1974 Melanie Chisholm - also known as Mel C or "Sporty Spice" of The Spice Girls - is born in Whiston, England.
1974 Jim Croce's album You Don't Mess Around with Jim hits #1 in the US.
1970 Raekwon aka "The Chef" of Wu-Tang Clan is born Corey Quontrell Wood in Staten Island, New York.
1970 Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine is born in Long Beach, California.
1968 The Supremes play a trio of nuns on the Tarzan episode "The Convert."
1968 The Doors' album Strange Days is certified gold.
1965 NBC debuts the variety show Hullabaloo!, their answer to ABC's Shindig!. The first episode features The New Christy Minstrels, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Zombies (introduced by Jack Jones), and Woody Allen.
1963 Steve Lawrence's "Go Away Little Girl," written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, hits #1 in the US.
1959 Per Gessle of Roxette is born in Sweden.
1955 A teenaged Etta James releases her first single, the #1 R&B hit "The Wallflower," re-titled from the scandalous-sounding "Roll With Me, Henry."
1955 NRBQ drummer Tommy Ardolino is born in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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1993 At the eighth annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Cream, Ruth Brown, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Frankie Lymon & the teenagers, Etta James, Van Morrison, and Sly & the Family Stone are welcomed into the hall. Cream reunite on stage, but Morrison skips the ceremony, becoming the first living inductee to do so.More
1991 "I Touch Myself" by Australian new wave girl group Divinyls hits #1 on the Australian ARIA chart, #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and #10 on the UK charts. This is a landmark event, as the song deals very frankly with female libido and sexual desire - not just as the passive object of a male.
1974 Steve Miller's "The Joker" hits #1 in the US, leaving many to wonder what exactly is the "pompatus of love."
1959 Berry Gordy, who had a hit as a songwriter with "Lonely Teardrops," launches the Tamla Record Company with $800 he borrowed from his family. A year later, he changes the label's name to Motown Records.
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