Birthdays

1943 – Rick Evans, singer, Zager and Evans

1945 – Eric Stewart, guitarist/keyboardist, 10cc

1946 – Jimmy Chambers, singer, Londonbeat

1947 – George Grantham, drummer, Poco

1951 – Ian Hill, bassist, Judas Priest

1952 – Paul Stanley, guitarist, Kiss

1959 – Rusty Anderson, guitarist, Paul McCartney

1965 – Heather Small, singer, M People

1965 – Greg Kriesel, bassist, The Offspring

1969 – Nicky Wire, bassist, Manic Street Preachers

1969 – Tina O'Neill, drummer, Fuzzbox

1971 – Gary Barlow, Take That

1979 – Rob Bourdon, drummer, Linkin Park

1979 – Will Young, singer

1981 – Nathan Connolly, guitarist, Snow Patrol

Died on this day

1965 – Alan Freed, pioneering rock 'n roll DJ (born 1921)

1999 – Bill Albaugh, drummer, The Lemon Pipers (born 1948)

2000 – Ray Jones, bassist, The Dakotas (born 1939)

2006 – Johnny Bienstock, music industry executive (born 1922)

2012 – Etta James, blues/soul/jazz singer (born 1938)

And on this day in...

1967 –  The Monkees' TV show aired in the UK for the first time

1982 –  Ozzy Osbourne ate that bat, at a gig in Des Moines, Iowa

1988 – The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Celebrating 20 January

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