18 April

Pick a Day

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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.

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.

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.

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

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

1987 MTV finally acknowledges the existence of heavy metal with the debut of Headbangers Ball, a weekly show dedicated to the genre.

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.

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The Queen Of Soul Adds Another Jewel To Her Crown

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.

The disco era was not kind to Aretha Franklin, whose sound fell out of favor for the first time since her remarkable run of hits in the mid-'60s. After a slow start to the '80s, she got her groove back when Narada Michael Walden produced her 1985 album Who's Zoomin' Who?, which got her back on pop radio with "Freeway of Love" and the title track.

She teamed up again with Walden to record "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," an upbeat duet with George Michael, who had recently left Wham! and was launching his solo career. It was a huge win for both singers, as Franklin got exposure from the contemporary star (and MTV favorite), while Michael earned credibility by singing with Franklin, who was one of his idols.

Michael makes a smooth transition to solo stardom with his debut album, Faith, released in October. Franklin finds herself a tribute topic, with a 1988 PBS special called Aretha Franklin: The Queen Of Soul, featuring appearances by Ray Charles, Eric Clapton and Whitney Houston. Her legend entrenched, Franklin is "respect"-fully labeled a "Diva" in the '90s, the doyenne of a group that includes Houston, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion.

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