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1952 Duane Roland (Molly Hatchet guitarist) is born in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

1951 Mike Stock of the British songwriting/production team Stock, Aitken & Waterman is born.

1949 Nicky Stevens (Brotherhood of Man vocalist) is born Helen Thomas in Carmarthen, Wales.

1949 Mickey Thomas (Jefferson Starship singer) is born in Cairo, Georgia.

1948 Ozzy Osbourne is born John Michael Osbourne in Birmingham, England. He becomes the lead singer of Black Sabbath.

1947 John Wilson (drummer for Them) is born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

1944 Pop singer Paul Nicholas is born Paul Oscar Beuselinck in Peterborough, England. As an actor, he's known for starring in the 1983 BBC TV sitcom Just Good Friends.

1931 Pop singer Jaye P. Morgan is born Mary Margaret Morgan in Mancos, Colorado. Her high school classmates nickname Mary, the class treasurer, "Jaye P." after the famous banker J. Pierpont Morgan.

1927 Columbia Records talent scout Frank Buckley Walker records Blind Willie Johnson, Billiken Johnson, and Coley Jones in Dallas, Texas. The recordings turn Johnson into one of the most popular musical acts of his time and capture his immortal "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground."

1927 Andy Williams is born in Wall Lake, Iowa.

1925 George Gershwin premieres his "Concerto In F," the first jazz concerto for piano and orchestra, at New York City's Carnegie Hall. Gershwin is also the featured soloist on flugelhorn.

1925 Country singer Ferlin Husky is born in Cantwell, Missouri.

1907 Connee Boswell (of the '30s jazz trio The Boswell Sisters) is born in Kansas City, Missouri.

1863 Gussie Davis, the first popular black Tin Pan Alley composer, is born in Dayton, Ohio.

1721 Johann Sebastian Bach marries Anna Magdalena Wilcken.

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Adam Sandler Introduces "The Chanukah Song" On Saturday Night Live

1994

Adam Sandler performs "The Chanukah Song" on the Weekend Update segment of Saturday Night Live, enlightening us to the fact that Harrison Ford, Paul Newman and David Lee Roth (among many others) are, in fact, Jewish. Released as a single the following year, the song reaches #10 US and becomes a seasonal favorite.

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