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2019 Billie Eilish ends a 19-week run at #1 for "Old Town Road" when "Bad Guy" claims the top spot on the Hot 100.

2016 Jeanne Martin, ex-wife of the late Dean Martin, dies of cancer at age 89. She married the singer in 1949, and gave birth to three children, including Dean Paul Martin, in addition to raising four more from Dean's first marriage. They divorced in 1972.

2014 Doo-wop singer Tommy Gough (of The Crests) dies of throat cancer at age 74.

2012 Country singer Randy Travis continues his string of calamitous arrests, this time for a brawl at a church in Texas where he was purportedly fighting over a woman. The incident leads to him being cited for assault, giving him another citation to add to his collection. It's still a cheaper hobby than baseball cards.

2010 Teenage Dream, Katy Perry's second major-label album, is released. It goes to #1 in the US, where the first five singles, starting with "California Gurls," all top the Hot 100.

2008 Barenaked Ladies frontman Ed Robertson emerges unscathed after he crashes his Cessna 206 float-plane near Bancroft, Ontario. Three other passengers, including wife Natalie, are also miraculously uninjured. The Transportation Safety Board is unable to determine the cause of the crash, but clears Robertson of any wrongdoing.

2007 During a routine medical exam in Gainesville, Florida, Bo Diddley complains of dizziness and nausea and is admitted to a local hospital, where he is diagnosed as having had a heart attack. The rock legend had suffered a stroke only a few months earlier.

2007 Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & the Raiders opens Mark Lindsay's Rock And Roll Cafe in his native Portland, Oregon. The restaurant closes the next year.

2005 Hal Kalin (of the Kalin Twins) dies after a car accident in Charles County, Maryland, at age 71.

2003 Dick Peterson from The Kingsmen joins 753 other guitarists to perform "Louie Louie" for a charity fundraiser in Tacoma, Washington.

1999 Big Band trombonist Warren Covington dies at age 78 in New York City.

1998 Composer/conductor Gene Page dies after a long illness in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, at age 58. Page did arrangements for The Supremes, Whitney Houston and Barbra Streisand and many others. He also scored the 1972 Blaxploitation flick Blacula.

1998 53-year-old Ingrid Pedersen announces that she is the long-lost illegitimate half-sister of John Lennon, explaining that she kept her secret for so many years as a way of protecting her now-deceased adoptive parents.

1991 Randy Newman wins his first Emmy, taking Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics for his work on Cop Rock, a spectacular flop that was cancelled long before the ceremony.

1990 Led by Donald Fagen of Steely Dan and his girlfriend Libby Titus, the first "New York Rock & Soul Revue" is held in Southampton, New York. The second Revue results in the popular live album The New York Rock and Soul Revue: Live at the Beacon, featuring Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs and Phoebe Snow.

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Jeff Buckley's Only Album, Grace, Is Released

1994

Jeff Buckley's first and only album, Grace, is released to critical acclaim.

Grace explores a variety of musical styles: from the Middle English hymn "Corpus Christi Carol" to the Led Zeppelin-inflected rocker "Mojo Pin" to the romantic gospel "Lover, You Should've Come Over." Buckley's guitar work ranges from the Mesa Boogie-amplified alt-rock of "Eternal Life" to the clean, shimmering fingerstyle of "Hallelujah." Buckley's virtuosic, ethereal voice is the main attraction of Grace. His vocals sweep at least two octaves on most tracks, often stretching into a stratospheric third. As a singer, Buckley smoothly alters his vocals from chilling falsetto to piercing head voice. He lavishes some notes with vibrato, then expels others with long, breathless sustain. Buckley often uses melisma, sliding up and down his range on a single drawn-out syllable. He can also escalate the same pure high note into a ragged rocker's scream – and back again. Buckley is a singer-songwriter with great promise: passionate, eclectic, vocally supple with shimmering spiritual overtones. Sadly, this debut is also his final album. After his accidental drowning in 1997, Columbia Records can only release demo tape sketches of unfinished songs and studio outtakes. Grace was recorded at Bearsville Recording Studio in Woodstock, New York. Sales are intially slow, but it eventually sells over 2 million copies thanks to a devoted cult following, earning the praise of rock luminaries like Robert Plant and David Bowie. Facing death is a theme throughout the album, and in the title track, he even uses drowning as a metaphor when he sings, "I feel them drown my name." Buckley made it clear that he had no death wish. "It's about not fearing death," he said of the song. "Because somebody loves you, you're not afraid to go."

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