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2016 Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dies at age 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

2015 Former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight is rushed to the hospital after pleading not guilty in his connection with a fatal hit-and-run just days before. His friend Terry Carter was killed in the incident and actor Cle Denyale Sloan was injured during an altercation over the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. Knight faces charges of murder and attempted murder, along with two counts of hit-and-run.

1990 Sean Kingston is born in Miami.

1989 "Wild Thing" by Tone Loc becomes the first rap single certified Platinum.

1980 Studio 54 throws one last bash with A-list regulars Diana Ross, Andy Warhol and Richard Gere before the owners, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager go to jail for tax evasion.

1979 The Blues Brothers' album Briefcase Full of Blues hits #1 in the US - not bad for two comedians (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) who formed the duo for Saturday Night Live.

1979 20 years after the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Del Shannon and The Drifters perform a tribute show in Clear Lake, Iowa, where Holly's last concert took place.

1978 Harry Chapin, who has started an organization to fight hunger called World Hunger Year, meets with US President Jimmy Carter to discuss the project.

1978 The TV-movie Dead Man's Curve, the first to deal with the tragic Jan & Dean story, premieres on ABC.

1977 Elton John resumes live performing in Sweden a mere fifteen months after announcing his "retirement" from the stage.

1976 David Bowie opens his US tour with a new persona: The Thin White Duke. He's dressed in a black-vested suit with slicked-back hair. Bowie later described the persona as "a nasty character indeed."

1973 Elton John's reptile rocker "Crocodile Rock" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.

1971 Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden" is certified gold.

1969 Beatles John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr hire Allen Klein as the group's new manager, against the express wishes of Paul McCartney, who preferred his father-in-law Lee Eastman. The dissension would prove to be the deciding factor in the group's breakup a year later.

1968 The Lemon Pipers' "Green Tambourine" hits #1.

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The Day The Music Died

1959

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson are killed in a plane crash. Don McLean would call it "The Day the Music Died" in his 1971 hit "American Pie."

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