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2014 Deon Jackson dies at age 68 from unknown causes. He was most famous for his 1966 sweet soul hit "Love Makes The World Go Round," but his output also made him a hero on both the South Carolina beach music and UK Northern Soul scenes.

2013 Cordell "Boogie" Mosson (bassist for Parliament-Funkadelic) dies at age 60 of liver failure.

2009 Sable Starr dies of brain cancer in Reno, Nevada, at the age of 51. In the 1970s she was a famous groupie, following rock stars around the venues of LA from the age of 14. At the time of her death she has retired from the rock and roll lifestyle and is working in a casino.

2008 Foxy Brown is released from Riker's Island jail after serving an eight month sentence for battery.

2003 Etta James gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1997 Rock guitarist Jay Hening (of Demolition 23) dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

1996 Bernard Edwards (bass guitarist for Chic) dies of pneumonia at age 43 after a Chic concert at the Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Japan.

1988 The accused murderer of reggae legend Peter Tosh, Dennis "Leppo" Lobban, goes on trial in Jamaica.

1985 Liberace breaks his own record at Radio City Music Hall, pulling in two million dollars for his latest engagement.

1981 Chris Squire and Alan White of Yes begin rehearsals with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin. It doesn't lead anywhere, and Yes gets back together to release their 1983 album 90125.

1978 The movie FM, which will become the basis for the TV show WKRP in Cincinnati, makes its debut. Linda Ronstadt and Jimmy Buffett both appear in the film.

1973 The Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young documentary Journey Through The Past, directed by Neil Young, debuts at the Dallas Film Festival.

1971 The Diana Ross television musical special Diana, featuring guest stars The Jackson 5, Bill Cosby, and Danny Thomas, airs on ABC.

1970 Greg Eklund (drummer for Everclear) is born in Jacksonville, Florida.

1969 The Beatles record "Old Brown Shoe" and "I Want You (She's So Heavy)."

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Gavin Rossdale Shirtless On Rolling Stone

1996

Gavin Rossdale of Bush is shirtless on the cover of Rolling Stone, but the article inside trashes the band, calling them "Nirvanawannabes."


A British band, Bush made it big in America with a heavy grunge sound, propelling their 1994 debut album Sixteen Stone to sales of over 6 million. Many critics were skeptical, as Rolling Stone points out with the headline, "Why won't anyone take Gavin Rossdale seriously?" The knock on Bush is that they appropriated an American sound (grunge) and engineered a calculated takeover using their pretty-boy lead singer as bait. The article takes this tone, with remarks like, "Despite all Bush's suspicious name-dropping and gestures of alternative-rock correctness, they seem to be sincere; they may even escape the built-in obsolescence that's endemic among bubble-grunge bands." Bush's next album, Razorblade Suitcase, is released in November and goes to #1. Responding to the article, Rossdale retorts, "Here I am on their cover, with no top on, selling tons of copies of their magazine, and they ask: why won't anyone take me seriously? Well, six or seven million people have our record, so that's at least a few people who don't hate me."

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