2018 Beyoncé, who had to cancel the previous year because of her pregnancy, headlines Coachella in lavish fashion, with over 70 performers and a reunion of Destiny's Child. She becomes the first black woman to headline the festival.More
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.More
1988 Public Enemy's sophomore album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, is released. Often cited as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all-time, the album spawns such PE classics as "Don't Believe the Hype," "Night of the Living Baseheads," and "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos," as well as the original version of "Bring the Noise."
1963 The Beatles, who are filming an appearance on the show Thank Your Lucky Stars at a nearby studio, stop by the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England, where the upstart The Rolling Stones are performing. The bands meet for the first time backstage and hang out that evening.
1935 Loretta Lynn is born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky.
2019 Logic (Bobby Hall) becomes the first rapper with a New York Times best seller when his novel Supermarket tops the Paperback Trade Fiction list.
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.
2010 Type O Negative frontman Peter Steele dies of heart failure at 48.
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.
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.
The band got in on their first attempt, but Mark Knopfler, their frontman and songwriter, wants nothing to do with it. His brother David, the group's guitarist, also skips it, leaving just three lesser-known members to attend the ceremony in Cleveland. The Hall can't find anyone to induct them, so they are announced to the stage where bassist John Illsley gives a short speech. "I can assure you it's just a personal thing," he says in explaining Mark's absence. It's not the first time the Rock Hall has inducted someone who doesn't want to be there: Axl Rose skipped it when Guns N' Roses got in, and all of the The Sex Pistols flatly and petulantly refused. Steve Miller showed up, but used the opportunity to trash the institution at the 2016 ceremony. Other acts inducted are: Bon Jovi, which brings bass player Alec Such and guitarist Richie Sambora back to the fold for their performance (Such left in 1994; Sambora in 2013). They are inducted by Howard Stern, and get the first slot so Howard can get his sleep. The Cars, who are induced by Brandon Flowers of The Killers. Their performance marks the first time they've performed together since 2011. It's also their last, as Ric Ocasek dies the following year. The Moody Blues, 29 years after their first year of eligibility. Ann Wilson of Heart presents. Nina Simone, who likely would have rejected such a corporate and populist event (she died in 2003), is inducted by Mary J. Blige. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - A gospel singer from Arkansas who helped bring that sound into rock and blues music.
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