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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).

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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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Beyoncé Slays At Coachella

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.

Beyoncé was slated to headline the festival in 2017, but had to back out because she was pregnant with twins, which she had by C-section on June 13. In the months leading up to the 2018 festival, she worked relentlessly to get in shape for the grueling performance, cutting out sugar, carbs, alcohol, dairy and meat, all while breast-feeding her twins and looking after her other child, Blue Ivy. Along with her relentless workouts, she crafted a stage show unlike any other seen at a festival, with a litany of performers culled from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) like Fisk University, where he father attended. Her dad would take Beyoncé to the "battle of the bands" contests where she would see the HBCUs compete in dazzling step shows and marching band competitions. Determined to bring this culture to Coachella, she auditioned dancers, musicians and other performers from schools like Jackson State University and North Carolina A&T, selecting a dynamic cast of characters for the show. With a team of choreographers, designers and technicians, she oversaw the production down to details like what emblems would go on the outfits. A tireless and exacting professional, Beyoncé has a singular talent for pulling off high-profile performances like the Super Bowl halftime show, but this time it's much harder. "Internally, my body was not connected," she says. "My mind was not there. My mind wanted to be with my children." The two-hour show lives up to Beyoncé's expectations, enthralling the crowd with an assortment of high-energy numbers that incorporate a number of musical and dance styles. It becomes known as "Beychella" and heralded as the best Coachella performance ever, and perhaps the best ever seen at any festival. Beyoncé puts on the show again the second week of the festival; the two performances are combined to form the basis of the Netflix documentary Homecoming, which shows behind-the-scenes footage of how it all came together, interspersed with inspirational quotes from black leaders and creatives that Beyoncé holds in high esteem. It's a document to a once-in-a-lifetime performance. "I will never, never push myself that far again," she says.

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