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1960 – Ben E. King records “Spanish Harlem” and “Stand by Me.”

1964 – Sonny (31-year-old Salvatore Bono) and Cher (18-year-old Cherilyn Sarkisian) exchange vows and wedding rings in their first home. Their publicity materials cite this as the day of their wedding, but the duo would not officially marry until 1969.

1970 – Black Sabbath begin their first US tour.

1975 – After releasing Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen has the rare honor of simultaneous cover stories in Time and Newsweek magazines.

1982 – Prince releases 1999.

1988 – U2’s film Rattle And Hum receives its world premiere in the band’s hometown Dublin.

2006 – Amy Winehouse releases her second and final studio album, Back to Black. The album spawns five singles, wins five Grammy Awards, and sells over 20 million copies worldwide.

2006 – Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth premieres her film, Perfect Partner, at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

2013 – Lou Reed dies of liver disease in Southampton, New York, at age 71.

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

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