<b>1985 - </b>Prince wins an Oscar for Best Original Score for the film "Purple Rain."<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/>
1999 - Robbie Williams loses his two-year court battle with Nigel Martin-Smith, the manager of his former band Take That.
1999 - Sony Corp. unveils hardware designed for use with its new satellite music distribution service. The SAS-MS9SET digital broadcast receiver/antenna system enables subscribers to Digital Media Entertainment's MusicLink channel to download music onto the MDS-DL1 MiniDisc player/recorder.
1997 - Harold Melvin, leader of soul act Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, dies in his sleep. He is 57. Melvin forms the Blue Notes as a doo-wop group in 1954 with himself as lead singer. Almost two decades later, with new member Teddy Pendergrass taking over the drums and lead vocals, the group enjoys a string of No. 1 R&B hits such as "If You Don't Know Me By Now," "The Love I Lost (Part 1)," "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon," and "Wake Up Everybody (Part 1)."
1985 - Prince wins an Oscar for Best Original Score for the film "Purple Rain."
1980 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Another Brick in the Wall," Pink Floyd. The song is the group's biggest hit.
1973 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Killing Me Softly with His Song," Roberta Flack. The song wins Grammys for Flack as Best Female Pop Vocal and Record of the Year and earns Song of the Year Grammys for writers Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox.
1968 - The 58th and final episode of "The Monkees" TV show is aired. The group disbands in 1969 and re-forms in 1986 without Michael Nesmith.
1947 - Elton John (Reginald Kenneth Dwight) is born in Pinner, Middlesex, England. He has six No. 1 songs, including "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" and "Crocodile Rock." He is also one of the four singers on the AIDS benefit record "That's What Friends Are For."
1942 - Aretha Franklin is born in Memphis, Tenn. In 1987 she becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her hits include "Respect," "Chain of Fools" and "Think."
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