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 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.More
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 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."
2018 Neil Young and Daryl Hannah get married in a secret ceremony in Atascadero, California. It's Young's third marriage, her first.
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 The Veronicas' fashion line for Target is released in Australia. "It's a bit punk princess, mixed with rock 'n' roll,'' says Lisa Origliasso.
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.
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.
1993 Snoop Doggy Dogg drives his Jeep Cherokee to Woodbine Park in Los Angeles, where his passenger, McKinley Lee, shoots and kills a rival gang member. Both are tried for murder but found not guilty in 1996.More
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.
Boston release their self-titled debut album, which despite being mostly recorded in Tom Scholz' basement studio, becomes one of the best-selling debuts of all time.
The album is the brainchild of guitarist Tom Scholz, who was working on the design team at Polaroid when he started the project in the early '70s. He used his disposable income to build his own 12-track studio - Foxglove Studios in Watertown, Massachusetts - that he used to record most of the album. Scholz played in various Boston-area bands, so he had access to musicians from the area, including Brad Delp, who became his vocalist. Guitarist Barry Goudreau, bass player Fran Sheehan, and drummer Sib Hashian were recruited to form the band. After signing with Epic, the label arranged for the band to record Scholz' demos with producer John Boylan at a studio in Los Angeles. Scholz had spent years getting the songs to his liking and wasn't thrilled about starting over on unfamiliar turf, so he didn't. While the rest of the band was in Los Angeles working on Delp's song "Let Me Take You Home Tonight," Scholz re-recorded his demos in the same studio where they were made, creating a new product he could pass off to the record company without compromising his work. The finished product is modern and slick but clearly rock and roll. It's an easy sell to radio stations, which jump on the three singles ("More Than A Feeling," "Foreplay / Long Time" and "Peace Of Mind") and also play deeper cuts like "Rock And Roll Band" and "Smokin'." Scholz keeps his day job - just in case - but when co-workers keep telling him "More Than A Feeling" is playing on the radio, it's clear that music is now his full-time job. By the end of 1976, the album is certified Platinum for selling over 1 million copies in America. In short order, Boston is a headlining act, playing arenas even though they have been together as a band just months. The album goes on to sell over 17 million in America, and the songs become staples of classic rock radio.
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