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2017 Clyde Stubblefield, the funky drummer who played on many tracks for James Brown, dies at age 73.


2009 Duffy is the big winner at the Brit Awards, taking Album of the Year for Rockferry along with gongs for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act, beating out Adele in those two categories.

2006 Bill Cowsill of The Cowsills dies at age 58.

2003 The Rolling Stones bring some local flavor to the Australian leg of their Licks world tour, bringing on Jet as the opening act. The first show in the country takes place at the Enmore Theater in Sydney. Jet had to fly back from Los Angeles, where they were recording their debut album, Get Born, to take advantage of the opportunity.

2001 James Taylor marries his longtime girlfriend Kim Smedvig at a small ceremony in Boston. It's Taylor's third wedding, and later in 2001 the couple have twin boys through a surrogate mother.

1999 Pop-star-turned-disc-jockey Bob Geldof, organizer of Live Aid, wins substantial but undisclosed damages from The Sun newspaper in London in a libel case over a story that falsely alleged he had "groped, fondled and kissed" a nightclub stripper.

1998 Robert Smith of The Cure battles Barbra Streisand on the show South Park.

1995 Bob Stinson (lead guitarist for The Replacements) dies at age 35 after years of drug and alcohol abuse takes its toll on his health.

1995 Denny Cordell, who produced Tom Petty & The Hearbreakers, The Moody Blues, and Procol Harum, dies in Dublin of lymphoma, aged 51.

1990 At the BRIT Awards in London, Queen collect the BPI award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. It is Freddie Mercury's last public appearance with the band, as he dies the following year.

1980 Filming begins on Ringo Starr's new comedy Caveman.

1980 Bill Wyman announces he is leaving The Rolling Stones, but is convinced to stay on, which he does until 1992.

1977 Fela Kuti's residence is sacked by nearly a thousand soldiers, inspiring his song "Zombie."

1974 Ringo Starr releases "Oh My My."

1973 The nationally syndicated radio concert series The King Biscuit Flower Hour premieres, featuring Blood, Sweat & Tears, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

1973 At Elvis Presley's concert in Las Vegas, four men climb on stage and try to shake his hand. They are quickly thwarted by security and Elvis' bass player Jerry Scheff. Elvis tells the crowd, "Immobilize the men using karate moves." No charges are filed. Elvis tells the audience: "I'm sorry I didn't break his goddamned neck, is what I'm sorry about."

1972 Neil Young's album Harvest is certified Gold.

1969 The Bee Gees' Maurice Gibb, 19 at the time, marries the 20-year-old singing sensation Lulu in Buckinghamshire, England. They separate in 1973.

1968 Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, along with their female companions, head to Rishikesh, India, to join the other two members of The Beatles in studying under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

1967 The Buckinghams' "Kind of a Drag" hits #1 in America for the first of two weeks.

1965 The Beatles' publishing company, Northern Songs, is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

1965 The Beatles record "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" and "Tell Me What You See."

1964 The Beatles meet Muhammad Ali (known at the time as Cassius Clay) when they are visiting Miami.

1959 While on leave from the US Army in Paris, Elvis Presley visits the famous Lido Club, performing an impromptu show there.

1959 Ray Charles records "What'd I Say."

1956 Kay Starr's "Rock and Roll Waltz" hits #1 for the first of six weeks.

1956 Composer Gustave Charpentier, known for the opera Louise, dies in Paris at 95.

1953 Robbie Bachman (original drummer for Bachman-Turner Overdrive) is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

1953 Derek Pellicci (drummer for Little River Band) is born in London, England.

1952 Pop/country singer Juice Newton is born Judy Kay Newton in Lakehurst, New Jersey.

1948 Keith Knudsen (drummer for The Doobie Brothers) is born in Le Mars, Iowa.

1942 The Mills Brothers record "Paper Doll."

1941 Herman Santiago (of Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers) is born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and raised in Manhattan, New York.

1941 Soul singer Irma Thomas is born in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. Her first single, "(You Can Have My Husband but) Don't Mess with My Man," lands at #22 on the R&B chart in 1959.

1938 Bob Hope's film The Big Broadcast of 1938 debuts in New York. The film introduces Hope's signature song, "Thanks For The Memory."

1934 Rock guitarist Clyde "Skip" Battin (of Skip and Flip) is born in Gallipolis, Ohio.

1927 The "first great voice of the air," Jessica Dragonette, makes her radio debut on Cities Service Concerts.

1914 Country singer Pee Wee King, co-writer of "Tennessee Waltz," is born Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski in Abrams, Wisconsin.
 

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2016 The #FreeKesha campaign heats up after pop singer Kesha loses a preliminary injunction during an 18-month legal battle with producer Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald).

1965 Dr. Dre is born Andre Romelle Young in Compton, California.

1954 John Travolta is born in Englewood, New Jersey. The future Academy Award nominee (Saturday Night Fever, Pulp Fiction) first finds fame on the small screen as dim-witted Barbarino on the '70s sitcom Welcome Back Kotter. By the end of the decade, he becomes a full-fledged star with his turns as disco-obsessed Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever and greaser Danny Zuko in the smash movie musical Grease. Another iconic role revives his career in the '90s: Vincent Vega in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction.

1947 Styx founder Dennis DeYoung is born in Chicago, where his neighbors are future bandmates Chuck and John Panozzo.

1933 Yoko Ono is born in Tokyo, Japan.

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