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2020 Metallica become the first act with #1 songs on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart in four different decades when their live version of "All Within My Hands," recorded with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, takes the top spot.

2018 Fleetwood Mac perform on the show Ellen, debuting their new lineup with Neil Finn and Mike Campbell replacing Lindsey Buckingham, who has been booted.

2014 Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton open a bed and breakfast called The Ladysmith in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. It can be seen in Blake's video for "Sangria."

2014 Pop singer Simone Battle (of G.R.L.) dies of an apparent suicide in Los Angeles, California, at age 25.

2012 Country/folk musician Joe South dies of heart failure in Buford, Georgia, at age 72.

2007 Influential blogger Perez Hilton declares himself "obsessed" with the unsigned artist Eric Hutchinson, earning the singer 3,000 new MySpace friends and serious industry buzz, leading to a deal with Warner Bros. Records.

2000 Tori Amos gives birth to a baby girl, Natashya Hawley. The father is Amos' husband, Mark Hawley, an English sound engineer.

1998 R&B singer Sonny Knight dies at age 64 in Maui, Hawaii, two years after suffering a stroke. Known for the 1956 hit "Confidential."

1992 Following in the tradition of Billy Joel and David Bowie, John Mellencamp marries a supermodel: Elaine Irwin.More

1990 B.B. King receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1987 American Bandstand airs on network TV for the last time. ABC picked up the show in 1957, and throughout its run on the network, Dick Clark was the host. The show continued another year in syndication and aired one season on the USA network in 1989.

1978 Joe Negroni of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers dies of a cerebral hemorrhage in New York City at age 37.

1972 Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway's duet "Where Is The Love?" is certified Gold.

1971 While Wishbone Ash are on stage at an outdoor concert in Austin, Texas, hot dog vender Francisco Carrasco is shot dead. The tragedy inspires the song "Rock 'N' Roll Widow."

1969 Rock guitarist Dweezil Zappa is born Ian Donald Calvin Euclid Zappa in Los Angeles, California, to singer/songwriter Frank Zappa and his wife, Gail.

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The Animals Take Folk Song "The House Of The Rising Sun" To #1

1964

British group The Animals hit #1 in America with "The House Of The Rising Sun," a folk song set in New Orleans about either a brothel or a prison.

Dating to the 1800s, the first recordings of "The House Of The Rising Sun" appeared in the 1930s. It's provenance is unknown, but "the house in New Orleans" is likely either the Orleans Parish women's prison or a brothel that was active in the 1860s. Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie and Dave Van Ronk all performed it; Bob Dylan included it on his 1962 debut album using Van Ronk's arrangement. The Animals included the song in their live show, and when Chuck Berry came to England to tour with them in May 1964, it got a great response from the audience. The band pushed to record it for their first album. Their producer, Mickie Most, was against it, but he devoted about 15 minutes of studio time to banging out the song. When he heard the results, he insisted it be released as a single, something their record company was against because it came in at 4:29 - about 90 seconds longer than most pop songs. Most won that battle and the song was released as their second single. In July, it went to #1 in the UK; in September it topped the chart in America. The Animals version, with the organ heavy in the mix, adds a rock/R&B flavor to the song, which Bob Dylan loves (his version is traditional folk). It convinces him to go electric, which he does on Side 1 of his 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home, and at the Newport Folk Festival, where he shocks the crowd by plugging in. The song is the first international hit produced by Mickie Most, and also the first British Invasion song not written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney to hit the top spot in the US ("A World Without Love" by Peter & Gordon got there first, but that was a Lennon/McCartney composition). The Animals go on to a brief, but very successful career, calling it quits in 1968. Eric Burdon performs the song as a solo artist for the next five decades. "It was made for me and I was made for it," he tells Songfacts.

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