1967 An article appears in the Daily Mirror describing a mean man named John Mustard, giving John Lennon the idea for the Beatles song "Mean Mr. Mustard."
1966 Eric Kretz (drummer for Stone Temple Pilots) is born in San Jose, California.
1964 John "Ecstacy" Fletcher (co-vocalist for Whodini) is born.
1963 The Rolling Stones release their first single, a cover of "Come On" by Chuck Berry.
1963 The Rolling Stones make their British TV debut on Thank Your Lucky Stars.
1958 The movie High School Confidential, featuring Jerry Lee Lewis, opens.
1955 Joey Scarbury is born in Ontario, California. Known for the 1981 hit "Believe It or Not," the theme from the popular TV series The Greatest American Hero.
1953 South African musician Johnny Clegg (of Johnny Clegg & Juluka) is born in Bacup, Lancashire, England. He moves to South Africa at six years old.
1946 Man guitarist Micky Jones is born Charles Michael Jones in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.
1944 Country rocker Clarence White (guitarist for The Byrds) is born Clarence Joseph LeBlanc in Lewiston, Maine.
1940 Tom Jones is born Thomas John Woodward in the village of Treforest in Glamorgan, Wales.
1911 Ragtime performers Arthur Collins & Byron G. Harlan record Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band," which will hold the top spot for 10 weeks.
On his 35th birthday, Prince changes his name to an unpronounceable symbol, making him, literally, an icon.Read more
2009 After performing the Poison hit "Nothin' but a Good Time" at the Tony Awards, Bret Michaels has a run-in with the set, and the set wins. He cuts his lip and fractures his nose in the incident.More
2004 AC/DC's Back in Black album goes Double Diamond, becoming just the sixth album with RIAA-certified sales of over 20 million in America. In November, the Shania Twain album Come On Over becomes the seventh. Both albums were produced by Mutt Lange.
1982 Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion opens to the public. Visitors get to experience the Jungle Room (green shag carpets!), the Trophy Room, and the Meditation Garden.
1976 New York magazine runs a cover story called "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night," describing the disco-fueled nightclub scene. The article gives Bee Gees manager Robert Stigwood the idea for Saturday Night Fever.More
1975 Elton John's Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy, with the hit "Someone Saved My Life Tonight," becomes the first album to debut at #1 in the US. It holds the top spot for seven (non-consecutive) weeks.
1972 The musical Grease opens on Broadway.More
1958 Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He's named after his father's jazz combo, the Prince Rogers Trio.
1917 Dean Martin is born Dino Paul Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio.
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