Birthdays

1939 – Barry Mann, songwriter

1940 – Brian Bennett, drummer, The Shadows

1942 – Carol King, singer/songwriter

1943 – Barbara Lewis, singer

1947 – Joe Ely, country singer/songwriter

1951 – Dennis Thomas, singer, Kool & The Gang

1955 – Jimmy Pursey, guitarist, Sham 69

1960 – Holly Johnson, singer, Frankie Goes To Hollywood

1963 – Dave Rotheray, guitarist, The Beautiful South

Died on this day

1973 – Max Yasgur, farmer (born 1919)

1976 – Percy Faith, bandleader, composer (born 1908)

1981 – Bill Haley, the world's first rock n' roll star (born 1925)

1991 – Rev. James Cleveland, gospel singer (born 1931)

1993 – Bill Grundy, interviewer of the Sex Pistols (born 1923)

1997 – Jack Owens, Delta bluesman (born 1904)

And on this day in...

1961 – The Beatles appeared at the Cavern Club for the first time as The Beatles

1964 – The Beatles made their first live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in the US

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