club in Covent Garden with his cousin and a record company executive. After annoying others in the club with rowdiness, and his cousin's throwing up in the VIP area, bouncers threw Lee out. Police pulled the star over just after 4am on Tower Bridge Road and breath tests showed him to be twice over the legal drinking limit.

2006, founding member of Destiny's Child, LeToya was No.1 on the US album chart with her debut solo album ‘LeToya.’ It was released six years after being dismissed from the group and staying away from the spotlight.

2007, UK singer, songwriter Kate Nash went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut album 'Made Of Bricks.'

2007, Swedish singer Robyn with Kleerup went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'With Every Heartbeat'.
August 12th: Born on this day

1929, Born on this day, Buck Owens, Jr. American singer and guitarist, scored twenty number-one hits on the Billboard country music charts, pioneered what has come to be called the Bakersfield sound—a reference to Bakersfield, California. Died March 25th 2006.

1941, Born on this day, Craig Douglas, singer, 1959 UK No.1 single 'Only Sixteen 'plus nine other UK Top 40 hits.

1949, Born on this day, Mark Knopfler guitar, vocals, Dire Straits, (1985 US No.1 single 'Money For Nothing', 1986 UK No.2 single 'Walk Of Life', 1985 world-wide No.1 album 'Brothers In Arms'), member of Notting Hillbillies.

1950, Born on this day, Ronald David Mael, Sparks, (1974 UK No.2 single 'This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us').

1951, Born on this day, August Darnell, singer, Kid Creole And The Coconuts, (1982 UK No.2 single 'Annie I'm Not Your Daddy').

1953, Born on this day, Jerry Speiser, Men At Work, (1983 UK & US No.1 single 'Down Under').

1954, Born on this day, Pat Metheny, jazz rock guitarist, worked with David Bowie and Gary Burton. Recorded film soundtrack albums

1958, Born on this day, Jurgen Dehmel, Nena, (1984 UK No.1 & US No.2 single '99 Red Balloons').

1961, Born on this day, Roy Hay guitar, vocals, Culture Club, (1983 UK No.1 & 1984 US No.1 single 'Karma Chameleon' plus seven other UK top 10 singles').

1962, Born on this day, Bragi Olaffson, bass, The Sugarcubes, (1992 UK No.17 single 'Hit').

1963, Born on this day, Sir Mix-A-Lot, US rapper, (1992 US No.1 single 'Baby Got Back', a No.56 hit in the UK).

1968, Born on this day, Paul Tucker, Keyboards, Lighthouse Family, (1996 UK No.4 single 'Lifted' plus 9 other UK Top 40 singles).

1969, Born on this day, Tanita Tikaram, singer, songwriter, (1988 UK No.10 single 'Good Tradition').
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1964, Manfred Mann were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy', the bands first of three UK No.1's.

1964, The Supremes recorded 'Baby Love', the song went on to be the group's first UK No.1 and second US chart topper.

1965, Jefferson Airplane made their live debut at San Francisco's Matrix Club.

1965, Mike Smith, lead singer of The Dave Clark Five, suffered two broken ribs when he was pulled off the stage by fans. The group were in Chicago at the beginning of a US tour.

1965, The Beatles arrived at Kennedy International Airport for a tour of North America. The set list for the tour was ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘She's a Woman’, ‘I Feel Fine’, ‘Dizzy Miss Lizzie’, ‘Ticket to Ride’, ‘Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby’, ‘Can't Buy Me Love’, ‘Baby's in Black’, ‘Act Naturally’, ‘A Hard Day's Night’, ‘Help!’, and ‘I'm Down’ and ‘I Wanna Be Your Man.’ The tour was not a happy one for The Beatles, John Lennon took to screaming off-microphone obscenities at the audiences.

1966, Lovin Spoonful started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Summer In The City', it made No.8 in the UK.

1966, 'Revolver' The Beatles seventh album release in three years started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK charts. It spent a total of 34 week's on the UK chart and was also a US No.1.

1967, Fleetwood Mac made their live debut when they appeared at the National Jazz and Blues Festival in Windsor. Also on the bill Jeff Beck, Cream, Small Faces, The Move, The Pink Floyd, Donovan and Chicken Shack.

1971, Saxophonist King Curtis Ousley was stabbed to death by a vagrant on the front steps of his New York home. Ousley had worked with John Lennon and also played on The Coasters 'Yakety Yak'.

1971, John Lennon flew from Heathrow Airport to New York, he never set foot on British soil again.

1971, Pink Floyd played their first ever-Australian date when they appeared at the Festival Hall in Melbourne.

1976, The Clash played a private gig for the press at Chalk Farm rehearsal studios, London.

1977, Bachman Turner Overdrive split up. They had the 1974 US No.1 and UK No.2 hit 'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet.'

1977, Yes scored their second UK No.1 album with 'Going For The One'.

1980, four masked robbers broke in to Todd Rundgren's New York house and proceeded to steal Hi-Fi equipment and paintings after tying the musician up. It was reported that one of the intruders had been humming his hit 'I Saw The Light'.

