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1956 - The rock and roll movie Shake, Rattle and Roll hit theaters.

1957 - Buddy Holly & the Crickets, Sam Cooke, and the Rays all had their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1968 - Janis Joplin performed her final gig with Big Brother & the Holding Company.

1976 - Appearing on UK TV's Today Show, the Sex Pistols' Glenn Matlock used the F word. Consequentially the band was banned in several British cities.

1982 - Michael Jackson's classic album Thriller was released by Epic Records.

1987 - Prince opted to cancel the release of The Black Album a mere week before its release.

1989 - Sly Stone earned 55 days in jail for driving under the influence of cocaine.

1995 - Frank Sinatra's possessions earned ol' Blue Eyes $2,072,000 at auction.



1944   Eric Bloom of Blue Oyster Cult
1944   John Densmore of The Doors

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