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2007 "Monster Mash" singer Bobby "Boris" Pickett at age 69 of complications from leukemia.

2004 Billy Joel, who is much better behind a piano than at the wheel of a car, gets in another car accident - his third in two years.

2003 The parents of the late Doors frontman Jim Morrison sue the remaining members for touring with a new singer as "The Doors 21st Century" using the band's image and logo.

2000 Papa Roach releases the album Infest, a nu-metal milestone with the hits "Last Resort" and "Broken Home."

2000 Eric Clapton is reunited with his former Derek and the Dominos keyboard player Bobby Whitlock for their first performance together in 29 years. The setting is the London-based BBC TV series Later With Jools Holland.

1999 Funk percussionist Larry Troutman (Zapp), age 54, fatally shoots his brother and bandmate Roger Troutman, age 47, outside a recording studio in Dayton, Ohio, before turning the gun on himself. With no known witnesses, the motive for the murder-suicide is unclear, but family members suggest conflict over finances.

1995 Ginger Rogers, Academy Award-winning actress and longtime dance partner of Fred Astaire, dies at age 83 of a heart attack.

1994 Eagles play the first of two identical shows at Burbank Studios for their appearance on MTV Unplugged, which will promote their upcoming reunion tour and album Hell Freezes Over.

1993 Legendary album artist Stanley "Mouse" Miller, designer of Grateful Dead's "skull and roses" logo, has his upcoming liver transplant financed by the band.

1990 A London auction house sells the Fender Stratocaster on which Jimi Hendrix played the US national anthem at Woodstock for $295,000.

1985 Exodus release their first studio album Bonded By Blood.

1985 The musical Big River, based on Mark Twain's work and featuring a score by Roger Miller, opens on Broadway. Miller would go on to win a Tony Award for the music.

1981 Denny Laine leaves the trio Wings, essentially leaving Paul McCartney a solo act once more.

1980 Pop singer Jacob Underwood (O-Town) is born in El Cajon, California.

1978 Bob Dylan records "Changing Of The Guards."

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Michael Bolton Found Guilty Of Ripping Off The Isley Brothers

1994

A jury rules that Michael Bolton's 1991 hit "Love Is a Wonderful Thing" plagiarizes The Isley Brothers 1966 song of the same name and award $5.4 million in damages, the largest ever in a music plagiarism case.

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