1950 – Playmate Barbi Benton is born in Sacramento, Calif. Her 1974 album Barbi Doll is a collector’s item among the insane.
1950 – The Tubes’ synth player Michael Cotton is born.
1950 – Box Tops bassist Bill Cunningham is born in Memphis
1950 – Guitarist Patrick Simmons, a founding member of the Doobie Brothers, is born in Aberdeen, Wash.
1950 – Bruce Springsteen’s The E Street Band’s keyboardist Danny Federici is born.
1950 – Richie Ranno, guitarist with the ’70s metal band Starz, is born.
1950 – Billy Ocean (Leslie Sebastian Charles) is born in Trinidad. He has three No. 1 songs, including “Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run).”
1950 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” by the Andrews Sisters.
1950 – David Johansen, the mouth of the New York Dolls and Buster Poindexter’s alter ego, is born in Staten Island, N.Y.
1950 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Gene Autry. The record, which is Autry’s only No. 1 song, sells more than 8 million copies and is inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1985.