Birthdays

1944 – Jerry Lawson, lead singer, The Persuasions

1948 – Anita Pointer, singer, The Pointer Sisters

1950 – Bill Cunningham, bassist, The Box Tops

1953 – Robin Zander, guitarist, Cheap Trick

1954 – Richard Finch, bassist, KC and the Sunshine Band

1959 – Earl Falconer, bassist, UB40

1974 – Kita (Sampsa Astala), drummer, Lordi

1975 – Nick Harmer, bassist, Death Cab for Cutie

Died on this day

1978 – Terry Kath, guitarist, Chicago (born 1946)

1990 – Allen Collins, guitarist, Lynyrd Skynyrd (born 1942)

1998 – Johnny Funches, singer, The Dells (born 1935)

2007 – Disco D (Dave Shayman), hip-hop producer (born 1980)

2016 – Jimmy Bain, bassist, Rainbow; Dio (born 1947)

2017 – Bobby Freeman, R&B singer (born 1940)

2018 – Hugh Masakela, South African trumpeter (born 1939)

And on this day in...

1971 –  George Harrison became the first Beatle to have a solo Number 1 single in the UK - My Sweet Lord (later judged to be a                        subconscious plagiarisation of The Chiffons' He's So Fine)

Celebrating 23 January

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