Died on this day

1959 – Buddy Holly, rock 'n roll singer/songwriter (born 1936)

1959 – The Big Bopper (J.P.Richardson) (born 1930)

1959 – Ritchie Valens, Chicano music pioneer (born 1941)

1967 – Joe Meek, record producer (born 1929)

1999 – Gwen Guthrie, soul singer (born 1950)

And on this day in...(our court reporter writes)

1999 –  Tony Hadley, Steve Norman and John Keeble of Spandau Ballet were suing Gary Kemp for unpaid publishing royalties

2002 –  A tape surfaced allegedly showing R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl - he denied the man was him - he was cleared of               this and other charges in 2008

2004 –  P. Diddy settled a court case brought by his driver after PD and Jennifer Lopez had fled a New York club after a shooting                     incident - the driver had subsequenty been arrested for driving offences

2007 –  Wayne Fontana, he of Mindbender fame, was arrested on charges of arson, having set fire to a bailiff's car, while the bailiff                   was still in it - already facing other court charges, he was later held under the Mental Health Act. But still going strong today.

Celebrating 3 February ("the day the music died")

Birthdays

1940 – Angelo D'Aleo, doo-wop singer, The Belmonts

1943 – Eric Haydock, bassist, The Hollies

1946 – Stan Webb, guitarist, Chicken Shack

1947 – Dave Davies, guitarist, The Kinks

1947 – Melanie (Safka), singer/songwriter

1956 – Lee Ranaldo, guitarist, Sonic Youth

1959 – Lol Tolhurst, drummer/keyboardist, The Cure

1970 – Richie Kotzen, guitarist, Mr Big

1977 – Daddy Yankee, Puerto Rican rapper

1990 – Sean Kingston, Jamaican rapper

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