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Concerts and Festivals

1963 : Martin Luther King delivers his famous "I Have A Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. The music connection: Peter, Paul and Mary play their hit version of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind" before King speaks.
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Awards and Honors (3)

1986 : Tina Turner receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2004 : Lou Rawls is awarded an honorary doctorate in from Ohio's Wilberforce University in recognition of his charity work with the United Negro College Fund and his "lifelong service to the education of historically disadvantaged populations."
2011 : MTV Video Music Awards are held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California. Beyonce performs her song "Love On Top" and reveals that she is pregnant. Her music video for "Run the World (Girls)" is nominated for three awards and takes home the Best Choreography prize. Katy Perry receives ten nominations for four different videos. She wins three awards including Video of the Year for "Firework." Justin Bieber wins the Best Male Video Award for "U Smile." Selena Gomez serves as a host for the black carpet coverage. Adele gives a stunning live performance of her song "Someone Like You." Her music video for "Rolling In the Deep" is nominated for seven awards and takes home four, all in technical categories. Britney Spears receives the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard lifetime achievement award (named for the King of Pop). She is nominated for two regular awards and wins Best Pop Video for "Till The World Ends."

Band Dynamics (2)

2009 : Though tensions within Oasis are nothing new, Noel Gallagher issues a statement on the band's website, saying he's leaving the band. There had been warning signs in previous months of escalating tension. In April, Noel mentioned that he wanted to spend time focusing on his first solo record rather than write the follow-up to the band’s 2008 album, Dig Out Your Soul. The day he issued his statement, Noel had fought against his brother Liam backstage at the Rock en Seine Festival in Paris before the show they were about to perform, which was cancelled just minutes before it was to begin. The band also immediately cancelled upcoming shows in Germany and Italy.
2009 : Three days before the release of their second studio album, The First Days of Spring, Noah and the Whale lead singer Charlie Fink's brother Doug announces that he will leave the band to pursue a career in medicine. In a 2011 interview, Charlie says that Doug is still the one he consults first on matters concerning the band. "He can always see where I'm going, even when something is embryonic and sounds like madness."

Births (17)

1890 : Poet and composer Ivor Gurney is born in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England.
1904 : Swing/Jazz musician Ernie Fields is born in Nacogdoches, Texas. Raised in Oklahoma, he would be known as bandleader to Tulsa-based Royal Entertainers.
1925 : Song-and-dance man Donald O'Connor is born in Chicago, Illinois. Known for starring in Singin' in the Rain with Gene Kelly.
1925 : Country singer Billy Grammer is born in Benton, Illinois. Known for his chart-crossing 1959 hit, "Gotta Travel On."
1931 : Drummer Clem Cattini (of The Tornados) is born Stoke Newington, North London, England.
1937 : Vocalist John Perkins (of The Crew-Cuts) is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Known for the hit 1954 cover of The Chords' "Sh-Boom."
1943 : Anne "Honey" Lantree (drummer and singer for The Honeycombs) is born in Hayes, Middlesex, England.
1943 : Actor/singer David Soul is born David Richard Solberg Jr in Chicago, Illinois. Soul played "Hutch" to Paul Michael Glaser's "Starsky" in the '70s crime series, Starsky & Hutch.
1946 : Ken Andrew (original drummer for Middle Of The Road) is born in Bearsden, Glasgow, Scotland.
1948 : Danny Seraphine (original drummer for Chicago) is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1949 : Martin Lamble (drummer for Fairport Convention) is born in St John's Wood, London, England.
1951 : Wayne Osmond (of The Osmonds) is born in Ogden, Utah.
1952 : Dave Hlubek (lead guitarist for Molly Hatchet) is born in Jacksonville, Florida.
1965 : Country singer Shania Twain is born Eilleen Regina Edwards in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
1969 : Paul and Linda McCartney have their first child: a daughter named Mary, named after Paul's mother.
1981 : Country singer Jake Owen is born Joshua Ryan Owen in Winter Haven, Florida. Arriving with him is fraternal twin brother, Jarrod.
1982 : Country singer LeAnn Rimes is born Margaret LeAnn Rimes in Jackson, Mississippi.

Certifications and Milestones (2)

1968 : The Doors' "Hello I Love You" is certified gold.
1973 : Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water" is certified gold.

Charts (2)

1961 : Joe Dowell's "Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn)" hits #1.
1971 : John Denver's first hit, "Take Me Home Country Roads," peaks at #2 on the Hot 100.

Concerts and Festivals (4)

1963 : Martin Luther King delivers his famous "I Have A Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. The music connection: Peter, Paul and Mary play their hit version of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind" before King speaks.
1965 : Bob Dylan plays "Desolation Row" for the first time at the Forest Hills Music Festival in Queens, New York.
1984 : With over one million ticket sales in only two months, the Jacksons' reunion tour, entitled Victory, becomes the most successful concert tour of all time.
1986 : The anti-corporate-pollution benefit concert Get Tough On Toxics is held in Long Beach, California, featuring members of Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, and Neil Young.

Deaths (4)

1967 : In San Francisco, Grateful Dead, along with Janis Joplin's group Big Brother & the Holding Company, play the funeral of a Hell's Angel killed after being hit by a car.
1981 : Guy Stevens (music producer/manager) dies of a prescription drug overdose in South London, England, at age 38. He produced The Clash's third album, London Calling.
1984 : The Egyptian poet Abdul Rahim Mansour dies.
2009 : Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein dies of what is ruled as an accidental overdose at age 36 in New York City.

Incidents (2)

2003 : Britney Spears and Madonna share a big, juicy kiss during the opening performance of the MTV Video Music Awards. Madonna then plants one on Christina Aguilera, but we only get a glimpse of it because the director cuts to a shot of a thunderstruck Justin Timberlake in the audience.
2009 : DJ AM (real name Adam Goldstein) is found dead in his New York City apartment. This came nearly a year after AM and friend Travis Barker survived a fatal plane crash that claimed the lives of four others.

Legal Issues (2)

1960 : A 17-year-old Barry White completes his four-month prison term for stealing 300 tires from a Cadillac dealership. Having heard Elvis sing "It's Now Or Never" in prison, he leaves determined to make music his life.
2005 : For the second time in two years, Art Garfunkel is arrested for marijuana possession.

Miscellaneous (2)

1964 : The Beatles smoke pot for the first time, which is supplied by Bob Dylan, who joins the band after one of their concerts in New York state. Dylan is surprised they haven't tried it before, as he thought they sang "I get high" in their song "I Want To Hold Your Hand," when it was really "I can't hide."
1965 : The Rolling Stones sign with Decca records and ink a management contract with the soon-to-be-notorious Allen Klein.

Movies (2)

1998 : The Frankie Lymon biopic Why Do Fools Fall In Love opens in theaters. Named after Lymon's famous song, the film stars Larenz Tate, Halle Berry and Vivica A. Fox.
1998 : The movie Studio 54, about the legendary New York Disco, opens starring Ryan Phillippe and Mike Myers as the club's owners.

Music and Politics (1)

1996 : Isaac Hayes officially protests the use of Sam and Dave's classic "Soul Man" (which he wrote) by the Bob Dole US Presidential campaign (which had renamed it "I'm A Dole Man").

Recordings (2)

1931 : Luis Russell Orchestra records "You Rascal, You."
1968 : The Beatles record "Dear Prudence."

Releases (3)

1961 : The Marvelettes release "Please Mr. Postman."
2001 : Weezer releases "Island in the Sun," the second single from Weezer (aka The Green Album).
2001 : Mary J. Blige, No More Drama
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