1942 Brazilian musician and songwriter Gilberto Gil is born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
1938 Billy Storm (of The Valiants, The Alley Cats) is born in Dayton, Ohio. With The Valiants, he released the first version of "Good Golly Miss Molly."
1935 Leonard Lee (of Shirley & Lee) is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1922 Jazz drummer Elmer J. "Mousey" Alexander, who would accompany Benny Goodman on a tour of the Far East, is born in Gary, Indiana.
1922 Ralph Burns, pianist and composer who arranged the string orchestra for Ray Charles' "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "Georgia On My Mind," is born in Newton, Massachusetts.
1911 Bernard Herrmann, a film composer who often collaborated with Alfred Hitchcock, is born Max Herman in New York City.
1910 "Baby It's Cold Outside" songwriter Frank Loesser is born in New York City.
1901 Nelson Eddy, a singer and actor known for his collaborations with Jeannette MacDonald, is born in Providence, Rhode Island.
After a failed attempt shooting a studio video for "Dancing In The Dark," Bruce Springsteen does it live at his concert in St. Paul, Minnesota. During Clarence Clemons' sax solo, he brings a doe-eyed, 19-year-old Courteney Cox on stage to dance with him.Read more
2007 Apple's new device, the iPhone, is released, integrating music into a phone for the first time.More
2000 The casket holding Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Ronnie Van Zandt is stolen from its mausoleum in Jacksonville, Florida, but left after vandals are unable to open it. The ashes of Steve Gaines, the band's guitarist who died in the same plane crash that killed Van Zandt, are spilled from his urn, which is also stolen.
1998 George Harrison announces that he is undergoing chemotherapy for throat cancer, with assurances that, "I'm not going to die on you folks just yet." He succumbs to the disease three years later.
1987 The Living Daylights, the first James Bond film to star Timothy Dalton as 007, premieres in London. The theme song was written and performed by a-ha, who are unable to attend. The film's composer, John Barry, is asked about the Norwegian band and calls them "Hitler Youth."More
1974 Neil Peart replaces John Rutsey as the drummer for Rush.
1963 Del Shannon's cover of The Beatles' "From Me to You" enters the Hot 100 at #96, becoming the first Lennon-McCartney composition to chart in America. Shannon's version peaks at #77; in the UK the Beatles original hits #1 in May.
1928 The Winterland Ballroom opens in San Francisco, California. It's an ice-skating rink that can be converted into a general entertainment venue for opera, boxing, and other events, costing a whopping (for 1928) $1 million to build. It will go on to become a concert location for many famous acts, including The Sex Pistols, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Peter Frampton, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, and Pink Floyd.
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