1961 Keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin, who is on tour with Smashing Pumpkins when he dies of a drug overdose in 1996, is born in Los Angeles. He is the brother of Wendy Melvoin of Wendy & Lisa.
1961 David Lovering (drummer for the Pixies) is born in Burlington, Massachusetts.
1957 The Diamonds release "The Stroll."
1956 Randy Rhoads (Quiet Riot guitarist) is born in Santa Monica, California.
1956 Peter Buck (lead guitarist for R.E.M.) is born in Berkeley, California. While attending the University of Georgia, he works at Wuxtry Records and meets future bandmate Michael Stipe.
1955 Rick Buckler (drummer for The Jam) is born in Woking, Surrey, England.
1952 The Mills Brothers' "The Glow-Worm" hits #1.
1949 Blues musician Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at age 60.
1947 Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown frontman) is born in Newbridge, Caerphilly, Wales.
1947 Jazz bassist Miroslav Vitous (of Weather Report) is born in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
1944 The Count Basie Orchestra records "Red Bank Boogie."
1943 Mike Smith (lead vocalist, keyboardist for The Dave Clark Five) is born in Edmonton, North London, England.
The Rolling Stones headline the Altamont concert at a speedway in California. It's a free event with Jefferson Airplane and Santana also on the bill, but it turns violent when the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, who are hired as security, kill a crowd member. The concert is documented in The Stones movie Gimme Shelter.Read more
2004 Mötley Crüe announce their "reunion/farewell tour," with drummer Tommy Lee returning to the fold after a 5-year absence. It is not their farewell: They tour every year until 2015, when they finally call it quits.
1995 Coolio wins Single Of The Year for "Gangsta's Paradise" at the Billboard Music Awards. When he performs the song at the ceremony, he is joined by Stevie Wonder, whose "Pastime Paradise" is the basis for Coolio's track.
1988 Roy Orbison dies of heart failure at age 52.
1977 Jackson Browne releases Running On Empty, a live album compiled from performances at various stops on his summer tour. Live albums typically rely on songs that have already been released, but this one features all new songs, the first major rock album to do so.
1975 Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years album hits #1 in America, his first solo album to top the chart.
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