1968 Roy Orbison loses two of his three sons - Roy Jr. (age 10) and Tony (age 6) - when his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, burns down. Orbison was on tour in Europe at the time.
1968 Rolling Stone reports that The Who's Pete Townshend is working on a "rock opera" about a boy who is deaf, dumb, and blind. This ends up being their album Tommy.
1968 Big Brother and the Holding Company's LP Cheap Thrills enters the charts.
1967 The Rolling Stones part ways with their longtime manager Andrew Loog Oldham. The group assumes management duties themselves.
1964 The Bing Crosby Show sitcom, starring the title singer, premieres on ABC (it lasts one season).
1963 Pete Seeger, who has been blacklisted from network TV after being found in contempt by the the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955, agrees to appear on the ABC variety show Hootenanny but refuses when the network asks him to sign a loyalty oath.
1959 Morten Harket, lead singer of the synthpop group a-ha, is born in Kongsberg, Norway.
1955 Keyboardist/saxophonist Steve Berlin (of Los Lobos) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1955 Little Richard records "Tutti Frutti" in New Orleans for Specialty Records. Originally "Tutti Frutti, Good Booty," a female lyricist at the label rewrites it to take out the prurient references.
1954 Barry Cowsill (drummer, then bassist for The Cowsills) is born in Newport, Rhode Island.
1950 Rock guitarist Paul Kossoff (of Free) is born in Hampstead, London, England.
1949 Steve Gaines (guitarist/songwriter for Lynyrd Skynyrd) is born in Seneca, Missouri, but would be raised in Miami, Oklahoma.
1947 Jon "Bowzer" Bauman (of Sha Na Na) is born in Brooklyn, New York.
1946 Pete Agnew (bassist for Nazareth) is born in Dunfermline, Scotland.
2001 Program directors at Clear Channel Communications, the largest owner of radio stations in the United States, begin circulating a list of songs that might be considered offensive in light of the September 11 attacks.More
1998 MTV debuts Total Request Live, a countdown of the Top 10 fan-requested music videos, hosted by Carson Daly. By the end of its 10-year run, the show is a cultural phenomenon.More
1982 Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, dies the day after suffering a stroke at the wheel and driving her car off a cliff. The 52-year-old former actress garnered acclaim in the 1956 musical comedy High Society alongside Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. She was also one of many stars name-checked in Madonna's "Vogue."
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