2015 Suge Knight, former bodyguard-turned-record producer, is the alleged perpetrator in a hit-and-run which leaves his friend Terry Carter dead and actor Cle Denyale Sloan injured. Knight was filming the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton when he reportedly fled the scene after an argument and plowed into the victims. Knight's lawyer confirms the incident, but refuses to say more as he's "waiting for a preliminary investigation for more information."
2015 Rod McKuen, songwriter, poet, and composer, dies during a bout of pneumonia at age 81. Frank Sinatra's 1969 A Man Alone album was a compilation of McKuen's songs, including "Love's Been Good To Me."
2014 Johnny Allen, a pianist and arranger for Motown and Stax Records, dies of complications from pneumonia at age 96. In 1971 he, along with Isaac Hayes, won a Grammy Award for his arrangement of the "Theme From Shaft."
2013 Kenneth Hodges (bass guitarist for Spanky & Our Gang) dies of pneumonia at age 76.
2008 Prog rock band The Mars Volta release their album The Bedlam in Goliath. As a promotion, the band also gives away a CD-vinyl single, a special format with an optical side readable in CD players and a vinyl side that plays on a turntable for about three minutes. Both sides contain a cover of Pink Floyd's "Candy and a Currant Bun."
The Bedlam in Goliath debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200.
1995 Ken Jensen (drummer for D.O.A.), age 29, dies of smoke inhalation while trying to escape a house fire.
1994 Mary Wilson (of The Supremes) is injured and her 14-year-old son is killed in a California auto accident.
1981 Blues rocker Jonny Lang is born Jon Gordon Langseth, Jr. in Fargo, North Dakota.
1977 Rose Royce's "Car Wash" hits #1.
1974 Grand Funk records "The Loco-Motion" after Mark Farner comes into the studio singing the song.
1969 Peggy Lee records "Is That All There Is."
1964 The Beatles record "Sie Liebt Dich" (the German version of "She Loves You").
1962 Marcus Vere (of Living In A Box) is born in the UK.
1962 Peter, Paul and Mary sign with Warner Brothers Records.
1997 The Paul Simon musical The Cape Man, opens on Broadway (it lasts only 68 performances).
1991 At the American Music Awards, Gloria Estefan performs live for the first time since a tour bus accident 10 months earlier where she seriously injured her back. She debuts her new single, "Coming Out Of The Dark," which is inspired by her recovery.
1979 16-year-old Brenda Spencer shoots at an elementary school, killing two adults and injuring nine kids. When asked why she did it, she replies, "I don't like Mondays," which the Boomtown Rats use as the title for a song about the incident.
1969 The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour debuts on CBS. A homey variety show with Steve Martin on board as a writer, it lasts three seasons and draws impressive ratings. Campbell, who had been a regular guest on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, gets even more exposure later in 1969 when he stars in the John Wayne movie True Grit.
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