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2018 Dire Straits is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but with Mark Knopfler skipping the ceremony, nobody inducts them and they do not perform.More

2016 In an interview with the Mormon Stories podcast, Neon Trees lead singer Tyler Glenn reveals that he is leaving the Mormon church in response to its ruling that gay marriage is apostasy. Glenn came out as gay in 2014.

2015 Percy Sledge, who had a #1 hit with "When A Man Loves A Woman" and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, dies at age 74.

2014 Sam Smith releases "Stay With Me."

2010 Blues musician Mississippi Slim, real name Walter Horn Jr., dies at age 66 after suffering a heart attack.

2009 Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Olivia Harrison and Dhani Harrison hit the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles to take part in the ceremony honoring George Harrison with his very own star in Hollywood.

2007 Hawaii-born pop singer Don Ho, known for the 1966 hit "Tiny Bubbles," dies at age 75 of heart failure, two years after being diagnosed with cardiomyopathy.

2005 John Fred Gourrier, who with John Fred and His Playboy Band had a #1 hit with "Judy in Disguise (with Glasses)," dies at age 63.

2003 R&B singer Angie Stone makes her Broadway debut when she joins the cast of Chicago.

2000 At a show at The Garage in London, the all-girl punk rockers L7 raffle off a chance to "meet intimately" with their drummer, Dee Plakas, claiming they "want their fans to get more bang for their buck." Whether or not they go through with the stunt is unclear, but it drums up plenty of publicity for the show.

1999 Anthony Newley - British actor and singer-songwriter - dies at age 67 of renal cancer. In addition to his numerous Top 40 hits on the UK chart in the early-'60s, Newley, along with his songwriting partner Leslie Bricusse, earned an Academy Award nomination for the film score to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971).

1998 Clutch's third full-length album, The Elephant Riders, is issued, spawning such classics as the title track, "The Soapmakers," "The Yeti," and "The Dragonfly."

1997 Depeche Mode release their ninth album, Ultra, in the UK. Work on the album had to be stopped in 1996 when lead singer Dave Gahan nearly died of a drug overdose; he spent a lot of time making court appointments and trying to get sober when operations resumed. The band is in no condition to tour to support the album, but it still makes #1 in the UK and sells over 500,000 copies in America.

1995 Singer and actor Burl Ives dies at age 85 of oral cancer.

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VH1 Airs First Divas Special

1998

The very first VH1 Divas special debuts on the music channel as a benefit concert for VH1's Save The Music Foundation. Headliners are Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, and Shania Twain, with a guest appearance by Carole King.

Held at New York's Beacon Theatre, the first Divas special not only sets the standard for the annual concert, but also popularizes the term "diva." The word has been around since the late Victorian era, used to describe a female opera singer, but tonight the corset comes off and a new kind of diva is born for the age of pop. Mariah Carey gets the festivities going with her new Latin-infused ballad "My All" and the throwback dance-pop hit "Make It Happen," followed by Gloria Estefan's super set of "Turn The Beat Around" and a megamix of "Dr. Beat," "Conga," "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," "1-2-3," and "Get on Your Feet." Shania Twain adds some country flavor to the mix with "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" and "You're Still the One" before Aretha Franklin sings "A Rose Is Still A Rose." The Queen of Soul also duets with Mariah Carey in a rendition of "Chain Of Fools." Celine Dion closes out the solo performances with a cover of Ike & Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High" and her own Titanic hit "My Heart Will Go On." Guest diva Carole King, acclaimed singer and songwriter, joins Dion for "The Reason," and leads the entire bunch with King's 1971 hit "You've Got a Friend." As the night comes to a close, the Divas take on Franklin's King-penned classic "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman." The event yields a home video release and a live album, which lands at #21 on the Billboard Albums Chart.

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