1981 Kim Carnes' version of "Bette Davis Eyes," written and originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1975, hits #1 in America.
1981 Ernie Freeman, a pianist known for R&B and pop arrangements from the '50s through the '70s, dies at a heart attack at age 58. Won Grammy awards for his arrangements of Frank Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night" and Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water."
1980 Brian May of Queen collapses onstage during a concert and is rushed to the hospital, where he is diagnosed (for the second time) with hepatitis.
1976 Mayor James H. McGee declares today "Ohio Players Day" in the band's hometown of Dayton, Ohio.
1970 Randy Bachman leaves The Guess Who to produce an album for Winnipeg band Brave Belt, which he eventually joins. At the suggestion of Neil Young, Bachman recruits fellow Winnipeg bassist and vocalist C.F. Turner, and the band Bachman-Turner Overdrive is born.
1970 Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane is arrested on charges of drug possession in his Bloomington, Minnesota, hotel room after police find him smoking pot. His eventual punishment in a $100 fine.
1970 The Who release their acclaimed album Live At Leeds, recorded three months earlier at the University of Leeds, in America.
1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's LP Deja Vu hits #1.
1969 Jack Casady, bassist for Jefferson Airplane, is arrested in New Orleans for possession of marijuana and given a suspended sentence of two-and-a-half years.
1969 During The Who's set at the Fillmore East in New York, a plainclothes policeman rushes the stage to tell the audience that a fire has broken out, but guitarist Pete Townshend, figuring him for a rabid fan, kicks him off. Literally. The guitarist is arrested onstage and later charged $30.
1968 Ralph Tresvant (lead singer of New Edition) is born in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
Michael Jackson introduces the Moonwalk for the first time on TV when he breaks out the move on the Motown 25th anniversary TV special.Read more
2000 Britney Spears' second album, Oops!… I Did It Again, sells 1.3 million copies in its first week, setting a new record for highest debut by a female artist.
1980 Elvis Presley's doctor, George Nichopoulous, is brought before the Memphis medical board and officially charged with 14 counts of abusing his right to prescribe medication. Though he will be acquitted in November, his case will be reopened twelve years later, when his license will be revoked.
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