1970 Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine is born in Long Beach, California.
1970 Raekwon aka "The Chef" of Wu-Tang Clan is born Corey Quontrell Wood in Staten Island, New York.
1968 The Doors' album Strange Days is certified gold.
1965 NBC television airs the first episode of the pop show Hullabaloo! which is designed to compete with ABC's popular Shindig show. The first broadcast features guests The New Christy Minstrels, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Zombies (introduced by Brian Epstein), and Woody Allen.
1965 The Supremes play a trio of nuns on the Tarzan episode "The Convert."
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 NRBQ drummer Tommy Ardolino is born in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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."
1954 Felipe Rose (The Indian from The Village People) is born in New York City.
1951 Big Star guitarist Chris Bell is born in Memphis, Tennessee.
At the Eighth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, Cream (who reunite on stage for the event), 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.Read 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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