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On December 16th, 1966, "Hey Joe," the first single by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was released in Britain. The song was not released as a single in the U.S.

In 1970, five singles and five albums by Creedence Clearwater Revival were certified gold. The songs were "Travelin' Band," ''Up Around the Bend," ''Lookin' Out My Back Door," ''Down on the Corner" and "Bad Moon Rising."

In 1973, singer Jermaine Jackson married Hazel Gordy, the daughter of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy.

In 1974, Mott the Hoople split up.

In 1975, the Bay City Rollers got their first U.S. gold record for the song "Saturday Night."

In 1977, the Bee Gees were awarded a gold record for "How Deep is Your Love."

In 1997, singer Nicolette Larson died in Los Angeles of complications from cerebral edema. She was 45.

In 2005, actress Teri Hatcher won her libel suit against a British tabloid that printed a fake story claiming she neglected her daughter while having sex with men in a van outside her home.

Also in 2005, actor John Spencer died of a heart attack in a Los Angeles hospital, a day after checking in with a bad cold. He was 58.

Today's birthdays: Actress Joyce Bulifant ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show") is 75. Actress Liv Ullman is 74. Journalist Lesley Stahl ("60 Minutes") is 71. Writer-producer Steven Bochco is 69. Guitarist Tony Hicks of The Hollies is 67. Singer Benny Anderson of ABBA is 66. Actor Ben Cross is 65. Singer-guitarist Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top is 63. Actress Alison LaPlaca ("The John Larroquette Show") is 53. Actor Sam Robards is 51. Actor Jon Tenney ("The Closer," ''Brooklyn South") is 51. Actor Benjamin Bratt ("Private Practice," ''Law and Order") is 49. Country singer Jeff Carson is 49. Singer Michael McCary of Boyz II Men is 41. Actress Krysten Ritter ("Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23," ''Breaking Bad," ''Gilmore Girls") is 31. Actres Amanda Setton ("The Mindy Project," ''Gossip Girl") is 27. Actress Anna Popplewell ("The Chronicles of Narnia" films) is 24.

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