1961 Elvis Presley appears in concert for the last time in eight years (a benefit for the USA Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii).
1960 Steve Norman (of Spandau Ballet) is born in Stepney, London, England.
1960 Roy Orbison records "Only The Lonely."
1958 Ray Charles records "Georgia On My Mind."
1957 Elvis Presley buys the Graceland Mansion in Memphis for $102,500.
1955 The movie Blackboard Jungle is released, giving new exposure to the song "Rock Around The Clock," which is featured in the film. A few months later, the song becomes the first ever #1 rock song.
1948 Rocker Michael Stanley is born in Cleveland, Ohio.
1947 Brinsley Schwarz is born in Suffolk, England. His self-titled band would include Nick Lowe.
1938 Folk singer-songwriter Hoyt Axton is born in Duncan, Oklahoma.
1934 Johnny Burnette (of Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio) in Memphis, Tennessee.
1931 Nine young black males are arrested in Paint Rock, Alabama, and accused of raping two white women. The ensuing years' long legal case inspires a song by Leadbelly and a musical, The Scottsboro Boys.
1923 Bonnie Guitar, known for the 1957 country-pop hit "Dark Moon," is born Bonnie Buckingham in Seattle, Washington.
1918 French composer Claude Debussy dies from rectal cancer at his Paris home.
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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