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    1904: Carl Weinrich, composer

    1914: Frederick Fennell, conductor, born in Cleveland, Ohio

    1930: Ahmad Jamal, Jazz pianist

    1935: Gilbert Kalish, pianist/professor (SUNY Stony Brook), born in Brooklyn, New York

    1941: Charlie Watts

    Events, Releases, Charts, Happenings

    1956: Elvis Presley recorded 'Hound Dog' at RCA Studios, New York. Take 31 being the version they released. This was the first time The Jordanaires worked with Presley. The single sold over 10 million copies globally, became his best-selling song and topped the pop chart for 11 weeks, a record that stood for 36 years.

    1956: Elvis Presley sings Hound Dog on NBC-TV's Steve Allen Show while dressed in a tuxedo and singing to a basset hound. The family-friendly show didn't want him shaking his legendary pelvis.

    1962: Jimi Hendrix was honourably discharged from the 101st Airborne Paratroopers, after breaking his ankle during his 26th and final parachute jump.

    1966: David Bowie and The Lower Third appeared at The Lion Hotel in Warrington, England, (they were paid £30 for the gig). Also appearing was The Powerhouse which featured Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Steve Winwood and Paul Jones.

    1966: Frank Sinatra's "Strangers In The Night" hits #1

    1976: After twelve years of staying at home while the band tours, Beach Boy resident genius Brian Wilson finally joins his band onstage at a gig in Anaheim, CA. Though he mostly stares at the piano in front of him, he does sing lead on the group's rendition of "In My Room."

    1979: Sony introduced the Walkman, the first portable audio cassette player. Over the next 30 years they sold over 385 million Walkmans in cassette, CD, mini-disc and digital file versions, and were the market leaders until the arrival of Apple's iPod and other new digital devices.

    1986: For the first time, Bob Dylan joins The Grateful Dead onstage for a rendition of his own "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" at a gig in Akron, OH.

    2005: Pink Floyd perform "Comfortably Numb" at the Live 8 London concert, reforming with band members Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright (who died in 2008).

    Sad Notes

    2002: Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist, dies in his sleep at 75
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