2017 Buddy Greco dies in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 90. Greco was a jazz singer who recorded several hit songs across all genres, his most popular being a cover of "The Lady is a Tramp." He also palled around with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, and was considered one of the Rat Pack's "mascots."
2011 Margaret Whiting, a popular singer who duetted with Johnny Mercer on the seasonal favorite "Baby It's Cold Outside," dies at age 86.
2009 Fergie marries actor Josh Duhamel in Malibu, California.
2008 Panic! At The Disco announce they will be dropping their "!" with the release of their next album, Pretty. Odd.
2003 British and Dutch police recover 500 Beatles master tapes missing since they were stolen from Abbey Road studios about 30 years earlier.
1997 James Brown gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1995 Rory Gallagher plays his last concert, in the Netherlands. Five months later he dies of complications from a liver transplant.
1985 Chris Isaak releases his debut album, Silvertone. The LP is named after his three-piece backup band.
1979 Richard Carpenter of the Carpenters enters the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, to treat an addiction to quaaludes. He takes a year off after his treatment.
1979 Chris Smith, the half of Kris Kross known as "Daddy Mac," is born in Atlanta. The duo has a #1 hit in 1992 with "Jump."
1964 The Beatles release their first album in the US: Introducing... The Beatles.
1956 Folk singer Shawn Colvin is born in South Dakota. Her song "Sunny Came Home" (about a woman who burns her house down) wins the Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1998.
1953 Perry Como's "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes" hits #1 in the US.
2006 The High School Musical soundtrack is released. It sells 6000 copies its first week, but after the movie airs on January 20, it does a lot better, eventually selling over 4 million, making it the #1 album of 2006.
1976 C.W. McCall's "Convoy" hits #1 in the US amid fascination with trucker culture and CB radios.
1953 Pat Benatar is born Patricia Andrzejewski in Lindenhurst, Long Island, New York. She drops her training as a classical singer and eventually becomes a spandexed pop rocker.
1949 The vinyl record format war heats up as RCA introduces the 45-RPM, 7-inch record. It eventually replaces the 78-RPM record for "singles" - one song on each side. The format takes off in the early years of the rock era.
1948 Donald Fagen of Steely Dan is born in Passaic, New Jersey.
1943 Jim Croce is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.