1980 New Orleans bluesman Professor Longhair dies of a heart attack at age 61.
1979 Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand's duet "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" becomes the first 12-inch single certified Gold by the RIAA.
1971 Neil Young performs "The Needle and the Damage Done" at UCLA's Royce Hall. The song is recorded and released on the Harvest album a year later.
1968 Bobby Goldsboro records "Honey," a song written by Bobby Russell. It becomes one of the biggest hits of 1968, spending five weeks at #1 in the US.
1968 Cilla Black's BBC show Cilla debuts, adding another Britgirl to the UK television lineup. Unlike the shows of Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, Sandie Shaw, and Lulu, Cilla has longevity, lasting until 1976. This series makes her one of the most popular television personalities in the UK until her death in 2015.
1961 Songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller announce that they are forming their own independent production company.
1961 The Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" hits #1 in America. It's the first big hit for the songwriting team of Gerry Goffin and Carole King.
1959 Jody Watley is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1956 Billy Lee Riley records "Red Hot."
1956 Elvis Presley records "Blue Suede Shoes," "My Baby Left Me," "One-Sided Love Affair," and "So Glad You're Mine."
1954 Big Joe Turner's "TV Mama" enters the R&B charts.
1952 Steve Bartek (lead guitarist for Oingo Boingo) is born in Garfield Heights, Ohio.
1951 Marv Ross (guitarist for Quarterflash) is born in Oregon.
1949 William King (multi-instrumentalist for Commodores) is born in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Beatles stage their famous rooftop concert on the roof of Apple Records in London. After performing a few songs, including "Get Back" and "Don't Let Me Down," the police shut them down as a large crowd gathers. It is The Beatles' last public performance.Read more
2016 David Bowie's Blackstar album hits #1 in America, 20 days after his death. It's Bowie's first #1 album in the States.
1973 Kiss play their first concert, performing at the Popcorn Club in Queens, New York. They wear makeup onstage, but not the look they become known for.
1972 British soldiers open fire on 26 unarmed civilians during a peaceful protest march in Derry, Northern Ireland, resulting in 14 deaths. The incident inspires Paul McCartney to write "Give Ireland Back To The Irish" (Wings' debut single) and gives rise to the U2 song "Sunday Bloody Sunday."
1958 Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" enters the UK chart at #1, the first single ever to do so.
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