1975 Melanie Brown is born in Leeds, England. With Spice Girls, she is known as Mel B or "Scary Spice."
1973 The Byrds break up when founding member Roger McGuinn performs his first solo concert at New York's Academy of Music. Use of "The Byrds" name gets sticky in ensuing years, and in 1989 McGuinn plays some shows with original members Chris Hillman and David Crosby to stake their legal claim to the name.
1972 Paul McCartney releases "Mary Had A Little Lamb."
1971 Thirty-six fans are treated after drinking cider spiked with LSD at a Grateful Dead show at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom.
1969 Chan Kinchla (guitarist for Blues Traveler) is born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
1968 Al Stewart appears on John Peel's Nightride programme where he meets Pete Morgan, whose poem "My Enemies Have Sweet Voices" he sets to music.
1967 Noel Gallagher is born in Burnage, Manchester, England. He and his younger brother Liam form Oasis.
1965 The Beach Boys' "Help Me, Rhonda," with Al Jardine on lead vocals, goes to #1 in America.
1960 Mel Gaynor (drummer for Simple Minds) is born in Balham, London, England.
1958 Little Anthony & the Imperials record "Tears On My Pillow."
1955 Mike Porcaro, who will replace David Hungate as bassist for Toto, is born in Windsor, Connecticut.
1953 Danny Elfman (lead singer-songwriter for Oingo Boingo) is born in Los Angeles, California. Also an award-winning film composer, he is known for his work on Batman (1989) and the TV series Desperate Housewives.
Concerned that students are identifying with Freddie Mercury, who has recently died of AIDS, the principal at Sacred Heart School in Clifton, New Jersey, doesn't allow 8th graders to perform the Queen song "We Are The Champions" at their graduation ceremony. When students flood the radio station Z100 with requests for the song, it is re-released as a single.Read more
1996 This item appears in The Guardian: Newly widowed Stella Serth has been convicted of a public order offence in Tasmania. Mrs. Serth has been fined £200 for dancing on her husband's grave and singing "Who's Sorry Now?"
1976 Diana Ross' "Love Hangover" hits #1 in America. It's the first disco hit for Motown Records, which is slow to embrace the sound.
1971 The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" hits the top of the Hot 100 for the first of two weeks.
1961 Melissa Etheridge is born in Leavenworth, Kansas.
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