Birthdays

1936 – John Leyton, pop singer, actor

1966 – Melissa Brooke Belland, singer, Voice Of The Beehive

1972 – Taylor Hawkins, drummer, Foo Fighters

1972 – Billie Joe Armstrong, guitarist, Green Day

1976 Svein Berge, electronic musician, Röyksopp

1981 – John Hassall, bassist, The Libertines

1981 – Paris Hilton, socialite, singer

1988 – Arin Ilejay, drummer, Avenged Sevenfold

1991 – Ed Sheeran, singer/songwriter

Died on this day

1982 – Thelonious Monk, jazz pianist (born 1917)

2006 – Ray Barretto, Latin jazz percussionist (born 1929)

2014 – Bob Casale, guitarist/keyboardist, Devo (born 1952)

2015 – Kenneth Kelly, singer, The Manhattans (born 1941)

And on this day in...

1978 – Kate Bush (aged 19) released her debut album The Kick Inside. The first single, Wuthering Heights (mad but brilliant) was the first                self-penned song by a female singer/songwriter to top the British charts.

Celebrating 17 February

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