1991 Singer/actor Yves Montand, age 70, dies of a heart attack in France while filming the movie IP5: The Island of Pachyderms. Oddly enough, he plays an old man who dies of a heart attack.
1990 The IRS comes after Willie Nelson, who owes $16 million in back taxes. His assets, including master tapes, clothing and gold records, are seized. Nelson saves his favorite guitar, Trigger, by having it sent to Maui before the feds arrive.
1978 Sisqo (lead singer of the R&B quartet Dru Hill) is born Mark Althavean Andrews in Baltimore, Maryland.
1977 Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" is certified Gold.
1976 Frank Zappa's album Overnite Sensation is certified Gold.
1973 Nick Lachey (lead singer of 98 Degrees) is born in Harlan, Kentucky.
1973 Bob Dylan records "Wedding Song."
1971 Elvis Presley releases "Merry Christmas, Baby."
1970 Blues musician Susan Tedeschi is born in Boston.
1970 Rapper Scarface is born Brad Terrence Jordan in Houston, Texas. Borrowing his stage name from the 1983 Al Pacino film Scarface, he joins the Geto Boys before going solo.
1970 Badfinger release the album No Dice in the US. The song "No Matter What" becomes a hit for the group, but another song on the album, "Without You," becomes a much bigger hit when Harry Nilsson covers it.
1969 Sandra Denton (aka Pepa of Salt-N-Pepa) is born in Kingston, Jamaica. She spends her childhood in Queens, New York, and Logan, Utah.
1968 Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant marries his first wife, Maureen, in London. The couple holds the wedding reception at the local club "The Roundhouse," where the group plays its first London gig.
The Miami Vice Theme hits #1 on the Hot 100, the last instrumental song to top the tally.Read more
1999 The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announces the biggest-selling artists of the century in the United States: The Beatles have sold the most albums (106 million), Garth Brooks is the best-selling male solo act, and Barbra Streisand the best-selling female. Elton John's 1997 "Candle In The Wind" is the best-selling single of the century, and the best-selling album is the Eagles' Greatest Hits 1971-1975.
1974 Bachman-Turner Overdrive become just the second Canadian band to hit #1 in America when "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" claims the top spot. The first to do it was another Randy Bachman band: The Guess Who, who topped the chart with "American Woman" in 1970.
1973 Billy Joel releases his second album, Piano Man. The title track, based on his nights performing at a piano bar in Los Angeles called The Executive Room, becomes his first hit when it peaks at #25 in America.
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