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2011 LCD Soundsystem play their final ever gig at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The show lasts four hours and features Arcade Fire and Reggie Watts.

2009 Texas-born guitarist Freddie Everett dies at age 49 after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).

2003 Soul singer Edwin Starr dies at age 61 of a heart attack while taking a bath at his home near Nottingham, England.

1998 Robert Pilatus of Milli Vanilli dies at age 32 after overdosing on a combination of drugs and alcohol.

1997 After 32 years, Joni Mitchell is reunited with her first daughter, Kilauren Gibb. Joni gave the child up for adoption at the start of her career.

1996 Blues musician Guitar Gabriel dies at age 70.

1993 Roberta Flack guest stars as herself on an episode of ABC-TV's Loving.

1991 The Rolling Stones release Flashpoint, a live album recorded throughout their Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour.

1987 Jazz drummer Buddy Rich dies at age 69 of heart failure after surgery for a malignant brain tumor.

1973 The Beatles release two compilation albums: The Beatles 1962-1966 and The Beatles 1967-1970. Both will land in the Top 10 on the US and UK albums charts, with 1967-1970 hitting #1 in the US.

1970 Janis Joplin get tattoos on her wrist and heart, the one on her chest reading "One For The Boys."

1969 Frank Sinatra's "My Way" enters the charts in the US, where it reaches #27.

1967 Steve Winwood leaves The Spencer Davis Group to form Traffic with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason.

1967 Guitarist and songwriter Greg Camp (of Smash Mouth) is born in West Covina, California.

1966 The Singing Nun, starring Debbie Reynolds, opens in theaters. The film is based on Sister Luc-Gabrielle, a Belgian nun who had a #1 US hit with the French language song "Dominique," re-written in English for the film. Luc-Gabrielle declares it "absolutely idiotic."

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Lenny Kravitz Releases Mama Said

1991

Lenny Kravitz releases his sophomore album, Mama Said, with the hit "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over," a plea for reconciliation to his soon-to-be ex-wife, actress Lisa Bonet.

Kravitz married Bonet, the longtime star of the hit sitcom The Cosby Show, in 1987 and welcomed daughter Zoe a year later. In the meantime, he was putting together his debut album, Let Love Rule, a '60s throwback with peace-themed funk-rock tracks recorded on vintage equipment. The release didn't make a big impression in the US, but it did earn him some high-profile fans, including Madonna, who brought him on tour in Europe as her opening act and invited him to co-write her steamy groove "Justify My Love." It was a good professional move for Kravitz, but a bad personal one. Tabloids suggested there was more than songwriting going on between the married singer and the Material Girl and other rumors of infidelity caused an irreparable rift in his marriage to Bonet. His grief over the split poured out one night in a darkened hotel room in the form of Motown-esque ballad "It Ain't Over Til It's Over." "It was my belief that it ain't over 'til it's over. There's always a chance we can pull this together and make this happen. It didn't go that way, but that was the song," he told Rolling Stone. The single is his first big hit, peaking at #2 on the Hot 100, but it doesn't help his marriage. He and Bonet finalize their divorce in 1993. Mama Said - which also boasts the single "Always On The Run," co-written by Slash of Guns N' Roses - hits #8 on the UK albums chart and lands in the Top 10 in several European countries. But it's a slow burn in the US, where it tops out at #39 and sells more than one million copies by 1995.

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