1963 – The Four Tops get a $400 advance to sign with Motown. They spend the rest of the year singing backup for other acts, including The Supremes.
1965 – David Bowie makes his first TV appearance (as David Jones) when his band The Manish Boys appears on the British show “Gadzooks!”
1965 – The Beach Boys’ “Help Me Rhonda” is released.
1966 – Bob Dylan records “Just Like A Woman” for Blonde On Blonde at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
1968 – Promoter Bill Graham’s East Coast version of the Fillmore, his legendary San Francisco rock ballroom, opens in the East Village section of New York City. Appropriately named the Fillmore East, its first show features Big Brother & the Holding Company, Albert King, and Tim Buckley.
1969 – The Small Faces split up after singer Steve Marriott announces he is leaving the band. Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan, and Kenny Jones link up with Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart to form The Faces.
1970 – Diana Ross performs for the first time as a solo act, doing a show in Framingham, Massachusetts.
1974 – Newly-formed Bad Company play Newcastle City Hall in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England; their first gig. The band is comprised of ex members from Free (Paul Rodgers & Simon Kirke), Mott The Hoople (Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson (Boz Burrell).
1974 – John Denver records “Annie’s Song” and “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” at RCA’s Music Center of the World studios in Los Angeles.
1980 – George Harrison’s book I Me Mine goes on sale.
1986 – Whitney Houston goes #1 on the US album chart with her self-titled debut. It spends a total of 14 weeks at the top of the charts. The album had been released over year earlier on Feb. 14, 1985.
1994 – Both Soundgarden’s Superunknown and Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral are released. They enter the albums chart at #1 and #2, respectively.
1945 – Micky Dolenz (The Monkees)
1946 – Randy Meisner (Poco, Eagles)
1947 – Michael Allsup (Three Dog Night)
1948 – Little Peggy March
1948 – Mel Galley (Whitesnake)
1957 – Clive Burr (Iron Maiden)
1958 – Gary Numan
1964 – Peter Gill (Frankie Goes To Hollywood)
1968 – Shawn Mullins
1976 – Gaz Coombes (Supergrass)
1979 – Tom Chaplin (Keane)
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