2011 Prince William marries Catherine Middleton at a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London. Ellie Goulding performs at the reception, singing a cover of Elton John's "Your Song" for the first dance. "It was all very secretive," Goulding said. "I thought I was a decoy for someone else."
1992 Paula Abdul marries actor Emilio Estevez in what at the time is an A-list union. The marriage lasts two years.
1975 Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" marks the end of the Vietnam War as the American Radio Service plays the tune during the Fall of Saigon - a signal for American personnel to evacuate. Many songs were written in reaction to the war, which ramped up in the late '60s. A few songs, notably "Still in Saigon" by The Charlie Daniels Band and "Born In The U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen, explore the plight of veterans on their return home.More
1933 Willie Nelson is born in Abbott, Texas.
2015 Cyndi Lauper testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee, speaking on behalf of homeless LGBTQ youth, whom she says are often kicked out of shelters and denied services. Lauper co-founded the True Colors Fund in 2008 to advocate for the cause.
2014 Midnight Oil drummer Rob Hirst publishes Willie's Bar and Grill, a memoir about the Aussie band's North American tour post-9/11.
2014 Paul Goddard (bassist for Atlanta Rhythm Section) dies at age 68 of a brief, sudden illness.
2007 Rage Against The Machine reunite to close the Coachella Festival, their first show in seven years.
2005 Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary undergoes a bone marrow transplant to battle leukemia.
2003 The movie Only The Strong Survive (with many R&B legends, including Jerry Butler) premieres in New York.
1999 Following his reunion with Pamela Anderson Lee, Tommy Lee quits Mötley Crüe to devote time to his new band, Methods of Mayhem, and his family.
1998 While performing "Mama Kin" at a show in Anchorage, Alaska, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith loses control of his microphone stand, which hits him in the leg. He falls, tearing his ACL. This forces the band to postpone the rest of their tour while Tyler recovers from surgery.
1997 Lynyrd Skynyrd release the album Twenty, which is titled after the fact that it's being released 20 years after the plane crash that claimed the lives of three band members. It's their ninth studio album.
1995 Tupac Shakur marries Keisha Morris inside the Clinton Correctional Facility, while Shakur is serving a four-and-a-half-year jail term for sexual assault.
1993 Mick Ronson, a guitarist best known for his work with David Bowie, dies of cancer at age 46.
1993 Barry White guests on The Simpsons, where he serves as MC of Whacking Day.
1986 Amy Heidemann of Karmin is born in Seward, Nebraska. She becomes Amy Noonan when she marries her Karmin partner, Nick. When Karmin is retired in 2017, she becomes the rapper Qveen Herby.
Bruce Springsteen, fresh from playing a Memphis concert on his Born To Run tour, tries to climb over the fence at Elvis Presley's Graceland estate in an attempt to see Presley. He is escorted off the premises by guards who inform him the King is not at home.
On a whim, Springsteen decides to take a cab to Graceland after finishing his show. As he approaches the gates he notices that a light is on in the house, and so heady with the confidence of youth and newfound fame he scales the wall and runs across to the front door. Before he is able to knock on the door, a security guard intercepts him. Bruce asks if Elvis is home, and is informed that the King is away in Lake Tahoe. Springsteen proclaims his fame, pointing out that he had recently made the covers of both Newsweek and Time magazines, but it falls on deaf ears and he is escorted from the premises. It is not unusual for Elvis fans to storm his castle by climbing the walls around Graceland, so security - some of whom are relatives of Elvis - is on alert, ready to escort intruders from the grounds. Some of the more enterprising fans have been found in trees, taking a swim in the pool, and even on one occasion inside the house itself. As for Springsteen, he remains a lifelong fan of Presley and writes the song "Fire" as a tribute to him after catching a particularly poor performance in Philadelphia in 1977. Elvis dies before the demo can find him, but the song is recorded by Robert Gordon and later The Pointer Sisters, who take it to #2 in the US.
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