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Today In Music History


  • Awards and Honors
    • 2012: Songwriting legend Carole King, whose career dates back to the Brill Building, wins the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize in recognition of her lifetime achievement. She is the first woman to have been awarded this honor, which fits with her having authored You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman, among many other chart-smashers during her five decade career.
  • Births
    • 1925: Dick Van Dyke is born. He would star and sing in the hit musicals Marry Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
    • 1945: Robert Martinez (Question Mark and the Mysterians)
    • 1948: "Skunk" Baxter (The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan)
    • 1948: Ted Nugent
    • 1949: Tom Verlaine (Television)
    • 1949: Randy Owen (Alabama)
    • 1950: Davy O'List (Roxy Music, The Nice)
    • 1952: Berton Averre (The Knack)
    • 1975: Tom DeLonge (Blink-182)
    • 1989: Taylor Swift
  • Deaths
    • 2009: Yvonne King (the King Sisters)
  • Incidents
    • 2012: Police bust a bizarre murder plot targeting pop singer Justin Bieber. A team of three hit men in Albuquerque, New Mexico, had been making plans to stalk and kill the singer and even castrate him. One of the three men had reportedly been obsessed with Bieber to the point of having a tattoo of him on his leg. All three men were apprehended along with confiscated weapons - and a set of pruning shears.
  • Legal Issues
    • 2003: Jack White, frontman for The White Stripes, assaults Von Bondies frontman Jason Stollsteimer in a Detroit nightclub, possibly because Stollsteimer badmouthed White in the press. Three months later, White pleads guilty to assault and battery and is forced to pay $750 and take anger management classes.
  • Miscellaneous
    • 1928: "An American in Paris," a musical by George Gershwin, premieres in New York City.
  • Recordings
    • 1966: Jimi Hendrix, Foxy Lady
  • TV, Radio, Press
    • 1966: Jimi Hendrix who is quickly gaining momentum in England, makes his first UK TV appearance when he performs on Ready Steady Go.
    • 1985: Tonight's episode of Miami Vice, "Phil The Shill," features Phil Collins in the role of a drug dealer.