1979 Sara Bareilles is born in Eureka, California.
1974 Nicole Appleton (of All Saints) is born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
1974 Carl Douglas' "Kung Fu Fighting" hits #1 in America for the first of two weeks.
1973 Todd Rundgren performs his hit "Hello It's Me" on The Midnight Special wearing a bizarre, bird-like outfit. Rundgren wrote the song in 1968, and by the time it became a hit, he had moved on to a psychedelic/art rock phase, which explains the incongruent wardrobe selection.
1971 Paul McCartney & Wings release their debut album, Wild Life (UK).
1963 Barbara Weathers (of Atlantic Starr) is born in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1962 At a pub in Chelsea, The Rolling Stones hold auditions for a bass player. They decide that Bill Wyman will do, since he has a nice amp. Wyman doesn't tell them that he has a wife and young son.
1958 Tim Butler (bassist for The Psychedelic Furs) is born in Teddington, Middlesex, England.
1957 The movie Jamboree, featuring a scene where Jerry Lee Lewis performs "Great Balls of Fire," debuts in theaters. Also appearing in the film are Fats Domino, Carl Perkins, Frankie Avalon and Connie Francis.
1956 Tommy Steele, billed as "Britain's answer to Elvis," makes his concert debut at Finsbury Park, Astoria, London.
1956 Rock! Rock! Rock!, one of the earliest Rock and Roll movies, opens in theaters. The film features the popular disc jockey Alan Freed along with Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers and LaVern Baker.
1949 Tom Waits is born in Pomona, California.
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1998 The Indiana University a cappella group Straight No Chaser perform their zany rendition of "Twelve Days of Christmas" at the school. In 2006, a video of the performance is uploaded to YouTube and goes viral, earning the group a record deal and sending the song to #5 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1973 Fleetwood Mac's manager, Clifford Davis, gets fed up with the premature cancellation of a tour and sends out his own version of the group with unknown musicians. It doesn't go well: the new band lasts just a few weeks and the real band wins the rights to their name after years of litigation.
1967 The Beatles' Apple Boutique officially opens its doors at 94 Baker Street in London. Seven months later, they close the boutique and give away the remaining merchandise.
1942 Harry Chapin is born in New York City.
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