1982 Billy Joel breaks his left wrist when a car slams into his motorcycle in Long Island. He has surgery on his hand and stays in the hospital for over a month.
1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd is celebrated before the Atlanta Braves home opener in a ceremony to honor the band for their live album One More For The Road, which was recorded at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
1977 The Stranglers' debut full-length album, Rattus Norvegicus, is released. Produced by Martin Rushent, the album spawns one of punk's all-time classics, "Peaches."
1974 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases their second album, Second Helping.
1972 Roberta Flack's "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" hits #1. The song was written by Ewan MacColl in 1957.
1972 Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen's "Hot Rod Lincoln" enters the charts.
1971 Rolling Stone reports that the Illinois Crime Commission has issued a list of "drug-oriented rock records," which includes Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit," Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale," and "Puff The Magic Dragon" by Peter, Paul and Mary.
1970 Michael Wadleigh's Woodstock, a film chronicle of the famed 1969 counterculture festival, wins the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
1969 The Beatles record "The Ballad of John and Yoko."
1969 Archie Bell of The Drells completes his tour of duty in Vietnam and is discharged from the US Army.
1968 Alt-rock guitarist Ed O'Brien (of Radiohead) is born in Oxford, England.
1968 Aretha Franklin records "Think."
1967 Nancy and Frank Sinatra's "Somethin' Stupid" goes to #1 in America for the first of four weeks. It's the only father-daughter duet to top the Hot 100.
1966 Samantha Fox, known for her ti... we mean, hits, "Touch Me (I Want Your Body)" and "Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)," is born in London.
2012 A virtual Tupac Shakur performs at the Coachella festival, rapping "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" before disappearing in a flash. Often reported as a hologram, the technology used to bring Tupac to life is later revealed to be a system of mirrors, glass and computer animation.
1972 Billy Joel plays a concert at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia which is broadcast by the local radio station WMMR. After the show, the station puts his performance of "Captain Jack" in rotation, and Joel builds a following. This leads to a contract with Columbia Records, which releases Joel's breakthrough album, Piano Man, in 1973.
1971 The Beatles win their only Oscar, taking Best Original Song Score for their movie Let It Be.
1964 Ringo Starr famously tells the other Beatles after a long day of filming their first movie, that it's been "a hard day's night." John Lennon turns the phrase into a song, and the movie title is changed from Beatlemania! to A Hard Day's Night.
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