This Day in Music History
1966 : Herman's Hermits' album "The Best of Herman's Hermits" is certified gold.
1972 : A notice in the British Government publication The London Gazette states that Reginald Dwight is abandoning his name and taking the name Elton Hercules John.
1992 : Paul Simon becomes the first international performer to perform in Johannesburg, South Africa since the lifting of the UN boycott. Simon had violated the UN ban by working with South African musicians years earlier.
2000 : After serving half of his four-month sentence for possession of child pornography, Gary Glitter is released from a British jail.
2009 : Bruce Springsteen wins Best Song from a Motion Picture for "The Wrestler" at the Golden Globe Awards. Mickey Rourke wins for Best Actor in a Drama for his work on the film.
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