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1981 Rushton Moreve (original bass guitarist for Steppenwolf) dies in an automobile accident at age 32.

1977 Liv Tyler is born. Her mother is the notorious groupie/muse Bebe Buell, and her father is Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. By the time Liv is born, Bebe has gone back to her previous boyfriend, Todd Rundgren, and Rundgren raises her as his own. Liv is 11 years old when she finds out Tyler is her real dad.

1975 Ringo Starr divorces his first wife, Maureen.

1975 Lou Reed releases Metal Machine Music, a double album of distortion and guitar feedback.

1973 The Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar closes after 711 performances. In August, it is released as a feature film.

1972 The Doobie Brothers release their second album, Toulouse Street. It contains their first hit, "Listen To The Music," and also their cover of "Jesus Is Just Alright," which gives some the impression they're a religious band.

1971 Jethro Tull's Aqualung album is certified Gold.

1970 Music video director Harold "Hype" Williams is born this month (day unknown) in Queens, New York. He'll break into directing rap videos in the early '90s with clips from Puff Daddy, The Notorious B.I.G., and Nas before adding stellar partnerships with Kanye West and Jay-Z to his resume in the ensuing decades. More

1969 John Lennon receives 17 facial stitches, and Yoko Ono gets 14 of her own, after a car crash in Scotland.

1969 Sam Phillips sells the legendary Sun Records studio in Memphis.

1963 Roddy Bottum (keyboardist for Faith No More) is born Roswell Christopher Bottum III in Los Angeles, California.

1960 The Shadows release the instrumental call-to-arms "Apache," which goes to #1 in the UK and is a US hit the next year for Jorgen Ingmann. Variations of the song are later sampled on a number of hip-hop tracks.

1956 Brenda Lee releases "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)."

1952 Dan Aykroyd is born in Ottawa. What's he doing on a music history calendar? He formed The Blues Brothers with John Belushi and also appeared on "We Are The World."

1951 Fred Schneider of The B-52s is born in Newark, New Jersey.

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Sony Introduces The Walkman

1979

The Sony Walkman debuts in Japan, making music portable.

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