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Banned

1964 : Indiana Governor Matthew Walsh bans the Kingsmen's version of "Louie Louie," calling it "pornographic." Eventually, the FBI investigates and finds the lyrics "unintelligible at any speed."
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Band Dynamics (3)

1973 : Gladys Knight and the Pips leave Motown's Soul label for a new career at Buddah.
1974 : Guitarist Eric Bell leaves Thin Lizzy due to ill health brought on by alcohol abuse.
1988 : The Cars disband.

Banned (1)

1964 : Indiana Governor Matthew Walsh bans the Kingsmen's version of "Louie Louie," calling it "pornographic." Eventually, the FBI investigates and finds the lyrics "unintelligible at any speed."

Births (16)

1825 : Francis Child, publisher of The Child Ballads.
1934 : Bob Shane (The Kingston Trio)
1937 : Don Everly (The Everly Brothers)
1937 : Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show)
1938 : Jimmy Carl Black (Mothers of Invention)
1939 : Del McCoury
1939 : Joe Sample
1944 : Tommy Duffy (Lindisfarne)
1948 : R&B performer Rick James is born James Ambrose Johnson Jr. in Buffalo, New York.
1951 : Rich Williams (Kansas)
1951 : Fran Christina (The Fabulous Thunderbirds)
1954 : Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
1968 : Lisa Marie Presley
1969 : Patrick Wilson (drummer for Weezer) is born in Buffalo, New York. He would start drum lessons at age 15 after seeing Van Halen in concert.
1975 : Big Boi (Outkast)
1975 : On her seventh birthday, Lisa Marie Presley gets to meet her favorite singer, Elton John (a meeting arranged by her father).

Certifications and Milestones (2)

1971 : The Love Story soundtrack album is certified gold.
1979 : Blondie's Heart Of Glass is certified platinum in the UK, two months before a similar ascent up the U.S. chart.

Charts (5)

1964 : The Beatles' Please Please Me enters the pop charts
1964 : The Beatles' I Want To Hold Your Hand hits #1
1969 : Tommy Roe's Dizzy enters the pop charts
1969 : Tommy James & the Shondells' Crimson and Clover hits #1
1975 : Neil Sedaka's "Laughter in the Rain" hits #1

Concerts and Festivals (2)

1956 : The Roxy Theater in New York City presents The Rock and Roll Ice Revue, billed as "the hottest production ever staged on ice."
2009 : Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at the Bridgestone halftime show during Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Deaths (6)

1986 : Dick James
1989 : Vincent Crane (Atomic Rooster)
1989 : Paul Robi (of The Platters) dies of cancer at age 57 in Los Angeles, California.
2003 : Mongo Santamaria
2007 : Gian Carlo Menotti
2009 : Dewey Martin (Buffalo Springfield)

Debuts (2)

1949 : RCA introduces the 45 RPM record. It's 7 inches wide and plays at a faster speed than the traditional 33-1/3, providing better sound quality. The format takes off, and 45s become known as "singles."
1969 : Joni Mitchell makes her Carnegie Hall debut.

Incidents (1)

1972 : 13 innocent Irish citizens die when British troops open fire on a March in Dublin protesting imprisonment without trial. The event would help inspire the U2 song Sunday Bloody Sunday.

Legal Issues (1)

2007 : Wayne Fontana, famous for his work in Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, pours gasoline on the car of a bailiff sent to collect a debt, and sets the vehicle on fire. At his hearing in November, Fontana shows up dressed as Lady Justice, complete with sword and scales. The judge is not amused, sentencing him to 11 months in prison, and stating: "He has come dressed as a fool and he wants to act like a fool - I hope they give him a prison uniform at Nottingham Prison to keep him warm."

Marriages and Breakups (1)

1986 : Diana Ross weds Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Geneva, Switzerland.

Miscellaneous (2)

1962 : Brian Epstein's managerial contract with The Beatles officially goes into effect.
1963 : Paul Simon graduates from New York City's Queens College.

Movies (2)

1978 : Bob Dylan's Renaldo and Clara, a semi-documentary of his famous Rolling Thunder Revue tour, premieres in Los Angeles.
1984 : The musical drama Footloose opens in theaters. Footloose's soundtrack features Kenny Loggins, Deniece Williams, and Sammy Hagar, among others. Two #1 hits result: "Footloose" and "Let's Hear it For the Boy."

Recordings (6)

1939 : Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, "And the Angels Sing"
1940 : Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra records "Too Romantic" and "The Sky Fell Down."
1955 : Elvis Presley, "Baby, Let's Play House"
1958 : Elvis Presley: "My Wish Came True," "Doncha' Think It's Time," Your Cheatin' Heart, "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck"
1967 : The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
1967 : Frank Sinatra and daughter Nancy Sinatra record "Somethin' Stupid."

Releases (2)

1965 : The Beatles, 4 By The Beatles (EP)
1994 : Green Day release their third album (their first on a major label), Dookie. That night, they play a gig at Slim's in San Francisco with The Dead Milkmen.

TV, Radio, Press (4)

1941 : Downbeat magazine reports that Glenn Miller has signed a new three-year contract with RCA Victor... for the unprecedented sum of $750 per side.
1963 : Linda Scott appears on Arthur Godfrey's Sounds Of New York TV special on CBS.
1976 : Despite the very public divorce of its two stars and two ill-fated solo variety shows in the interim, the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour reappears on CBS as The Sonny and Cher Show.
1985 : The Eagles' Glenn Frey makes his acting debut in an episode of NBC's Miami Vice.
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