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2016 Geri Horner, Emma Bunton and Mel B of the Spice Girls announce that they are forming a new group called GEM, which is what you want. What you really, really want.More

2011 Troubadours: The Rise Of The Singer-Songwriter is screened by the BBC.

2003 A tooth from the mouth of Elvis Presley, once the property of former girlfriend Linda Thompson, goes up for auction on eBay. Along with a lock of his hair and a gold record, it fetches over $100,000.

2002 Michael Jackson unleashes a sudden tirade on the music industry, accusing several music execs of racism and calling Sony head Tommy Mottola in particular "very, very, very devilish."

2000 "The Real Slim Shady" debuts at #1 in the UK, giving Eminem his first chart-topper on the Singles chart. He doens't reach #1 in America until two years later with "Lose Yourself."

1998 The Smithsonian and Library of Congress agree to house the music and film archives of Frank Sinatra.

1997 Weezer fan club founders Mykel Allan, 31, and her sister Carli, 29, are killed along with their younger sister, Trysta, in a car accident in Colorado on the way back from one of the band's shows. The girls, who had befriended many up-and-coming Los Angeles-based bands, are honored through many tribute songs, including Weezer's "Mykel and Carli" and Jimmy Eat World's "Hear You Me."

1992 Garth Brooks and wife Sandy welcome their first child, daughter Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks.

1978 The Clash's Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon are arrested on drunk and disorderly charges following a concert at The Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland.

1974 David Bowie releases David Live, recorded at Tower Theater in Philadelphia. It is Bowie's first official live album.

1971 A mini-riot during a Mott The Hoople concert prompts London's Royal Albert Hall to temporarily ban rock groups from the venue.

1970 Beck is born Bek David Campbell in Los Angeles, California. He adopts the surname Hansen from his mom, former Andy Warhol protege Bibbe Hansen.

1969 Singer/actress Marianne Faithfull, girlfriend of Mick Jagger, attempts suicide with barbiturates while on the set of the film Ned Kelly (also starring Mick). She is dropped from the cast of the movie, eventually recovers, and when awaking from her coma, tells friends that "wild horses couldn't drag me away." The Rolling Stones song "Wild Horses" is built around that phrase.

1965 The Dave Clark Five's first movie, Having A Wild Weekend, opens in London. (For American audiences, it's entitled Catch Us If You Can, after their hit of the same name.)

1962 Joan Osborne is born in Anchorage, Kentucky.

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Gerry Rafferty's City To City Supplants Saturday Night Fever At #1

1978

After a disco-rific six months at #1, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack is finally bumped off the top spot by Gerry Rafferty's City To City.

With disco hits like "Stayin' Alive" and "How Deep Is Your Love," the Bee Gees-centric Saturday Night Fever soundtrack is a worldwide sensation and will become the best-selling album in history (later surpassed by Michael Jackson's Thriller). But - like disco - nothing lasts forever, especially on the Billboard charts. Music fans are ready to leave their polyester at the discotheque and head to "Baker Street" for some jazz-infused rock courtesy of Gerry Rafferty's City To City. The album is Rafferty's second solo effort, but his first in six years because of legal issues with his former band, Stealers Wheel. City To City is also a hit in the UK, where it peaks at #4. The single "Baker Street" is an international success, landing at #2 in the US and peaking in the Top 10 around the world.

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