2013 Public Enemy become the fourth hip-hop act inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (the others that preceded PE into the Hall were Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Run-DMC, and the Beastie Boys). Other 2013 inductees are Rush, Heart (which reunites their original lineup), Albert King, Donna Summer, and Randy Newman.
2012 Pop music impresario and American Bandstand host Dick Clark dies of a heart attack at age 82. Many artists got a huge boost after appearing on Bandstand, which he hosted from 1956 to 1989.
1988 Legendary Motown songwriters Holland/Dozier/Holland are inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.
1987 Aretha Franklin and George Michael's duet "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" hits #1 in the US, returning Franklin to the top spot for the first time since "Respect" in 1967. The feat breaks the record for the longest span between #1 hits.More
1987 MTV finally acknowledges the existence of heavy metal with the debut of Headbangers Ball, a weekly show dedicated to the genre.
2021 The Simpsons parodies Morrissey with the character Quillougby, a British misanthrope who sings "Everyone Is Horrid Except Me (And Possibly You)" with Lisa. "I'm quite used to it," the real Morrissey replies. "I've had enough horror thrown at me that would kill off a herd of bison."
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.
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.
1970 Greg Eklund (drummer for Everclear) is born in Jacksonville, Florida.
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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