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1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis recorded his classic song, "Great Balls Of Fire."

1968 - Cass Elliot cancelled her two-week solo run after one night in Las Vegas, Nevada, because of tonsillitis and lack of rehearsal.

1971 - John Lennon  recorded "Imagine.”

1977 - Billy Joel released his album The Stranger.

1980 - At a show in Pittsburgh, Bob Marley collapsed onstage. The ominous fall marked the last show he would ever perform. Marley died seven months later of cancer.

1980 - Prince released the album Dirty Mind.

1987 - Chuck Berry received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the same day that Hail, Hail Rock & Roll, a biopic on his life, premiered.

1988 - Keith Richards served as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.

1992 - The United States Postal Service announced a series of stamps commemorating Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter, Dinah Washington, and Otis Redding.

1996 - Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin pled guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with the fatal heroin overdose of keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin.


1950 Robert 'Kool' Bell of Kool and the Gang

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