1965 Scott Shriner (bassist for Weezer) is born in Toledo, Ohio.
1962 The Telstar satellite, the first active communications satellite, is launched by AT&T, inspiring the Tornadoes' instrumental hit of the same name later that year.
1962 The Marvelettes release "Beechwood 4-5789."
1960 The Hollywood Argyles' "Alley Oop" hits #1 in America.
1959 Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi)
1959 Suzanne Vega
1957 Bauhaus lead singer Peter Murphy is born near Northampton, England.
1955 Elvis Presley records "I Forgot To Remember To Forget," "Mystery Train," "Trying To Get To You"
1954 Benny DiFranco (The DeFranco Family)
1953 Peter Brown
1951 On WJW in Cleveland, Alan Freed broadcasts his first "Moondog House Rock and Roll Party," marking the first radio show with the phrase "Rock and Roll" and giving Freed a claim on the origin of the term. More importantly, Freed plays R&B music, which introducing the sound to a new (and mostly white) audience.
1950 Bonnie Pointer (The Pointer Sisters)
1950 Film producer/record executive B.G. "Buddy" DeSylva dies in Los Angeles at age 55. He also co-wrote the Al Jolson hit "April Showers," among many others.
1947 Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
1946 Dean Martin begins his recording career mere weeks before teaming up with nightclub comic Jerry Lewis.
Jerry Garcia, who has a passion for painting and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, introduces a line of neckties he designed.Read more
1996 The night before a show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin dies at age 34 after shooting heroin with drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, who is fired from the band a few days later (he returns to the fold in 1999). The Sarah McLachlan song "Angel" is inspired by Melvoin's death.
1979 The space station Skylab crashes to Earth after six years in space. Leading up to the event, Electric Light Orchestra take out ads in trade magazines dedicating their new single, "Don't Bring Me Down," to Skylab.
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