1931: Cab Calloway recorded “Minnie the Moocher.” It was the first jazz album to sell a million copies.
1967: Eric Burdon and The Animals refused to do a show in Ottawa, Ontario, unless they were paid in advance. The audience went on a rampage, causing $5,000 in damage.
1991: Ballroom dancing king Arthur Murray died in Hawaii at the age of 95.
1995: R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry underwent brain surgery for a ruptured aneurysm in Switzerland.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Hattie Winston (“Becker”, “The Electric Company”) is 69. Singer Jennifer Warnes is 67. Actor-director Tim Kazurinksy is 64. Singer-guitarist Robyn Hitchcock is 61. Guitarist John Lilley of The Hooters is 60. Actress Miranda Richardson is 56. Rapper Tone Loc (lohk) is 48. Guitarist John Bigham (Fishbone) is 45. Actress Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”) is 44. Country singer Brett Warren of The Warren Brothers is 43. Actor David Faustino (“Married…With Children”) is 40. Actress Jessica Biel is 32. Guitarist Joe “Blower” Garvey of Hinder is 30.