2008 With Spirit, Leona Lewis becomes the first British woman to go straight to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart with a debut album.
1983 Felix Pappalardi (bassist, vocalist for Mountain), age 43, is shot and killed by his wife, Gail, in their East Side Manhattan apartment. Gail claims it was an accident and the charge of second-degree murder is lessened to criminally negligent homicide, which lands her a brief stint in prison.
1983 Joe Strummer of The Clash runs the London Marathon, finishing with a time of 4 hours 13 minutes. He claims that his training included 10 pints of beer the night before.
1982 Denison University freshman Laura Carter is killed when a bullet from a gunfight a block away strikes her in the chest while she is riding in a car with her parents. Christopher Cross, who is dating her best friend, writes "Think Of Laura" in her honor.
1982 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force release "Planet Rock," the first hip-hop hit with electronic elements and a rhythm powered by a Roland TR-808 drum machine. It's just the third rap song to reach the Hot 100, following "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang and "The Breaks" by Kurtis Blow.More
1971 Each of the four ex-Beatles has a solo single on the UK chart: John Lennon - "Power to the People" Paul McCartney - "Another Day" Ringo Starr - "It Don't Come Easy" George Harrison - "My Sweet Lord"
1967 Liz Phair is born in New Haven, Connecticut; she is raised by her adoptive parents in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Winnetka, Illinois. She becomes a '90s indie-rock icon with her debut album, Exile In Guyville, a feminist treatment of the Rolling Stones' Exile On Main St.More
2020 Fiona Apple releases her fifth album, Fetch The Bolt Cutters, her first since 2012. The title is a reference to a line Gillian Anderson says in the TV series The Fall and is a metaphor for setting yourself free.
2018 Tina Turner's life story, already depicted in the 1993 film What's Love Got To Do With It, is adapted for the stage as Tina: The Musical, opens in London's West End. It opens on Broadway the following year.
2010 When Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros frontman Alex Ebert takes the stage at Coachella, he clumsily knocks a microphone stand into the crowd. A guy in the audience catches it with his forehead, and blood spills all over the place. Ebert, horrified, gives the guy his sportcoat and his shirt to staunch the bleeding, and performs the set topless. It proves a breakout performance for the band, whose song "Home" starts showing up everywhere.
2009 Davy Jones of The Monkees visits Bikini Bottom when he plays himself on the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One."
2008 Danny Federici (organist, accordionist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band) dies at age 58 after three years of suffering with melanoma.
2007 Arcturus officially announces they are splitting up.
2000 "I Will Survive" singer Gloria Gaynor makes an appearance on Ally McBeal.
1997 Country singer Toby Keith and his wife Tricia welcome new arrival Stelen Keith Covel to the family.
1993 Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles marries screenwriter Jay Roach in Los Angeles.
1991 Jack Yellen, lyricist and screenwriter who wrote "Happy Days Are Here Again" (1929), dies in Concord, New York, at age 98.
1989 Neil Young releases an EP titled Eldorado. Released exclusively in Japan and Australia and recorded with a one-time backing band called The Restless, it contains three songs ("Don't Cry," "Eldorado" and "On Broadway") that will appear on Freedom six months later.
1982 "The seventh Commodore," long-time manager and dear friend Benny Ashburn, dies from a heart attack. Only a short time later Lionel Richie officially announces his departure from the group to pursue his solo career.
1980 Bob Marley performs at the Independence Day celebration in Salisbury, Zimbabwe.
A big-budget Coke commercial with a new song by Jack White called "Love Is The Truth" hits YouTube, then quickly goes away.
The commercial, titled "What Goes Around Comes Around," is the work of the Japanese director Nagi Noda, who did similar work on videos for the singer Yuki. Jack White wrote the song specifically for the commercial, which is out of character for him, but apparently he really likes Coke (his red and white color palette is the same as the company's logo). He takes some stick from Noel Gallagher of Oasis, who accuses him of selling out, but then Oasis starts shilling for AT&T. The spot shows a young woman losing her bird and then multiplying, with her clones making their way around the neighborhood where others also divide, all while helping each other out. At the end, she finds the bird and the clones animate. It's a grand production with a warm-and-fuzzy message that seems like perfect marketing for the beverage, but it gets buried. The commercial airs on April 12 on the MTV Australia Video Music Awards, but isn't broadcast again until April 30, when it shows up at 1:55 a.m. on British TV. The Coca-Cola company offers no explanation, and Jack White makes no statement. The song goes unreleased until 2016, when it appears on the compilation Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016.
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