1973 Bruce Springsteen releases his second album, The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle.
1971 Richard Ashcroft (lead singer for The Verve) is born in Billinge Higher End, Wigan, England.
1967 Crooner Harry Connick, Jr. is born Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr. in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1967 The Beatles begin filming Magical Mystery Tour.
1965 The Beatles' Help! album hits #1 in America and stays for nine weeks.
1965 Electronica musician Moby is born Richard Melville Hall in Harlem, New York City.
1962 Neil Sedaka marries his wife, Leba.
1960 Tommy Sands marries Nancy Sinatra (they divorce five years later).
1958 Lloyd Price records the original, uncensored version of "Stagger Lee."
1958 LaVern Baker records "I Cried A Tear."
1957 Jon Moss (drummer for Culture Club) is born in Wandsworth, South London, England.
1945 Dennis Tufano (original lead singer for The Buckinghams) is born Dennis Stanley Joseph Tufano in Chicago, Illinois.
1943 Mickey Hart (one of the drummers for Grateful Dead) is born Michael Steven Hartman in Brooklyn but would be raised in Long Island, New York.
1935 Composer Arvo Pärt is born in Paide, Järva County, Estonia. Created the tintinnabuli style of composition.
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1982 Frank Zappa's "Valley Girl" reaches its chart peak of #32 on the Hot 100. It's the only Top 40 hit for the eccentric singer, who releases over 60 albums in his lifetime. His daughter, Moon Unit Zappa, plays the Valley Girl in the song.
1977 David Bowie appears on Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas special. Bowie refuses to sing "Little Drummer Boy" with Crosby, so his part is rewritten as "Peace On Earth." Crosby dies a month later, and the duet becomes a Christmas classic, growing even more popular when MTV starts playing the clip a few years later.
1974 WROV-AM in Roanoke, Virginia, starts playing the The Doobie Brothers album cut "Black Water" in honor of a local tributary of the same name. The resounding response from listeners prompts a single release the following month and "Black Water" becomes a #1 hit.
1971 The Jackson 5 cartoon series, called The Jackson 5ive, debuts on ABC. Each episode shows various adventures with animated versions of the group, along with Michael's pet mice Ray and Charles, and his snake Rosie. The cartoon runs from 1971-1973.
1967 Frank Sinatra, who is playing at The Sands casino in Las Vegas, gets in a fight when he is denied credit as part of a policy put in by the new owners. He breaks two teeth in the altercation and soon takes his talents (and money) to Caesar's Palace.
1953 Tommy Shaw of Styx is born in Montgomery, Alabama.
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