1961 – The Pendletones (later known as The Beach Boys) audition for the Stereo Masters publishing house, leading to the release of their first single, “Surfin’.”
1965 – Ford offers factory-installed 8-track tape players in its Mustang, Thunderbird and Lincoln models. Because this is the first time 8-track players are widely available (they don’t make it to homes for another year), the only places to purchase tapes are auto parts stores or Ford dealers.
1980 – David Bowie debuts on Broadway in The Elephant Man.
1988 – Dire Straits disbands.
1990 – Bruce Hornsby begins filling in on keyboard for The Grateful Dead following the death of Brent Mydland.
1997 – Elton John’s new version of “Candle In The Wind,” rewritten with lyrics paying tribute to the recently deceased Princess Diana, sells a record 600,000 copies in one day in Britain alone. It is still the biggest-selling single since UK and US singles charts began in the 1950s, having accumulated worldwide sales of 33 million copies.
2004 – Johnny Ramone dies of prostate cancer at his home in Los Angeles at age 55.
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