Birthdays

1936 Tommy Steele, early rock 'n roll star, still going

1937 Art Neville, keyboardist, The Neville Brothers

1949 – Paul Rodgers, vocalist, Free

1951 – Wanda Hutchinson, The Emotions

1958 Mike Mills, bassist, REM

1961 Sara Dallin, singer, Bananarama

1964 – Ginger (born David Walls), guitarist, The Wildhearts

1969 – Mick Quinn, bassist, Supergrass

1970 – DJ Homicide, Sugar Ray

1973 – Eddie Fisher, drummer, OneRepublic

1978 – Neil Sanderson, Canadian drummer, Three Days Grace

1989 – Taylor York, guitarist, Paramore

Died on this day

1982 – Big Joe Williams, Delta bluesman (born 1903)

1999 – Grover Washington Jr, soul saxophonist (born 1943)

2006 – Denis Payton, saxophonist, Dave Clark Five (born 1943)

2010 – Captain Beefheart, musician, artist  (born 1941)

And on this day in...

1963 – A Beatles record was played on US radio for the first time (I Want To Hold Your Hand on WWDC in Washington, D.C.)

Celebrating 17 December

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