2015 Kim Fowley dies of bladder cancer in Hollywood, California. The self-styled "Lord of Garbage" and founder of The Runaways was an infamous eccentric and was often sighted in his later days walking the Las Vegas strip with a cane, and his hair dyed green.
2011 Bluesman Fred Sanders Jr. dies of lung cancer at age 71.
2010 Charlie Daniels is rushed to the hospital after suffering a stroke. Daniels recovers and is released from the hospital two days later.
2003 In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lou Rawls is arrested on one count of battery against his girlfriend.
1998 James Brown is admitted to a South Carolina hospital for addiction to painkillers.
1994 Harry Nilsson, known by the mononym Nilsson, dies of heart failure at age 52, nearly one year after suffering a massive heart attack.
1993 Prolific lyricist Sammy Cahn, known for enduring tunes like "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," dies of heart failure at age 79.
1992 On an episode of the pop culture news show Entertainment Tonight, pop star Brenda Lee criticizes the selections for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, noting the lack of female talent - such as The Shirelles, Dionne Warwick, and Connie Francis. She calls them "the women who pioneered rock and roll" and points out that they're just as important as the men. Lee's remarks and others like her do eventually break the "glass ceiling" of rock recognition and Lee herself goes on to be included in several halls of fame recognizing her music talents. It never hurts to ask, does it?
1982 Harry Casey (the KC in KC and the Sunshine Band) is partially paralyzed in a Miami car crash. His recovery takes the better part of a year.
1981 Pitbull is born Armando Pérez in Miami.
1977 Leo Sayer's "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" hits #1.
1976 Joe Walsh replaces Bernie Leadon on guitar for Eagles.
1994 Counting Crows are the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, performing "Mr. Jones" and "Round Here." The appearance sparks sales of their debut album and sends radio stations scrambling to add the songs to their playlists. Despite this breakthrough appearance, the band is never asked back for the show.
1991 On the United Nations deadline for Iraq to remove troops from Kuwait, a new version of "Give Peace A Chance" is released, with contributions from Iggy Pop, Tom Petty, LL Cool J and dozens of others.More
1981 Stevie Wonder leads a rally in Washington to get Martin Luther King's birthday declared an official holiday. He performs his song "Happy Birthday," written for King, which becomes a rallying call for the movement.
1972 Don McLean's "American Pie" hits #1 US for the first of four weeks. The single runs 8:36 - you have to flip the 45 over to hear all of it.
1967 Mick Jagger does as he's told and sings "Let's Spend The Night Together" as "Let's Spend Some Time Together" when The Rolling Stones appear on the Ed Sullivan Show. Jagger rolls his eyes derisively when he sings the altered line.
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