1951 Victor Willis, original lead singer for The Village People, is born. His occupation in the group: policeman.
1949 John Farnham is born in Dagenham, England, but moves to Australia with his family when he is 10. He becomes one of the most popular singers in that country, thanks to his rousing hit "You're The Voice."
1948 John Ford (multi-instrumentalist of The Strawbs) is born in Fulham, London, England.
1945 Deborah Ann Harry (lead singer of Blondie) is born in Miami, Florida, but will be raised in Hawthorne, New Jersey.
1942 Gospel singer Andrae Crouch is born in San Francisco, California.
1939 Delaney Bramlett, who co-fronted the early-'70s rock/soul ensemble Delaney & Bonnie with then-wife Bonnie Bramlett, is born in Pontotoc, Mississippi.
1930 Bobby Day is born Robert James Byrd in Fort Worth, Texas.
1925 French composer/pianist Erik Satie dies of cirrhosis of the liver at age 59.
The Sony Walkman debuts in Japan, making music portable.Read more
2009 Thanks to a surge in sales following his death on June 25, Michael Jackson holds the top nine positions on Billboard's Top Pop Catalog Albums chart.
1987 Napalm Death release their debut album, Scum, widely acknowledged as the first grindcore album. It peaks at #7 in the UK Indie chart.
1978 The Texxas Jam takes place at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, with Aerosmith, Van Halen, Journey and Ted Nugent performing. 80,000 fans brave the 100 degree heat, cooled down by fire hoses brought in by the organizers. For Aerosmith, it marks a low point in their career as drug use and infighting are about to break up the band, and their performance suffers.
1971 Missy Elliott is born in Portsmouth, Virginia.
1968 The Band release Music from Big Pink, their debut studio album.More
1967 Scott McKenzie's "San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)," written by John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, reaches its chart peak of #4 in America, where it galvanizes the Flower Power movement.
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