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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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Amazing Grace Hits Theaters, 47 Years After It Was Filmed

2019

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

The film is comprised of two concerts Franklin performed at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in January 1972 in which she sang a number of spirituals, including "Amazing Grace." In June 1972, the concerts were released as a live album called Amazing Grace, which crossed over to secular audience and sold over 2 million copies in America. The planned documentary didn't pan out though. Sydney Pollack, who went on to direct Tootsie and Sabrina, got the footage, but never completed the film, possibly due to technical issues synching the audio with the video, and possibly because Franklin didn't want it released.

After Pollack's death in 2008, Alan Elliott took over the project. With better technology, he was able to edit the film together, but he couldn't appease Franklin, who sued to keep it from being shown. Following Franklin's death in 2018, her family granted permission and the film was finally a go. First shown at a smattering of screenings in New York on November 12, 2018, its West Coast debut was on March 31, 2019, when it was shown at the church where it was recorded, with some members of the original choir in the audience. A week later, it debuts in wide release to the delight of Franklin's fans who finally get to see the performance.

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