1952 The first ever UK Pop chart was published by the New Musical Express. “Here In My Heart” by Al Martino was the first #1.
1961 The Everly Brothers recorded “Crying In The Rain”.
1970 Santana’s version of “Black Magic Woman” is released in the US, where it will rise to #4 during a three month chart run. The song was written by Peter Green and first appeared as a Fleetwood Mac single in various countries in 1968.
1977 Wings release “Mull of Kintyre”, a tune about Paul McCartney’s Scottish home at the southwestern most tip of the Kintyre Peninsula in southwest Scotland. The bag pipe laced tune will become McCartney’s all time best selling single in the UK, either with or without The Beatles. Despite being the first song to sell over two million copies in Great Britain, it was mostly ignored in North America.
1987 Although they had been divorced for twelve years, Sonny and Cher appear together on The Late Show, where they are coaxed by David Letterman into singing “I Got You Babe”. The crowd gave the pair a standing ovation for what would prove to be their final performance together.
1990 Milli Vanilli producer Frank Farian admits to reporters that Fabrice Morvan and Rob Pilatus never sang a note on the “Milli Vanilli” album. The duo eventually returned their Best New Artist Grammy.
1996 Michael Jackson married a pregnant Debbie Rowe in Sydney Australia. Three months later, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., often called Prince Michael, was born.
2000 Eddie Snyder, pianist for The Cascades on their 1963 hit, “Rhythm Of The Rain”, died of cancer at the age of 63.