1950 Rick Dees is born in Jacksonville, Florida.
1945 Country singer/songwriter Michael Martin Murphey is born in Dallas, Texas.
1945 Walter Parazaider (of Chicago) is born in Maywood, Illinois.
1943 Jim Pons (bassist for The Turtles, Mothers Of Invention) is born in Santa Monica, California.
1934 Jazz organist Shirley Scott is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1933 Quincy Jones is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1926 Phil Phillips is born Philip Baptiste in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
1912 Les Brown, known for his Band of Renown during the big-band era, is born in Reinerton, Pennsylvania.
De La Soul release their debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising. The sample-heavy, paisley-powered LP becomes a hip-hop landmark, establishing a mellow, groovy new style.Read more
1998 Weeks after Johnny Cash's Unchained wins the Grammy for Best Country Album, his producer Rick Rubin takes out a full-page ad in Billboard with a photo of the singer giving the middle finger along with the text, "American Recordings and Johnny Cash would like to acknowledge the Nashville music establishment and country radio for your support."More
1964 Billboard magazine reports that Beatles records make up 60% of all singles sold.
1958 The first ever Gold Record is awarded for sales of a million copies. It goes to Perry Como's "Catch A Falling Star."
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