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1964 With The Beatles' album A Hard Day's Night already at #1 in America, the title track also hits the top spot, where it stays for two weeks. The film of that name - the first Beatles movie - is released in America 10 days later.

1963 Coolio is born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. in Compton, California. He gets his stage name when a friend sees him playing guitar and says, "Who do you think you are, Coolio Iglesias?"

1963 Beatles Monthly magazine debuts. It publishes for six years.

1960 Suzi Gardner (guitarist and vocalist for L7) is born in Sacramento, California.

1960 Rapper Chuck D (of Public Enemy) is born Carlton Douglas Ridenhour in Queens, New York.

1960 Aretha Franklin begins her first non-gospel recording session, an abortive attempt at jazz-pop with the Columbia label.

1960 Chubby Checker releases "The Twist," starting a dance craze that soon grips the nation.

1959 Joe Elliot (lead vocalist for Def Leppard) is born is Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.

1958 Songwriter/composer Michael Penn, brother of actor Sean Penn, is born in Greenwich Village, New York.

1958 His contract up at Sun Records, Johnny Cash leaves Memphis, moves to Los Angeles, and signs with Columbia Records.

1953 Blues guitarist/singer Robert Cray is born in Columbus, Georgia.

1951 Guitarist Tommy Bolin (of Deep Purple and the James Gang) is born in Sioux City, Iowa.

1951 Tim Bachman (of Bachman-Turner Overdrive) is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

1947 Bassist Rick Anderson (of The Tubes) is born in St. Paul, Minnesota.

1946 Boz Burrell (bass player for Bad Company) is born in Holbeach, Lincolnshire, England.

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MTV Launches In America


MTV goes on the air, bringing music videos to the masses - at least the ones with cable.

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