1966 Raphael Saadiq (of Tony! Toni! Toné!) is born Charles Ray Wiggins in Oakland, California.
1964 Jan & Dean record "Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)."
1962 C.C. DeVille (of Poison) is born Bruce Anthony Johannesson in Brooklyn, New York.
1962 Ian Astbury (lead vocalist for The Cult) is born in Heswall, Cheshire, England.
1959 Jazz musician Sidney Bechet dies of lung cancer in Garches, France, on his 62nd birthday.
1956 Buddy Holly visits his optometrist's office to correct his horrible 20/800 vision with primitive contact lenses, but Buddy hates them, and decides to keep his signature glasses.
1956 The Platters release The Platters.
1952 Talking Heads frontman David Byrne is born in Dumbarton, Scotland.
1951 Howlin' Wolf records "Moanin' At Midnight."
1950 Arthur Grant (bassist for the Edgar Broughton Band) is born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England.
1947 Al Ciner (guitarist for The American Breed) is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1945 Gene Cornish (guitarist for The Rascals) is born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
1943 Derek Leckenby (lead guitarist for Herman's Hermits) is born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
1942 Film composer Frank Churchill - who wrote several classic Disney numbers including "Heigh-Ho" from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 40.
1998 Frank Sinatra dies of a heart attack in West Hollywood, California, at age 82.
1988 Atlantic Records' 40th Anniversary celebration takes place at New York's Madison Square Garden, featuring appearances from many famous artists on the label's roster: The Bee Gees, Wilson Pickett, The Rascals, The Coasters, Emerson, Lake And Palmer, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Foreigner, Yes, Genesis, and the event's main attraction, a rare reunion of Led Zeppelin, with John Bonham's son Jason taking over drums for his late father.
1985 Ronald Reagan presents Michael Jackson with a special Presidential Humanitarian Award at the White House for his work against drunk driving. Footage of the ceremony is shown repeatedly when Jackson comes into legal trouble in the following years.
1955 Les Baxter's "Unchained Melody" hits #1 in America, the first of many renditions of the song to chart. The most enduring version is by The Righteous Brothers, which goes to #4 in 1965 and then to #13 in 1990 after featuring in the movie Ghost.
1936 Bobby Darin is born Walden Robert Cassotto in East Harlem, New York City. Teenage Nina Cassotto became pregnant out of wedlock and, to avoid scandal, had her mother raise the baby as her own while Nina passed him off as her younger brother. Bobby finds out years later that the woman he knew as his beloved mother was actually his grandmother.
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