On this day

2002 | The funeral of former Clash singer and guitarist Joe Strummer took place in London. Strummer had died of a suspected heart attack on 22nd Dec 2002 aged 50.

2009 | Singer, songwriter Neil Young was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Other Canadian musicians who have been given the award include Bryan Adams, Leonard Cohen and the members of Rush.

2014 | The woman who inspired Pulp’s hit song ‘Disco 2000’ died shortly after being appointed an MBE. Deborah Bone, from Hertfordshire was a childhood friend of lead singer Jarvis Cocker in Sheffield. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. The 1995 Britpop hit contains the lyric: “Your name is Deborah. Deborah. It never suited ya.”

2016 | Allan Williams the first manager of The Beatles died at the age of 86.

Born on this day

1928 | Bo Diddley guitarist, singer, (R&B hits, ‘Bo Diddley’, ‘You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover’, 1963 UK No.34 single ‘Pretty Thing’).

1942 | Mike Nesmith, vocals, guitar, The Monkees.

1946 | American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist Patti Smith, who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement.

1969 | Jay Kay, English singer, songwriter with Jamiroquai.

1970 | Sister Bliss (Ayalah Bentovim), producer, DJ, from British electronica band Faithless who had the 1996 UK No.3 album Insomnia.

1986 | Ellie Goulding, UK singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.