1943 Eric Haydock (original bass guitarist for The Hollies) is born in Stockport, Cheshire, England.
1943 Folk rocker Shawn Phillips is born in Fort Worth, Texas. He starts his music career as a session musician for Donovan.
1941 Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra records "Amapola."
1940 Angelo D'Aleo (of Dion & The Belmonts) is born in the Belmont neighborhood of The Bronx, New York City.
1935 Blues rocker Johnny "Guitar" Watson is born in Houston, Texas.
1928 Pop singer Frankie Vaughan is born Frank Ableson in Liverpool, England.
1920 Actor/singer Russell Arms is born in Berkeley, California. In the '50s, he becomes a popular vocalist on the NBC series Your Hit Parade.
1809 German composer Felix Mendelssohn is born in Hamburg.
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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