2013 Steve Knight (keyboardist for Mountain) dies of complications from Parkinson's disease in New York, at age 77.
2009 The 12th annual Maple Blues Awards, the event honoring excellence among Canadian blues artists, is held by The Toronto Blues Society in Toronto, Canada. Jeff Healey sweeps three Maple Blues Awards including the coveted "Entertainer of the Year" honor.
2007 Denny Doherty (of The Mamas & The Papas) of kidney failure at age 66 after surgery for a stomach aneurysm.
2006 Wilson Pickett dies of a heart attack at age 64.
1993 The US Supreme Court rules that Tom Waits can keep all of the $2.5 million awarded him by a lower court. Waits had sued Frito-Lay for using a soundalike of him in a 1988 snack commercial.
1982 Bad Religion release their first full-length studio album, How Could Hell Be Any Worse?
1974 Al Wilson's "Show And Tell" hits #1.
1973 The Bobby Darin Show, starring the singer, debuts on NBC. It is canceled in April.
2012 The documentary Searching for Sugar Man premieres at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Malik Bendjelloul, the film traces the seemingly unbelievable-but-true musical career of Sixto Rodríguez.
1998 Carl Perkins dies at age 65 after suffering three strokes over the last two months.
1994 The Ninth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include The Animals, The Band, Duane Eddy, The Grateful Dead, Elton John, John Lennon, Bob Marley, and Rod Stewart. Axl Rose performs "Come Together" at the ceremony with Bruce Springsteen - it is Axl's last public appearance until 1998.
1971 The Beatles' "Helter Skelter" is played at Charles Manson's murder trial as evidence. Manson claimed the song was about an impending race war, and led to murderous acts.
1961 The night before John F. Kennedy's inauguration, Frank Sinatra throws a star-studded gala to eradicate the Democratic Party's $2 million campaign debt. With the help of Peter Lawford, fellow Rat Packer and husband of JFK's sister Patricia, Sinatra enlists elite entertainers for the evening, including Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte, Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman, and actors Laurence Olivier, Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, and Bette Davis.More
1943 Janis Joplin is born in Port Arthur, Texas.
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