1979 "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson tops the Hot 100.
1977 R&B singer Shirley Brickley (of The Orlons) is shot to death by an intruder in her home, at age 32.
1968 Florence Ballard (of The Supremes) gives birth to twin daughters, born two months premature.
1963 The largest audience in British television history watch The Beatles perform on "Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium."
1960 Marie Osmond is born Olive Marie Osmond in Ogden, Utah. Known for her 1973 country cover of "Paper Roses" and her collaboration with brother Donny for a TV variety show.
1956 The Bill Haley film Don't Knock The Rock starts filming.
1948 John Ford Coley, folk rock/country singer and instrumentalist, is born in Dallas, Texas.
1944 Robert Lamm (keyboardist and songwriter for Chicago) is born in Brooklyn, New York.
1927 Country singer Anita Kerr, leader of The Anita Kerr Singers, is born Anita Jean Grilli in Memphis, Tennessee. Her group will perform backing vocals for Red Foley, Ernest Tubb, Roy Orbison, and Willie Nelson, among others.
Neil Young headlines the first Bridge School benefit concert in support of the non-profit institution that provides education for children with verbal and physical disabilities. Young and his wife Pegi co-founded the school when their son, Ben, was born with cerebral palsy. The all-acoustic concert - featuring performances by Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Tom Petty, and a reunited Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - turns into an annual event that adds many more big-name acts to the roster, including regular guests Pearl Jam.Read more
2000 Eddie Vedder, Ani DiFranco, Ben Harper and Patti Smith all take part in a Madison Square Garden rally for US presidential candidate Ralph Nader. George Bush eventually wins the election, with Nader taking key votes from his Democratic challenger Al Gore.
1998 The Frasier Fair, a male version of the Lilith Fair, begins in San Diego. The tour is organized by Rugburns member Steve Poltz, and features John Doe and Pete Droge. The festival is named after the character Frasier Crane from the shows Cheers and Frasier. The character spent a lot of time on the shows involved with a frigid woman named Lilith.
1974 Renowned television host Ed Sullivan dies of esophageal cancer in New York City, at age 73. One of the biggest events in music history unfolded on his program, The Ed Sullivan Show, when a new group from Liverpool called The Beatles made their live US debut.
1941 Paul Simon is born in Newark, New Jersey. He meets his longtime music partner, Art Garfunkel, when they both perform in a school production of Alice in Wonderland for their sixth grade graduation. They would become Simon & Garfunkel.
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