2001R&B singer Ernie K-Doe dies of kidney and liver failure at age 65 due to years of alcohol abuse.
1997Mrs. (Elva) Miller, who charted with an off-key rendition of "Downtown" in 1966, dies at age 89.
1996Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell is born. She was named after Dolly Parton as the scientist thought the country star was the person most synonymous with mammary glands.
1992Helix guitarist Paul Hackman, age 38, is killed after a concert in Vancouver when the band's van rolls down a 40-foot embankment and throws him from the vehicle.
1981At the "Rock Werchter" festival in Belgium, The Cure play a 9-minute version of "A Forest" when they are told to hurry off stage so Robert Palmer can begin his set.More
1980At a concert in Munich, Simon Kirke of Bad Company joins Led Zeppelin to provide a two-drum assault on the song "Whole Lotta Love." Kirke is the last guest musician to perform with the band, as the tour ends two days later and John Bonham dies in September.
1980Jason Wade (frontman of Lifehouse) is born in Camarillo, California.
1973Bengt Lagerberg (drummer for The Cardigans) is born in Jönköping, Sweden.
1973R&B singer Joe is born Joseph Lewis Thomas in Columbus, Georgia, but will shortly move to Opelika, Alabama.
Former Gospel Singer Katy Perry Kisses Girl, Likes It
Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" hits #1 in the US, where it stays for seven weeks. Perry's first chart-topper, it's a startling turnabout from just seven years earlier, when she was a gospel singer recording under her real name: Katy Hudson.
"I Kissed A Girl" finds Perry singing about going to a club and having her first smooch with another female. She takes some heat from conservative groups, but most listeners consider the lyrics nothing more than a lark, and the song propels Perry to the top tier of pop music.
The trenchant beat comes courtesy of producer Dr. Luke, who also takes a songwriter credit along with Perry, Max Martin and Cathy Dennis - a song-making dream team. Perry claims the song is based in real life, as it was inspired by a girl crush she had when she was 15.
In addition to boosting Perry's career, the song also sends sales of cherry-flavored Chapstick higher, thanks to the line, "The taste of her cherry chapstick."
Remarkably, it's not the first song called "I Kissed A Girl" to chart in the US. That honor goes to the more folksy singer Jill Sobule, whose "I Kissed A Girl" made #67 in 1995.