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The Alan Freed Story - The Early Years Of Rock & Roll

A must-read for every fan of early rock and roll. Author John A. Jackson not only details the blending of rock and roll in America’s cultural heritage, but the rise and fall of one of that genre’s early creators and iconic pioneers of the airwaves, Alan Freed.

Three Dog Night - The Complete Hit Singles

The definitive collection of unforgettable hits from the band that was a mainstay of Top 40 radio throughout the 60s and 70s, Three Dog Night. Featured classics include “Joy To The World,” “One” “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Black And White” and many more.

The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth

From award-winning New York Times bestselling author Leigh Montville comes the thoroughly original, definitively ambitious, and exhilaratingly colorful biography of the largest legend ever to loom in baseball—and in the history of organized sports, Babe Ruth.

For God, Country, and Coca-Cola

Author Mark Pendergrast looks at America’s cultural, social and economic history through the bottom of a green glass Coca-Cola bottle and tells the captivating story of the world’s most recognizable consumer product.

The King and I

This visual and musical masterpiece features Yul Brynner’s Academy Award-winning performance, an unforgettable Rodgers and Hammerstein score and brilliant choreography by Jerome Robbins.

Solitude Standing

This second studio album by singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega, released in 1987, is the most critically acclaimed work of her career and contains the hits “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner.”

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The Rolling Stones top the Billboard singles chart with “Paint it Black,” which holds at No. 1 for two weeks.

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Just days before the first Apollo moon landing, David Bowie pilots his own musical mission to the stars with the release of “Space Oddity,” which soars to No. 15 on the Hot 100 chart. Today, that song is ranked among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.”

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Steven Spielberg’s “ET: The Extra-Terrestrial” is a box office smash after opening on this day.

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Cancer claims the life of screen legend John Wayne at the age of 72.

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Actor-comedian and author Gene Wilder, born Jerome Silberman (“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein”)

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Golden Globe-winning actor-comedian and musician Hugh Laurie, best known for his starring role in the TV series “House”

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The three-disk soundtrack to the Woodstock Festival is released and goes gold within two weeks.

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Jamaican singer-songwriter and guitarist Bob Marley, who introduced international audiences to reggae music, dies of cancer at the age of 36. Marley is

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Israel becomes a member of the United Nations.

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“Marcus Welby, M.D.,” makes his final house call as the popular ABC medical drama starring Robert Young airs for the last time. The series premiered in 1969.

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Actor Tim Blake Nelson (“Donnie Brasco,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” “Minority Report”)

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Surrealist artist Salvador Dali