1949 Styx guitarist James Young is born in the Chicago suburb of Western Springs, Illinois.
1947 Buckwheat Zydeco, accordionist and zydeco musician, is born Stanley Dural Jr. in Lafayette, Louisiana.
1936 Freddie Garrity of Freddie & the Dreamers is born in Crumpsall, Manchester, England.
1919 Pop singer Johnny Desmond is born Giovanni Alfredo De Simone in Detroit, Michigan. His highest-charting hit was "The Yellow Rose of Texas" in 1955.
1915 Pop singer Martha Tilton is born in Corpus Christi, Texas. Known for "And the Angels Sing" with Benny Goodman (1939).
1900 Composer and Aaron Copland is born in Brooklyn, New York City.
1805 Composer and pianist Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel is born in Hamburg, Germany.
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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