2011 Sylvia Robinson, a singer and rap impresario who brought us "Rapper's Delight," dies at age 75.
1991 MTV plays the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video for the first time, giving most Americans their first look at Nirvana. A little over a month later, the song is #1 on the Hot 100.
1990 Nelson (Rick Nelson's twin sons, Gunnar and Matthew) top the Billboard Hot 100 with "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection," becoming the second generation of Nelsons to top the charts. Their grandfather, Ozzie Nelson, may have been the most popular of the bunch as a band leader in the '30s and '40s.
1984 The English girl group Bananarama has their US breakthrough when "Cruel Summer" peaks at #9 on the pop chart, thanks to the song's appearance in the summer smash The Karate Kid.
1935 Jerry Lee Lewis is born in Ferriday, Louisiana.
2021 Granting her petition, a judge suspends Britney Spears' father, Jamie, as her conservator, a role he has held since 2008.
2017 A statue of Jimmy Bain by Colin Cairns Ford is unveiled in the bass player's hometown of Dunbar, Scotland.
2013 Keith "Sabu" Crier (bass player for GQ) dies at age 58. Known for the 1979 hit "Disco Nights (Rock-Freak)."
2013 Ten million tune in to the finale of the TV series Breaking Bad, which ends with "Baby Blue," a 1971 song by Badfinger. The song represents lead character Walter White's love of his creation: blue methamphetamine.
2012 Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy marries longtime girlfriend Elisa Yao.
2009 After the band plays a gig at Club Academy in Manchester, England, tens of thousands of pounds worth of Noah and the Whale's equipment is stolen from a locked trailer in a car park near the venue. In December, police recover most of the gear, including items of great sentimental value to the band, nearly 100 miles away in a barn where the perpetrators had been storing it.
2009 Lynyrd Skynyrd release Gods & Guns, their 13th album.
2003 McDonald's launches the "I'm Lovin' It" ad campaign in America, with Justin Timberlake singing the "ba da ba ba bah" hook and releasing a full-length version of the jingle as a single. It becomes the company's longest-running ad campaign.More
2003 Country singer Wesley Tuttle dies of heart failure at age 85. Known for the 1945 hits "Detour" and "With Tears in My Eyes." He also yodeled for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' "Silly Song."
#1 on the Hot 100 is "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" by Meco. It's a 15-minute song made up of Star Wars music set to a disco beat. There's even an R2-D2 bleeping solo.
Meco Monardo, a session trombonist and music producer, is one of the first in line to see Star Wars on opening day in 1977 and is blown away – not just by the intergalactic tale of good vs. evil or the visionary special effects that bring it to life, but by the triumphant main title theme performed by John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra. Through the course of ten more viewings, he brainstorms a disco treatment that will combine the score's various character themes with other quirky elements from the film, like wookiee noises and R2-D2's chirpy bleeps. Star Wars is an instant success both critically and commercially, making stars out of fresh faces like Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher and sending Williams' title theme to #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. So when Meco brings the idea for a disco-infused version of the score to his pal at Casablanca Records, it is immediately green-lit. With the help of Harold Wheeler and Tony Bongiovi, whom he worked with on Gloria Gaynor's 1974 cover of "Never Can Say Goodbye," he arranges and records the Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk album in just three weeks. The "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" single ("Cantina Band" referring to the house band's zippy number at the Mos Eisley Cantina) is a #1 hit. The album is nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, but loses to Williams for the Star Wars Soundtrack.
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