1981 Reggae star Bob Marley is buried with state honors in St. Ann's, Jamaica.
1979 Elton John becomes the first western act to tour the U.S.S.R. when he plays the first of eight concerts at a show in Leningrad.
1972 The Notorious B.I.G. is born Christopher George Latore Wallace in Brooklyn, New York.
1964 The Drifters record "Under The Boardwalk" the day after their lead singer, Rudy Lewis, is found dead. He is replaced by former member Johnny Moore.
1962 Dee Dee Sharp records "Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)."
1957 Paul Anka records "Diana."
1955 Stan Lynch (original drummer for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) is born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1955 Chuck Berry records his first single, "Maybellene," at Chess Records in Chicago.
1948 Leo Sayer is born Gerard Hugh Sayer in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England.
1947 Bill Champlin (keyboardist, guitarist for Chicago) is born in Oakland, California.
Ten years into the Rock Era, it looks like it's here to stay. Time magazine reports on the rock revival with the cover story, "Rock 'n' Roll: The Sound of the Sixties."Read more
1994 R&B vocal group All-4-One hits #1 on the Hot 100 with "I Swear," a cover of a country song by John Michael Montgomery. The group is playing gigs at Disneyland when the song tops the chart; it stays at #1 for 11 weeks.More
1992 MTV airs the first episode of The Real World, which gets huge ratings and begins a shift in programming away from music videos. It also encourages other networks to try this "Reality TV" thing.
1986 Run-DMC, LL Cool J and Whodini kick off the Raising Hell tour with a show in Columbus, Georgia. All three acts are from New York City; the tour, which stops in places like Saginaw, Michigan, and Jacksonville, Florida, affirms that rap is finding a much wider audience.
1983 ZZ Top release their video for "Gimme All Your Lovin'," marking the first appearance of the Eliminator, Billy Gibbons' 1933 Ford Hot Rod. The car appears in three other ZZ Top videos and becomes closely associated with the band. Gibbons has another one built just like it to bring on tour.More
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