Today in music history:
There were several significant events on this day between the years 1949 and 2010.
On this day in 1949 Ric Ocasek, future frontman for The Cars, is born in Baltimore, Maryland.
On this day in 1953 Chaka Khan, future frontwoman for Rufus, is born in Chicago, Illinois.
On this day in 1959 Ray Peterson records the song "The Wonder Of You".
On this day in 1964 John Lennon's book In His Own Write is published.
On this day in 1968 Damon Albarn, future frontman for Blur, is born in Whitechapel, England.
On this day in 1969 30,000 people attend the "Rally For Decency" in Miami after Jim Morrison was charged with indecent exposure there. Celebrities at the event included Kate Smith, Jackie Gleason, The Lettermen and Anita Bryant.
On this day in 1981 Blondie's “Rapture” hits number one in the US.
On this day in 1983 Michael Jackson's “Billie Jean” hits number one in the US.
On this day in 1988 Mick Jagger performs his first solo gig in Japan, 15 years after having been barred from entering the country due to prior drug convictions.
On this day in 2004 With his then new album Confessions, Usher becomes the first R&B artist to have an album sell 1.1 million copies in its first week.
On this day in 2010 Dr. Jim Marshall, pioneer of guitar amplification, dies at the age of 88.