1982, American soul singer Joe Tex died at his home in Navasota, Texas, following a heart attack, just five days after his 49th birthday. Had nine US Top 40 hits including the 1972 US No.2 single 'I Gotcha'.

1982, major American record companies including CBS Atlantic and Warner Brothers all made staff cut-backs as the industry plunged into 'the worst shape in its history'.

1982, during a North American tour Queen appeared at the Poplar Creek Music Theater, Hoffman Estates in Illinois.

1983, KC and the Sunshine Band were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Give It Up'. The American disco group's only UK chart topper spent three weeks at No.1

1988, Robert Smith of The Cure married his childhood sweetheart Mary Poole.

1988, during their 232 date Hysteria world tour, Def Leppard played the first of two nights at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado.

1992, Neil Diamond played the first of six sold-out nights at Madison Square Garden in New York. Diamond would bring in over $40 million from touring this year, the second highest in the music industry.

1994, members from Oasis and The Verve were arrested after smashing up a hotel bar and breaking into a church to steal communion wine. Both bands had been appearing at Hulsfred Festival in Sweden.

1994, Woodstock '94 was held in Saugerties, New York, attended by over 350,000 fans, the festival featured Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Tickets cost $135.00, (£89.00).

1999, Ex Guns N' Roses member Slash was arrested accused of assaulting his girlfriend at his Sunset Boulevard recording studio by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies. He was released on bail.

1999, Mick Jagger's marriage to model Jerry Hall was been declared null and void at the High Court in London. Neither Jagger nor Hall were present for the 30-minute hearing before Mr Justice Connell. After hearing evidence on behalf of Hall the judge ruled their "marriage" in Bali in 1990 was not valid either in Indonesia or under English law, and a decree of nullity was granted to Hall. The annulment avoided what had been expected to be a long and costly court battle, in which Ms Hall, 43, was reportedly seeking a £30m share of Jagger's wealth.

2000, Melanie C went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Turn To You'. It gave the former Spice Girl her second UK No.1.

2002, Adam Ant pleaded guilty to threatening drinkers at The Prince Of Wales Pub in London in January of this year. The former 1980's pop star had returned to the bar with a starting pistol after being refused entry. He had also thrown a car alternator through the window of the pub.

2004, 'Angels' by Robbie Williams was voted the best single which should have been a number one but never was, in a poll for music channel VH1. The ballad, which reached No.4 in December 1997, beat Savage Garden's ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ and Aerosmith's 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing.' Other songs said to have deserved a number one included Madonna with ‘Ray of Light’, ‘Beautiful Stranger’, ‘Crazy For You’ and ‘Material Girl’, Bon Jovi with ‘Always’ and Oasis with ‘Wonderwall’ and ‘Live Forever’. Sir Cliff Richard's hit 'Millennium Prayer' was voted the worst number one single of all time.

2007, Amy Winehouse pulled out of two Rolling Stones gigs in Hamburg Germany citing exhaustion, British group Starsailor replaced Winehouse for the shows.

August 13th: Born on this day
1940, Born on this day, John Stokes, The Bachelors, (1964 UK No.1 single 'Diane', plus 16 other UK Top 40 singles).

1949, Born on this day, Cliff Fish, bass, Paper Lace, (1974 UK No.1 single 'Billy Don't Be A Hero', 1974 US No.1 single 'The Night Chicago Died').

1951, Born on this day, Dan Fogelberg, US singer songwriter, (1979 album 'Phoenix'). Worked with Joe Walsh, Jackson Browne, Randy Newman. Fogelberg died on 16th Dec 2007 at his home in Maine at the age of 56 of prostate cancer.

1958, Born on this day, Feargal Sharkey, singer, The Undertones, (1980 UK No.9 single 'My Perfect Cousin'). Solo, (1985 UK No.1 single 'A Good Heart', a song written by Maria Mckee).

1959, Born on this day, Mark Nevin, singer, songwriter, Fairground Attraction, (1988 UK No.1 single 'Perfect').

1959, Born on this day, Michael Bradley, bass, The Undertones, (1980 UK No.9 single 'My Perfect Cousin').

1959, Born on this day, Danny Bonaduce, The Partridge Family, (1970 US No.1 single 'I Think I Love You', 1972 UK No.3 single 'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do'). Star of VH1 show ‘My Reality Breakdown.’

1982, Born on this day, LeAnn Rimes, US singer, (1997 US No.3 & 1998 UK No.7 single, 'How Do I Live' spent 30 weeks on the UK top 40 singles chart the first record, to do so since 'Relax' by Frankie Goes To Hollywood).

1984, Born on this day, Diamond Blue Smith, singer, Pretty Ricky, (2007 US No.1 album ‘Late Night Special’).

1984, Born on this day, James Morrison, UK singer, songwriter, and guitarist, (2006 UK No.1 album 'Undiscovered').
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