1944 Phil May (lead singer of Pretty Things) is born Philip Arthur Dennis Wadey in Dartford, Kent, England.
1943 Lee Graziano (drummer, trumpet player for The American Breed) is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1943 Dennis Provisor (keyboardist for The Grass Roots) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1941 Tom Fogerty (rhythm guitarist for Creedence Clearwater Revival) is born in Berkeley, California.
1937 Roger McGough (of The Scaffold) is born in Litherland, Lancashire, England.
1936 Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul and Mary) is born in Louisville, Kentucky.
1858 Today marks the first performance of the New York Symphony Orchestra.
1845 Elizabeth Reed Napier is born. She provides the title for the The Allman Brothers Band song "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed" when Dickey Betts sees her headstone at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Georgia.
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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