1990 Dave Grohl replaces Chad Channing in Nirvana, becoming the fifth (and final) drummer for the band.
1989 New wave duo Tears for Fears release their third album, The Seeds Of Love. It's the last TFF release to feature Curt Smith, who relocates to New York to pursue a solo career after an acrimonious split with bandmate Roland Orzabal. They reunite in 2004 for Everybody Loves A Happy Ending.
1985 Diana Ortiz (of Dream) is born in San Fernando Valley, California.
1975 Jackie Wilson has a heart attack while performing "Lonely Teardrops" at the Dick Clark "Good Ol' Rock 'n' Roll" revue in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. When he falls, he hits his head and goes into a coma for four months. He regains consciousness but suffers brain damage that leaves him unable to walk or talk. Wilson dies in 1984.
1973 The Allman Brothers release "Ramblin' Man."
1970 Janis Joplin records "Me And Bobby McGee" at Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood. She dies nine days later from a drug overdose at age 27.
1970 Ringo Starr releases Beaucoups Of Blues.
1970 The Partridge Family's self-titled TV show debuts on ABC.
1969 John Lennon records "Cold Turkey."
1965 Barry McGuire's "Eve Of Destruction" hits #1, where it will stay for one week.
1965 The cartoon The Beatles, starring animated versions of the Fab 4 (and soundalike voiceover artists), debuts on ABC. The show lasts three seasons.
1964 The Temptations record "My Girl."
1961 Bob Dylan plays a show at Gerde's Folk City in New York that earns him a glowing review in the New York Times, giving him his first major media exposure.
1956 Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender" becomes the first single to sell a million copies before its release.
1955 Zucchero is born Adelmo Fornaciari in Roncocesi, a small village near Reggio Emilia, Italy.
The Rolling Stones start their US tour with a concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, where they play to a crowd of 90,000. The tour is sponsored by musk maker Jovan, establishing a new paradigm for corporate involvement.Read more
2017 At the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers play their last concert, as Petty dies a week later. The show is the last stop on their 40th Anniversary tour.
2008 MySpace Music launches, allowing artists to upload songs to their profiles for fans to stream for free. With 5 million artist pages, MySpace is hoping to compete with iTunes, but it's hemorrhaging users to Facebook and never makes much impact as a streaming service.
1980 Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham dies at age 32 of asphyxiation from vomiting after a night of heavy drinking. The band decides to break up instead of replacing him.
1979 Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Evita makes its debut on Broadway with Patti LuPone after a successful year on London's West End.More
1968 Will Smith is born and raised in West Philadelphia. On the playground is where he spends most of his days.
1967 Little-known country singer Dolly Parton makes her first appearance on The Porter Wagoner Show, singing two songs from her debut album: "Dumb Blonde" and "Something Fishy." She becomes the full-time replacement for the program's longtime singer, Norma Jean. Parton stays on the show for seven years and records string of popular duet albums with Wagoner.
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