Happy birthday today to John Fogerty, born on this day in 1945, guitarist, singer, songwriter with one of America's finest ever bands, Creedence Clearwater Revival. They had the 1969 UK No.1 and US No.2 single "Bad Moon Rising," plus ten other US Top 30 hits, and the classic 1970 US & UK No.1 album, Cosmo's Factory. Fogerty has also released solo records as well as with The Blue Ridge Rangers.
On this day in 1977, Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers played together for the first time when they performed as part of Mike Howlett's band, Strontium 90, in Paris, France.
In 1983, actress and singer Irene Cara started a six-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with "Flashdance...What A Feeling." Taken from the award-winning film Flashdance, the track was also a No.2 hit in the UK. Cara had also appeared in TV's Roots and Roots: The Next Generation.
Born on this day in 1985, Colbie Caillat, American singer-songwriter, who had the 2008 Australian No.1 single "Bubbly" and the 2009 US No.1 album Breakthrough. (Her father, Ken Caillat, co-produced Fleetwood Mac's Rumours and Tusk albums.)
On this day in 1996, after a troubled year, Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan was rushed to Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, after an apparent drug overdose. The singer was later arrested for possession of cocaine and heroin.