Celebrating 8 March

Birthdays

1942 – Ralph Ellis, guitarist, Swinging Blue Jeans

1943 – Shel Macrae, guitarist, The Fortunes

1945 – Micky Dolenz, drummer, The Monkees

1946 – Randy Meisner, bassist, Eagles

1947 – Carole Bayer Sager, songwriter and lyricist

1947 – Michael Allsup, guitarist, Three Dog Night

1948 – Little Peggie March, pop singer

1949 – Dave Lambert, guitarist, The Strawbs

1954 – Cheryl Baker, singer, Bucks Fizz

1958 – Gary Numan, singer, Tubeway Army

1960 – Richard Darbyshire, singer, Living In A Box

1962 – Steve Grantley, drummer, Stiff Little Fingers

1964 – Peter Gill, drummer, Frankie Goes To Hollywood

1968 – Shawn Mullins, singer/songwriter

1976 – Gaz Coombes, guitarist, Supergrass

1979 – Tom Chaplin, singer, Keane

Died on this day

1973 – Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Grateful Dead (born 1945)

1993 – Billy Eckstine, jazz singer, bandleader (born 1914)

1998 – Roger Christian, keyboardist, The Christians (born 1950)

2003 – Adam Faith, singer (born 1940)

2005 – Gordon Spaeth, saxophonist, The Fleshtones (born 1951)

2011 – Mike Starr, bassist, Alice in Chains (born 1966)

2012 – Jimmy Ellis, tenor singer, The Trammps (born 1937)

2016 – Sir George Martin, record producer (born 1926)

And on this day in...

1962 – The Beatles made their radio debut (on "Teenagers Turn" on the BBC Light Programme)

1965 – David Bowie made his TV debut (on BBC2's "Gadzooks! It's All Happening" with The Manish Boys, performing I Pity The Fool)

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