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1952 – The Philadelphia dance show Bandstand, hosted by Bob Horn and later by Dick Clark as American Bandstand, debuts on WFIL-TV.

1959 – Singer/actor Mario Lanza dies at a weight loss clinic in Rome, possibly from a pulmonary embolism or a massive heart attack (no autopsy was performed). He was 38.

1963 – The Rolling Stones record the Lennon/McCartney song “I Wanna Be Your Man,” which the duo had written in the corner of a room while Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were talking.

1963 – The Beach Boys release Little Deuce Coupe.

1968 – Long before the US National Anthem became a performance piece, Jose Feliciano makes waves when he does a slow, bluesy version of the song before game 5 of the World Series between the Tigers and Cardinals. As a result of his controversial performance, many radio stations refuse to play his songs, and his career suffers.

1976 – Dennis Edwards announces he is leaving The Temptations. Four years later, he returns for the group’s successful Power album.

1976 – John Lennon is awarded his Green Card at a hearing in New York, which overturns previous efforts by the US Government to deport him. The three judge panel of the US Court of Appeals rule that his 1968 arrest in Britain for possession of marijuana was “contrary to US ideas of due process and was invalid as a means of banishing the former Beatle from America.”

1977 – Steve Hackett leaves Genesis to pursue a solo career.

1978 – The Rolling Stones perform their new single, “Beast Of Burden,” on tonight’s episode of Saturday Night Live.

1979 – Factory Records release “Transmission,” the debut single by English post-punk band Joy Division.

1990 – Soundgarden performs at the Gathering of the Tribes festival in Costa Mesa, California. Eddie Vedder, who flies up to Seattle the next day to meet his eventual band mates in Pearl Jam for the first time, is in the crowd. He and Chris Cornell end up recording vocals together that day for the song “Hunger Strike” as part of the Temple of the Dog project.

1995 – Alanis Morissette goes to #1 on the US charts with her third album, Jagged Little Pill. The record produces six successful singles, including “You Oughta Know,” and “Ironic,” and goes on to become the most successful album ever by a female artist with over 33 million copies sold to date.

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

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