1956 The Gale Storm Show, starring the singer as a cruise ship director who makes lots of musical interludes, debuts on CBS.
1954 The original musical version of A Star Is Born, featuring Judy Garland, opens in Hollywood. The first non-musical version debuted in 1932 as What Price Hollywood?, starring Constance Bennett.
1948 Guitarist Mike Pinera (of Iron Butterfly) is born in Tampa, Florida.
1948 Mark Farner (lead singer/guitarist for Grand Funk) is born in Flint, Michigan.
1947 Dizzy Gillespie makes his Carnegie Hall debut.
1944 Composer Mike Post is born Leland Michael Postil in Berkeley, California. Composed many TV theme songs, including Law & Order, NYPD Blue, The Rockford Files, L.A. Law, Quantum Leap, Magnum, P.I., and Hill Street Blues.
1944 Tommy Tate (vocalist/drummer for The Imperial Show Band) is born in Homestead, Florida.
1944 Folk singer Anne Briggs is born in Toton, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, England.
1942 Virtuoso violinist/composer Jean-Luc Ponty is born in Avranches, France.
1939 Songwriter Tommy Boyce (Boyce & Hart) is born Sidney Thomas Boyce in Charlottesville, Virginia. Co-wrote the Monkees' "Last Train to Clarksville."
1930 Bing Crosby marries his first wife, Dixie Lee. The couple had 4 sons together before her death in 1952.
1907 Gene Autry, the "singing cowboy," is born Orvon Grover Autry in Tioga, Texas.
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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.
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