1979 Rush are named Canada's Official Ambassadors Of Music by the Canadian government.
1974 Kiss sign their first recording deal, with Casablanca Records.
1972 Dennis Coffey becomes the first white performer on Soul Train, performing his hit "Scorpio."
1969 Jeff Abercrombie of Fuel is born in Tennessee.
1966 Rubber Soul becomes The Beatles' seventh #1 US album. It stays at the top for six weeks.
1966 Mother Love Bone frontman Andrew Wood is born in Columbus, Mississippi.
1960 Harry Gifford dies at his London home, aged 82. He co-wrote "When I'm Cleaning Windows" with Fred Cliffe & George Formby.
1955 Loverboy frontman Mike Reno is born Joseph Michael Rynoski in New Westminster, Canada.
1947 Terry Sylvester of The Hollies is born.
1946 The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger is born in Los Angeles.
1943 Marcus Hutson of The Whispers is born in St. Louis, Missouri.
1943 Lee Jackson of The Nice is born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
Shortly after midnight on what would have been Elvis's 58th birthday, a 29-cent stamp with his image is officially dedicated at a Graceland ceremony.Read more
1991 Steve Clark of Def Leppard dies of an accidental drug overdose at age 30.
1968 Stax Records releases Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" and Sam & Dave's "I Thank You." Both are very successful, but neither artist scores another hit (Redding had died about a month earlier).
1967 R. Kelly is born Robert Sylvester Kelly in Chicago. He performs with the groups MGM (Musically Gifted Men) and Public Announcement before releasing his solo debut, 12 Play, in 1994, featuring the #1 hit "Bump N' Grind."
1957 Rock and roll comes to Australia when Bill Haley, LaVern Baker and The Platters kick off a tour at Newcastle Stadium that continues on to West Melbourne Stadium and Sydney Stadium. It's the first rock stadium show, pre-dating the Beatles Shea Stadium concert by eight years.
1935 The King is born: Elvis Aaron Presley arrives in Tupelo, Mississippi.
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