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Awards and Honors (8)

  • 2001 : Rock guitarist Peter Frampton receives the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award, considered the Oscar for the guitar industry. Frampton gets the award during ceremonies at L.A.'s Petersen Automotive Museum.
  • 2005 : Wilco are awarded Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Recording Package for their fifth album, A Ghost Is Born.
  • 2005 : At the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, Robin Thicke earns his first gold-plated gramophone for his work on Usher's 2004 album Confessions. Robin co-produced the track "Can U Handle It?"
  • 2011 : Brothers by the Black Keys wins Best Alternative Music Album over Broken Bells, Vampire Weekeand, and Arcade Fire. The Black Keys thanked Nonesuch, their families, and their hometown of Akron, Ohio.
  • 2011 : "Tighten Up" by the Black Keys wins best rock performance by Group with Vocals. Other nominees included Jeff Beck & Joss Stone; Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, and Muse.
  • 2011 : Switchfoot's Hello Hurricane is awarded the Grammy Award for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album.
  • 2011 : Arcade Fire's The Suburbs scoops Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards, beating Eminem's hotly-tipped comeback, Recovery. Many people had not heard of the Canadian band at the time, prompting the internet meme, "Who Is Arcade Fire?"
  • 2011 : At the 53rd Grammy Awards, Esperanza Spalding surprisingly beats out Justin Bieber for Best New Artist. She was the first Jazz artist to win the award.

Band Dynamics (1)

  • 1992 : Motley Crue announces Vince Neil is leaving the heavy metal group.

Births (22)

  • 1900 : Wingy Manone
  • 1914: ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, is formed in New York City.
  • 1919 : Tennessee Ernie Ford
  • 1920 : Boudleaux Bryant
  • 1920 : Eileen Farrell
  • 1925 : Gene Ames (The Ames Brothers)
  • 1927 : Jim McReynolds (Jim and Jesse)
  • 1930 : Dorothy McGuire (The McGuire Sisters)
  • 1942 : Peter Tork (The Monkees)
  • 1944 : Rebop Kwaku Baah (Traffic, Wings)
  • 1944 : Stockard Channing
  • 1945 : King Floyd
  • 1945 : Roy Dyke (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke)
  • 1950 : Peter Gabriel
  • 1951 : David Naughton
  • 1952 : Ed Gagliardi (Foreigner)
  • 1956 : Peter Hook (New Order)
  • 1961 : Henry Rollins (Black Flag)
  • 1961 : Les Warner (The Cult)
  • 1966 : Freedom Williams (C and C Music Factory)
  • 1974 : Robbie Williams
  • 1997: Michael Jackson and his wife Debbie Rowe become the proud parents of their first child, Prince.

Certifications and Milestones (2)

  • 1969 : The Doors' Touch Me is certified gold
  • 1969 : Sly and the Family Stone's Everyday People is certified gold

Charts (10)

  • 1954 : Guitar Slim's The Things That I Used To Do hits #1 R&B
  • 1958 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Elvis Presley's Don't/I Beg of You
  • 1961 : Lawrence Welk's "Calcutta" hits #1
  • 1965 : Jr. Walker & the All Stars' Shotgun enters the pop and R&B charts
  • 1968 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Paul Mauriat's Love Is Blue
  • 1970 : The album Black Sabbath enters the charts
  • 1971 : The Osmonds' One Bad Apple hits #1
  • 1981 : At week number 402 on the Billboard Album charts Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon sets the record for most consecutive weeks on the chart - if debuted in March, 1973 and didn't leave until April, 1988, after 724 weeks.
  • 1988 : The California Raisins' I Heard It Through The Grapevine peaks at No. 84 on Billboard's Hot 100.
  • 1993 : Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You from the soundtrack to The Bodyguard tops Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart for the 13th week.

Concerts and Festivals (2)

  • 1955 : Elvis Presley performs at the Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, TX, billed as "The Be-Bop Western Star of the Louisiana Hayride." It is the first concert booked through Col. Tom Parker. Also on the bill that day: Buddy and Bob, a country duo featuring a eighteen-year-old Buddy Holly.
  • 2000 : Pop singer and songwriter Richard Marx makes a surprise appearance at the 2000 edition of Joe Diffie's annual "Country Steps in for First Steps," concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Marx performs his hit Don't Mean Nothing.

Deaths (5)

  • 1883 : Richard Wagner
  • 1998 : Buddy Lee
  • 1999 : Miss Toni Fisher
  • 2001 : George Simon
  • 2002 : Waylon Jennings

Debuts (2)

  • 1961 : Frank Sinatra launches the first completely artist-owned label, Reprise Records. It will become home to artists like Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and The Beach Boys.
  • 1970 : Black Sabbath releases their debut album. The marketers make sure that it comes out on Friday the 13th. To add mystique to the band's image, new manager Patrick Meehan asked the band to stop giving interviews. Word of mouth sold over 5,000 copies in the first week. The intended commercial single, "Evil Woman," didn't perform all that well, but the album shot to #8.

Incidents (1)

  • 1982 : The 300-pound marble slab marking the grave of Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Ronnie Van Zant is stolen from a cemetery in Orange Park, California. Police find it two weeks later in a dry river bed.

Legal Issues (1)

  • 2002 : Two sons of the late reggae star Bob Marley are arrested in North Florida after officers find marijuana in their car. Julian and Stephen Marley, also reggae musicians are released on $500 bail each.

Miscellaneous (3)

  • 1972 : Led Zeppelin is forced to cancel a gig in Singapore when local officials, seeing their long hair, refuse to let them off the plane.
  • 1983 : Marvin Gaye performs a very memorable National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. It was an early example of an artist putting his own spin on the song, which would become commonplace in the following years.
  • 1988 : He purchases a ranch in Santa Ynez, CA, which he renames "Neverland."

Movies (1)

  • 1957 : Filming is completed on the UK's first rock and roll movie, Rock You Sinners.

Music and Politics (1)

  • 1978 : Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley officially declares today "Al Green Day."

Recordings (3)

  • 1940 : Earl "Fatha" Hines and His orchestra, "Boogie Woogie on the St. Louis Blues"
  • 1967 : The Beatles, Only A Northern Song
  • 1975 : Jefferson Starship, Miracles

Releases (1)

  • 1967 : The Beatles, Strawberry Fields Forever b/w Penny Lane