1976 West Coast musical impresario Lou Adler and his right-hand man, Neil Silver, are kidnapped in Los Angeles by a couple who ransom them for $25,000. The couple are caught within the week, but an accomplice flees and is never caught.
1972 The O'Jays' "Back Stabbers" is certified Gold.
1971 After their successful summer-replacement series, Sonny And Cher begin their fall TV variety series on CBS.
1970 The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb marries Linda Gray, the former Miss Edinburgh, on his 24th birthday (he claims he picked the date so he wouldn't forget their anniversary). The couple have five children, including Stephen, who plays guitar in his dad's band.
1967 The Beatles meet up at Paul McCartney's house in London to decide what to do following the death of their manager, Brian Epstein. They decide to be their own managers, and McCartney takes the lead on most business decisions. With hefty responsibilities outside of music, things get tense and the group breaks up two years later.
1962 Tommy Roe's "Sheila," which he wrote when he was just 14, hits #1 in America for the first of two weeks.
1957 Gloria Estefan is born Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan in Havana, Cuba. She would be raised in Miami, Florida.
1952 Ray Charles signs to Atlantic after leaving Swingtime Records; the label takes him in a harder R&B direction than the crooner-style pop and West Coast blues he had been recording.
1950 Peter Hewson of Chicory Tip is born in Gillingham, Kent, England.
1949 Russ Field (guitarist for Showaddywaddy) is born James Lewis Russell Field in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England.
1946 Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees is born in Douglas, Isle of Man. He is raised in Manchester, England.
1946 Greg Errico (drummer for Sly & the Family Stone) is born in San Francisco, California.
1944 Soul singer Archie Bell is born in Henderson, Texas.
2010 Apple launches a social media network called Ping, which is integrated into its iTunes software. A rare flop for the company, it closes two years later.
2006 While on trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, Phil Spector marries his fourth wife, Rachelle.
2004 Under pressure to account for download sales, the Official Charts company releases its first UK Download Chart. The boy band Westlife claims the #1 spot with a live release of their 1999 song "Flying Without Wings."More
1988 The Rock N' Roll Cuisine cookbook is published, with 95 recipes from various musicians. Selections include Yoko Ono's "Dream Soup" (sunshine in a bowl), Cher's "Boyfriend Approved Macaroni Salad," Mick Jagger's shrimp curry and Weird Al Yankovic's peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
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