In 1937 Composer Maurice Ravel dies in Paris, France.
In 1944 The musical "On the Town," with music by Leonard Bernstein and book
and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, opens on Broadway.
In 1957 Ricky Nelson is featured on the cover of TV Guide.
In 1959 "Why" by Frankie Avalon is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1962 The Beatles perform one of their last concerts at the Star Club in
In 1963 Bobby Vee ("The Night Has A Thousand Eyes") marries Karen Bergen.
In 1968 The Miami Festival featuring Steppenwolf, 3 Dog Night, Chuck Berry,
Fleetwood Mac, Turtles, Canned Heat and Joni Mitchell gets under way
in Hallendale, FL. 100,000 people show-up at the 3-day event.
In 1968 The Beatles' so-called "White Album" hits #1 on the U.S. albums
chart and stayed there for 9 weeks (nonconsecutive).
In 1968 "Touch Me" by the Doors and "This Magic Moment" by Jay & the
Americans both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1969 "Temptations Day" is declared in Detroit.
In 1971 The Who's Keith Moon emcees a Sha Na Na show at New York's Carnegie
In 1973 Gordon Lightfoot album "Sundown" is released. (It doesn't chart
until the following March.)
In 1973 "Photograph" by Ringo Starr and "The Love I Lost" by Harold Melvin &
the Blue Notes are both certified gold.
In 1974 "Lonely People" by America enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1974 "Angie Baby" by Helen Reddy is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1975 While Ted Nugent performs in Spokane, WA, a man points a .44 Magnum
at him. Fans and police grab him before he can shoot.
In 1976 Blues great Freddie King, who influenced Eric Clapton, dies at the
age of 42.
In 1983 Beach Boy drummer Dennis Wilson, 39, drowns in Marina Del Rey, CA.
In 1983 The "Making Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'" video is certified gold
and platinum, a first for a music video.
In 1985 "Sara" by Starship and "Secret Lovers" by Atlantic Starr both enter
the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1990 Only 10 months after being sent to an Ohio prison for shooting a man
in a tavern, Johnny Paycheck asks Governor Richard Celeste to pardon
him. Less than a month later, the governor did.
In 1992 Cluckers Wood Roasted Chicken sues Kenny Rogers and former Kentucky
Governor John Brown (co-owners of restaurant chain Roasters Limited)
for $10 million, citing trademark infringement.
In 1992 Paul Simon and Edie Brickell have their first child, a boy they
named Adrian Edward Simon.
In 1993 Billy Ray Cyrus marries Letica Finley in Tennessee.
In 1993 Shania Twain and Robert John "Mutt" Lange get married.
In 1994 Pollstar reports the Rolling Stones was the top moneymaker for the
year with a record $1.4 billion in ticket sales.
In 1994 "Creep" by TLC is certified gold.
In 1995 Blues Traveler's album "Four" is certified triple platinum.
In 2001 Frankie Gaye, younger brother of Marvin Gaye, dies of complications
following a heart attack. He was 60.