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2004 Wilco's frontman, Jeff Tweedy, checks into a rehabilitation center after developing an addiction to painkillers. A statement released by the band reads: "The treatment follows a well-documented history of Tweedy's battle with migraine headache."

2004 Rock and roll guitarist Niki Sullivan (of Buddy Holly's backing band The Crickets) dies at age 66 of a heart attack in Sugar Creek, Missouri.

2002 Sarah McLachlan gives birth to her first child, daughter India Ann Sushil Sood.

1999 Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of Grateful Dead appear at an Al Gore presidential fundraiser, with Gore's wife, notorious anti-rock crusader Tipper, playing congas.

1998 On the TV show Murphy Brown, Candice Bergen's lead character turns 50, and her coworkers celebrate by recreating an episode of American Bandstand. Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, Fabian and Lesley Gore all make appearances.

1998 Tammy Wynette dies at age 55 after suffering numerous health problems.

1998 Wendy O. Williams (lead singer of Plasmatics) dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 48 in Storrs, Connecticut.

1997 The Michael Jackson short film/theme ride Captain EO is shown for the last time at Disneyland.

1993 Tool disrupt the grunge genre's victory parade with Undertow, their visionary debut album. Aided by the distinctive and unsettling music videos for "Sober" and "Prison Sex" (directed by Adam Jones), the album sells two million copies and earns the band an ardent fan base.

1993 Bruce Hornsby releases his first solo album, Harbor Lights. Jerry Garcia, Pat Metheny, Bonnie Raitt, Branford Marsalis, and Phil Collins all make appearances on this jazzy recording.

1992 George Harrison performs his first full live solo concert since 1969, appearing in London in a benefit for the Natural Law political party.

1988 Barbara "Sandi" Robison falls ill during a performance in Butte, Montana. She's rushed to a hospital but never fully recovers. She dies from toxic shock a couple of weeks later.

1986 Composer John Longmire dies at his Guernsey home at age 85.

1985 Gilbert O'Sullivan wins a two-million-dollar judgment against his manager, Gordon Mills, for royalties owed him on his 1972 smash "Alone Again (Naturally)."

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Sad Affleck Brings Back "The Sound Of Silence"

2016

Hello Billboard, my old friend. Simon & Garfunkel's 1966 chart-topper "The Sound of Silence" peaks at #6 on the Hot Rock Songs chart thanks to its appearance in a meme involving Ben Affleck and his botched blockbuster Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

Dubbed "Sad Affleck," the meme was inspired by a March 24th interview Affleck and his costar Henry Cavill gave to Yahoo! News. When the interviewer brought up the negative reviews the movie was receiving, a clearly disheartened Affleck remained silent as Cavill gave a lengthy response. Later that day, YouTuber Sabconth edited the footage to focus on Affleck's sad expression, cut with "The Sound of Silence." The video is enormously popular, attracting over a million viewers within 48 hours. When the song resurfaces on the Rock Songs chart and lands at #2 on the Streaming Rock Songs tally, Billboard attributes its renewed success to the "Sad Affleck" meme.

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