Birthdays

1942 Joe McDonald, lead singer, Country Joe and the Fish

1950 – Morgan Fisher, keyboardist, Mott the Hoople

1958 Grandmaster Flash, hip hop musician and DJ

1968 – Rick J. Jordan, keyboardist, Scooter

1972 – Tom Barman, guitarist, dEUS

1985 – Naughty Boy (Shahid Khan), DJ, rapper, producer

Died on this day

1953 – Hank Williams, country & western singer (born 1923)

1984 – Alexis Korner, British blues pioneer (born 1928)

2013 – Patti Page, pop and country singer (born 1927)

And on this day in...

1962 The Beatles auditioned for Decca in London. Decca passed, choosing Brian Poole and the Tremeloes instead...........

1964 – The first edition of Top of the Pops was transmitted in the UK

1967 – The Doors made their live TV debut in the US

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