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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.

2005 Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas releases his debut solo album, …Something To Be, featuring the Top 10 hit "Lonely No More."More

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.

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Bob Dylan And St. Vincent Do Classic Songs From Same-Sex Perspective

2018

The EP Universal Love – Wedding Songs Reimagined is released, with six classic songs sung from the perspective of same-sex couples. Bob Dylan does "She's Funny That Way" as "He's Funny That Way," and St. Vincent turns "Then He Kissed Me" into "Then She Kissed Me."

With gay marriage legal and common in North America, Australia and much of Europe, it's no longer shocking to see same-sex couples in movies and TV, or to hear openly gay artists singing to a lover of the same gender. But hearing Bob Dylan croon a standard from the perpective of a gay man is certainly unexpected: I got a man, crazy for me He's funny that way The album is funded by MGM Resorts, a common wedding destination. They had to get permission from the songs' publishers to rework them, but faced no objections. Other tracks include Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke's reinterpretation of The Temptations' "My Girl" as "My Guy," and Kesha's "I Need A Woman To Love," a gender-switched version of the lusty Janis Joplin song "I Need a Man to Love." Kesha's video for the song incorporates footage of a wedding she officiated between two female fans.

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