2013 Cleotha Staples of The Staple Singers dies at age 78.
2012 Adele flips off producers at the Brit Awards when she is ushered off stage before she can finish the acceptance speech for her Album of the Year win.
2012 In an anti-Kremlin protest, three members of the band Pussy Riot perform an impromptu, obscenity-filled song at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour of the Russian Orthodox Church, Moscow. They are promptly ejected, and later arrested for hooliganism, making headlines around the world.
2011 Lady Gaga performs the first of two shows at Madison Square Garden that will make up the footage of her HBO concert special in May.
2010 On what would have been her 77th birthday, a sculpture of Nina Simone is dedicated in her hometown of Tyron, North Carolina in what is renamed "Nina Simone Plaza."
2008 Crystal Gayle is inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.
2008 Paramore cancel a European tour because of "internal struggles." They take some time off, but resume operations a few months later.
2008 Paul Mawhinney's collection of 3 million vinyl records, amassed over 40 years while he owned a record store in Pittsburgh, is sold on eBay for $3,002,150. The bid is a sham, however, and Mawhinney holds onto his collection until 2013, when he sells it to the Brazilian collector Zero Freitas.
2007 The movie studio Dreamworks takes out a full-page ad in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter apologizing for (but not exactly admitting to) similarities between their movie Dreamgirls, adapted from the stage musical, and the book Dreamgirl: My Life As a Supreme by former Supreme Mary Wilson. The book gives a look at the behind-the-scenes manipulations at Motown Records, bearing similarities to the stories recounted in Dreamgirls.
2004 Les Gray of Mud dies of a heart attack at age 57.
1990 Paul McCartney is honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 32nd annual Grammy Awards, perhaps to make up for the paltry four awards they gave to The Beatles while they were still active. Bonnie Raitt is the big winner on the night with four awards, including Album of the Year for Nick Of Time.
1987 Sly Stone is jailed for possession of cocaine in Los Angeles, an arrest which sends the singer into retirement and virtual seclusion upon his release.
1986 Charlotte Church is born in Cardiff, Wales.
1986 Pat Boone appears on the "Beach Blanket Bounty" episode of the NBC show The Fall Guy.
Johnny Cash gets out of the hospital, where he is treated for pneumonia, and makes it to the Grammy Awards that night, where he wins for Best Male Vocal Country Performance for "Solitary Man" - his tenth Grammy.Read more
1987 Twenty-six years after becoming a hit in America, Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" goes to #1 in the UK following its release in the movie of the same name.
1984 Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones meets 13-year-old Mandy Smith at the Lyceum in London. They get married five years later, when he is 52 and she is 18.
1977 At a concert stop at the Nassau Coliseum, every member of Kiss has some blood drawn. It's not for the Red Cross: the blood will be mixed with ink used to print the first Kiss comic book, which appears in June. The process from bloodletting to print is notarized for authenticity.
1933 Jazz singer Nina Simone is born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tryon, North Carolina, where she begins playing the piano at age 3.
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