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Concerts and Festivals

1959 : 17-year-old Bob Dylan (known then as Robert Zimmerman) sees Buddy Holly perform at the Duluth Armory in Minnesota. Three days later, Holly dies in a plane crash.
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Awards and Honors (1)

2010 : The Record Academy honors Leonard Cohen with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. During his acceptance speech, Cohen comments on his surprise at receiving a Grammy, joking that he "was always touched by the modesty of [the Recording Academy's] interest in my work."

Births (14)

1797 : Franz Schubert
1882 : Peter Dawson, famed Australian bass-baritone who made popular recordings of "Advance Australia Fair," "Waltzing Matilda," and "Song Of Australia," is born in Adelaide, South Australia, to Scottish parents Thomas and Alison Dawson.
1892 : Eddie Cantor
1921 : Mario Lanza
1923 : Carol Channing
1928 : Chuck Willis
1944 : Charlie Musselwhite
1946 : Terry Kath (Chicago)
1951 : Harry Wayne Casey (KC and the Sunshine Band)
1951 : Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music)
1956 : Johnny Rotten (The Sex Pistols)
1966 : Alan Jaworski (Jesus Jones)
1967 : Jason Cooper (The Cure)
1981 : Justin Timberlake is born in Memphis, Tennessee.

Certifications and Milestones (4)

1956 : Elvis Presley signs with the William Morris Agency in order to make himself available to film studios.
1968 : John Fred and his Playboy Band's "Judy In Disguise" is certified gold.
1968 : The American Breed's "Bend Me, Shape Me" is certified gold.
1972 : Joan Baez's album Any Day Now is certified gold.

Charts (3)

1960 : Jimmy Jones' "Handy Man" enters the R&B charts.
1970 : The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" hits #1.
1976 : The Ohio Players' "Love Rollercoaster" hits #1.

Concerts and Festivals (6)

1959 : 17-year-old Bob Dylan (known then as Robert Zimmerman) sees Buddy Holly perform at the Duluth Armory in Minnesota. Three days later, Holly dies in a plane crash.
1963 : A seventeen-year-old Neil Young makes his stage debut at a country club in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1979 : Bo Diddley opens up for punk band The Clash at the beginning of their first US tour.
1985 : Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty gives his first live performance in fourteen years at the Chaplin Stage in Hollywood, California.
1993 : Michael Jackson performs with 3,500 local children at the Superbowl XXVII in Pasadena, California.
1998 : The Bruce Springsteen "Come Together" benefit concert, organized for the family of a New Jersey police officer killed in the line of duty, turns into an impromptu E Street Band reunion that also features Southside Johnny and other Jersey musicians.

Deaths (4)

1970 : Slim Harpo
1971 : Mahalia Jackson's funeral is held at Chicago's Great Salem Baptist Church. Over 40,000 mourners attend the open-casket service, which features a closing version of "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" performed by Aretha Franklin. Famous mourners include Coretta Scott King, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Sammy Davis Jr.
1978 : Greg Herbert (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
1985 : Barbara Cowsill (The Cowsills)

Legal Issues (2)

1970 : In New Orleans, the Grateful Dead are arrested for possession of LSD and barbiturates, an incident which would inspire one of their most famous songs, "Truckin'." (Apparently the band had fun afoul of mob interests in Texas, and the mob alerted the NOPD. This explains lines like "Houston, too close to New Orleans" and "Set up, like a bowling pin.")
1977 : Claudine Longet is convicted of misdemeanor criminal negligence in relation to her shooting and killing Vladmir Sabich in March the previous year; she is given a slap on the wrist.

Miscellaneous (5)

1967 : While in Sevenoaks, Kent, England, John Lennon visits an antique shop and purchases a circus poster from 1843. It is this poster which inspires most of the lyrics to The Beatles' "Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite."
1969 : Billy Preston signs with Apple Records.
1971 : The Jackson 5 are given the key to their hometown of Gary, Indiana, by Mayor Robert Pastrick.
1988 : Herb Alpert performs the US National Anthem at Superbowl XXII in San Diego, California. (Chubby Checker performs at the halftime show.)
1999 : Cher performs the US national anthem at Superbowl XXXIII in Miami, FL. (Stevie Wonder performs at the halftime show.)

Recordings (2)

1956 : Elvis Presley: "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry," "Tutti Frutti"
1963 : The Beach Boys: "Surfin' U.S.A.," "Shutdown"

Releases (1)

1989 : Alabama: Southern Star

TV, Radio, Press (2)

1969 : Bobby Darin walks off the set of The Jackie Gleason Show when he is not allowed to perform his song "Long Line Rider," which deals with prisoner abuse.
2015 : Neo soul singer D'Angelo makes his debut appearance on SNL, performing "Really Love" and "The Charade" from his latest album, Black Messiah. His band, the Vanguard, wore t-shirts with the slogans "Black Lives Matter" and "I Can't Breathe" in reference to the controversial deaths of unarmed black men Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of white policemen in 2014. The singer also donned a hooded sweatshirt as a nod to Trayvon Martin, who suffered a similar fate in 2012.
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