Birthdays

1936 John Gorman, comedy musician, The Scaffold

1942 – John McLaughlin, guitarist, Mahavishnu Orchestra

1955 Clive Gregson, singer/songwriter, Gregson & Collister

1955 – Brian Ray, guitarist, Sir Paul McCartney

1956 – Bernard Sumner, guitarist, New Order

1956 – Nels Cline, guitarist, Wilco

1960 – Michael Stipe, vocalist, REM

1962 – Martin McAloon, bassist, Prefab Sprout

1962 – Robin Guthrie, guitarist, Cocteau Twins

1963 – Till Lindemann, lead singer, Rammstein

1965 – Beth Gibbons, lead singer/lyricist, Portishead

1965 – Cait O'Riordan, bassist, The Pogues

1965 – David Glasper, lead singer, Breathe

1967 – Son of Dave (Ben Darvill), vocalist, Crash Test Dummies

1977 – Tim Wheeler, guitarist, Ash

Died on this day

1986 – Phil Lynott, bassist, Thin Lizzy (born 1949)

2011 – Gerry Rafferty, Humblebums; Stealers Wheel (born 1947)

2016 – Robert Stigwood, impressario and manager (born 1934)

2018 – Ray Thomas, flautist, The Moody Blues (born 1941)

And on this day in...

1936 Billboard magazine introduced the first-ever pop chart

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