1977 David Bowie releases Low, the first of three albums produced with the help of Brian Eno in which Bowie explores electronic music. Much of the album is instrumental.
1975 Joe Walsh's album So What is certified Gold.
1973 The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh is arrested for possession of drugs in California.
1970 John Lennon's erotic "Bag One" lithographs are exhibited publicly in London (and removed by Scotland Yard two days later).
1969 Deep Purple record "Hey Bop A Re Bop" at the BBC; this alternative version of "The Painter" is not released until 2000 on the Remastered The Book Of Taliesyn.
1968 LL Cool J is born James Todd Smith in Bay, New York. His stage name stands for Ladies Love Cool James.
1965 Richard Walters, better known as Slick Rick, is born in London, England. He's one of the first acts signed to Def Jam Records and becomes a rap legend upon the release of his 1988 solo debut, The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick.
1960 United States Army Corporal Elvis Presley (53310761) receives a promotion to Sergeant.
1959 Geoff Tate (lead singer for Queensryche) is born in Stuttgart, West Germany.
1959 Chas Smash (of Madness) is born Cathal Joseph Smyth in London, England.
1957 Elvis Presley records "Wearin' That Loved On Look," "You'll Think of Me," and "I'm Movin' On."
1950 The Andrews Sisters' "I Can Dream, Can't I?" hits #1.
1948 T-Bone Burnett is born Joseph Henry Burnett III in St. Louis, Missouri. A guitarist, songwriter and producer, he wins an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "The Weary Kind " from the 2009 movie Crazy Heart.
1948 Tim Harris (original drummer for The Foundations) is born in England.
Upwards of 25,000 people turn up at Golden Gate Park for "A Gathering of the Tribes for a Human Be-In" - a prelude to the Summer of Love.Read more
1984 Madonna makes her first appearance on American Bandstand. When asked by Dick Clark about her ambitions (blonde or otherwise), the singer replies: "To rule the world."
1973 Elvis Presley's "Aloha From Hawaii" special is the first concert featuring just one performer to be broadcast live via satellite. Australia, Japan and other nearby countries see it live, while most other territories watch it later on tape delay. The concert is released as a double album later in the year.
1970 At the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas, The Supremes play their last concert with Diana Ross, who introduces her replacement, Jean Terrell. Ross performs with the group just once more: at the Motown 25 TV special in 1983.
1966 David Jones issues his first recording under the name "David Bowie." Jones changed his last name to Bowie in order to avoid confusion with the Monkees' Davy Jones. The single is called "Can't Help Thinking About Me" and is credited to David Bowie and the Lower Third.
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