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2009 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at the Bridgestone halftime show during Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

2007 Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti, who twice won the Pulitzer Prize for the '50s operas The Consul and The Saint of Bleecker Street, dies at age 95.

2007 Wayne Fontana, famous for fronting Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, pours gasoline on the car of a bailiff sent to collect a debt, and sets the vehicle on fire. At his hearing in November, Fontana shows up dressed as Lady Justice, complete with sword and scales. The judge is not amused, sentencing him to 11 months in prison, and stating: "He has come dressed as a fool and he wants to act like a fool - I hope they give him a prison uniform at Nottingham Prison to keep him warm."

2003 Latin-jazz percussionist Mongo Santamaria dies after suffering a stroke at age 85.

1994 Green Day release their third album (their first on a major label), Dookie. That night, they play a gig at Slim's in San Francisco with The Dead Milkmen.

1994 Harry Styles of One Direction is born in Cheshire, England.

1989 Paul Robi (of The Platters) dies of cancer at age 57 in Los Angeles, California.

1988 The Cars disband.

1987 Journey wrap up their Raised on Radio tour with a show in Anchorage, Alaska. It's their last tour with Steve Perry, who makes one more album with the band, Trial by Fire, in 1996.

1986 Dick James, co-founder of DJM Records and the Beatles' publishing company Northern Songs, dies of a heart attack at age 65.

1986 Diana Ross weds Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Geneva, Switzerland.

1985 The Eagles' Glenn Frey makes his acting debut in an episode of NBC's Miami Vice that is based on his song "Smuggler's Blues."

1984 The musical drama Footloose opens in theaters. Footloose's soundtrack features Kenny Loggins, Deniece Williams, and Sammy Hagar, among others. Two #1 hits result: "Footloose" and "Let's Hear it For the Boy."

1979 Blondie hits #1 in the UK with "Heart Of Glass," the first of their six #1 hits in Britain. Three months later, the song tops the US chart.

1976 Despite the very public divorce of its two stars and two ill-fated solo variety shows in the interim, the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour reappears on CBS as The Sonny and Cher Show.

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Bill Murray Gets "Physical" On Letterman

1982

Bill Murray is the first guest on Late Night with David Letterman, hosted by an irreverent comedian with funny teeth. He sings the hit song "Physical," doing an aerobic routine along with his performance.


After chatting with Dave for about 10 minutes, Murray turns to the band and asks, "You guys know the new Olivia Newton-John thing?" They launch into "Physical," and Murray does some awkward aerobics while singing lines like:

I gotta handle you just right
You know what I mean


He wraps up the bit by bringing a female crew member on stage to join him, spastically singing until they go to commercial.

The performance sets the anything-can-happen tone for Letterman's show, which lasts 33 years in late night. It's also a worthy sendup of the aerobics craze that is sweeping America.

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