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Michael Huchence
Michael Hutchence

  • 1957, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel appeared as Tom and Jerry on ABC-TV’s American Bandstand. Close friends through childhood, the first time they appeared on stage together was in a school play, Alice in Wonderland (Simon as the White Rabbit, Garfunkel as the Cheshire Cat). They later began performing together in their junior year as Tom and Jerry, with Simon as Jerry Landis and Garfunkel as Tom Graph.
  • 1967, Long John Baldry was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Let The Heartaches Begin’, the singers only UK No.1.
  • 1968, The Beatles double White Album was released in the UK. Featuring ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’, ‘Dear Prudence’, ‘Helter Skelter’, ‘Blackbird’ ‘Back In The USSR’ and George Harrison’s ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’. Priced at £3.13 shillings, ($8.76), it spent eight weeks as the UK No.1 album.
  • 1975, Scottish comedian Billy Connolly was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with a parody of the Tammy Wynette song D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Connolly’s early career as a singer led to him forming a folk-pop duo called The Humblebums in the late 60’s, with future rock star Gerry Rafferty.
  • 1975, KC and the Sunshine Band started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘That’s The Way (I Like It)’, the group’s second US No.1 of the year, it made No.4 in the UK.
  • 1980, Abba scored their sixth UK No.1 album when ‘Super Trouper’ started a nine week run at the top of the charts. The album which features the No.1 singles ‘The Winner Takes It All’ and ‘Super Trouper’, became the biggest-selling of 1980 in the UK.
  • 1986, The Human League went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Human’, making them the 8th UK act to score a US No.1 single in 1986.
  • 1994, Pearl Jam released their third studio album Vitalogy, which was first released on vinyl and became the first vinyl album to appear on the US chart, since the domination of the compact disc format. They followed the release in other formats two weeks later, whereupon it became the second-fastest-selling CD in history, behind only the band’s previous release Vs.
  • 1997, INXS singer Michael Hutchence was found dead in his hotel suite in Sydney. He was 37. Hutchence body was found at 11.50am naked behind the door to his room. He had apparently hanged himself with his own belt and the buckle broke away and his body was found kneeling on the floor and facing the door. It had been suggested that his death resulted from an act of auto eroticism, no forensic or other evidence to substantiate that suggestion was found.
  • 1998, Alanis Morissette was at No.1 on the US album chart with her fourth album ‘Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie.’ The first single from album ‘Thank You’ received a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance”.
  • 2002, The surviving members of The Doors Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, announced they would record and tour again with a new line up including ex- Cult singer Ian Astbury and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Original drummer John Densmore was not able to take part because he was suffering from severe tinnitus.
  • 2004, Ozzy Osbourne struggled with a burglar who escaped with jewellery worth about £2m from his Buckinghamshire mansion. Osbourne told reporters that he had the masked raider in a headlock as he tried to stop him. The burglar broke free and jumped 30 ft from a first floor window. A large amount of jewellery was stolen in the raid in which two burglars were involved.2005, Poems written by Bob Dylan in his college days sold for $78,000 (£45,000) at a New York City auction. The 16 pages of poems were the first known time Robert Zimmerman used the Dylan name and came from his studies at the University of Minnesota during 1959-60.
  • 2005, A gig by former Stone Roses front man Ian Brown was abandoned after 20 minutes because the floor at the venue began to sag. 2,000 people were told to leave Newcastle’s Carling Academy, which had only been open for a month. Organisers said it was simply a safety precaution after joists under the main dance floor came out of their springs.

Born on this day:

  • 1941, Born on this day, Jessie Colin Young, The Youngbloods, (1969 US No.5 single ‘Get Together’).
  • 1943, Born on this day, Floyd Sneed, drums, Three Dog Night, (1970 UK No.3 & US No.1 single ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come’).
  • 1946, Born on this day, Aston Barrett, The Upsetters, Bob Marley and the Wailers, (1981 UK No.8 single ‘No Woman No Cry’, plus over Ten other UK Top 40 singles).
  • 1949, Born on this day, Steven Van Zandt, (Little Steven or Miami Steve), guitarist with South Side Johnny, then Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul. Created music-industry activist group Artists United Against Apartheid as an action against the Sun City resort in South Africa, Springsteen, U2, Bob Dylan and Run DMC, collaborated on ‘Sun City’. Starred as Silvio Dante in the TV Series ‘The Sopranos’.
  • 1950, Born on this day, Tina Weymouth, bass, Talking Heads, (1983 US No.9 single ‘Burning Down The House’, 1985 UK No.6 single ‘Road To Nowhere’), Tom Tom Club, (1981 UK No.7 single ‘Wordy Rappinghood’).
  • 1960, Born on this day, James Morrison, (Jim Bob), Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine, 1992 UK No.7 single ‘The Only Living Boy In New Cross’).
  • 1966, Born on this day, Francis Anthony ‘Eg’ White, songwriter and producer. Member of Brother Beyond in the late 1980s, Will Young, Natalie Imbruglia, James Morrison, Kylie Minogue, Adele and Duffy have all recorded his songs.
  • 1968, Born on this day, Rasa Don, Arrested Development, (1992 UK No.2 single ‘People Everyday’).
  • 1970, Born on this day, Chris Fryar, American drummer and a member of the Grammy Award winning group, Zac Brown Band.
  • 1978, Born on this day, Karen O, singer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, (2006 UK No. 18 single ‘Gold Lion’).

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