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Awards and Honors (3)

  • 1965 : Tennessee Waltz is declared the state's official song.
  • 1976 : Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatrical Society votes Bette Midler "Woman of the Year."
  • 2004 : The Darkness confirms its status as Britin's new favorite rock band at the Brit Awards at London's Earls Court, taking three major trophies. The band - which led the nominations going into the awards, with four - won for best British group, British rock act and British album for Permission to Land (Must Destroy/Warner). However, The Darkness does not take the British breakthrough award. That honor goes to Busted, which is also named best pop act.

Births (11)

  • 1653 : Arcangelo Corelli
  • 1922 : Tommy Edwards
  • 1933 : Bobby Lewis
  • 1935 : Johnny Bush
  • 1940 : Gene Pitney
  • 1946 : Dodie Stevens
  • 1969 : Jon Randall
  • 1970 : Timothy Mahoney (311)
  • 1972 : Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day)
  • 1974 : Bryan White
  • 1991 : Ed Sheeran

Charts (1)

  • 1996 : Eazy-E's posthumous album Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton debuts at number three on the Billboard 200 chart and number one on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Concerts and Festivals (5)

  • 1964 : The first Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass concert is held, in Los Angeles.
  • 1972 : Pink Floyd performs "Eclipse" at the Rainbow Theatre in London. A year later, this music becomes the Dark Side Of The Moon album.
  • 1973 : Free play their final live gig in Hollywood, Florida as Simon Kirke and Paul Rodgers leave to form Bad Company.
  • 1979 : The Clash opens its first U.S. tour at the Palladium in New York City.
  • 2001 : Brad Paisley joins the cast of the Grand Ole Opry.

Deaths (4)

  • 1982 : Thelonious Monk
  • 1998: Songwriter Bob Merrill commits suicide aged 76. His compositions include the #1 UK hits "(How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window?" and "She Wears Red Feathers (And A Huly-Huly Skirt)."
  • 2006 : Bill Cowsill (The Cowsills)
  • 2006 : Ray Barretto

Debuts (2)

  • 1970 : Bee Gee Maurice Gibb opens in the London stage musical, Sing A Rude Song.
  • 2010 : Mumford & Sons make their US TV debut on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Miscellaneous (3)

  • 1960 : The Everly Brothers sign with Warner Bros. Records in a 10-year contract worth $1 million.
  • 1990: Emma Anderson admits in an interview that her band Lush is the "Most hated band in London."
  • 1998 : Ani DiFranco fascination peaks as the singer ships 250,000 copies of her latest album on her own label, Righteous Babe Records. DiFranco's DIY business model earned her a great deal of media coverage.

Recordings (2)

  • 1966 : Brian Wilson begins recording The Beach Boys' Good Vibrations.
  • 1969 : Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record some duets in Nashville, with Girl From The North Country eventually ending up on Dylan's Nashville Skyline album, which Cash writes liner notes for.

Releases (1)

  • 1976 : Eagles, Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)

TV, Radio, Press (3)

  • 1971 : Johnny Cash is the subject of TV's This Is Your Life.
  • 1971 : James Taylor makes his TV debut on ABC's Johnny Cash Show.
  • 1999: More than 9.1 million viewers tune in to the Brit Awards broadcast on the U.K.'s ITV commercial network.