1987 The British newspaper The Sun reports that Elton John has had the larynxes removed from his guard dogs so they can't bark, which is untrue. Elton sues the paper and reaches a settlement for about a million pounds and a front page apology.
1983 Season 2 of the sitcom Family Ties premieres on NBC, with its theme song, "Without Us," now being performed by Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams.
1982 St. Vincent (Annie Clark) is born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1976 George Harrison, ill with hepatitis, is sued by his American label, A&M, for failing to deliver his latest album, 33 1/3, on time.
1974 Andy Kim's "Rock Me Gently" hits #1 in America.
1974 Bad Company's self-titled album hits #1 in America.
1972 David Bowie has generated so much publicity with his Ziggy Stardust concerts that he sells out a show in Carnegie Hall.
1968 Dewey Phillips, the Memphis DJ who was the first to play an Elvis Presley record on the radio, dies of heart failure at age 42.
1968 Questioning the band's commitment, Janis Joplin announces (through her manager, Albert Grossman) that she will be leaving Big Brother & the Holding Company. Her new group, The Kozmic Blues Band, doesn't last long, and she eventually records as a solo artist.
1967 English musician Rory Storm (of Rory Storm and The Hurricanes) dies of a chest infection at age 34.
1967 Gladys Knight and the Pips release "I Heard It Through The Grapevine."
1967 Frank Zappa and wife Gail have their first child, daughter Moon Unit Zappa. Thus begins a tradition of oddball names for the Zappa children.
1964 Connie Stevens premieres her first television sitcom, Wendy And Me, on ABC, featuring George Burns as her landlord. It lasts one season.
1964 Songwriter Nacio Herb Brown dies in San Francisco, California, at age 68. He wrote the music for "Singin' in the Rain," with lyrics by Arthur Freed.
Thanks to a proliferation of "New Country" radio stations and more accurate reporting, country music goes mainstream as Garth Brooks' Ropin' the Wind becomes the first country album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.Read more
2012 The musical comedy Pitch Perfect, about an underdog collegiate singing group, premieres in theaters on the cusp of an a cappella revival. The resurgence includes the debut of the genre's newest phenomenon, Pentatonix. More
2000 Barbra Streisand closes out her Timeless tour with a show at Madison Square Garden. It's billed as her last tour, but she returns to the road six years later.
1991 Jazz legend Miles Davis dies of pneumonia, respiratory failure and stroke at age 65.
1989 Jimmy Buffett publishes his first book, a collection of short stories called Tales From Margaritaville that blends truth with confabulation.
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