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1949 Rock guitarist William "Sputnik" Spooner (of Grateful Dead, The Tubes) is born in Phoenix, Arizona.

1947 Darrell Sweet (drummer for Nazareth) is born in Bournemouth, England.

1947 '60s singer Barbara Lee (of The Chiffons) is born in The Bronx, New York.

1946 Roger Earl (drummer for Foghat, Savoy Brown) is born in Hampton Court Palace, London, England.

1946 Robert Fripp (guitarist for King Crimson) is born in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England.

1945 Nicky Chinn, who penned hits with songwriting partner Mike Chapman throughout the '60s and '70s, is born in London, England.

1944 Jazz drummer Billy Cobham is born in Panama.

1938 R&B singer Pervis Jackson (of The Spinners) is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1936 Doo wop singer Corinthian "Kripp" Johnson (of The Dell-Vikings) is born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1932 Drummer Isaac "Redd" Holt (Young-Holt Unlimited, The Ramsey Lewis Trio) is born in Rosedale, Mississippi.

1929 Jazz singer Betty Carter is born Lillie Mae Jones in Flint, Michigan.

1919 Liberace is born Władziu Valentino Liberace in West Allis, Wisconsin, along with a twin who dies at birth.

1913 Woody Herman, jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1767 A piano is played for the first time in public in the UK. In a playbill for a performance of The Beggar's Opera at Covent Garden Theatre, London, it is announced a Miss Brickler sings "accompanied by Mr. Dibdin on a new instrument called piano-forte."

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Michael Jackson Introduces The Moonwalk

1983

Michael Jackson introduces the Moonwalk for the first time on TV when he breaks out the move on the Motown 25th anniversary TV special.

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