1995 Atlantic Records posts "Caught A Lite Sneeze," the first single from Tori Amos' album Boys For Pele, on their website in RealAudio format, marking the first time a full track by a major artist has been made available for download before its official release.
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.
2015 Peter Garrett, frontman for the incendiary Aussie rock band Midnight Oil, publishes his memoir, Big Blue Sky.
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.
1983 Run-D.M.C. release their second single, "Hard Times," a song about financial struggles. It's the first rap song to get covered by another rap group, having first appeared on Kurtis Blow's debut album in 1980.
1981 Bad Brains play the last-ever show at Max's Kansas City, a storied New York City nightclub where The Velvet Underground, David Bowie, and The New York Dolls all played early in their careers. Their opening act is a group of teenagers from Brooklyn called The Beastie Boys.
1973 The Carpenters' "Top Of The World" is certified Gold.
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.
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.
The press gets wind of the union in London, where 22-year-old Lewis – riding high on piano-pounding hits like "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great Balls of Fire" – is embarking on his first-ever tour. A Daily Mail reporter notices Lewis' child bride in the rocker's entourage and asks who she is. "I'm Jerry Lee's wife," she replies. The ensuing outrage forces Lewis back to the States where he quickly realizes the scandal has followed him home. His once-promising single "High School Confidential" stalls on the charts and a New York crowd boos him off the stage. Effectively blacklisted, Lewis fades from the spotlight over the next decade, but makes a surprise comeback in 1968 on the country music scene with a hit recording of Jerry Chestnut's "Another Place, Another Time." By the mid-'70s, he notches 16 more Top 10 hits on the country tally and becomes one of the biggest country singers in the world – or, as he boldly declares to the conservative Grand Ole Opry crowd: "I am a rock and rollin', country & western, rhythm & blues singing motherf--ker!" Despite the fallout from his union with Myra, Lewis doesn't shy away from wedding bells; he marries a total of six times. The rock gods also begin smiling down on Lewis again as he's one of the first artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, restoring his reputation as rock's original wild man.
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