Birthdays

1940 Pete Brown, poet and lyricist, collaborator with Jack Bruce

1946 Jimmy Buffett, US singer/songwriter

1948 Barbara Mandrell, US country singer

1954 – Annie Lennox, singer, The Eurythmics

1954 – Robin Campbell, guitarist, UB40

1957 – Shane MacGowan, singer, The Pogues

1958 Alannah Myles, Canadian singer/songwriter

1964 Bob Stanley, Saint Etienne, and author/journalist

1971 Dido, singer/songwriter

1971 Neil Hogan, lead guitarist, The Cranberries

1972 Josh Freese, US drummer, Devo; The Vandals

Died on this day

1954 – Johnny Ace, US R&B singer (born 1929)

1995 – Dean Martin, US singer (born 1917)

1998 Bryan Maclean, guitarist, Love (born 1946)

2006 James Brown, the Godfather of Soul (born 1933)

2008 Eartha Kitt, US singer (born 1927)

2009 Vic Chesnutt, US singer/songwriter (born 1964)

2016 George Michael, musician, songwriter (born 1963)

And on this day in...

1968 –  Led Zeppelin arrive in the US to start their first ever American tour

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