2016 After a trial in which the three living members of Led Zeppelin testified, a jury rules that they are not guilty of plagiarizing the intro of "Stairway To Heaven" from the 1968 song "Taurus" by the band Spirit. In 2018, the case is sent back to trial on a technicality, but is upheld in a 2020 ruling.
1994 The stage musical Copacabana (based on Barry Manilow's song) opens in London.
1979 The Charlie Daniels Band release "The Devil Went Down To Georgia." Daniels plays the fiddle parts for both Johnny and the Devil; he says the Devil part is "just a bunch of noise."
1962 Ray Charles' landmark album Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music hits #1 in America.
2019 Dave Bartholomew, who co-wrote many of Fats Domino's hits, dies at age 100.
2016 Alanis Morissette and husband Mario "Souleye" Treadway welcome their second child, a daughter named Onyx Solace.
2013 Bobby "Blue" Bland dies of an undisclosed illness at age 83.
2006 Kevin Richardson of Backstreet Boys leaves the group to pursue other interests.
2004 St. Andrews University in Scotland presents Bob Dylan with an honorary doctorate in Music.
2003 Diana Ross pleads not guilty to drunk driving charges in Tucson after being discovered with a 0.2 BAC, claiming that the arresting officer threatened her with injury if she didn't take the breath test.
2000 Michael Jackson is sued by a German promoter for $21 million after the singer cancels two once-in-a-lifetime millennial New Year's concerts.
1990 Actor Gary Busey, best-known for his lead role in the controversial 1978 biopic The Buddy Holly Story, purchases one of Buddy's guitars, complete with tooled leather case made by the rocker, in auction for approximately $240,000.
1980 The Rolling Stones release Emotional Rescue.
1979 Supertramp's LP Breakfast In America hits #1.
1977 Jason Mraz is born in Mechanicsville, Virginia.
1975 At a stop in Vancouver on his Welcome To My Nightmare tour, Alice Cooper falls from the stage and breaks six ribs.
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