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August 11th

1969Diana Ross singer of The Supremes, invites over 300 of her closest friends to come see a new Motown act at a Beverly Hills club in California. The new group which she is so excited about is none other then The Jackson 5.

1976Keith Moon, the drummer from The Who, is admitted into a Miami hospital after collapsing. It isn’t the first time and it wouldn’t be the last either as Moon had a nasty habit of collapsing, even while playing on stage.

1984Ray Parker Jr. starts a three week run at No.1 on the singles chart with the ‘Ghostbusters’ theme song. Parker is accused of stealing the melody from Huey Lewis and the News, and the dispute is eventually settled out of court in the following year.  Parker was a session guitarist for Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye before hitting the charts on his own.

2002 - Bruce Springsteen starts his two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Rising’, the singers fifth US No.1. ‘The Rising’ is Bruce’s response to the attacks of September 11th on NYC.

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