1943 - Jack Ely
American guitarist and singer, Jack Ely, best known for singing the Kingsmen's version of 'Louie Louie'. For a while, the record was banned by a handful of US radio stations because of its indecipherable lyrics, which were rumored to contain some naughty words. Even the F.B.I. investigated the song, but finally concluded that they could find nothing wrong. Ely died on 27th April 2015.
1943 - Mickey Hart
American percussionist and musicologist Mickey Hart, best known as one of the two drummers of the rock band Grateful Dead. In 1991, Hart produced the album Planet Drum, which remained at No.1 on the Billboard World Music chart for 26 weeks, and received the first ever Grammy Award for Best World Music Album.
1953 - Tommy Shaw
Tommy Shaw, guitar, Styx, (1979 US No.1 & 1980 UK No.6 single 'Babe').
1957 - Jon Moss
Jon Moss, drums, Culture Club, (1983 UK No.1 & 1984 US No.1 single 'Karma Chameleon' plus seven other UK top 10 singles).
1965 - Moby
Moby, (Richard Hall), producer, vocalist, 1991 UK No.10 single 'Go'. His album 'Play' was the biggest selling UK indie album of 2000, spending 81 weeks on the chart and going platinum in over 20 countries. Moby is a descendent of 'Moby Dick' author Herman Melville.
1967 - Harry Connick Jr
Harry Connick Jr, singer, actor, (1991 UK No.32 single 'It Had To Be You, Recipe For Love').
1977 - Ludacris
Ludacris, (Chris Bridges), 2001 UK No.10 single with Missy Elliott, 'One Minute Man', 2002 US No.3 album 'Word Of Mouf'.
1981 - Charles Kelley
American country music singer-songwriter and founding member of Lady Antebellum, Charles Kelley. Their debut album included the trio's debut hit, 'Love Don't Live Here', along with the singles, 'Lookin' for a Good Time' and 'I Run to You'.
1956 - Rock Around the Clock
Police were called to break up a crowd of rowdy teenagers following the showing of the film Rock Around the Clock at the Trocadero Cinema in London, England. The following day, The Times printed a reader's letter that said: "The hypnotic rhythm and the wild gestures have a maddening effect on a rhythm loving age group and the result of its impact is the relaxing of all self control." The film was quickly banned in several English cities.
1970 - Jimi Hendrix
NME’s Keith Allston interviewed Jimi Hendrix in England. The interview turned out to be Hendrix's last; he died a mere seven days later. During the interview, Hendrix talked about a new musical phase, with planned collaborations with Miles Davis and Paul McCartney.
1976 - KC and the Sunshine Band
KC and the Sunshine Band went to No.1 on the US singles chart with '(Shake Shake Shake), Shake Your Body', the group's third US No.1, a No.22 hit in the UK.
1982 - John Cougar
John "Cougar" Mellencamp became the only male artist to have two singles in the US Top Ten as well as the No.1 album. ‘Jack and Diane’ was No.4, while ‘Hurts So Good’ was at No.8. His album ‘American Fool’ was at No.1 for the first of nine weeks.
1987 - Peter Tosh
Founder member of The Wailers Peter Tosh was shot dead at his home in Kingston Jamaica by armed robbers.
1993 - Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey started a eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Dreamlover'. Also on the same day her fourth album 'Music Box' went to No.1 in the UK.
2006 - Classical Music
A study from the University of Leicester found that more than a quarter of classical music fans had tried cannabis. Researchers were trying to find out what people's taste in music revealed about their lifestyles. The UK study also revealed that blues buffs are the most likely to have received a driving penalty. Hip hop and dance music fans were more likely to have multiple sex partners and were among the biggest drug-takers surveyed. More than 2,500 people were interviewed for the study, which was published in the scientific journal Psychology of Music.