Births1917: Merle Travis
1932: Ed Bickert (Paul Desmond Quartet), John Gary
1933: John Mayall
1940: Chuck Mangione
1941: Denny Doherty (The Mamas and The Papas), Jody Miller
1944: Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals)
1951: Barry Goudreau (Boston)
Deaths1979: Ray Smith
2001: George Harrison
Events1932: The musical The Gay Divorcee, featuring Cole Porter's classic "Night And Day," premieres in New York.
1959: Bobby Darin wins the 1959 Grammy Award for Record of the Year for his song "Mack the Knife," along with the Best New Artist award.
1964: The Beatles' John Lennon and George Harrison meet two members of the Miracles while at the Crazy Elephant restaurant in London.
1965: Denver, CO, declares today "Rolling Stones Day."
1966: Elvis hears Tom Jones' version of "Green Green Grass Of Home" on the radio just outside Little Rock, and calls the radio station to hear it several times. Elvis would eventually cover the song.
1968: For his cannabis possession charge, John Lennon is fined $360 in a London court. The judge believes John's explanation that he no longer uses marijuana and had merely forgotten about the stash. Wife Yoko Ono is entirely cleared of charges. Lennon is the first Beatle to be charged with such a crime.
1979: The original four members of KISS play for the last time together before their first "breakup."
1979: Paul Simon hits his record label, CBS, with two lawsuits in an attempt to break his contract.
1979: Keith Richards' common-law wife, Anita Pallenburg, is cleared of murder in the shooting death of a male companion found dead in her home in New York state.
2000: Chuck Berry's longtime piano player, Johnnie Johnson, sues Chuck, alledging that he wrote the music for 52 of Berry's classics. The suit was thrown out by a judge who ruled that the statute of limitations had run out on any claims.
2001: George Harrison passes away at age 58 after a long battle with lung cancer while resting at the home of a friend home in Los Angeles. His family's official statement read, in part: "He left this world as he lived in it, conscious of God, fearless of death, and at peace, surrounded by family and friends. He often said, 'Everything else can wait but the search for God cannot wait, and love one another.'"
Releases1968: The Who, The Who Sell Out
1977: KISS, Alive II
Recording1938: Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, "Hawaiian War Chant"
1966: The Beatles, "Strawberry Fields Forever"
1966: Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas, "Sorry"
Certifications1977: Kansas' Point of Know Return album is certified platinum
1978: Neil Young's Comes a Time album is certified gold
1979: Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" is certified gold
Charts1952: Joni James' "Why Don't You Believe Me" hits #1
1959: Jackie Wilson's "Talk that Talk" enters the R&B charts
1969: The Beatles' "Come Together" hits #1
1975: Silver Convention's "Fly Robin Fly" hits #1