1988 DJ/producer Ryan Lewis (of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) is born in Spokane, Washington.
1985 Prince wins an Oscar for Best Original Score for the film Purple Rain.
1983 INXS play America for the first time, performing at The Spirit Club in San Diego to a crowd of 24 people. In May, they play to a more substantial crowd when they're on the bill at the US Festival.
1983 The Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever is recorded at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium; it is broadcast on NBC in May. Highlights of the show include Michael Jackson's Moonwalk and a The Supremes reunion. A lowlight is no mention of the label's house band, The Funk Brothers. Bass player James Jamerson, who played on many of the hits performed this evening, has to buy his own ticket. He dies a few months later.
1977 Bob Seger's Night Moves goes Platinum.
1976 Jackson Browne's first wife, Phyllis, commits suicide less than a year after they were married.
1975 Melanie Blatt (of All Saints) is born in Camden, London, England.
1975 Rapper Juvenile (of The Hot Boys) is born Terius Gray in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1972 Deep Purple's album Machine Head is released in America. Most of it was recorded in their hotel after the Montreux Casino, where they planned to record it, burned down, a story told in the song "Smoke On The Water."More
1969 In Copenhagen, Denmark, Judy Garland plays her last concert; she dies three months later.
1969 Pop singer-songwriter Cathy Dennis is born in Norwich, Norfolk, England.
1969 Roy Orbison marries his second wife, Barbara, in Nashville.
1967 The Who play their first live gig in the US at RKO 58th Street Theater in New York City.
1966 Blues rocker Jeff Healey is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1986 Guns N' Roses sign with Geffen Records, which in addition to making sure the band records an album, has to keep them alive and out of jail, which is no easy task. It pays off when Appetite For Destruction goes on to sell over 18 million copies just in America.
1972 America's first single, "A Horse With No Name," rides to #1 on the Hot 100, and the group's self-titled debut album also takes the top spot on the Albums chart. The group becomes one of the most successful acts of the decade, with subsequent hits "Sister Golden Hair," "Ventura Highway" and "Tin Man."
1947 Elton John is born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in Pinner, Middlesex, England. His stage name, taken at age 20, comes from two members of the band Bluesology: Elton Dean and Long John Baldry.
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