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  • 1989 Featured ArtistIt’s Late Night With David Letterman. Dave’s guest, making her national TV debut, is Melissa Etheridge. 1989


  • Rock History
  • One time film stunt man turned drummer, Dave Clark, is born in London. His Dave Clark Five (DC5) give The Beatles a run for their money in the mid-'60s before fading away. At least Clark walks away with some money in his pocket. 1942

    Drummer Carmine Appice is a born New Yorker. He is best known for stints with Vanilla Fudge and Beck, Bogert & Appice. 1946

    Bassist Paul Simonon (The Clash) enters the world. Appropriately for a Punk Rocker, he’s born in Brixton, London. 1955

    The Everly Brothers record “Let It Be Me” in New York. It’s the first time the duo has recorded outside of Nashville and the first time they use an orchestra. 1959

    Though it is still ’64, The Beatles issue “Beatles ’65.” 1964

    The Beatles go gold with the “Magical Mystery Tour.” The album contains “I Am The Walrus” and “Strawberry Fields Forever.” It is, in part, the soundtrack for The Beatles’ ill-conceived TV special, of the same name. 1967

    Jefferson Airplane perform on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Singer Grace Slick appears in blackface and gives the Black power salute at the end of “Crown Of Creation.” 1968

    Guitarist/songwriter Clint Lowery (Sevendust/Dark New Day) enters the world. 1971

    It’s got a good beat and I can dance to it. Aerosmith appears on American Bandstand to perform "Dream On." 1973

    Pink Floyd tops the U.K. singles chart with “Another Brick In The Wall.” The single is also a U.S. success. 1979

    "Take The Long Way Home," the last hit from Supertramp’s "Breakfast In America," reaches #10. 1979

    Guitarist Joe Walsh (James Gang/The Eagles) receives an honorary Doctorate of Music from Kent State University in recognition of his musical achievements and involvement in environmental and humanitarian causes. Walsh attended Kent State for six years during the 60’s, but didn’t graduate. 2001

    Ronnie James Dio lays down vocals for Queensryche's "Operation: Mindcrime II." He plays Dr. X on the sequel of the '88 concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime." 2005

    B.B. King receives the Medal of Freedom, from President George Bush, in recognition of his musical accomplishments. 2006

    Alice Cooper participates in a dedication ceremony for The Rock, a music-themed youth center at Phoenix's Grand Canyon University. The $7 million project is spearheaded by Cooper's Christian nonprofit the Solid Rock Foundation. 2007

    Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross are nominated for a Golden Globe. The pair created the score for the film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. "We spent the last year immersed in this project contributing to David Fincher's vision and in awe of the talented group of people he assembled to make this film,” says Reznor. 2011

    KISS top the fan voting for the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. They get 239,417 votes, or 17.22% of the more than 1.39 million cast. Nirvana is second with Deep Purple at #3. 2013

    Every Time I Die frontman Keith Buckley's debut novel, “Scale,” is out. 2015

    Not surprisingly, the week following the death of Scott Weiland, eight slots on Billboard’s Top 10 Hard Rock Digital Songs are held by Weiland's former bands, Stone Temple Pilots (six) and Velvet Revolver (two). STP’s “Plush” has 18,000 downloads to lead sales. 2015



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