Today's birthdays include songwriter Hoagy Carmichael in 1899; Three Dog Night drummer Floyd Sneed in 1943 (age 59); bassist Aston Barrett of Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1946 (age 56); Steve Van Zandt, a.k.a. "Miami Steve" or "Little Steven," formerly with the E Street Band, in 1949 (age 53); and former Talking Heads bassist Tina Weymouth in 1950 (age 52).
Today's musical milestones:
In 1955, Elvis Presley signed with RCA, which had purchased his recording contract from Sun Records for $35,000. Another $5,000 went to Elvis himself, who bought his mom a pink Cadillac.
In 1965, Stevie Wonder's "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" was released.
Also in 1965, Bob Dylan married former model Sara Lowndes, his "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands."
In 1967, "Soul Man" by Sam and Dave was certified "gold."
In 1968, the Beatles' "white album," which was actually titled "The Beatles," was released.
Also in 1968, Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" was released.
In 1969, Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" was released.
Also in 1969, Joe Cocker appeared for the first time on U.S. music charts with the song "With A Little Help From My Friends." The "friends" on the recording included Jimmy Page, Steve Winwood and Albert Lee.
In 1980, Mae West died at age 87. Back in 1966, she released a rock 'n' roll album, "Way Out West," that charted for five weeks.
In 1992, Alice Cooper helped raise $11,300 dollars at the garage sale of a Riverside, Calif., fan facing the foreclosure of his home. The man had come to Cooper's attention when he painted a likeness of the rocker on the side of his home.
In 1993, five former security guards for Michael Jackson filed suit, claiming they were fired because they knew about the pop star's alleged activities with boys. The lawsuit eventually was thrown out.
Also in 1993, Dolly Parton denied rumors that she's a lesbian, saying gal pal Judy Ogle was just her best friend.
And in 1993, three people were arrested in a riot aboard a yacht chartered by rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg to celebrate his new album.
In 1995, a man beat to death the sister of disco singer Gloria Gaynor on a street in Elizabeth, N.J., after she intervened in a fight between the man and another woman. Police said a crowd watched the assault but no one tried to help.
In 1996, George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars were inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk.
In 1997, INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence was found hanged in a hotel in suburban Sydney, Australia. He was 37.
Also in 1997, Coolio and seven members of his entourage were arrested in Stuttgart, Germany, during a scuffle with a boutique owner, who accused the musicians of walking out of his shop wearing clothes they hadn't paid for.
In 1998, Kiss drummer Peter Criss blasted the audience after someone shined a laser pointer in his eyes.
In 1999, shock-jock Howard Stern was dropped from a defamation lawsuit filed against rapper Eminem by his mother. She claimed her son defamed her in magazine interviews and on Stern's radio show.
Topping the charts on this date:
Big Girls Don't Cry - The 4 Seasons (1962), I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family (1970), MacArthur Park - Donna Summer (1978), Human - Human League (1986).
Today's musical quiz:
"Alice's Restaurant" was released by Reprise Records after Arlo Guthrie performed it where? Answer: At the Newport (R.I.) Folk Festival.