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.More
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 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.
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."
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.
Indiana Governor Matthew Walsh bans the Kingsmen's version of "Louie Louie," calling it "pornographic" and making (literally) a federal case out of it.
Responding to complaints that the lyrics are obscene, The FBI does a thorough investigation, resulting in a 118-page report that is both confounding and wildly amusing. One letter of complaint reads: "We all know there is obscene materials available for those who seek it, but when they start sneaking in this material in the guise of the latest 'teen age rock & roll hit record,' these morons have gone too far. This land of ours is headed for an extreme state of moral degradation what with this record."
The song is sent to the "laboratory," where apparently it is dissected in an attempt to identify the lyrics - no easy task considering it is both distorted and mumbled.
At some point, the FBI figures out that someone made up a dirty version of the lyrics which was distributed in various cities, sparking a rumor that these were the actual words. A sample of this "dirty version":
Tonight at 10 I'll lay her again
We'll f--k your girl and by the way
And... on that chair I'll lay her there
I felt my bone... in her hair
The investigation spans several states, as transporting obscene material across state lines is an even more serious offense. In every state where an investigation takes place, they reach the same conclusion. The Detroit office writes: "The recording was hurriedly produced and the technique was poor but the record definitely was not obscene."
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