1956: Les Baxter had the #1 song with "Poor People Of Paris".
1966: The New York State Assembly passed a bill making it a misdemeanor to sell bootlegs.
1975: Grand Funk released the single "Bad Time".
1982: Iron Maiden released the album The Number of the Beast. (Note: some websites claim the album was released on March 24, 1980, but according to Garry Bushell and Ross Halfin's book 'Running Free, The Official Story of Iron Maiden', the correct date is March 24, 1982.)
1983: Eddy Grant released "Electric Avenue".
1998: Amway Corp. announced that it had agreed to pay $9 million to settle a lawsuit over the company's use of songs by top artists in videotaped sales pitches.
2001: The stretch of Highway 19 in Macon, Georgia where Duane Allman died in a motorcycle crash (October 29, 1971) was renamed Duane Allman Boulevard.
2002: Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach became the father of son Makaile Cielo Shaddix.
2003: Madonna had to re-edit her "American Life" clip when war broke out in Iraq. The video featured her lobbing grenades at a fashion show.
"Sunrise" from Norah Jones' new album
2004: Norah Jones' second album Feels Like Home topped the Album charts for a fifth consecutive week.
2005: Anthrax announced the lineup that was in place for the album Among the Living would reform for a national tour.
2007: Henson Cargill ("Skip A Rope" from 1967) died at the age of 66 following complications from surgery in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
2010: Johnny Maestro of the Crests ("16 Candles") and Brooklyn Bridge ("The Worst That Could Happen") died of cancer in Cape Coral, Florida at the age of 70.
2013: Deke Richards (real name Dennis Lussier), songwriter and producer, who co-wrote "Love Child" for the Supremes and "ABC" for the Jackson 5, and produced the Supremes, the Jackson 5, Bobby Darin and Martha and the Vandellas, among others, died in Bellingham, Washington at the age of 68 from esophageal cancer.
Born This Day:
1937: Billy Stewart ("Summertime" from 1966) was born in Washington, D.C.; died January 17, 1970 along the Neuse River near Smithfield, North Carolina.
1938: Don Covay, who wrote "Chain Of Fools" for Aretha Franklin, and songs for the Rolling Stones, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Wilson Pickett, Steppenwolf, Chubby Checker, Bobby Womack, Solomon Burke, and others, and worked with Jimi Hendrix and Little Richard, was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina; died in his sleep after suffering a second stroke on January 31, 2015 in Valley Stream, New York. (Note: some websites report that Covay died on January 30, but the correct date is January 31, according to the newspaper 'The New York Times'.)
1941: Michael Masser, songwriter who wrote "Greatest Love Of All", "Saving All My Love For You", "Didn't We Almost Have It All" and "All At Once" for Whitney Houston, "THeme From 'Mahogany'", "Touch Me In the Morning" and "Last Time I Saw Him" by Diana Ross, "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love" for Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson, "If Ever You're In My Arms Again" for Bryson, "Nothing's Gonna' Change My Love For You" for Glenn Medeiros, "Miss You Like Crazy" for Natalie Cole, and many others, was born in Chicago, Illinois; died July 9, 2015 in Rancho Mirage, California, the result of deteriorating health after suffering a stroke three years before.
1947: Mike Kellie, drummer of Spooky Tooth, was born in Birmingham, England.
1948: Lee Oskar, famed harmonica player of War, was born in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1949: Nick Lowe, member of Brinsley Schwatz, solo star ("Cruel To Be Kind" from 1979) and producer, was born in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. (Note: some websites claim Lowe was born in Woodchurch, Suffolk, England, but according to both 'Billboard' and the newspaper 'The Examiner', he was born in Walton-on-Thames.)
1951: Dougie Thomson, bassist for Supertramp, was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1960: Nena (real name Gabriele Susanne Kerner), lead singer of the group which bears her name ("99 Luftballons" from 1982), was born in Hagen, Germany.
1970: Sharon Corr of the Corrs ("Breathless") was born in Dundalk, Ireland.
1974: Chad Butler, drummer for Switchfoot, was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
1982: Nivea was born in Savannah, Georgia.