2006 - Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang, dies in Maplewood, New Jersey, after a long illness. He is 57

2006 - Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang, dies in Maplewood, New Jersey, after a long illness. He is 57

2006 - An album of jazz standards Diana Ross recorded more than 30 years earlier finally sees the light of day. "Blue" was intended as a companion to the hit 1972 soundtrack to "Lady Sings the Blues," in which Ross portrayed jazz legend Billie Holiday. However, Ross instead followed up the project with the pop album "Touch Me in the Morning," which reached No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. In its wake, "Blue" was shelved.

2000 - Industrial supergroup the Damage Manual is forced to scrap its North American tour, due to what an Invisible Records spokesperson describes as "continued processing delays of the band and crews' U.S. visas.

1997 - Lawrence Payton, a member of the Four Tops who gave the Motown group its distinctive harmonies on hits such as "Baby I Need Your Loving" and "Reach Out (I'll Be There)," dies from liver cancer at the age of 59.

1995 - Legendary country duo George Jones and Tammy Wynette release reunion album ``One.''

1977 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Got to Give It Up (Pt. 1),'' Marvin Gaye.

1965 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Mr. Tambourine Man,'' The Byrds.

1953 - Cyndi Lauper is born in New York City. Her first single, ``Girls Just Want to Have Fun,'' sells more than 2 million copies and reaches No. 2 on Billboard's Hot 100. Two later releases, ``Time After Time'' and ``True Colors'' top the chart.

1949 - Lionel Richie is born in Tuskegee, Ala., the son of a retired U.S. Army captain and a teacher. The former lead singer of the Commodores has five No. 1 hits, including ``Endless Love.'' That duet with Diana Ross sells more than 2 million copies and in 1981 tops Billboard's Hot 100 for nine weeks, longer than any other duet.

1946 - Singer Anne Murray (Morna Anne Murray) is born in Springhill, Nova Scotia. Her biggest hit is the million-selling No. 1 single ``You Needed Me'' in 1978.

1942 - Brian Wilson is born in Ingleside, Calif. He is the leader, bassist, composer and producer of the surf-rock group the Beach Boys. He quits touring due to nervous exhaustion in 1965. His daughters, Carnie and Wendy, make up two-thirds of the trio Wilson Phillips.

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