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2017 - Prodigy -- born Albert Johnson -- one half of the hip hop duo Mobb Deep with Havoc, choked to death at age 42. He was in the hospital being treated for sickle cell disorder at the time.

2016 - Lawyers representing Led Zeppelin asked a California judge to throw out a lawsuit by the estate of the late Spirit frontman Randy California that accused Led Zeppelin of stealing the "Stairway to Heaven" opening guitar riff from the Spirit song, "Taurus."  The judge declined the request.

2013 - Jennifer Lopez received the 2,500th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2009 - The Dave Matthews Band had the number one album in the country with their seventh studio effort, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King.

2006 - Claydes Charles Smith, lead guitarist and co-founder of Kool & The Gang, died at the age of 57 after a long illness. Smith wrote the hits “Joanna” and “Take My Heart.”  He co-wrote many others, including “Celebration” and “Jungle Boogie.”

2004 - Paul McCartney played for 60 thousand fans in the Russian city of St. Petersburg.  The gig was his three thousandth since joining The Quarrymen at the age of 15.  Sir Paul, of course, performed The Beatles’ song “Back in the U.S.S.R.”

2000 - Singer Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes was awarded 2.6 million dollars in back earnings from producer Phil Spector. A New Your City judge ruled that Spector had cheated Ronnie and her backup singers out of the money.

1997 - Singer, songwriter and arranger Lawrence Payton of The Four Tops died from liver cancer at age 59.

1995 - Legendary country duo George Jones and Tammy Wynette released their reunion album, One.

1992 - Mariah Carey had her sixth number-one single with "I'll Be There."

1986 - The fourth annual Prince's Trust Concert in London featured Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Tina Turner and Elton John.

1981 - Stars on 45, a medley of Beatles and other '60s classics set to a disco beat, was number one.  The medley was based on a bootleg disco twelve-inch single called "Bits & Pieces Two," which mixed the actual original songs together.

1980 - Billy Joel had his first number one hit with "It's Still Rock & Roll to Me."

1977 - Marvin Gaye had the number one single with "Got to Give It Up (Part 1)."

1974 - This was the lineup for one outdoor concert at Knebworth Park, outside of London: Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, The Mahavishnu Orchestra and the Doobie Brothers. A custom-built P.A. system was used that weighed 12 tons and needed five technicians to operate it.

1972 - The Tallahatchie Bridge, immortalized in the 1967 hit "Ode to Billy Joe," collapsed.

1969 - David Bowie recorded "Space Oddity" at Trident Studios in London.

1969 - The first of a three-day music festival kicked off in Newport, California. On the bill were Ike & Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds, The Rascals, Steppenwolf, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin and Love. A three-day ticket cost 15 dollars.

1965 - The number one single was "Mr. Tambourine Man" by The Byrds.

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