1955 In his Nashville hotel room, songwriter Mae Axton plays Elvis Presley a demo of a song she's co-written called "Heartbreak Hotel."
1954 Mario Cipollina (bassist for Huey Lewis and the News) is born in San Rafael, California.
1950 Ronnie Hammond (former frontman for Atlanta Rhythm Section) is born in Macon, Georgia.
1947 Country/pop singer Dave Loggins, known for "Please Come to Boston" (1974), is born in Mountain City, Tennessee.
1947 Glen Buxton (guitarist for Alice Cooper Band) is born in Akron, Ohio.
1947 Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer is born in Poole, Dorset, England.
1945 Country singer Donna Fargo is born Yvonne Vaughan in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Known for "The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA" and "Funny Face," both crossover pop hits in 1972.
1944 Lyricist Tim Rice, known for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber, is born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England. He would also co-write the hit "A Whole New World" from Aladdin and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" from The Lion King, a partnership with Elton John.
1940 Screaming Lord Sutch is born David Edward Sutch in Hampstead, London, England.
1939 Rock singer Tommy Facenda is born in Portsmouth, Virginia.
1939 Muggsy Spanier records "Dipper Mouth Blues."
1932 Pianist Paul Bley is born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
1916 Billy May - trumpeter, composer, and arranger - is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Arranged Frank Sinatra's acclaimed concept albums Come Fly with Me (1958), Come Dance with Me! (1959) and Come Swing with Me! (1961).
1907 Actress/singer Jane Froman is born in University City, Missouri. She would inspire the 1952 film With a Song in My Heart: The Jane Froman Story, starring Susan Hayward.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, and Brian Setzer guest star on The Simpsons in an episode where they run a rock and roll fantasy camp. The first rule of the camp: There are no rules! Second rule: No outside food.Read more
2007 For the first time, country(ish) artists occupy the top three spots on the US albums chart: 1) Carrie Underwood - Carnival Ride 2) Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raising Sand 3) Gary Allan - Living Hard
1992 Ween's major-label debut, Pure Guava, is released on Elektra records. The album features the single "Push th' Little Daisies," which gets them attention on MTV after being featured on the channel's animated series Beavis and Butt-head. During the clip, Butt-head quips, "These guys have no future."More
1988 After a 6-year hiatus where he waits out the '80s, Steve Miller starts touring again, kicking off with a show in Burlington, Vermont.
1969 Sesame Street debuts on American public television. Many of the lessons are taught with songs, and in later seasons, musicians drop by to help out: Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Ray Charles, Dixie Chicks and Alicia Keys are among the many to appear on the show. The two big names that turn down offers: Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand.More
1938 On her radio show, Kate Smith sings the Irving Berlin song "God Bless America" for the first time, introducing it to the country. Berlin composed the song for a 1918 musical he wrote, but decided not to use it.More
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