On August 17th, 1964, the single "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks was released in Britain.
In 1969, the three-day Woodstock Music and Art Fair concluded in upstate New York. One of the day's memorable moments was Pete Townshend of The Who knocking Yippie Abbie Hoffman off the stage during the performance of "Tommy."
In 1973, original Temptations member Paul Williams was found dead by police with a single bullet wound to the head. The death was later ruled a suicide. Williams had left The Temptations in 1971.
In 1974, keyboardist Patrick Moraz replaced Rick Wakeman in the band Yes.
In 1983, lyricist Ira Gershwin died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 86. With his composer brother George, they wrote such classic songs as "'S Wonderful" and "The Man I Love."
In 1986, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen played his first concert with the band since losing his left arm in a car accident in 1984.
Also in 1986, 42 people were beaten or stabbed at a Run-DMC concert in Long Beach, California.
In 1992, actor-director Woody Allen admitted being romantically involved with Soon-Yi Previn, the 21-year-old adopted daughter of Allen's longtime companion, actress Mia Farrow.
Also in 1992, singer Wayne Newton filed for bankruptcy. He owed about $20 million to 200 creditors.
In 1994, actor David Caruso quit the cast of "NYPD Blue" to pursue a movie career. He was replaced on the show by Jimmy Smits.
In 2011, Katy Perry had her fifth number-one hit off her "Teenage Dream" album, matching Michael Jackson's record from his "Bad" album. Perry's song "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" hit number one. Her other number-one hits were "California Gurls," "Firework," "E.T." and the title track.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Maureen O'Hara is 92. Actor Robert DeNiro is 69. Guitarist Gary Talley of The Box Tops is 65. Drummer Sib Hashian (Boston) is 63. Actor Robert Joy ("CSI: NY") is 61. Singer Kevin Rowland of Dexy's Midnight Runners is 59. Country singer-songwriter Kevin Welch is 57. Bassist Colin Moulding of XTC is 57. Singer Belinda Carlisle is 54. Actor Sean Penn is 52. Guitarist Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses) is 50. Singer Maria McKee is 48. Drummer Steve Gorman of the Black Crowes is 47. Singer-bassist Jill Cunniff (Luscious Jackson) is 46. Actor David Conrad ("Relativity") is 45. Rapper Posdnuos (POS'-deh-noos) of Del La Soul is 43. Singer Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block is 43. Actor Bryton James ("Family Matters") is 26. Actor Brady Corbet ("24") is 24.
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