2016 Bruce Springsteen salutes the recently deceased Prince by opening his show in Brooklyn with a rendition of "Purple Rain" (Nils Lofgren takes the guitar solo). The E Street Band wears purple for the show, deviating from their usual black.
2015 System Of A Down play the Armenian capitol of Yerevan in their first concert in that country. The band, which is of Armenian descent, is raising awareness of the Armenian genocide, which began 100 years earlier.
2005 YouTube launches. It works so well that Google can't beat it (they try with something called Google Video), so in 2006 they buy it. It eventually becomes the most popular place to hear music for free.
2002 Nine months after the album was rejected by Reprise Records, Wilco release Yankee Hotel Foxtrot on Nonesuch Records. It earns nearly universal acclaim from critics and goes Gold, earning the group a legion of new fans.
1995 The Sunday Times of London breaks the story that a welder in Liverpool named Peter Hodgson found a reel of Beatles material in his attic. The recordings turn out to be legit, as Hodgson's father had loaned the recorder to Paul McCartney. After hearing the recordings, McCartney buys the reel and uses some of it on the Anthology collection. Songs include the Lennon/McCartney original "Hello Little Girl" and the Ray Charles cover "Hallelujah, I Love Her So."
1981 Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, who are in Germany appearing at different festivals, join Johnny Cash on stage in Stuttgart for a performance that is recorded and released as the album The Survivors. The trio toured together back in 1957.
1936 Roy Orbison is born in Vernon, Texas.
2018 After a screening of her documentary Horses: Patti Smith And Her Band at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, Bruce Springsteen joins Smith to perform "Because The Night." Springsteen wrote the music and chorus lyrics to that song in 1976, and Smith filled in the verses a year later. When it appeared on her Easter album in 1978, it became her biggest hit.
2017 Kerry Turman, bassist for The Temptations, dies at age 59 following a performance in Missouri.
2017 Bananarama announce their intention to reunite with a UK tour. Aside from a brief regroup for a Eurovision special years earlier, the original trio hasn't performed together since Siobhan Fahey's departure in 1988.More
2012 Neil Diamond, 71, marries his longtime manager, Katie McNeil, 42.
2011 Tom King (founder of the rock band The Outsiders) dies at age 68 of congestive heart failure.
2007 Bevan Davies replaces Will Hunt as drummer for Static-X.
2001 Metallica start recording their album St. Anger, which turns into some kind of monster: Frontman James Hetfield ends up in rehab during the sessions, and the band only complete it with the help of a psychologist who talks them through their issues in group therapy.
1996 Hootie & the Blowfish release their second album, Fairweather Johnson. It doesn't approach the 21 million in sales of their debut (Cracked Rear View), but still sells an impressive 3 million.
1994 Pink Floyd's album The Division Bell goes to #1 in the US, where it stays for four weeks.
1991 Johnny Thunders of The Heartbreakers and New York Dolls dies from a drug overdose at age 38.
1988 Enjoying a comeback as interest in his music surges, Roy Orbison celebrates his 52nd birthday at a Bruce Springsteen concert in Los Angeles, where Bruce brings him onstage so the crowd can sing him "Happy Birthday." Orbison dies that December of a heart attack.
1988 Whitney Houston's "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" hits #1 on the Hot 100 for the first of two weeks. It's her seventh #1 on that tally.
1987 Carole King sues her former label head and mentor, Lou Adler, for $400,000 in royalties and the publishing rights to some of her older recordings from the late-'60s.
1985 Liberace appears on the soap opera Another World.
Kenny Chesney releases his sixth studio album, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems. Featuring five Top 10 country singles, including the hit title track, it's his first album to top both the Country and Billboard 200 charts.
By the time he releases No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems, Chesney is a familiar presence on the Country charts but hasn't yet entered the ranks of superstardom. That all changes when the album's singles start rolling out. The songs represent the different facets of his music: "Young" is a light-hearted reminiscence of adolescence; "The Good Stuff" is a bittersweet ballad about cherishing the important things in life before it's too late; "Big Star" is a fairy tale about a small-town girl's rise to fame; "A Lot Of Things Different," written by Dean Dillon, is a wistful reflection on what might have been; "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" is a sun-and-sand daydream in the vein of Jimmy Buffett. The latter song, penned by Casey Beathard, coincidentally mirrored a lot of the emotions Chesney was feeling as his star was on the rise and he found himself escaping to the Virgin Islands. When it hits the radio at the end of May, the song taps into the restless spirit of workers who are worn down by the daily grind and ready for a much-needed vacation. The single is a crossover hit, peaking at #2 on the Country chart and #28 on the Hot 100. The album is also a huge sensation and makes Chesney a bonafide star. In addition to hitting #1 on the Country chart and the genre-spanning Billboard 200, it earns a quadruple-platinum certification with more than four million copies sold. The success sparks a hot streak that never cools off as Chesney's albums regularly hit the apex on both charts for the next two decades.
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