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1983 "Come On Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners goes to #1 in the US. It's the only American hit for the English group, but they are far more successful in the UK, where among their hits is the #1 "Geno."

1977 Thelma Houston's disco plea "Don't Leave Me This Way," originally recorded by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes in 1975, hits #1 in America.

1976 The Rolling Stones release their album Black And Blue, which contains "Fool To Cry" and "Hot Stuff."

1969 Los Angeles' famed folk and rock club The Ash Grove, launching pad for everyone from Linda Ronstadt to Canned Heat, catches fire and nearly burns to the ground.

1968 Stan Frazier (drummer for Sugar Ray) is born Charles Stanton Frazier in Orange County, California.

1965 Life magazine runs a 22-page cover story on Frank Sinatra, the longest feature on an entertainer in the publication's history.

1964 The Beatles shoot the "Can't Buy Me Love" scene for their movie A Hard Day's Night on a south London athletic field augmented with a helipad.

1963 Bob Dylan records "Girl Of The North Country," "Masters Of War," "Talking World War III Blues," and "Bob Dylan's Dream."

1960 Paul McCartney and John Lennon perform as "the Nerk Twins" at the Fox and Hounds pub in Reading, England. The pub is owned by McCartney's cousin and her husband. The duo play another set the next day.

1960 Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark is born Stephen Maynard Clark in Sheffield, England.

1956 Elvis Presley plays Vegas for the first time with a two-week residency at the New Frontier hotel. He returns to the city in 1969 to launch his comeback.

1952 Narada Michael Walden, a producer who helped stage Aretha Franklin's comeback in the '80s, is born in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

1949 British rocker John Miles is born in Jarrow, County Durham, England.

1947 Rock bassist Glenn Cornick (of Jethro Tull) is born in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, England.

1940 Doo-wop singer Dale Houston (of Dale & Grace) is born Robert Dale Houston in Seminary, Mississippi.

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Ramones Debut Album Creates The Punk Sound

1976

The Ramones release their self-titled debut album, a punk rock landmark filled with frantic 2-minute songs like "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "Beat On The Brat."

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