2014 Country singer Dawn Sears (of The Time Jumpers) dies of lung cancer at age 53. She was a member of Vince Gill's road band and sang harmony on his 1992 album, I Still Believe In You.
2013 Tommy Ruger (drummer for The Nightcrawlers) dies of multiple health issues, including diabetes, in Port Orange, Florida, at age 67.
2012 Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar dies during surgery for a heart valve replacement in San Diego, California, at age 92. He was survived by two daughters, Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar. His son, musician Shubhendra Shankar, died in 1992.
1998 Lynn Strait (lead singer for Snot) dies in a car accident in Santa Barbara, California, at age 30.
1990 Led Zeppelin IV is certified Diamond, with sales of 10 million in America.
1989 Supporting Alice Cooper, Great White play Wembley Arena; the concert is broadcast later by The Friday Rock Show and is released the following year in Japan as Live In London.
1976 Al Stewart's "Year Of The Cat" enters the pop charts.
1973 Bobby Darin has an operation to repair his artificial heart valves at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles. He dies nine days later at age 37.
1973 The Carpenters' "Top Of The World" is certified Gold.
1972 The Rolling Stones release More Hot Rocks.
1972 Genesis play their first-ever US show at Massachusetts' Brandeis University.
1972 James Brown is arrested after a show in Knoxville, charged with disorderly conduct. Police were reacting to an informant who claimed Brown was trying to incite a riot. After Brown threatened a lawsuit, charges were dropped and police apologized for the "misunderstanding."
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1964 Sam Cooke is killed at age 33 when the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles (where rooms cost $3 a night) shoots him three times. The manager claims that Cooke assaulted her and that he tried to rape his companion. The incident was ruled a justifiable homicide.
1961 Motown Records scores their first #1 on the Hot 100 when The Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman" tops the chart.
1960 Aretha Franklin plays her first concert, performing at the Village Vanguard in New York City.
1957 In what remains one of the most shocking celebrity scandals, Jerry Lee Lewis marries 13-year-old Myra Gale Brown, who was the daughter of his cousin (and bass player), J.W. Brown. The marriage lasts 14 years but seriously damages Lewis' career.
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