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2019 The Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace is finally released in theaters, 47 years after it was recorded in 1972.More

2017 Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O'Neill is found dead in a Tampa, Florida, hotel room. The band announces the 61-year-old rocker died from a chronic illness.

2015 Two days after Furious 7 is released in theaters, the "See You Again" video, featuring footage from the film, debuts on Facebook and Twitter. The next day, it is posted on YouTube, where it eventually breaks the record for most views, previously held by "Gangnam Style."More

2012 The Philip Lynott Exhibition opens at the 02 in London, celebrating the legacy of the Thin Lizzy frontman.

2011 Folk musician Gil Robbins (of the folk band The Highwaymen) dies of prostate cancer two days after his 80th birthday in Baja California, Mexico.

2009 Donald Trump fires TLC member Tionne Watkins, better known by her stage name T-Boz, in the sixth week of The Celebrity Apprentice, Season 8.

2008 Toto breaks up after performing its final concert in Seoul.

2006 Rock and roll singer-songwriter Gene Pitney dies of a heart attack at age 66 while touring the UK.

1998 Prolific rock drummer Cozy Powell, who did time in Rainbow and Black Sabbath, dies at 50 when he crashes his car on the M4 near Bristol, England. He was racing to his girlfriend's house, who had called him distraught.

1988 Tracy Chapman's eponymous debut album is released.

1987 Jazz drummer Buddy Rich's funeral takes place in Los Angeles, with Frank Sinatra, Artie Shaw, and Johnny Carson in attendance.

1985 Thousands of radio stations play "We Are The World" simultaneously at 10:50 a.m. EST. In the next few weeks, the song goes to #1 in America and the UK.

1984 Marvin Gaye's funeral takes place in Los Angeles, with Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones and Berry Gordy attending. Gaye died 4 days earlier when he was shot by his father during an argument.

1982 The record industry trade magazine Record World folds after 36 years.

1981 Blues-rock musician Bob "The Bear" Hite (lead singer of Canned Heat) dies at age 38 after snorting a vial of heroin - thinking it was cocaine - given to him by a fan.

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Aberdeen Beckons: Come As You Are

2005

On the eleventh anniversary of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's suicide, his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington adds the phrase "Come As You Are" to its welcome sign.


The effort to honor Cobain with the sign is led by the Kurt Cobain Memorial Committee, a nonprofit that subsists on donations from fans. The song can be heard as a cry for help, with the refrain of "I swear that I don't have a gun" taking on menacing relevance in light of Cobain's death. The title makes a great slogan though, welcoming visitors of all types to the coastal city.

The sign, which is located on Highway 12 just past the Chehalis River, costs $750 and replaces the previous "Welcome To Aberdeen" sign, which had fallen into disrepair. The sign becomes a landmark of sorts, photographed by many Nirvana fans on their way into the city. It shows up in the 2008 Jennifer Aniston movie Management.

In later years, Cobain's legacy is further recognized in Aberdeen with various memorials and proclamations in his honor. The Aberdeen Museum of History houses a statue of Cobain.

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