This Day in Music
1975 - Country & Western star Bob Wills dies of pneumonia at the age of 70. His group Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys have six No. 1 country singles. The most successful is "New Spanish2002 - Devoted fans of Madonna wait in the rain outside Wyndham's Theatre to cheer on the 43-year-old performer in her first London stage performance in the show "Up for Grabs." Seats for the premiere show sell out within 10 days of going on sale.
1993 - The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bette Midler and Barry White lend their voices to the season finale of the Fox animated comedy series "The Simpsons." The episode, "Krusty Gets Kancelled," marks White's second "Simpsons" guest appearance.
1985 - Bruce Springsteen marries actress Julianne Phillips in Lake Oswego, Ore. They divorce in 1989.
1975 - Country & Western star Bob Wills dies of pneumonia at the age of 70. His group Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys have six No. 1 country singles. The most successful is "New Spanish Two Step" in 1946.
1966 - Darius Carlos Rucker, lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish, is born in Charleston, S.C.
1955 - Elvis Presley's live act causes audience frenzy for first time, as most of his clothing is torn off by fans in Jacksonville, Fla.
1950 - Stevie Wonder (Steveland Morris) is born in Saginaw, Mich. He is blind at birth. One of the most successful recording artists in history, his biggest solo single is "I Just Called to Say I Love You," which stays at No. 1 for three weeks in 1984.
1946 - Bassist Danny Klein of the J. Geils Band is born in New York City.
1945 - "Magic" Dick Salwitz of the J. Geils Band is born in New London, Conn.
1943 - Mary Wells, the first artist to record on the Motown label, is born in Detroit. Her biggest pop hit is "My Guy," a No. 1 song in 1964.
1941 - Ritchie Valens (Richard Valenzuela) is born in Pacoima, Calif. His biggest hit is "Donna," a No. 2 song in 1959. The flip side is "La Bamba," which Los Lobos takes to No. 1 in 1987. Valens is killed in the same plane crash that kills Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.