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1964 – The Supremes record “Where Did Our Love Go” at Motown Studios in Detroit. The song becomes their first #1 single.

1989 – Lol Tolhurst, keyboardist and founding member of the Cure, leaves the band.

1980 – The TV movie Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, based on the song “The Gambler,” airs on CBS. It becomes the highest-rated TV movie of the year and leads to 4 sequels, all starring Rogers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpGgCrcfWBg

1994 – Electrician Gary Smith, who is working at Kurt Cobain’s house in Seattle, discovers Cobain’s body lying on the floor in the greenhouse. Local radio station KXRX breaks the news at 9:40 a.m. that the Nirvana singer and guitarist is dead. A shotgun is found next to Cobain’s body. A suicide note is found that says, “I haven’t felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music, along with really writing … for too many years now”. A high concentration of heroin and traces of Valium are also found in Cobain’s body.

2012 – It is reported that organizers for the 2012 ceremony had recently asked the manager of The Who if legendary drummer Keith Moon would be able to perform at the forthcoming London Olympics Games. Who manager Bill Curbishley tells The Times how he responded to the request: “I emailed back saying Keith now resides in Golders Green crematorium, having lived up to The Who’s anthemic line ‘I hope I die before I get old. If they have a round table, some glasses and candles, we might contact him.”

Birthdays

1944 : Keef Hartley (John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Keef Hartley Band)

1947 : Steve Howe (Yes)

1962 : Izzy Stradlin (Guns N’ Roses)

1963 : Julian Lennon

1984 : Ezra Koenig (Dirty Projectors, Vampire Weekend)

1989 : Matthew Healy (The 1975)

Information for this post was gathered from This Day in Music, The Music History Calendar, On This Day, and Wikipedia.

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