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Concerts and Festivals

2008 : Leona Lewis and Jimmy Page perform during the closing ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games at the National Stadium (also know as the Bird's Nest.) The duo performed the Led Zeppelin classic "Whole Lotta Love."
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Births (20)

1905 : Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
1915 : Wynonie Harris
1924 : Louis Teicher (Ferrante and Teicher)
1938 : Mason Williams
1938 : David Frieberg (Jefferson Airplane)
1941 : Ernest Wright (Little Anthony & The Imperials)
1942 : Marshall Donald Thompson (The Chi-Lites)
1942 : Carl Mann
1942 : Jimmy Soul
1943 : John Cipollina (Quicksilver Messenger Service)
1944 : Jim Capaldi (Traffic)
1944 : Jim Brady (The Sandpipers)
1945 : Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep)
1945 : Malcolm Duncan (Average White Band)
1947 : Jim Fox (James Gang)
1948 : Jean-Michel Jarre
1951 : Michael Derosier (Heart)
1951 : Danny Joe Brown (Molly Hatchet)
1957 : Jeffrey Daniels (Shalamar)
1961 : Mark Bedford (Madness)

Certifications and Milestones (1)

1964 : The Beatles LP Something New is certified gold

Charts (4)

1943 : Frank Sinatra's "In The Blue Of The Evening" hits #1.
1959 : The Browns' "The Three Bells" hits #1.
1963 : Stevie Wonder's LP Little Stevie Wonder / The 12 Year Old Genius hits #1.
1974 : Paul Anka's "(You're) Having My Baby" hits #1.

Concerts and Festivals (4)

1956 : Buddy Holly is in the audience when Little Richard plays the Cotton Club in Lubbock, Texas.
1989 : The Who perform a special 20th anniversary charity concert of their rock opera Tommy at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, featuring guests Elton John (as the Pinball Wizard), Patti Labelle (as the Acid Queen), Steve Winwood (as the Hawker), Phil Collins (as Uncle Ernie), and Billy Idol (as Cousin Kevin).
1990 : Led by Donald Fagen of Steely Dan and his girlfriend Libby Titus, the first "New York Rock & Soul Revue" is held in Southampton, New York. The second Revue results in the popular live album The New York Rock and Soul Revue: Live at the Beacon, featuring Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs and Phoebe Snow.
2008 : Leona Lewis and Jimmy Page perform during the closing ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games at the National Stadium (also know as the Bird's Nest.) The duo performed the Led Zeppelin classic "Whole Lotta Love."

Deaths (6)

1978 : Jazz trumpeter Louis Prima dies in New Orleans, Louisiana, at age 67, three years after a traumatic cerebral hemorrhage leaves him in a coma.
1983 : Jerry Lee Lewis' fifth wife, Shawn Michelle Stevens, dies of a methadone overdose at The Killer's home in Nesbit, Mississippi, although several journalists suspect foul play. The couple had only been married three months. Lewis' fourth wife had died an accidental death only a year earlier.
1998 : Composer/conductor Gene Page dies after a long illness in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, at age 58. Known for arrangements for artists like The Supremes, Whitney Houston and Barbra Streisand, to name a few, and his score for the 1972 Blaxploitation flick Blacula.
1999 : Big Band trombonist Warren Covington dies at age 78 in New York City.
2005 : Hal Kalin (of The Kalin Twins) dies after a car accident in Charles County, Maryland, at age 71.
2014 : Tommy Gough (The Crests)

Good Deeds (1)

2003 : Dick Peterson from The Kingsmen joins 753 other guitarists to perform "Louie Louie" for a charity fundraiser in Tacoma, Washington.

Health Issues (1)

2007 : During a routine medical exam in Gainesville, FL, Bo Diddley complains of dizziness and nausea and is admitted to a local hospital, where he is diagnosed as having had a heart attack. The rock legend had suffered a stroke only a few months earlier.

Incidents (2)

1967 : Keith Moon, drummer for The Who, drives his Lincoln Continental (not a Rolls Royce, as is often thought), into the swimming pool at the Holiday Inn in Flint, MI to celebrate his 21st birthday, earning the entire band a lifetime ban from the chain.
1990 : Sinead O'Connor refuses to perform at a show in New Jersey if the U.S. National Anthem is played, claiming she's protesting a wave of music censorship. It causes a major media stink, with some radio stations banning her music.

Legal Issues (3)

1977 : Country legend Waylon Jennings is arrested for cocaine possession in New York City by federal agents, an event which will inspire his song "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got out of Hand?" The charges are later dropped.
1981 : John Lennon's killer is given a sentence of 20-years-to-life in prison, where he will be denied parole five times over the next 27 years.
2012 : Country singer Randy Travis continues his string of calamitous arrests, this time for a brawl at a church in Texas where he was purportedly fighting over a woman. The incident leads to him being cited for assault, giving him another citation to add to his collection. It's still a cheaper hobby than baseball cards.

Miscellaneous (4)

1964 : Taking him up on his telegram invitation to help out in any way he can in America, Beatles manager Brian Epstein meets Elvis Presley manager "Colonel" Tom Parker for the first time when they have lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
1967 : John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi when they attend his lecture at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, London. They would later travel to India and study Transcendental Meditation with the Maharishi.
1998 : 53-year-old Ingrid Pedersen announces that she is the long-lost illegitimate half-sister of John Lennon, explaining that she kept her secret for so many years as a way of protecting her now-deceased adoptive parents.
2007 : Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders opens Mark Lindsay's Rock And Roll Cafe in his native Portland, Oregon. The restaurant closes the next year.

Movies (1)

1969 : Folksinger Arlo Guthrie's film Alice's Restaurant, based on his hit song of the same name, premieres in both Los Angeles and New York.

Recordings (3)

1956 : Elvis Presley records "Love Me Tender" and "We're Gonna Move."
1966 : The Youngbloods record "Get Together."
1969 : John Lennon writes, rehearses, and records a song about his recent heroin withdrawal entitled "Cold Turkey," where he also puts into practice his recent introduction to "primal scream" therapy. Fans and critics are shocked and appalled by the emotionally raw recording, a prelude to his eventual Plastic Ono Band album.

Releases (2)

1964 : The Beatles release "Matchbox" with the B-side "Slow Down."
2010 : Teenage Dream, Katy Perry's second major-label album is released. The LP will go on to top the US album charts.
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