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2015 Dallas Taylor, former Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young drummer, dies of complications from pneumonia and kidney disease in Los Angeles, California, at age 66.

2008 Amid casting sessions for American Idol, Clay Aiken makes his Broadway debut in New York City in Monty Python's Spamalot.

1991 Three teenagers are killed at an AC/DC concert at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah when they are crushed in the crowd. The band learns of the tragedy a few songs later; they complete the show at the request of the fire marshal.

1990 Eric Clapton plays the first of an 18-night concert run at Royal Albert Hall in London.

1987 Steve Winwood marries Eugenia Grafton.

1985 USA Today readers select Cleveland, Ohio, as their choice for the permanent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1983 Samantha Mumba, known for her hit debut single "Gotta Tell You" (2000), is born in Dublin, Ireland.

1980 Famous Southern-rock record label Capricorn files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

1980 Studio 54 owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager are sentenced to 3 ½ years in jail on charges of tax evasion, which soon brings the legendary disco to an end.

1978 Neil Sedaka is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1977 President Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Concert takes place the night before the swearing-in, featuring performances by Linda Ronstadt and Aretha Franklin, among others. John Lennon and Paul Simon are among those spotted in the crowd.

1977 Michael Tierney is born in Sydney, Australia. He and his brother, Andrew, along with next-door neighbor schoolmates Phil Burton and Toby Allen form the Australian boy band Human Nature while they are students at Hurlstone Agricultural High School in Sydney.

1975 Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago officially declares today Bobby Vinton Day as a tribute to the artist.

1975 Barry Manilow's "Mandy" hits #1 in America. The song was written as "Brandy" but changed to avoid confusion with the Looking Glass hit "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)."

1973 The Rolling Stones perform a benefit concert for the victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua, where Mick Jagger's wife Bianca is from. The show raises $400,000.

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Elton John Releases Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player

1973

Elton John issues his sixth studio album, Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player. It features two of his most popular songs: the '50s flashback "Crocodile Rock" (Elton's first #1 hit in America) and the Vietnam War-inspired "Daniel."


Recorded in France at the "Honky Château" where Elton recorded his previous album (which he named after the studio), Don't Shoot Me... is his first to hit #1 in his native UK, where it spends six weeks at the top spot and earns him superstar status. In America, it's his second #1 album, following Honky Château.

According to Elton, the album title comes from something he said in an exchange with Groucho Marx. After Marx poked fun at his name, Elton replied, "Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player." On the cover, under the marquee, there is a poster for the Marx Brothers movie Go West in homage to Groucho.

Elton's lyricist Bernie Taupin disputes this story, claiming he found the phrase on a piece of kitch at a junk shop.

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