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Pick a Day


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1957 Steve Porcaro (keyboardist for Toto) is born in Hartford, Connecticut.

1956 Elvis Presley records "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again," "Long Tall Sally," "Old Shep," "Paralyzed," "Too Much," and "Anyplace Is Paradise."

1956 Fritz McIntyre (keyboardist for Simply Red) is born in Birmingham, England.

1953 American composer John Zorn is born in New York City. As a child, he shows an eccentric fascination with sound and avant-garde music that prompts his parents to get him psychologically evaluated.

1951 Mik Kaminski (violinist for Electric Light Orchestra) is born in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England.

1946 Billy Preston is born in Houston, Texas. He is raised in Los Angeles, California. Aside from being a sought-after session musician for acts like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, the affable performer with the gap-toothed grin becomes a star in his own right with a number of funky hits throughout the '70s.More

1946 Rocker Marty Grebb (of The Buckinghams) is born in Chicago, Illinois.

1943 Soul/R&B singer Joe Simon is born in Simmesport, Louisiana. Known for the Grammy Award-winning song "The Chokin' Kind" (1969).

1943 R&B singer Rosalind Ashford (of Martha and the Vandellas) is born in Detroit, Michigan.

1940 Teen idol Jimmy Clanton is born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Known for the swamp pop/R&B hits "Just a Dream" (1958) and "Venus in Blue Jeans" (1962).

1939 Soul singer Sam Gooden (of The Impressions) is born in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

1939 R&B singer Bobby Dickey (of James & Bobby Purify) is born in Tallahassee, Florida.

1934 Russ Columbo dies when his friend's antique gun accidentally fires and strikes him in the eye. The 26-year-old singer's friends and family hide the news from his ailing mother, fearing the shock will kill her. Through an elaborate scheme of writing fake letters and using old recordings to simulate live broadcasts, it appears that Columbo is alive and well, but busy. The subterfuge lasts until her death a decade later.

1925 Pianist Russ Conway is born Trevor Herbert Stanford in Bristol, England. Known for hit instrumental singles like "Side Saddle" and "Roulette," both released in 1959.

1925 Hugo Montenegro, orchestra leader and film composer, is born in New York City.

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"Jeremy" Wins Big At The VMAs


Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" video wins four awards, including Video of the Year, at the MTV Video Music Awards. Pearl Jam responds by not making any more videos until 1998.

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