Birthdays

1941 – Sergio Mendes, Brazilian jazz/funk musician

1947 – Derek Shulman, lead singer, Gentle Giant

1950 – Rochelle Fleming, singer, First Choice

1953 – Neil Henderson, guitarist, Middle Of The Road

1962 – Sheryl Crow, singer/songwriter

1969 – Shovell (Andrew Lovell), drummer, M People

1974 – D'Angelo (Michael Archer), singer

1977 – Mike Shinoda, guitarist, Linkin Park

1979 – Brandy, R&B singer

1981 – Kelly Rowland, singer, Destiny's Child

1984 – Aubrey O'Day, singer, Danity Kane

Died on this day

1999 – Jaki Byard, jazz multi-instrumentalist (born 1922)

2009 – Estelle Bennett, singer, The Ronettes (born 1941)

2012 – Whitney Houston, singer (born 1963)

And on this day in early Beatles history...

1963 – The Beatles recorded their first album, Please Please Me, in a single day - and had a couple of tracks left over

1964 – The Beatles played their first-ever concert in the US, in Washington, DC

1965 – Ringo Starr married Maureen Cox, in London

Celebrating 11 February

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