This Day in Music History — September 7

1936 : Buddy Holly is born. He would live just 22 years, but influence many of the biggest stars of the ’60s, including The Beatles. Don McLean’s American Pie is about his death.

1984 : With most of her family (including her parents) on the road with The Jacksons Victory tour, 18-year-old Janet Jackson elopes with James DeBarge from the group DeBarge. The marriage would end eight months later.

1996 : Tupac is shot 5 times in a drive-by following a boxing match in Las Vegas. He would die 6 days later.

2008 : MTV makes up for trotting out a lethargic Britney Spears to open their previous year’s Video Music Awards by giving her three awards for Piece Of Me. Kanye West also debuts Love Lockdown on the show

This Day in Music History — September 5

1964 : A British group scores a #1 hit in America with a folk song about a New Orleans brothel when The Animals’ The House Of The Rising Sun tops the chart.

1968 : John Lennon flies to Germany for his role in the movie How I Won the War – the only major non-documentary film in which he would ever appear. He character wears glasses that he would use as the basis for his distinctive eyewear.

1987 : American Bandstand airs on network TV for the last time. ABC picked up the show in 1957, and throughout its run on the network, Dick Clark was the host. The show continued another year in syndication and aired one season on the USA network in 1989.

1991 : The steamy video for Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” scoops Best Male Video, Best Cinematography and Best Video from a Film at the MTV Video Music Awards