1946 Jazz musician George Duke is born in San Rafael, California.
1945 Singer Maggie Bell of Stone the Crows is born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1944 Cynthia Robinson of Sly & the Family Stone is born in Sacramento, California.
1941 Blues musician Long John Baldry is born in England.
1939 William Lee Golden of The Oak Ridge Boys is born in Brewton, Alabama.
1930 Glenn Yarbrough of the folk group The Limeliters is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1928 Soul singer Ruth Brown is born in Portsmouth, Virginia. Known for her huge voice, Brown is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
1926 Country singer Ray Price is born in Texas.
1906 Country blues performer Mississippi Fred McDowell is born in Rossville, Tennessee. The Rolling Stones cover his "You Gotta Move" on their 1971 album, Sticky Fingers.
1905 Country singer Tex Ritter is born Woodward Maurice Ritter in Murvaul, Texas. He becomes the first artist to sign with Capitol Records.
1723 The opera Ottone by George Frideric Handel premieres in London.
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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