1957 Sam Cooke records "You Send Me."
1956 Doris Day signs a five-year recording contract with Columbia Records worth $1 million.
1953 Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn is born Ronald Gene Dunn in Coleman, Texas.
1952 Punk rock guitarist John Ellis (of The Vibrators) is born in Kentish Town, London, England.
1950 R&B singer Charlene is born Charlene Marilynn D'Angelo in Hollywood, California.
1950 Tom Robinson of Cafe Society and Tom Robinson Band is born in Cambridge, England. In the '70s, he becomes one of the first openly gay rock musicians and an advocate for gay rights.
1945 Linda Scott, known for her hit 1961 single "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star," is born Linda Joy Sampson in Queens, New York.
1921 Nelson Riddle is born in Oradell, New Jersey. He'll become famous as the orchestrator and arranger behind countless hits for Capitol Records artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, and - decades later - Linda Ronstadt.
1915 Country singer Johnny Bond, known for his 1947 hit "Divorce Me C.O.D.," is born Cyrus Whitfield Bond in Enville, Oklahoma.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Give Peace A Chance" to close out their "bed-in" in Montreal.Read more
2017 Thanks to the song by Eminem, the word "stan" is added to the Oxford American Dictionary, defined as "an overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity."
1993 10,000 Maniacs become the first act to appear twice on MTV Unplugged. The network has a policy against return engagements, but when they learn that Natalie Merchant will be leaving the band, they book them.More
1985 Sting releases his first solo album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles. Tracks include "Moon Over Bourbon Street" (inspired by the novel Interview With The Vampire) and "Russians," a song that looks at the Cold War from the perspective of the USSR.
1981 Brandi Carlile is born in Ravensdale, Washington.
1976 The Runaways release their eponymous debut album. Billed as the first all-female hard-rock band, the disc has little domestic success, peaking at #194. However, the band are hugely successful in Japan, hitting the #1 spot with their single "Cherry Bomb."
1972 Aretha Franklin's live album Amazing Grace, a collection of spirituals recorded at a church in January, is released. Anchored by Franklin's stunning rendition of "Amazing Grace," it becomes her best-selling album.
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