Music History for
1636 - Composer Esaias Reusner was born.
1899 - Composer Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was born.
1960 - Dick Clark told the U.S. House of Representatives that he had never taken payola for the records he featured on his show "American Bandstand."
Today in American Bandstand History
1968 - The musical "Hair" opened on Broadway.
1976 - Bruce Springsteen climbed the wall of Graceland to meet Elvis Presley. Elvis wasn't home.
- Today in Elvis History
1979 - Van Halen's "Dance The Night Away" single was released.
1980 - Black Sabbath began their first tour with Ronnie James Dio as singer.
1988 - Eric Clapton filed for a divorce from Patti "Layla" Boyd.
1992 - Paula Abdul and Emilio Estevez were married. They divorced two years later.
1993 - An animated Barry White was a guest on "The Simpsons."
1995 - Tupac Shakur married Keisha Morris inside the Clinton Correctional Facility. He was serving a 4 1/2 year jail term for sexual assault.
1996 - Phil Spector cancelled a recording project with Celine Dion due to a lack of a contract.
1998 - Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) injured his knee at a concert in Anchorage, Alaska. 14 shows had to be cancelled.
1999 - Tommy Lee announced that he had quit Motley Crue to devote time to his new band, Methods of Mayhem, and his family.
2008 - The Madonna album "Hard Candy" was released in the U.S.