1972 Blaming burnout, Steppenwolf breaks up for the first time, saying, "We were locked into an image and style of music and there was nothing for us to look forward to." That same day, Los Angeles mayor Sam Yorty declares it "Steppenwolf Day."
1972 The '50s tribute musical Grease opens off-Broadway at New York City's Eden Theatre, featuring Barry Bostwick and Adrienne Barbeau. The play is an instant hit, moving to Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre for a record 3,388 performances, and, not incidentally, spawning one of the most popular movies of all time.
1970 Billboard Magazine reports that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is "Mounting Total War Against Tape Pirating of Prerecorded Music."
1970 Sly and the Family Stone's "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" hits #1 in America.
1967 In New York City, Aretha Franklin r-e-c-o-r-d-s her famous cover of the Otis Redding song "Respect."
1967 The Beatles record "Only A Northern Song."
1966 Simon and Garfunkel's "Sounds Of Silence" is certified gold.
1964 The Dave Clark Five release "Bits And Pieces."
1961 The Platters sue Mercury Records for breach of contract in Chicago, citing the record label's refusal to pay royalties for songs on which leader Tony Williams does not, in fact, sing lead.
1958 CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite tells viewers that the government of Iran has banned rock and roll for being unhealthy and anti-Islamic. The "unhealthy" claim is backed by Iranian doctors who warn of hip damage due to "extreme gyrations."
1957 Jazz great Lionel Hampton debuts "King David," his only symphony, at New York's Town Hall.
1953 Teresa Brewer's "Till I Waltz Again with You" hits #1 in America.
1951 Simple Minds drummer Kenny Hyslop is born in Helensburgh, Scotland.
1950 Heart guitarist Roger Fisher is born.
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2003 The movie Daredevil is released, featuring two songs by a new band called Evanescence: "Bring Me To Life" and "My Immortal." Both songs later appear on the group's debut album, Fallen, and become hits.
2001 Prince launches the NPG Music Club, one of the first music subscription services. The club acts as a virtual hub for the Prince faithful, with a thriving community, online access to his music, VIP passes to concerts and other exclusives. It runs until 2006, when Prince shuts it down, saying it "has gone as far as it can go."
1996 Prince, 37, marries the 22-year-old model/belly dancer Mayte Garcia at a ceremony in Minneapolis. White doves are released when they exchange vows - no word on if they were crying. The marriage is annulled three years later, and Garcia takes up with Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe.
1992 Lead singer Vince Neil, who had been pursuing IndyCar racing, is booted from Mötley Crüe. "Race car driving has become a priority in Neil's life," the band's management says in a statement. "His band mates felt he didn't share their determination and passion for music." Neil returns to the fold in 1997.
1991 Boyz II Men release their debut album, CooleyHighharmony, with Michael Bivins of Bell Biv DeVoe as executive producer. Bivins' former group, New Edition, inspired the Boyz' name with their 1988 track "Boys To Men."
1987 Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" hits #1 in the US, where it stays for four weeks.
1981 The Funky 4 + 1 become the first hip-hop act to appear on national TV; they're the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, where they perform "That's The Joint."
1974 Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille (Captain & Tennille) are married in Virginia City, Nevada. Love keeps them together until 2014, when they divorce after nearly 40 years of marriage.
1970 After failing to get a suitable recording during their US tour, The Who play a standout show to 2,000 boisterous fans at Leeds University in England that becomes their classic album Live at Leeds.
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