2009 Skillet's Awake album debuts at #2 on the US albums chart, tying with Underoath's Define The Great Line and Casting Crowns' The Altar and the Door for the highest-charting Christian rock album. The album also features their first Hot 100 entry: "Awake and Alive."More
2001 After shooting the music video for "Rock The Boat" in The Bahamas, 22-year-old Aaliyah dies in a plane crash along with eight others when the overloaded aircraft goes down shortly after takeoff.More
1979 The Knack's "My Sharona" hits #1 in the US for the first of six weeks.
1975 Bruce Springsteen releases his third album and big breakthrough: Born to Run.
1970 Jimi Hendrix opens Electric Ladyland Studios in New York City. He dies a few months later, but the studio lives on, with many major acts recording there over the years.
1967 Jimmy Page's band The Yardbirds play the Village Theatre (later the Fillmore East) in New York City, where their opening act, Jake Holmes, plays his song "Dazed And Confused." Later with Led Zeppelin, Page releases a very similar song with the same title.More
2018 Neil Young and Daryl Hannah get married in a secret ceremony in Atascadero, California. It's Young's third marriage, her first.
2018 During her Reputation tour, Taylor Swift headlines a concert at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, where Tim McGraw and Faith Hill join her onstage for a performance of her seminal country hit "Tim McGraw."
2009 Chris Brown is sentenced to five years probation and six months hard labor for assaulting Rihanna in February 2009 the night of the Grammy awards. Brown is also ordered to stay away from her for the next five years and undergo a full year of domestic violence counseling.
2008 The Verve release Forth, their first album since Urban Hymns in 1997. It proves to be their last.
2007 While singing his 1968 hit "Fire" on stage in Lewes, England, Arthur Brown catches on fire after wearing his customary tinfoil hat with a small fire burning in the center.
2007 The Veronicas' fashion line for Target is released in Australia. "It's a bit punk princess, mixed with rock 'n' roll,'' says Lisa Origliasso.
2006 Longtime Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton misses his first gig in 24 years after being diagnosed with throat cancer.
2000 Composer Jack Nitzsche dies after a cardiac arrest in Hollywood, California, at age 63. Aside from playing keyboard for The Rolling Stones in the '60s, he co-wrote the 1983 hit "Up Where We Belong" from the romantic drama An Officer and a Gentlemen.
1995 Dutch rock 'n roller Arnie Treffers (of Long Tall Ernie & the Shakers) dies of lung cancer in Westeremden, Groningen, Netherlands, at age 48. Had an international hit in 1977 with "Do You Remember."
1994 Jimmy Buffett swims to safety after crashing his seaplane while trying to take off in Nantucket.
1994 Billy Joel is officially divorced from the model Christie Brinkley. Their marriage lasted nine years.
1992 Mary J. Blige releases "Real Love," her first Top 10 hit on the Hot 100.
1989 Chicago mayor Richard Michael Daley declares today "Pops Staples Day" in honor of the native musician and leader of The Staple Singers.
The little-known, 23-year-old singer Elton John plays his first live show in the United States, co-headlining with the singer/songwriter David Ackles at The Troubadour in West Hollywood. The show gets rave reviews, giving him a huge career boost in America.
In his Los Angeles Times review, Robert Hilburn writes, "Rock music, which has been going through a rather uneventful period lately, has a new star. He's Elton John." Similar praise comes in the Hollywood Reporter and the San Francisco Chronicle, where John L. Wasserman writes, "He had hardly opened his mouth when it was apparent that he is going to be a very, very big star." The good word draws lots of luminaries to the next five shows on his six-night run at the Troubadour, including Quincy Jones and Elton's idol Leon Russell. A standout in the setlist is "Your Song," which is released as a single in October, giving Elton his first big hit when it goes to #8 in January. Elton's co-headliner David Ackles never gets very far in America, but after the show, he and Elton, a big fan, share a bottle of whiskey. On his next album, Tumbleweed Connection, Elton sings about it on the track "Talking Old Soldiers."
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