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2014.- Italian-American singer Jerry Vale dies at home in Palm Desert, California, at age 83.
2012.- Rihanna makes her acting debut playing a naval weapons specialist in the action/sci-fi movie Battleship.
2007Amy Winehouse marries Blake Fielder at a secret ceremony in Miami.
2006 Andy Capps (drummer for Built To Spill) is found dead at age 37 in his Idaho home. No cause of death is given.
2004Lenny Kravitz releases his seventh album, Baptism.
2004 Clint Warwick (original bassist for The Moody Blues) dies at age 63 of liver disease.
2004 Jazz drummer Elvin Jones (of The John Coltrane Quartet) dies of heart failure at age 76.
2002 The Barry Manilow Ultimate Manilow special airs on CBS.
1999 Jamaican record producer Augustus Pablo, known for his influential 1976 album King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown, dies at age 44 of a collapsed lung.
1996Soundgarden perform for the first (and only) time on Saturday Night Live, playing “Pretty Noose” and “Burden In My Hand.” Jim Carrey hosts.
1996 Brad Nowell of Sublime marries Troy Dendekker, the mother of his son, Jakob. He dies of a drug overdose a week later.
1992 Sister Souljah, a rapper associated with the group Public Enemy, is quoted in The Washington Post saying, “If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?” It becomes a big moment in American politics when Bill Clinton denounces the comment, risking support from black voters. Clinton goes on to win the presidential election.
1991Bananarama release Pop Life, their first album without bandmate Siobhan Fahey, who left the group in 1988 amid tensions over their pop-oriented image. It’s also their last release as a trio. Jacquie O’Sullivan replaces Fahey on the album, but leaves later that year due to the press constantly comparing her with the former ‘Nana.
1991R.E.M. go to #1 in America with their seventh album, Out of Time, which features the tracks “Losing My Religion” and “Shiny Happy People.”
1982 Actor/singer Eric West is born Eric Rosa in New York City. Records the single “Can You Help Me?” in 2002, which becomes a huge hit in Latin America.
1980.- Drummer Peter Criss leaves Kiss. He is replaced by Eric Carr, but returns to the band (along with Ace Frehley) in 1996.
1978The Buddy Holly Story, starring Gary Busey as Holly, is released in the US.
1975 The Bay City Rollers appear at BBC Radio “Fun Day” at the Mallory Park racetrack in Leicestershire, England, where they are set to perform on an island in the middle of a lake. When throngs of fans try to swim to the Rollers, mayhem ensues and they never get to perform.
1970 Mark Richardson (drummer for Skunk Anansie) is born in Leeds, England.
1969Martika, known for her 1989 US #1 hit “Toy Soldiers,” is born Marta Marrero to Cuban parents in Whittier, California.
1968 Archie Bell & the Drells hit #1 in America with the funk-tacular “Tighten Up.”
1967 Josh Clayton-Felt of School of Fish is born.
1966 Sixteen-year-old Bruce Springsteen records for the first time when his band, The Castiles, cut two songs (“Baby I” and “That’s What You Get”) at a studio in the Brick Mall Shoping Centre in New Jersey. Springsteen wrote both songs, which later emerge on bootlegs, with his bandmate, George Theiss.
1966 The Hollies record “Bus Stop.”
1964 The Animals record the folk song “House Of The Rising Sun” in a matter of minutes at a London studio. A few months later, it becomes a huge hit, going to #1 in both the UK and US.
1963Roy Orbison begins a UK tour in Slough, England, with The Beatles, whose song “From Me to You” is #1 in that territory.
1959 Wilbert Harrison’s “Kansas City,” written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, hits #1 in America.
1957 Electronic musician Michael Cretu (of Enigma) is born in Bucharest, Romania.
1950 Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo is born in Akron, Ohio. A prolific composer of TV and film music, his work can be heard in Rugrats, Tiger King, and the Hotel Transylvania franchise.
1949 Rick Wakeman (keyboardist for Yes) is born in Perivale, London, England.
1949.- Bill Wallace (bassist for The Guess Who) is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1944 Singer-songwriter Albert Hammond is born in London after his family evacuates from Gibraltar during World War II.
1922 Kai Winding, jazz composer and trombonist, is born in Aarhus, Denmark.
1912Perry Como is born Pierino Ronald Como in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
1911 Bluesman Big Joe Turner is born Joseph Vernon Turner Jr in Kansas City, Missouri.
1909 Spanish pianist and composer Isaac Albéniz dies at age 48 of kidney disease.