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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 Brad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams, welcome their second child, Jasper. His song "Today" is about this event.

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.

2003 Blues musician Earl King, composer of the standards "I Hear You Knocking" and "One Night," dies at age 69 of diabetes-related complications.

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.

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Linda McCartney Dies

1998

Linda McCartney, Paul McCartney's wife and Wings bandmate, dies at age 56 after a three-year battle with breast cancer.


Beatles fans have long known Linda McCartney as wife to their beloved Paul, who married the rock photographer in 1969 despite hundreds of girls crying in protest outside the Marylebone Register Office. Their union would last 29 years until her death, producing three children (Mary, Stella, and James), a musical partnership in the band Wings, and a shared passion for animal rights activism. But Linda McCartney was more than just Paul's wife. Born Linda Eastman on September 24, 1941, she grows up in Scarsdale, an affluent suburb of New York City. She is soon drawn to the Arts and cultivates her interest in photography at Vermont College and the University of Arizona. After a brief marriage to Joseph Melville See Jr. in 1965, which produces daughter Heather Louise, Linda lands a prime gig photographing The Rolling Stones at a record promotion party, and soon becomes the house photographer at Manhattan's Fillmore East concert hall. Aside from shooting a string of stars, including Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Grace Slick, Neil Young, John Lennon, The Doors - and a lad named Paul McCartney, Linda photographs Eric Clapton for the cover of Rolling Stone, making her the first female photographer to shoot a cover for the magazine. The 1992 book Linda McCartney's Sixties: Portrait of an Era, is a testament to her role in the '60s rock scene. Her reputation as a musician, however, does not rival her reputation as a photographer. As a keyboardist and vocalist in Wings, she receives little praise - but she inspires Paul's enduring love ballads, including "Maybe I'm Amazed," "The Lovely Linda," "Long-Haired Lady," and "My Love," among others. They also share an Oscar nomination for the 1973 James Bond theme "Live And Let Die." Beginning in 1975, her newfound passion for vegetarianism leads her to publish three cookbooks (Linda McCartney’s Home Cooking, Linda's Kitchen, Simple and Inspiring Recipes for Meatless Meals) and a line of frozen vegetarian meals in 1991. Linda is diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995, which spreads to her liver, and she dies at the McCartney family ranch in Tucson, Arizona, after a three-year battle with the disease. Paul encourages fans to "go veggie" in her honor.

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