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1964 Willie Nelson makes his Grand Ole Opry debut.

1964 The Shangri-Las teenage tragedy song "Leader Of The Pack" goes to #1 in America.

1962 Matt Cameron (drummer for Pearl Jam, Soundgarden) is born in San Diego, California.

1957 Harry Belafonte becomes the first black man to hit #1 in the UK when "Mary's Boy Child" tops the chart. The single stays at #1 for seven weeks and becomes a Christmas favorite.

1949 Paul Shaffer is born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. The multi-instrumentalist finds fame as a bandleader on the Late Show with David Letterman.

1948 Little River Band guitarist Beeb Birtles is born Gerard Bertelkamp in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1947 Gary Taylor (bassist, rhythm guitarist for The Herd) is born Graham John Taylor in Walton-on-Thames, London, England.

1944 The movie musical Meet Me in St. Louis, featuring Judy Garland, opens in theaters.

1943 "Take a Letter Maria" singer R.B. Greaves is born Ronald Bertram Aloysius Greaves III in Georgetown, Guyana.

1940 Bruce Channel, known for the 1962 hit "Hey Baby," is born in Jacksonville, Texas.

1939 Gary Troxel (of The Fleetwoods) is born in Centralia, Washington.

1936 Jazz drummer Roy McCurdy (of Blood, Sweat & Tears) is born in Rochester, New York.

1925 The "WSM Barn Dance" debuts on the Nashville radio station WSM. Two years later, the show is rechristened "The Grand Ole Opry."

1915 Jazz trumpeter Dick Vance is born in Mayfield, Kentucky, but will be raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He blows his horn for a number of prominent Big Bands, including Chick Webb's orchestra.

1829 Pianist/composer Anton Rubinstein is born in Vikhvatinets, a village in present-day Moldova (formerly part of the Russian Empire).

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Dirty Dancing Song Lifts To #1

1987

The Dirty Dancing hit "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" goes to #1 in America as the "Swayze-lift" becomes a popular dance move.

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