1905 – Arthur Crudup, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1976)
1933 – Prince Rupert Loewenstein, Spanish-born German-Bavarian aristocrat and financial manager of the Rolling Stones (d. 2014)
1938 – David Freiberg, American singer and bass player (Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, and Jefferson Starship)
1943 – John Cipollina, American guitarist (Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Dinosaurs, and Man) (d. 1989)
1945 – Molly Duncan, Scottish saxophonist (Average White Band)
1945 – Ken Hensley, English singer-songwriter, guitarist (Uriah Heep, The Gods)
1952 – John Cowan, American singer and bass player (New Grass Revival, The Sky Kings, and The Doobie Brothers)
1963 – John Bush, American singer-songwriter (Anthrax and Armored Saint)
1964 – Oteil Burbridge, American bass player (Allman Brothers Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Vida Blue, Col. Bruce Hampton and The Aquarium Rescue Unit)
1968 – Andreas Kisser, Brazilian guitarist, songwriter (Sepultura and Hail!)
1978 – Darren Robinson, American singer and guitarist (Phantom Planet)
1979 – Kaki King, American guitarist
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1978 – Louis Prima, American singer-songwriter, trumpet player (b. 1910)
2005 – Hal Kalin, American singer (Kalin Twins) (b. 1934)
1956 – Little Richard plays the Cotton Club in Lubbock, TX, making an indelible impression on audience member Buddy Holly.
1964 – Taking him up on his telegram invitation to help out in any way he can in America, Beatles manager Brian Epstein meets Elvis Presley manager “Colonel” Tom Parker for the first time when they have lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
1967 – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and their entourage attend a lecture by the Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the lobby of the London Hilton. The Maharishi (as he would come to be known) entrances the Beatles with his philosophy of TM, or Transcendental Meditation, which involves mental repetition of a single word or phrase to center the mind and relax the body. After the lecture, the three Beatles meet the Maharishi and accept his invitation to attend his next lecture in Bangor, Wales.
1969 – John Lennon writes, rehearses, and records a song about his recent heroin withdrawal entitled “Cold Turkey,” where he also puts into practice his recent introduction to “primal scream” therapy. Fans and critics are shocked and appalled by the emotionally raw recording, a prelude to his eventual Plastic Ono Band album.
1977 – Country legend Waylon Jennings is arrested for cocaine possession in New York City by federal agents, an event which will inspire his song “Don’t You Think This Outlaw Bit’s Done Got out of Hand?” The charges are later dropped.
1979 – “I Wanna Be Your Lover” by Prince was released. It was his first U.S. hit.
1979 – B.B. King celebrated his 30th year in show business at a special celebration held at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
1979 – The Cars performed at New York’s Central Park for an audience of a half million people.
1981 – The Rolling Stones released their 16th studio album, ‘Tattoo You.’ The album featured the massive hit single “Start Me Up,” along with “Hang Fire,” and “Waiting on a Friend.” The album, which was comprised of mostly songs from the Stones vault, went on to sell more than four million copies.
1981 – Mark Chapman was given a 20 year jail sentence for the murder of John Lennon. The 25 year old had shot Lennon five times at close range on December 8th, 1980 in front of The Dakota apartment building in New York City. Over the next few months, Chapman would claim many times to have been beaten by fellow inmates, some of whom allegedly tried to kill him.
1983 – Jerry Lee Lewis’ fifth wife, Shawn Michelle Stevens, dies of a methadone overdose at the Killers’ home in Nesbit, MS, although several journalists suspect foul play. The couple had only been married three months. Lewis’ fourth wife had died an accidental death only a year earlier.
1984 – Soul Asylum released ‘Say What You Will…Everything Can Happen,’ which was later re-released as ‘Say What You Will, Clarence…Karl Sold The Truck’ on Twin/Tone Records. The 1988 CD reissue featured five extra songs which had been cut from the original release. These five had been previously available only on Soul Asylum’s rare 1986 cassette release, ‘Time’s Incinerator.’ “Karl Sold the Truck” refers to bassist Karl Mueller selling their Chevrolet pickup truck for a larger Dodge van which would be their transportation for their 1984 tour.
1989 – The Who perform a special 20th anniversary charity concert of their rock opera Tommy at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, featuring guests Elton John (as the Pinball Wizard), Patti Labelle (as the Acid Queen), Steve Winwood (as the Hawker), Phil Collins (as Uncle Ernie), and Billy Idol (as Cousin Kevin).
1990 – Judas Priest successfully defended themselves against a lawsuit, after two fans attempted suicide while listening to the Stained Class album. Both fans eventually died, one immediately from a shotgun blast, and the other on a second attempt three years later by a methadone overdose. The prosecution claimed that there were subliminal messages in the group’s music that caused the two seventeen year olds to carry out the suicide pact in 1985.
1998 – 53-year-old Ingrid Pedersen announces that she is the long-lost illegitimate half-sister of John Lennon, explaining that she kept her secret for so many years as a way of protecting her now-deceased adoptive parents.
1999 – Prince released ‘The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale,’ his twenty-second studio album. Originally submitted to Warner Bros. Records in 1996, complete with artwork at the same time as ‘Chaos and Disorder,’ but released three years later, shortly before Prince’s Arista album release ‘Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic.’ The album was recorded from 1985 through 1994. It was the last album to be released by Warner Bros. to fulfill his 1992 contract obligations.
2007 – During a routine medical exam in Gainesville, FL, Bo Diddley complains of dizziness and nausea and is admitted to a local hospital, where he is diagnosed as having had a heart attack. The rock legend had suffered a stroke only a few months earlier.