1963 Bobby Darin records "Eighteen Yellow Roses."
1963 With his contract with Imperial Records expiring, Fats Domino signs with ABC-Paramount and begins recording in Nashville.
1958 Selwyn Brown (keyboardist for Steel Pulse) is born in London, England.
1957 Perry Como's "Round And Round" hits #1.
1956 Having impressed Paramount Studios with his screen test five days earlier, Elvis Presley is signed to a seven-year, three-picture deal worth nearly half a million dollars.
1956 The Capitol Tower, new home of Capitol Records, opens on the corner of Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles. The 13-story building, which resembles a stack of records, houses three new recording studios where Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Linda Ronstadt, and many other stars will lay down tracks. The building becomes an LA landmark, with the red light at the top flashing "HOLLYWOOD" in Morse Code.
1953 Christopher Franke (of the electronic group Tangerine Dream) is born in Berlin, Germany.
1952 Original Accept singer (and later frontman of UDO), Udo Dirkschneider, is born in Wuppertal, Germany.
1947 Drummer Tony Connor (of Hot Chocolate) is born in Romford, England.
1944 Bass guitarist John Stax (of The Pretty Things) is born in Crayford, Kent, England.
1944 Alan Lee Brackett of the Peanut Butter Conspiracy is born in Los Angeles, California.
1942 Anita Pallenberg is born in Rome. A model, she has a short relationship with Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones and a long one with Keith Richards, with whom she has three children.
1937 Country musician Merle Haggard is born in Oildale, California. For the first years of his life, he lives in an abandoned boxcar that his father converted into a home.
1929 Composer and pianist Andre Previn - known for Academy Award-winning scores to Gigi, Porgy & Bess, Irma la Douce, and My Fair Lady - is born Andreas Ludwig Priwin in Berlin, Germany.
1927 Jazz musician Gerry Mulligan is born in Queens, New York City.
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2016 On his 79th birthday, Merle Haggard dies at his ranch in Northern California. Haggard placed 71 songs in the Top 10 of the Country chart during his lifetime.
1992 Annie Lennox releases her first solo album, Diva, with the hits "Why" and "Walking On Broken Glass."More
1980 Andrew Wood forms the group Malfunkshun in Seattle, Washington, marking what some consider the beginning of grunge. The music of Malfunkshun makes an impact on Wood's roommate Chris Cornell, who forms Soundgarden. Wood moves on to Mother Love Bone, and after he dies of a heart attack in 1990, that group adds Eddie Vedder and becomes Pearl Jam.
1974 Billy Joel scores his first Top 40 hit with "Piano Man," which comes in at #33 (it peaks at #25 two weeks later).
1968 The Graduate soundtrack hits #1 in America thanks to Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson," which tops the Hot 100 less than two months later.More
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