In 1827 Composer Ludwig van Beethoven dies in Vienna.
In 1946 Saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker performs his interpretation of "Lady Be Good" at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Auditorium.
In 1955 "The Ballad Of Davy Crockett" by Bill Hayes hits #1 on U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 5 weeks.
In 1959 The Coasters record "Along Came Jones."
In 1961 Elvis Presley is the first to hit #1 on the British charts with 3 straight releases: "It's Now Or Never," "Are You Lonesome Tonight" and "Wooden Heart."
In 1964 Former Beatles drummer Pete Best appears on the TV game show "I've Got A Secret."
In 1965 Jeff Beck joins the Yardbirds after Eric Clapton quits.
In 1970 Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary pleads guilty of "taking immoral liberties" with a 14-year-old. (He spends three months in jail.)
In 1970 The Fifth Dimension's album "Up, Up And Away" is certified gold.
In 1971 Emerson, Lake & Palmer's album "Pictures At An Exhibition" is released.
In 1972 David Bowie prevents Mott The Hoople from breaking up when he writes for them "All The Young Dudes."
In 1974 "Rock On" by David Essex "is certified gold.
In 1975 The Who's film version of "Tommy" opens in London.
In 1976 Wings guitarist Jimmy McCulloch breaks a finger after slipping in his hotel bathroom after the last show of the band's European tour, in Paris. The injury delayed the band's U.S. tour by 3 weeks.
In 1976 Eric Carmen, Donna Summer and Gordon Lightfoot all appear on NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special."
In 1976 Paul McCartney and Wings' album "Wings at the Speed of Sound" is released.
In 1977 Elvis Costello's first single "Less Than Zero" is released.
In 1977 "Rich Girl" by Hall & John hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1980 Drummer Jon-Jon Poulos, 32, of the Buckinghams dies of a drug overdose.
In 1982 Toto releases the album "Toto IV."
In 1983 "Let's Dance" by David Bowie enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1984 Cyndi Lauper's album "She's So Unusual" is certified gold.
In 1986 Guns N' Roses signs with Geffen Records.
In 1988 "Man In The Mirror" by Michael Jackson hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1989 A fire guts portions of Chuck Berry's house in Wentzville, MO.
In 1990 En Vouge's album "Born To Sing" is released.
In 1991 Mariah Carey's video "The First Vision" goes gold and platinum.
In 1993 Fleetwood Mac's "Greatest Hits" album is certified double platinum.
In 1995 Denise Matthews (Vanity) marries Anthony Smith.
In 1995 Rap singer Easy-E (Eric Wright) dies of complications from AIDS.
In 1996 Don Henley's album "Actual Miles-Don Henley's Greatest Hits" is certified gold.
In 1997 Third Eye Blind's album "Third Eye Blind" is released.
In 1998 Chuck Negron files suit against his former Three Dog Night band members, alleging that they violated a 1990 settlement agreement and interfered with his career.
In 1998 A survey names Madonna the worst dressed at the 70th annual Academy Awards.
In 1998 Janet Jackson's album "The Velvet Rope" goes double platinum.
In 1999 Lauryn Hill takes home three awards at the 13th Annual Soul Train Music Awards.
In 1999 The albums "Best Of Blondie" by Blondie and "Fanmail" by TLC both are certified platinum.
In 2000 Faith Hill substitutes for Whitney Houston during a medley of old Oscar-nominated songs at the 72nd Annual Academy Awards.
In 2000 A Blockbuster ad featuring Carly Simon performing the Beatles' song "Act Naturally" airs for the first time during the Academy Awards.
In 2000 Phil Collins wins the Best Original Song Oscar for "You'll Be In My Heart," from the soundtrack of Disney's animated feature "Tarzan."
In 2004 Jan Berry, of Jan & Dean ("Deadman's Curve," "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena") dies from a seizure. He was 62.
In 2005 Drummer Paul Hester (Split Enz & Crowded House) is found dead in a Melbourne, Australia, park of apparent suicide. He was 46.
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