1968 The Lemon Pipers' "Green Tambourine" hits #1.
1967 The Beatles record "A Day In The Life."
1967 Joe Meek, an experimental pop pioneer who wrote and produced the Tornados' "Telstar," fatally shoots his landlady before turning the gun on himself.
1964 The Beach Boys release "Fun, Fun, Fun," which stalls at #5 in the US, thanks to Beatlemania.
1961 Bob Dylan makes his first recordings, versions of "San Francisco Bay Blues" and "Jesus Met the Woman at the Well," at the home of friends Sid and Bob Gleason in East Orange, New Jersey.
1956 Lee Ranaldo (guitarist for Sonic Youth) is born in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York.
1950 The Ames Brothers' "Rag Mop" hits #1.
1949 Arthur Kane (bass guitarist for New York Dolls) is born in The Bronx, New York City.
1947 Dave Davies (lead guitarist for The Kinks) is born in Fortis Green, London, England.
1947 Folk/country singer Melanie is born Melanie Anne Safka in Astoria, Queens, New York.
1945 Johnny Cymbal is born John Hendry Blair in Ochiltree, Ayrshire, Scotland.
1943 Dennis Edwards (of The Temptations) is born in Fairfield, Alabama. He replaces lead singer David Ruffin in 1968.
1989 "Wild Thing" by Tone Loc becomes the first rap single certified Platinum, with sales of over a million.
1976 David Bowie opens his US tour with a new persona: The Thin White Duke. He's dressed in a black-vested suit with slicked-back hair. Bowie later described the persona as "a nasty character indeed."
1960 Frank Sinatra launches the first fully artist-owned label, Reprise Records (pronounced "repreeze"), so he can own his own masters. Some of his cohorts, including Dean Martin and Rosemary Clooney, join the label, which is sold to Warner Brothers in 1963, where it becomes home to a number of famous acts, including Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell and Green Day.
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