1739 ~ Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Austrian composer and violinist
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.1785 ~ Frederich Kalkbrenner, German-French pianist and composer
.1937 ~ Earl ‘Speedoo’ Carroll, Singer with these groups the Carnations, the Cadillacs and the Coasters
.1938 ~ Jay Black (David Blatt), Singer with Jay and The Americans
.1941 ~ Brian Poole, Singer with Brian Poole & The Tremeloes
.1941 ~ Bruce Welch (Cripps), Guitarist with The Shadows
.1944 ~ Keith Emerson, British rock keyboardist
.1946 ~ Giuseppe Sinopoli, Italian conductor and composer
.1952 ~ Maxine Nightingale, Singer
.1955 ~ The first pop song by Julie London appeared on the charts. London’s smoky and sultry rendition of Cry Me a River stayed on the pop chart for five months, reaching as high as #9. Julie was Mrs. Jack Webb (Dragnet) and Mrs. Bobby Troup (songwriter, trumpeter).
.1958 ~ Billboard magazine introduced a new chart. It ranked the top singles in order, from number 1 to 100. Previously, only 30 records had been on the weekly hit list.
.1963 ~ After giving benefit performances for years, singer Kate Smith presented her first full concert performance to a paying crowd at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1968 ~ Another biggie for Stevie Wonder went on sale. For Once in My Life reached #2 on the pop charts on December 28, 1968.
.1974 ~ The first of the former Beatles to try a nationwide concert tour was in Los Angeles, appearing at the Forum. Unfortunately, only half the house was filled to see George Harrison. He stopped touring soon thereafter.
.1985 ~ On this day, for only the second time, a TV soundtrack LP topped the album charts. “Miami Vice” (title track by Jan Hammer) enjoyed a run of 11 (nonconsecutive) weeks. The only other TV soundtrack LP to chart at #1 was Henry Mancini’s “Peter Gunn” in 1959.