Today in Music
Late Night Tunes on the Tube
Letterman welcomes Dawes tonight.
Leno has Hot August Blues performers Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
And Conan hosts the R&B stylings of Eve

On this day in 1859 – Mildred J. Hill was born in Louisville Kentucky.  She was a school teacher and musician and she wrote the melody for Happy Birthday, but the words were added later in the early 20th century, around her passing.

And Bruce Johnson, one of The Beach Boys fill-ins, turns 79 today.  Happy Birthday.

Today in Music
On this day in 1885, Chichester Bell and Charles Tainter applied for a patent on their invention – the gramophone.

In 1959 – “West Side Story” had a final performance at Winter Garden Theater in New York, after 734 shows.

In 1970, The Jackson Five started a two week run at No.1 on the US charts with ‘The Love You Save’.

On this day in 1971- promoter Bill Graham closed the Fillmore East, in New York. The Allman Brothers, The Beach Boys, Edgar Winter, and Country Joe McDonald are on the bill for the final show.

In 1978- the band Kansas, is named the first musical Ambassadors of Goodwill by UNICEF.

On this day in 1986, David Bowie was seen dancing with muppets as the movie Labyrinth was released in theaters nationally. This fulfilled many fantasies.

And today in 2002, a rock legend died in a very rock and roll way.  John Enwistle, the bass player for The Who died in a Las Vegas hotel with a whole lot of cocaine and a stripper.  The Who was supposed to start a US tour the next day.  He was 57 years old-