~ 1985 – a-ha ‘Take On Me’ goes to # 1 on Billboard charts
~ 1944 – Reggae star Peter Tosh was born
~ 1950 – Tom Petty was born
~ 1962 – The Four Seasons released “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Big Girls Don’t Cry” is a song written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio and originally recorded by The Four Seasons. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 17, 1962, and, like its predecessor “Sherry,” spent five weeks in the top position but never ranked in the Billboard year-end charts of 1962 or 1963. According to Gaudio, he was dozing off while watching the John Payne/Rhonda Fleming/Ronald Reagan movie Tennessee’s Partner (1955) when he heard Payne’s character slap Fleming in the face. After the slap, Fleming’s character replied, “Big girls don’t cry.” Gaudio wrote the line on a scrap of paper, fell asleep, and wrote the song the next morning.
However, the now-famous line does not appear in the Ronald Reagan film. According to Bob Crewe, he himself was dozing off in his Manhattan home with the television on when he awoke to see John Payne manhandling Rhonda Fleming in Slightly Scarlet, a 1956 film noir based on a James M. Cain story. The line is heard in that film.
Various episodes of Happy Days feature this song, most notably when it is played in the jukebox at Arnold’s diner. It was also used, with customized lyrics sung by the Four Seasons themselves, as the theme song to Joey Reynolds’s various radio programs throughout the United States.
It has also appeared in the soundtrack to the 1987 film Dirty Dancing.
~ 1972 – Curtis Mayfield tops the charts with ‘Superfly’
~ 1975 – Elton John received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
~ 1964 – The Who failed an audition with EMI. They were known as High Numbers at the time.
~ 1969 – Led Zeppelin released Led Zeppelin II
~ 1959 -Weird Al Yankovic is born
~ 2005 – In Chicago, IL, Lou Rawls gave his last performance when he performed the national anthem of the United States to start Game Two of the 2005 World Series.
~ 1980 – Guinness Book of World Records gave Paul McCartney a rhodium-plated disc for being history’s all-time best-selling songwriter and recording artist.
~ 1996 – Berry Gordy, Jr., founder of Motown, received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
~ 1944 – Jon Anderson of Yes fame is born
~ 1960 – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards accidentally met on a train. They had known each other previously from school.
~ 1964 – The Rolling Stones made their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”