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1944 Henry Vestine aka The Sunflower (guitarist for Canned Heat) is born in Takoma Park, Maryland.

1944 John Edwards, who in 1977 replaces Philippé Wynne in The Spinners, is born in St. Louis, Missouri.

1943 Guitarist Trevor Lucas (of Fairport Convention) is born in Bungaree, Victoria, Australia. He learns to play the guitar to help with his dyslexia.

1937 O'Kelly Isley Jr. (the eldest of The Isley Brothers) is born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

1934 R&B singer McKinley Mitchell, known for the 1962 hit "The Town I Live In," is born in Jackson, Mississippi.

1929 Billy Horton of The Silhouettes is born in Hickory, North Carolina.

1929 R&B singer Chris Kenner is born in Kenner, Louisiana.

1915 Pete Rugolo, jazz composer and arranger, is born Pietro Rugolo in San Piero Patti, Sicily, Italy, but moves to Santa Rosa, California, by age 5. Known for his work with big band leader Stan Kenton.

1913 Singer/actor Tony Martin is born Alvin Morris in San Francisco, California. A steady presence on the pop charts throughout the '40s and '50s, his biggest hits are 1940's "It's a Blue World" (#2) and 1949's "There's No Tomorrow" (#2).

1907 Jazz singer Cab Calloway is born Cabell Calloway III in Rochester, New York. He would grow up in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Michael Jackson Rings Paul McCartney With Suggestion

1980

Michael Jackson calls Paul McCartney to wish him Merry Christmas and suggest they write some songs together. They end up recording three duets together (including the lead single to Thriller), but their friendship ends when Jackson buys the publishing rights to McCartney's songs.

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