1975 The Spinners' "They Just Can't Stop It (The Games People Play)" is certified Gold. The song spreads out lead vocals among all five members - even bass man Pervis Jackson gets a spot.
1975 Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is born in Fontana, California.
1974 Singer-songwriter Adina Howard is born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Known for her debut single, "Freak Like Me" (1995).
1968 Brian Yale (bassist for Matchbox Twenty) is born in Carmel, California.
1964 Rapper Joseph Simmons (aka Run of Run-DMC) is born in Hollis, Queens, New York.
1964 At the start of her first UK tour, Dusty Springfield causes a furor when she tells a local magazine: "I wish I'd been born colored. When it comes to singing and feeling, I want to be one of them and not me. Then I see how some of them are treated and I thank God I'm white."
1962 Bob Dylan records "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right."
1961 The Everly Brothers record "Crying In The Rain" and "That's Old Fashioned (That's The Way Love Should Be)."
1961 Before a show in Indianapolis, Ray Charles is arrested when marijuana and heroin are found in his hotel room. Charges are dropped on a technicality, but his drug problems were far from over.
1954 Yiannis Chryssomallis, who would become known as Yanni, is born in Greece.
1953 Frankie Banali (drummer for Quiet Riot) is born in Queens, New York City.
1952 The British music paper New Musical Express publishes its first record chart. The first #1: Al Martino's "Here In My Heart."
1951 Singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop is born Earl Stephen Bishop in San Diego, California.
1951 Alec John Such (former bassist for Bon Jovi) is born in Yonkers, New York.
The long-since-divorced Sonny and Cher perform "I Got You Babe" on Late Night with David Letterman.Read more
2003 Love Actually opens in the theaters. Among its musical moments: Hugh Grant dancing to the Pointer Sisters' "Jump (For My Love)" and Emma Thompson having a breakdown to Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now."More
1995 Gangsta rap rules with Tha Dogg Pound at #1 on the US Albums chart with Dogg Food. Snoop Dogg is not part of this group; Tha Dogg Pound are Death Row labelmates Daz Dillinger and Kurupt. Other Gangstas in the Top 10 are Cypress Hill with Cypress Hill III at #3 and Eight Ball and MG at #8 with On Top of the World.
1991 Michael Jackson's "Black Or White" music video, directed by John Landis, debuts simultaneously on MTV, BET and Fox - a strategic move that marks his ascension to the pop throne. The 11-minute clip, however, lands Jackson in hot water with viewers who complain about his excessive crotch-grabbing and gratuitous displays of violence.More
1983 Michael Jackson's 14-minute film Thriller debuts at the Metro Crest Theater in Los Angeles. Directed by John Landis, the short film will become the most popular video in MTV history when the network begins airing it in December. Many of Jackson's famous friends show up at the premiere, including Diana Ross, Eddie Murphy and Warren Beatty. The film gets a standing ovation and the crowd demands an encore, which is granted.
1960 Ray Charles' version of "Georgia On My Mind," written in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell, hits #1 in America.
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