1943 Robin Williamson (of The Incredible String Band) is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1943 Pianist Richard Tee is born in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to being a studio and session musician, Tee forms the band Stuff with drummer Steve Gadd.
1942 Billy Connolly, musician, actor, and comedian, is born in Anderston, Glasgow, Scotland. After a stint as a welder, he pursues a career as a folk singer with The Humblebums, featuring Gerry Rafferty.
1941 Original The Beatles drummer Pete Best is born in Delhi, India.
1941 Bass guitarist Donald "Duck" Dunn (of Booker T. & the MG's) is born in Memphis, Tennessee. His dad gives him the nickname "Duck" while they watch cartoons together featuring the popular Donald Duck.
1940 Country singer-songwriter Johnny Carver is born in Jackson, Mississippi. Known for his 1973 hit cover of Tony Orlando's "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree."
1939 Guitarist Jim Yester (of The Association) is born in Birmingham, Alabama.
1931 Guitarist Tommy Allsup (of The Crickets) is born in Owasso, Oklahoma. Co-wrote The Ventures' "Guitar Twist." Allsup nearly became a tragic footnote in music history when he flipped a coin to win a seat on the plane that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, but he "lost" to Valens.
1925 Al Cohn, jazz saxophonist, composer, and arranger, is born in Brooklyn, New York. Known for his work with clarinetist Woody Herman and fellow sax player Zoot Sims.
1924 Eileen Barton is born in Brooklyn, New York, to two vaudeville performers. Known for her 1950 hit "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake."
1898 The first Maple Leaf Ball is held in Sedalia, Missouri.
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2009 Donny Osmond wins Season 9 of Dancing With The Stars.
1996 Crowded House play their farewell concert, performing on the steps of the Sydney Opera House to a crowd of over 100,000. In 2007, they get back together.
1991 Freddie Mercury of Queen dies of AIDS-related bronchial pneumonia in Kensington, London, England, at age 45.
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