2010 Kesha's first single, "TiK ToK," hits #1 on the Hot 100, where it stays for nine weeks, making it the longest-running chart-topper of 2010.
1993 With "The Last Song" charting at #24, Elton John logs his 23rd consecutive year with a song in the US Hot 100, breaking Elvis Presley's record. Elton's streak started in 1970 with "Border Song" and continues into 2000 with "Someday Out Of The Blue," stretching the new record to 31 years.
1926 The first edition of the legendary British music magazine Melody Maker is published, promising news and information for "all who are interested in the production of popular music."
2019 Daryl Dragon of Captain & Tennille dies at 76.
2017 Arnold Schwarzenegger sends off Carnie Wilson on the first episode of The New Celebrity Apprentice, introducing his new firing line, "You're terminated. Hasta la vista, baby."
2014 Jay Traynor of Jay & the Americans dies at age 70.
2008 With talk of a Kinks reunion in the air, the band's guitarist, Dave Davies, takes to the Internet to share his feelings: "It would be like a poor remake of Night Of The Living Dead."
2003 Pop singer Edward Farran (of The Arbors) dies of kidney failure at age 74.
2000 Jazz cornet and trumpet player Nat Adderley dies of complications from diabetes at age 68.
1997 Randy California, the guitarist for Spirit and composer of the song "Taurus" that Led Zeppelin borrowed for the intro of "Stairway To Heaven," drowns at age 45 while rescuing his 12-year-old son from a rip current in Molokai, Hawaii.
1985 Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones marries his second wife, Jo Karslake, in Buckinghamshire, England, with guests Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, and the other members of the Stones (except Mick).
1981 David Lynch of The Platters dies of cancer at age 51 in Long Beach, California.
1981 Kelton "Little Drummer Boy" Kessee (drummer for Immature) is born in Los Angeles, California. He gets his first drum kit at age 6.
1975 Doug Robb (lead singer for Hoobastank) is born in Agoura Hills, California.
1975 Suzi Quatro lands the cover of Rolling Stone magazine with the headline, "Suzi Quatro flexes her leather." With a string of UK hits under her cowhide, she's ready to conquer her home country (born and raised in Michigan), but fails to break through. The magazine does get the attention of Happy Days producers, who cast her on the show as Leather Tuscadero.
1975 US District Court judge Richard Owen allows John Lennon and his counsel access to his FBI files in his ongoing deportation case, on Lennon's suspicion that the deportation attempt is politically motivated.
1974 Country singer and actor Tex Ritter (father of actor John Ritter) dies of a heart attack in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 68. His first of many hits was 1944's "I'm Wastin' My Tears on You."
"Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)" from the TV series South Park hits #1 in the UK.
In the song, Isaac Hayes, the voice of Chef on South Park, sings the recipe for making his delicious Chocolate Salty Balls, which are sure to delight. The song first aired in August during the episode of the same name. Throughout the series, Chef does many of these musical interludes, typically singing about sweet love, often in culinary terms. In November, the full version of the song appeared on the album Chef Aid, a spin-off from an episode where the town holds a benefit concert for Chef, who has been sued by a record company that wins a lawsuit against him by hiring Johnnie Cochran, who uses his famous Chewbacca Defense. In December, "Chocolate Salty Balls" is released as a single in the UK. In its second week, it becomes a rather unlikely chart-topper when it unseats the Spice Girls' "Goodbye" at #1. For Hayes, it is by far his biggest hit in Britain, outranking even his 1971 classic "Theme From Shaft," which hit #4. Across the UK, bakers attempt the recipe according to Chef's instructions, which are a little vague ("one or two bags of sugar..."). With a few modifications, it works, resulting in balls packed full of goodness. Chef remains a very popular character on South Park until 2006, when Hayes quits the show after an episode makes fun of his religion, Scientology.
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