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- 1998 Elton John & Bernie Taupin’s global hit “Candle In the Wind ‘97” is a double winner at the Ivor Novello Awards held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. The song commemorating the late Princess Diana wins best-selling U.K. single and international hit of the year. Accepting the award, John calls his victory “bittersweet,” noting, “I wish this record had never had to be made.”
- 1978 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late,” Johnny Mathis/Deniece Williams.
- 1968 Kylie Minogue is born in Melbourne, Australia. The actress-singer’s biggest single is a remake of “The Loco-Motion,” which hits No. 3 in 1988.
- 1968 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Mrs. Robinson,” Simon & Garfunkel.
- 1945 John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival is born in Berkeley, Calif. Among the songs he writes are “Proud Mary,” “Have You Seen the Rain” and “Bad Moon Rising.”
- 1944 Gladys Knight is born in Atlanta. Gladys Knight & the Pips begin recording when Knight, the lead singer, is only 8 years old. The group’s biggest hit is “Midnight Train to Georgia,” a No. 1 song in 1973. Knight also takes part in the No. 1 song “That’s What Friends Are For,” which raises money for AIDS causes.