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Born on this day:
1945, John Wolters, drums, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show
1952, Chuck Leavell, piano, Allman Brothers Band, The Rolling Stones
1953, Kim Gordon, bass, vocals, Sonic Youth (For more on Gordon, see This Day in Music Spotlight)
1966, Too Short, rapper
1968, Daisy Berkowitz (Scott Putesky), guitar, Marilyn Manson
1968, Howard Donald, vocals, Take That
1958, Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show played two shows at the Central High School Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The tour featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, Buddy Holly, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors, The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins and The Pastels.
1968, The Broadway Musical Hair opened at the Baltimore Theatre in New York City. The show featured the songs “Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In,” “Good Morning Starshine” and the title song. The production ran for 1,729 performances, finally closing on July 1, 1972.
1973, Pink Floyd’s album The Dark Side Of The Moon went to #1 on the U.S. chart. It went on to enjoy a record-breaking 741 weeks on the chart, selling over 20 million copies worldwide.
1979, Blondie scored their first U.S. #1 single with “Heart of Glass,” also a #1 in the U.K.
1981, Former member of T. Rex, Steve Currie was killed in a car crash returning to his home near Vale de Parra, Algarve, Portugal. He was 33 years old. Joined T. Rex as bass guitarist in late 1970.
1983, During the second leg of their War North American tour, U2 appeared at the Rochester Institute of Technology Ice Rink, Rochester, New York.
1990, Guns N’ Roses leader Axl Rose married Erin Everly, daughter of The Everly Brothers’ Don Everly at Cupid’s Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. They divorced in January 1991.
1999, The tour bus carrying The Clint Boon Experience was involved in a near fatal accident when it was involved in a crash outside Glasgow. Members of the band had to be airlifted to the hospital.
2000, A blaze swept through James Brown Enterprises, the office that co-ordinated the superstar’s tours. Nobody was injured, but memorabilia and live tapes were destroyed in the blaze. An employee was later arrested and charged with arson.