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2020 Producer Rupert Hine, whose credits include Tina Turner's hit "Better Be Good To Me" and the first four albums by The Fixx, dies at 72.

2019 Grammy-winning jazz drummer Lawrence Leathers dies at age 37 after being placed in a choke hold during an altercation involving a love triangle.

2013 Cornelius "Nini" Harp (original lead singer of The Marcels) dies of natural causes at age 73.

2013 Joey Covington (drummer for Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) dies in a single-vehicle accident in Palm Springs, California, at age 67.

2007 Soul singer Freddie Scott dies at age 74.

2006 Sandi Thom's "I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)" hits #1 on the UK singles chart.

2006 Orson's Bright Idea hits #1 on the UK albums chart.

2005 System Of A Down's fourth album, Mezmerize, goes to #1 in America. Six months later, their next album, Hypnotize (recorded in the same sessions), takes the top spot.

2004 Nathan Moore, former singer with Brother Beyond and Worlds Apart, appears at Highbury Corner magistrates court and pleads guilty to a charge of kerb crawling in central London. He is fined £250 and ordered to pay £50 costs. The former pop singer was arrested on May 27 in the Kings Cross area after he approached a woman he thought was a prostitute and requested a sexual favor. He then rode away on his moped before being arrested.

2003 A grandfather who set up his own pirate radio station in Wakefield, Yorkshire, is under investigation by local broadcasting authorities. The man known as Ricky Rock had erected a 32-foot transmitter in his garden and had been playing hits by The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and Elvis Presley. Ricky said he set the station up because "talent-less boy bands and dance music" featured on local stations did not cater to the tastes of his generation.

2002 Avril Lavigne, 17, releases her debut album, Let Go, which goes to #1 in her native Canada and sells over 7 million copies in America.More

2002 Wyclef Jean is one of ten people arrested for disorderly conduct in a New York rally protesting cuts to education. Jean is arrested and led away in handcuffs following an attempt to perform, which was forbidden by the event's permit. Puff Daddy, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Erykah Badu, Foxy Brown and Wu-Tang Clan were also at the rally to show their support and protest a proposed $1.2 billion cut to New York's public education system.

2002 George Michael is jeered and heckled by the audience of a CNN news show as he defends the video for his new single "Shoot The Dog," in which US President George Bush is shown in bed with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. Michael says it is an attack on Blair and not President Bush.

2001 Folk singer John Hartford dies of non-Hodgkin lymphoma at age 63.

2000 Bon Jovi's Crush hits #1 on the UK albums chart.

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Beach Boys Release "Surfin' Safari"

1962

The Beach Boys release their second single, "Surfin' Safari" backed with "409."


Let's go surfin' now Everybody's learning how Well, not everybody - the only Beach Boy to surf is their drummer, Brian Wilson. But thanks to Dick Dale, that propulsive guitar sound is forever associated with surf music. The Beach Boys have another weapon in their sonic arsenal: counterpoint harmonies, which become their hallmark, heard for the first time on "Surfin' Safari." The group's first single, "Surfin'," was an independent release, reaching #75. "Surfin' Safari," which goes to #14, is released on Capitol Records, which bought it for $100 (the group also gets a %2.5 royalty from sales). In July, Capitol signs the band. The guy on the far right on the cover is David Marks, who is soon replaced by Al Jardine.

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