1958 Vicki Peterson, who along with her sister, Debbi, forms The Bangles, is born in Los Angeles.
1949 Dennis Greene, singer with The Kingsmen and Sha Na Na, is born in New York City.
1946 Naomi Judd is born Diana Ellen Judd in Ashland, Kentucky. She and daughter Wynonna form the country duo The Judds and release their first album, Why Not Me, in 1984.
1933 Country singer Goldie Hill is born in Texas. She lands a contract with Decca Records and releases her #1 hit "I Let the Stars Get In My Eyes" in 1953.
1924 Bluesman Slim Harpo is born James Isaac Moore in Lobdell, Louisiana.
1895 Laurens Hammond, inventor of the Hammond organ, is born in Evanston, Illinois.
2016 In the day after David Bowie's passing, his music videos on VEVO are viewed 51 million times, shattering the previous record of 36 million held by Adele after she released "Hello." Most of the views are for Bowie's last two videos, "Lazarus" and "Blackstar," which portend his death.
1998 Nike debuts its "I Can" commercial, introducing the British band The Verve to a wide American audience with the song "Bitter Sweet Symphony." The song becomes the band's only hit in the States, which is bittersweet because they had to sign away royalties to the song to get the publishing rights to the string sample.
1992 Paul Simon becomes the first international artist to perform in Johannesburg, South Africa, since the lifting of the UN boycott. Simon had violated the UN ban by traveling to South Africa years earlier to find musicians for his Graceland album.
1992 Nirvana make their first appearance on Saturday Night Live. They leave a mark: after performing their hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit," they play "Territorial Pissings" for their second song, then trash their instruments and anything else they can find on stage.
1971 Mary J. Blige is born in New York City. The "J." stands for Jane.
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