1972 Matt Slocum (lead guitarist for Sixpence None the Richer) is born in Nashville, Tennessee.
1971 The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour begins a regular run on CBS after previously serving as a summer replacement. It stays on the air for three years.
1969 Diana Ross & The Supremes' "Someday, We'll Be Together" hits #1 in the US, the last of their 12 chart-toppers on that tally. It's the last release by the group with Diana Ross, who is the only member to perform on the track.
1969 Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin II hits #1 on the American albums chart.
1967 Bob Dylan releases John Wesley Harding.
1965 Davy Jones plays a junkie on the "If You Play Your Cards Right, You Too Can Be A Loser" episode of the TV series Ben Casey. Jones soon lands a lead role on The Monkees.
1964 The Supremes appear on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time, singing "Come See About Me." They would go on to appear 20 more times on Sullivan (14 with Diana Ross), more than any other rock act.
1960 Ray Charles records "One Mint Julep."
1958 While attending a class at the Liverpool College of Art, John Lennon meets student Cynthia Powell, later to become his first wife.
1952 David Knopfler (rhythm guitarist for Dire Straits) is born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1951 Folk rocker Karla Bonoff is born in Santa Monica, California. Linda Ronstadt covered several of her songs for the 1976 album Hasten Down The Wind, including "All My Life, a popular duet with Aaron Neville.
1950 Terry Bozzio (drummer for Missing Persons, Captain Beefheart) is born in San Francisco, California.
1948 Larry Byrom (guitarist for Steppenwolf) is born in Huntsville, Alabama.
1947 Albert Hodges, the father of English singer-songwriter Chas Hodges (of Chas & Dave), commits suicide the day before his son's fourth birthday.
1986 "Reet Petite," a #6 UK hit for Jackie Wilson in 1957, goes to #1 29 years later when it is re-released, and stays at the top for four weeks. Wilson died three years earlier after being incapacitated by a heart attack.
1985 The Krush Groove Christmas party becomes the first rap show held at Madison Square Garden. A tie-in with the movie Krush Groove, the concert features performances by LL Cool J, Run-DMC, Whodini and other acts who appeared in the film. The event makes headlines for the violence that follows, as 14 people are arrested for various crimes.
1975 The #1 song in America is "Let's Do It Again," a surprisingly lubricious song by the gospel group the The Staple Singers. The song was written by Curtis Mayfield for the film of the same name starring Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier.
1967 After establishing his career as a poet and writer, Leonard Cohen releases his first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, on Columbia Records. The album doesn't sell particularly well at first, peaking at #83 on the Billboard charts, but Cohen's powerful voice and lyrics in oft-covered tracks like "Suzanne" and "So Long, Marianne" become highly influential.
1960 Returning from Hamburg, Germany, The Beatles play a show in their hometown of Liverpool, England, with Chas Newby filling in for Stu Sutcliffe, who stays in Germany and never rejoins the band. The show gets a lot of attention, and is an early taste of Beatlemania.
1927 Show Boat opens at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Broadway, changing the paradigm for modern musicals.More
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