On this day in 1964…Thirty-one-year-old Salvatore Bono “marries” 18-year-old Cherilyn LaPierre in a Tijuana motel bathroom, exchanging rings and pledging their love. There was no one present, who could legally pronounce them man and wife, and the pair finally made their marriage official five years later.
Gladys Knight and the Pips started a two week run at No.1 on this day in 1973 with “Midnight Train To Georgia.” It was the group’s 18th Top 40 hit and first No.1. The record also won a 1974 Grammy Award.
On this day in 1975, Bruce Springsteen was pictured on the covers of TIME and Newsweek in the same week, coinciding with the release of his album and single “Born To Run.”
On this day in 1980, for $169, Mark David Chapman purchased the .38 revolver, that he used to kill John Lennon some six weeks later.
Prince released the album “1999” on this day in 1982.
On this day in 1993, Glenn Frey gets a show on CBS called South of Sunset. The show is cancelled after one episode.
Gloria Estefan became the only pop artist to receive a call to perform from the Pope on this day in 1995. She would be called to perform again 20 years later for Pope Francis.
Lou Reed (frontman for The Velvet Underground) dies of liver disease on this day in 2013, at age 71.
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