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2018 Paul Simon, having completed his farewell tour, appears as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live for the ninth time on his 77th birthday.

2017 Dolly Parton donates $1 million to the Vanderbilt University Children's Hospital in Nashville, which helped her niece battle leukemia. She announces the donation on a visit to the facility, where she performs songs from her children's album I Believe in You.

2016 Jon Sudano posts a video on YouTube where he sings the lyrics to Smash Mouth's "All Star" over the music to John Lennon's "Imagine." It takes off, and he racks up millions of views with similar videos where he sings "All Star" over other famous songs, including "Y.M.C.A.," "Under the Bridge" and "Wonderwall."More

2016 Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, "For having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." Previous winners in this category include William Golding, John Steinbeck, and William Faulkner. He's the first American to win since Toni Morrison in 1993.

2009 Jazz crooner Al Martino, also known for his role as Johnny Fontane in The Godfather, dies in Springfield, Pennsylvania, at age 82.

2008 Five months after marrying Jay-Z, Beyoncé releases the sassy "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)." It goes to #1 in America for four weeks and win the Grammy for Song of the Year.

2007 T.I. is arrested just hours before he is scheduled to perform at the BET Hip Hop Awards. According to police, the rapper paid $12,000 to a bodyguard to buy three guns for him. Police take him into custody on weapons charges and place him in federal custody over the weekend.

2002 The Spanish sisterly act Las Ketchup scores a UK #1 hit with the strangely infectious "The Ketchup Song." In the US, the song stalls at #54.

1997 Matchbox 20 (which in early 2000 changes its name to Matchbox Twenty) embarks on its first headlining tour in Las Vegas with opening act Lila Haydn & Her Band.

1997 Billy Joel plays his new classical compositions on National Public Radio's Performance Today show.

1992 Linda McCartney releases Linda McCartney's Sixties: Portrait of an Era, a collection of her most memorable works as a rock photographer. The book includes photos of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles (including husband Paul McCartney), The Who, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison (The Doors), Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Otis Redding.

1987 Sting releases his second solo album, ...Nothing Like the Sun.

1986 Joni Mitchell's Ladies Of The Canyon is certified Platinum by the RIAA.

1980 Ashanti is born Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas in Glen Cove, New York.

1980 George Jones wins Single of the Year at the Country Music Association awards for "He Stopped Loving Her Today," starting a career resurgence for the country legend.

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Stevie Wonder Tops The Hot 100, R&B, AC And UK Charts

1984

Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called To Say I Love You" tops the Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, R&B and UK Singles charts.

Wonder had been working on his album In Square Circle for about four years when he wrote the song, but it wasn't for that album - it was for a Gene Wilder movie called The Woman In Red. Wonder's label, Motown, wasn't impressed with the first songs he wrote for the film, but when he produced "I Just Called To Say I Love You," they knew they had a hit on their hands. The film gets a tepid response, but the song finds a huge audience that appreciates the simple sentiment of a phone call just to say "I love you." For some of Wonder's longtime fans, it triggers a gag reflex, but the numbers don't lie: six weeks at #1 in the UK and three weeks on top of the Hot 100, R&B and Adult Contemporary charts. It also earns Wonder an Oscar for Best Song. At the ceremony, he accepts it in the name of Nelson Mandela.

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