2011: Singer Amy Winehouse dies. Her biggest hits were Rehab, Back To Black and Valerie.
1994: The International Astronomical Union names an asteroid after the musician Frank Zappa, who died the previous year.
1983: The Police’s Synchronicity album is #1. Every Breath You Take is the biggest hit from the album.
1977: Barry Manilow’s Looks Like We Made It hits #1.
1977: Foreigner releases Cold As Ice. It peaks at #6 on the singles chart.
1969: James Brown Day is declared in Los Angeles, where the singer performs a sellout concert at the Great Western Forum. L.A. Mayor Sam Yorty is late for the ceremonies so Brown leaves before he can receive his proclamation.
1968: The Jackson 5 travel from their home in Gary, Indiana, to Detroit where they successfully audition for Motown Records.
1966: Napoleon XIV’s They’re Coming To Take Me Away (Ha-haaa!!) is released. It has been voted the number one novelty song of all time.
1955: Chuck Berry’s Maybellene is released,
Songs of The Day:
Every Breath You Take (The Police); Valerie (Amy Winehouse); Back To Black (Amy Winehouse); Looks Like We Made It (Barry Manilow); Cold As Ice (Foreigner); They’re Coming To Take Me Away (Napoleon XIV); Maybelline (Chuck Berry)