1995 Dangerous Minds, starring Michelle Pfeiffer as an inner-city schoolteacher, debuts in US theaters. The movie's soundtrack tops the Billboard albums chart thanks to its lead single, Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise."
1986 The Monkees, on a reunion tour, have an amazing six albums on the Billboard 200. The highest is The Monkees at #92.
1980 Johnny Cash sings a duet of "Jackson" with Miss Piggy on The Muppet Show. He also gets under the fur of Rowlf the dog with his song "Dirty Old Egg-Sucking Dog."
1973 At a dance party in the Bronx, DJ Kool Herc plays a set with lots of instrumental breaks that his friend MCs over, marking what many consider the beginning of hip-hop.More
1973 The first big oldies revival kicks off in earnest as George Lucas' new film, American Graffiti, opens in theaters. Set in 1962, the film creates a wave of nostalgia for songs from the '50s and early '60s.More
2012 Geto Boys reunite at the 12th annual Gathering Of The Juggalos.
2011 Warrant lead singer Jani Lane dies at age 47 after a long battle with drug and alcohol addiction.
2011 Go-Go's receive the 2,444th star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. It is located where the legendary punk club The Masque used to stand. Go-Go's frequently played this club during their early years.
2008 Noah and the Whale debut Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down is released on the Mercury/Vertigo label. Laura Marling, who was a member of the band at the time of recording but soon left to focus on her solo career, is featured as a vocalist on the album. Fellow Indie-Folk artist Emmy the Great also contributes vocals to the album.
2008 The Canadian singer Feist appears on Sesame Street, where she turns her song "1234" into a lesson in counting. It becomes one of the most popular music segments on the show, and far more popular than the original.
2006 Singer/talk show host Mike Douglas dies suddenly on his 86th birthday after a bout of dehydration in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
2004 Vanessa Williams and her basketball-player husband Rick Fox get divorced.
2003 Phish bass player Mike Gordon is arrested backstage at a Grateful Dead concert in Jones Beach after he is found taking photos of a 9-year-old girl. He is later cleared of the charges, and the girl's parents agree that it was an "unfortunate misunderstanding."
2000 Madonna gives birth to her second child, Rocco. The father is Guy Ritchie, director of the films Snatch and Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels.
1999 Kiss are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1997 Sonny West, Red West, Lamar Fike and Marty Lacker, four of the biggest members of Elvis' "Memphis Mafia," recall the King in a one-time-only webchat.
1997 Backstreet Boys release their second album, Backstreet's Back, in international markets. It tops the charts in several countries, including Canada, Spain and Germany. In America, some of the songs appear on their next album, Millennium, in 1999.
For the second year, President Obama releases two summer playlists on Spotify. It's his last year in office, which might be why "So Very Hard To Go" is on the list.
Here are the selections: The President's Summer Playlist: Daytime LoveHate Thing - Wale Smooth Sailin' - Leon Bridges Elevator Operator - Courtney Barnett Home - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Many the Miles - Sara Bareilles Tightrope - Janelle Monáe Classic Man - Jidenna So Ambitious - Jay Z feat. Pharrell Me Gustas Tu - Manu Chao Forever Begins - Common The Man - Aloe Blacc As We Enter - Nas & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley Sinnerman - Nina Simone U Got the Look - Prince Rock Steady - Aretha Franklin Good Vibrations - Beach Boys Don't Owe You A Thang - Gary Clark Jr. Man Like That - Gin Wigmore II B.S. (edit) - Charles Mingus The President's Summer Playlist: Nighttime If I Have My Way - Chrisette Michele Espera - Esperanza Spalding Tell It Like It Is - Aaron Neville Alright - Ledisi Trapped By A Thing Called Love - Denise LaSalle Lady - D'Angelo So Very Hard to Go - Tower of Power Midnight Sun - Carmen McCrae Cucurrucucú Paloma - Caetano Veloso Green Aphrodisiac - Corinne Bailey Rae I'll Be There for You / You're All I Need - Mary J. Blige / Method Man Lover Man - Billie Holiday Criminal - Fiona Apple Acid Rain - Chance the Rapper My Funny Valentine - Miles Davis Do You Feel Me - Anthony Hamilton I Get Lonely - Janet Jackson Lean In - Lizz Wright All Day Music - War Say Yes - Floetry
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