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1970 R&B singer Billy Stewart dies in a car accident in North Carolina at age 32.

1968 Elvis Presley records "U.S. Male."

1960 Berlin bassist John Crawford is born in California.

1956 Paul Young ("Everytime You Go Away") is born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England.

1955 Country rocker Steve Earle is born in Fort Monroe, Virginia.

1949 Mick Taylor (The Rolling Stones guitarist) is born in Welwyn Garden City, but raised in nearby Hatfield, England.

1945 R&B singer William Hart (of The Delfonics) is born in Washington, D.C.

1944 French singer-songwriter Françoise Hardy is born in Paris.

1943 '60s singer Chris Montez is born Ezekiel Christopher Montanez in Los Angeles, California.

1942 Cassius Clay is born in Louisville, Kentucky. Later changing his name to Muhammad Ali, he becomes a champion boxer and one of the world's most famous athletes. His clever, boastful raps during interviews and other public appearances influence hip-hop, and he becomes an icon of the genre. He is also one of the first athletes to make music: his cover of "Stand By Me" is a minor hit in 1964.

1941 Gene Krupa records "Drum Boogie."

1927 Eartha Kitt is born in North, South Carolina.

1920 Jazz composer George Handy is born George Joseph Hendleman in New York City.

1913 Jazz tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Vido Musso is born in Carini, Italy.

1712 English composer John Stanley is born in London.

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Manilow Hits #1 With "I Write The Songs"

1976

Barry Manilow's "I Write The Songs," written by Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys, hits #1 in America. It goes on to win the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

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