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1995 Paul Anka guest stars on the "Treehouse of Horror VI" episode of The Simpsons.

1993 Tim Burton's animated musical The Nightmare Before Christmas hits US theaters. The film features music composed by Danny Elfman of Oingo Boingo; Elfman also sings the vocal parts of protagonist Jack Skellington.

1992 The British band Verve, dispatched to America to promote their debut album, perform their song "A Man Called Sun" for over two hours from a flatbed truck driving around New York City at night. America takes little notice of the band until their 1997 single "Bitter Sweet Symphony."

1991 In Peoria, Illinois, Metallica launch their mammoth Wherever We May Roam tour, which runs for 224 shows, wrapping up on December 18, 1992.

1987 Rolling Stones guitarist and sometime painter Ron Wood gets his first public presentation, Decades, in London, featuring mostly portraits of Wood's famous friends over the past two decades.

1987 Woody Herman, jazz musician and big band leader, dies at age 74.

1984 Deep Purple release Perfect Strangers, their first album since 1975. The subsequent tour does big business.

1979 Legendary bebop trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie appears on The Muppet Show and performs with The Electric Mayhem. It's the only time that the otherwise all-muppet band features a bongo player.

1978 Rush's Hemispheres hits stores. The album is ambitious even by Rush standards, and the work put into recording it nearly gives the band members nervous breakdowns.

1977 Paul Davis's "I Go Crazy" enters the charts.

1976 Elvis Presley records "It's Easy For You," "Way Down," and "Pledging My Love."

1976 Bruce Springsteen brings long-forgotten Gary U.S. Bonds on stage at The Palladium in New York City to perform Bonds' 1961 hit "Quarter To Three." Five years later, Springsteen engineers a comeback for Bonds, working on his album Dedication and supplying the hit "This Little Girl."

1973 John Lennon releases "Mind Games" and the LP of the same name in the US.

1971 Duane Allman (of The Allman Brothers Band) dies in a motorcycle crash in Macon, Georgia, at age 24.

1970 Toby Smith (keyboardist for Jamiroquai) is born in London, England.

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Country Duet Tops Hot 100

1983

"Islands in the Stream," written by the Bee Gees and intended for Marvin Gaye, goes to #1 in the US as a duet by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.

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