1971 Motown child prodigy Stevie Wonder turns 21, and is by law released from his recording contract and given $1 million of the $30 million he has earned while at the label. Nevertheless, after gaining complete artistic control, Wonder re-signs to Tamla.
1971 Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane crashes her Mercedes into a wall near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, which forces the cancellation of some recording sessions.
1969 The Beatles pose for the photo that becomes the cover of their The Beatles 1967-1970 compilation, re-creating the cover of their first album, Please Please Me, now with far more hair on their heads and faces.
1967 The Supremes land their 10th #1 hit with "The Happening."
1967 Pop singer Melanie Thornton (of La Bouche) is born in Charleston, South Carolina.
1966 The Rolling Stones release "Paint It Black."
1966 Metal guitarist Lee Altus is born in Odessa, Soviet Ukraine.
1965 Elvis Presley's sixteenth movie, Tickle Me, premieres in Hollywood. It opens nationally two weeks later.
1960 The juvenile delinquent movie Platinum High School, starring Conway Twitty, opens in New York.
1958 Six months after marrying his third wife, 13-year-old second cousin Myra Gale Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis is finally granted a divorce from his second wife, Jane Mitcham.
1955 Elvis Presley's performance in Jacksonville, Florida, is the first Presley show at which a riot ensues. After Elvis tells the audience, "Girls, I'll see you backstage," he has some of his clothes ripped off, but escapes unharmed.
1951 Paul Thompson (drummer for Roxy Music) is born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
1950 Blues rocker Danny Kirwan (of Fleetwood Mac) is born in Brixton, London, England.
The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) holds a meeting in a Washington church where they foment support for their agenda: a ratings system for albums and concerts like those used for movies, and also to keep offensive album covers out of view in record stores. Their efforts lead to warning stickers on albums with offensive lyrics.Read more
1978 After eight weeks at #1, "Night Fever" by the Bee Gees is finally bumped off, replaced by Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You," another song written by the Bee Gees and also featured on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.More
1970 The Beatles documentary Let It Be makes its theatrical debut. It is the last Beatles movie.
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