1996 Gene Kelly, one of the most famous dancers of his time, dies at age 83. Kelly was also an accomplished singer, known for crooning the title track of Singin' In The Rain.
1993 Willie Nelson settles his $17 million tax debt with the US Internal Revenue Service by paying them $9 million in cash and assets already seized. Some of the cash was raised through sales of his 1991 album The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories, released specifically to fund his payout.
1979 Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols, out on bail after being accused of killing his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, dies of a heroin overdose at age 21.
1973 Elvis Presley meets Muhammad Ali in Las Vegas. The two exchange gifts, and Ali later says, "I felt sorry for him because he didn't enjoy life the way he should. He stayed indoors all the time. I told him he should go out and see people."
1959 At the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper play their last show as part of the "Winter Dance Party" tour. Admission: $1.25. The last song of the night: The Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace."
2019 Marshmello performs a virtual concert inside the online game Fortnite that is seen by an estimated 10 million gamers. To pull it off, he is rigged to a body-motion suit that transfers his movements to the screen. It's the first large-scale integration of a concert within a video game.
2011 Leonard Cohen's first grandchild is born to proud parents Lorca Cohen, Rufus Wainwright and "deputy dad" Jorn Weisbrodt. Little Viva Katherine, named after Wainwright's mother, the folk singer Kate McGarrigle, is born only a year after Cohen reportedly remarked on childhood to both Lorca and Rufus: "You know, it's pretty much the only amazing thing there is."
2007 Joe Hunter, who played piano in the Motown house band The Funk Brothers, dies at age 79.
2007 The Spinners founding member Billy Henderson dies of complications from diabetes at age 67 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
2004 Exodus return after a 12-year hiatus with their sixth studio album, Tempo of the Damned.
2002 Paul Baloff, who sang on Exodus' 1985 debut album, Bonded Blood, dies of a heart attack at age 41.
1999 Freddy Fender is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1992 Todd Rundgren has his third child, a son named Rebop.
1976 Lynyrd Skynyrd release Gimme Back My Bullets. It's their fourth album, following Nuthin' Fancy and preceding Street Survivors, which is their last release before a fatal plane crash ends the original lineup.
1975 Billy Mohler, best known as a member of The Calling, is born in Laguna Beach, California.
1975 Stevie Wonder's daughter Aisha (heard crying at the beginning of "Isn't She Lovely") is born. Aisha is Wonder's first child, born to Yolanda Simmons.
1973 NBC debuts The Midnight Special rock variety show, its response to ABC's popular In Concert series. The first host: Helen Reddy.
1973 Emerson, Lake and Palmer keyboard player Keith Emerson injures his hands when a rigged piano explodes prematurely during a San Francisco gig, leaving him with minor cuts and a broken fingernail.
The song is the title track to the 1973 movie starring Streisand opposite Robert Redford. Audiences fall for the love story and the song becomes a huge hit, spending a total of three weeks at #1 and becoming the top-selling single of 1974 in America. The song wins the Oscar for Best Original Song and the Grammy for Song of the Year, and Marvin Hamlisch's score for the film takes both the Oscar and the Grammy in that category. (Streisand loses the Best Actress Academy Award to Glenda Jackson in A Touch Of Class.) Marvin Hamlisch wrote the song along with the husband-and-wife team of Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Streisand made a major contribution to the composition, however, suggesting the original lyric, "Daydreams, like the corners of my mind," be changed to "Memories, like the corners of my mind." In 1976, Streisand pulls off another remarkably successful movie/song combo, starring in A Star Is Born and recording the hit song "Evergreen."
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