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1962 : The Twist craze peaks, with a re-released version of Chubby Checker's song at #1 for the last time.
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Band Dynamics (1)

1980 : The Ants of Adam & the Ants leave to join Bow Wow Wow, whose manager, the punk godfather Malcolm McLaren, presents the offer. Adam Ant had paid McLaren £1000 for musical advice, for which he learned about African beats, but lost his band, which he quickly replaced.

Births (12)

1829 : William Mason
1933 : Zeke Carey (The Flamingos)
1934 : Ann Cole
1936 : Jack Scott
1939 : Doug Kershaw
1939 : Ray Stevens
1941 : Aaron Neville
1941 : Neil Diamond (yes, that's his real name) is born in Brooklyn, New York.
1947 : Warren Zevon
1949 : John Belushi (The Blues Brothers)
1953 : Matthew Wilder
1955 : Jools Holland (Squeeze)

Certifications and Milestones (3)

1962 : The Beatles sign their first and only management contract with Brian Epstein at the manager's offices at 12 Whitechapel St. in Liverpool. Epstein is to receive a full one-quarter of the band's earnings, yet to prove his worth, he does not sign the contract until the following October.
1970 : Dr. Robert Moog unveils the "minimoog" synthesizer, one of the first portable synth keyboards, at a price of $2,000. The American Federation of Musicians at first opposes the instrument, fearing its "realistic" settings will put horn and string sections out of work. The minimoog becomes the first synth to go on tour with rock bands.
1973 : Donny Osmond's LP Too Young is certified gold.

Charts (5)

1957 : Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" enters the UK charts at #1, the first single to ever do so.
1959 : The Platters' "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" is on top of the Billboard Pop Chart.
1962 : The Twist craze peaks, with a re-released version of Chubby Checker's song at #1 for the last time.
1976 : Diana Ross's "Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" hits #1.
1976 : Bob Dylan's LP Desire hits #1.

Concerts and Festivals (4)

1961 : On his first night in New York, Bob Dylan plays a show at the club Cafe Wha?, a venue that would become a focal point of the Folk scene.
1969 : Jethro Tull play their first American show, opening for Blood, Sweat & Tears at New York's Fillmore East.
1980 : Pink Floyd advertise their upcoming four-city world tour to promote their album The Wall with a special billboard on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip that was gradually covered up each day with a brick until an entire wall was built over it.
2000 : Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young open the first tour of the full quartet in 25 years with a show at Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, MI.

Deaths (2)

1970 : James "Shep" Sheppard (Shep & the Limelites, The Heartbeats)
1986 : Gordon MacRae

Good Deeds (1)

2009 : Kings Of Leon play a fundraiser for the University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital at the House of Blues in Chicago. Despite the $150 ticket price, the show sells out.

Health Issues (2)

2002 : In San Antonio, Texas, Tex-Mex legend Freddy Fender receives a much-needed kidney transplant from his daughter, Marla Huerta Garcia.
2015 : INXS guitarist Tim Farriss severs the ring finger on his left hand while operating a winch on his boat. Doctors reattach the digit after two surgeries.

Incidents (3)

1961 : Mel Blanc, who was the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and many other cartoon favorites, gets in a horrible car accident on a stretch of road in Los Angeles known as "Dead Man's Curve." Hearing the news, Roger Christian is inspired to write a song about the treacherous turn.
1962 : Danny Peppermint, singer of the original version of "Peppermint Twist," is hospitalized after being electrocuted by a live mic during a gig at the Thunderbird in Las Vegas.
1981 : Aerosmith's Steven Tyler gets in a nasty motorcycle accident with his 17-year-old babysitter riding on the back. He spends the remainder of the year recovering, which delays the band's next album, Rock In A Hard Place.

Legal Issues (1)

2005 : Country-pop singer Lynn Anderson is arrested for stealing a Harry Potter DVD from a supermarket in Taos, NM, and then, allegedly, punching the arresting officer in the stomach.

Miscellaneous (2)

1982 : Diana Ross sings the national anthem at Superbowl XVI in Pontiac, MI.
2012 : Pete Townshend sells the publishing rights to the songs he has written to the Spirit Music Group, which plans to place more of his music in TV shows, movies and commercials. Townshend's catalog includes about 400 songs, most of which he wrote for The Who.

Movies (1)

1965 : Gerry and the Pacemakers' first film, Ferry Cross The Mersey, premieres in the UK at the Liverpool Odeon Theater. It is the first rock musical filmed on location in Liverpool, and the era's only film document of the Merseybeat scene. The hit title track was written specifically for the movie.

Recordings (4)

1936 : Benny Goodman, "Stompin' At The Savoy"
1957 : Elvis Presley, "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear"
1967 : Aretha Franklin records her first Top 10 Pop hit, "(I Never Loved A Man) The Way That I Love You," at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Aretha's husband/manager Ted White had beef with a horn player during the session and ended up getting in a fight with the studio owner, so the recording was completed in New York.
1969 : The Beatles: "Two Of Us," "Maggie Mae," "Dig A Pony," "I've Got A Feeling"
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