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Awards and Honors

1997 : Perhaps trying to make amends for giving them just four awards when they were still together, The Grammys give The Beatles three awards: two for "Free As A Bird" and another for their Anthology video.
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Awards and Honors (2)

1985 : Bruce Springsteen wins his first Grammy, taking home the Best Male Vocal Performance award for "Dancing In The Dark." "What's Love Got To Do With It" by Tina Turner wins Song of the Year and Record of the Year.
1997 : Perhaps trying to make amends for giving them just four awards when they were still together, The Grammys give The Beatles three awards: two for "Free As A Bird" and another for their Anthology video.

Births (10)

1928 : Fats Domino is born Antoine Dominique Domino in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1932 : Johnny Cash is born in Kingsland, Arkansas, and would be raised in Dyess, Arkansas.
1943 : Paul Cotton (guitarist for Poco) is born Norman Paul Cotton in Fort Rucker, Alabama.
1943 : Bob "Bear" Hite (lead singer for Canned Heat) is born in Torrance, California.
1945 : Rocker Mitch Ryder is born William S. Levise Jr in Hamtramck, Michigan.
1947 : Pop singer Sandie Shaw is born Sandra Ann Goodrich in Dagenham, Essex, England.
1950 : Jonathan Cain (keyboardist, rhythm guitarist Journey) is born Jonathan Leonard Friga in Chicago, Illinois.
1953 : Michael Bolton is born Michael Bolotin in New Haven, Connecticut.
1961 : John "Jon Jon" Foster (The Bronski Beat) is born in Basildon, Essex, England.
1971 : Erykah Badu is born Erica Abi Wright in Dallas, Texas.

Charts (7)

1956 : Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" (his first million-seller) debuts on the Billboard charts.
1961 : #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Chubby Checker's "Pony Time"
1966 : The Beatles' Rubber Soul becomes the seventh album by the band to reach #1 on the US charts.
1966 : Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" hits #1.
1972 : Joe Tex's "I Gotcha" hits #1.
1975 : #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Eagles' "Best Of My Love"
1977 : The Eagles' "New Kid In Town" hits #1.

Concerts and Festivals (1)

1995 : Former Led Zeppelin duo Jimmy Page and Robert Plant kick off a year-long world tour in Pensacola, Florida, supporting their live No Quarter reunion album.

Deaths (6)

1977 : Blues guitarist Bukka White dies of cancer at age 67 in Memphis, Tennessee.
1977 : Doo wop singer Sherman Garnes (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) dies of a heart attack at age 36.
1990 : Cornell Gunter, former lead tenor for The Coasters, is murdered in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 53.
2003 : Fife player Othar "Otha" Turner dies in Gravel Springs, Mississippi, at age 95.
2008 : Drummer Buddy Miles dies of congestive heart disease in Austin, Texas, at age 60.
2011 : Mark Tulin (bassist for The Electric Prunes) dies of a heart attack while helping at an underwater cleanup event in Avalon, California, at age 62.

Debuts (1)

1955 : For the first time, sales of the newer, smaller 45rpm records outpace those of the old 78rpm variety.

Good Deeds (2)

2002 : The Bee Gees play what is to be their final concert, performing at Miami Beach's Love and Hope Ball, a benefit for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.
2002 : CCR's John Fogerty, Elton John, Eagles, Stevie Nicks, and Billy Joel, among others, perform at the multi-venue Los Angeles charity benefit Four Concerts for Artists' Rights, proceeds of which benefit a labor-friendly musicians' organization called the Recording Artists Coalition.

Health Issues (1)

1967 : After buying a ranch in Mississippi, Elvis Presley spends a lot of time on horses and gets saddlesores. He is referred to Dr. George Nichopoulos, who becomes his personal doctor and supplies his prescription drugs.

Legal Issues (3)

1954 : Responding to the rising popularity of black music, the United States congress proposes a bill forbidding distribution of "obscene, lewd, lascivious, or filthy publication, picture, disc, transcription, or other article capable of producing sound." The bill fails.
1955 : LaVern Baker sends a formal appeal letter to the US Congress to appeal a 1954 decision denying black artists a revision of the 1909 Copyright Act, a move which would make it harder for white pop artists to record exact copies of R&B hits and thus steal their thunder. Her appeal is turned down.
1998 : Rocker Tommy Lee of Motley Crue fame is formally charged with abusing his wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee, and one of their sons, Dylan.

Miscellaneous (1)

1975 : Harry Chapin's Broadway revue, The Night That Made America Famous, opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

Movies (1)

1964 : Elvis Presley begins filming his sixteenth movie, Roustabout, in Hollywood.

Recordings (3)

1962 : Al Hirt records "Java."
1964 : The Beatles: "And I Love Her," "I Should Have Known Better"
1965 : Elvis Presley: "Golden Coins," "Animal Instinct"

Releases (2)

1965 : Jimmy Page releases his first (and only) solo single: "She Just Satisfies."
1987 : The Beatles (aka The White Album) becomes the first Beatles album to be released on CD.

TV, Radio, Press (1)

2009 : The Biography Channel airs the debut episode of The Chris Isaak Hour, a new talk-show featuring top musical guests. In this episode, presenter Chris Isaak interviews country artist Trisha Yearwood.
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