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2021 Lee "Scratch" Perry, a transgressive reggae musician who produced albums for Bob Marley, The Clash, and many others, dies at 85.

2013 Fergie and her husband Josh Duhamel have their first child: a boy named Axl. She says the name came to her in a dream where she was watching Axl Rose perform.

2011 Delta bluesman David "Honeyboy" Edwards dies of congestive heart failure in Chicago, Illinois, at age 96.

2009 Two months after Michael Jackson's death on what would have been his 51st birthday, 13,597 people in Mexico City perform the Thriller dance, establishing a new Guinness World Record.

2006 Rockabilly singer/songwriter Jumpin' Gene Simmons dies after a long illness in Tupelo, Mississippi, at age 73.

2004 Jet take home the award for Best Rock Video for "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" at the MTV Video Music Awards and perform the song live during the strangely un-hosted ceremony at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

1999 HBO premieres Cher: Live In Concert From Las Vegas. The singer performed at the sprawling MGM Grand Las Vegas, the second largest hotel in the world (by number of rooms).

1998 Country/rockabilly musician Charlie Feathers dies of complications from a stroke-induced coma in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 66. Known for '50s hits like "Peepin' Eyes."

1995 The US Internal Revenue Service places a lien on Aretha Franklin's home for $600,000 in back taxes.

1994 During the Meat Puppets set opening for Stone Temple Pilots at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the famous DJ Howard Stern joins them on stage to jam on "Lake of Fire."

1993 Liam Payne of One Direction is born in Wolverhampton, England.

1980 David Desrosiers (bassist for Simple Plan) is born in Sept-Îles, Quebec, Canada.

1980 UB40 release their seminal debut, Signing Off. It climbs to #2 in the UK, becoming the first reggae album to reach those heights. In 2010, to mark the group's 30th anniversary and Signing Off's far-reaching influence, the band performs the record in its entirety during a series of intimate concerts across the UK.

1976 At a concert in Santa Monica, California, Neil Young joins Firefall on stage, who are opening for Spirit. When the headliners take the stage, Spirit's bass player asks Young to join them, but when he does, Spirit's frontman Randy California pushes him off the stage to the horror of his bandmates, who stop playing and leave.

1976 Bluesman Jimmy Reed dies of respiratory failure in Oakland, California, at age 50. Known for hits like "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby" (1956) and "Bright Lights, Big City" (1961).

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Oasis Starts Britpop Invasion With Definitely Maybe


Oasis release their debut album, Definitely Maybe. The record goes on to sell over a million copies in the US, spearheading a second British Invasion, but for now the band remain unknown outside of the UK.

Back in July Oasis played their debut American show at the New Music Seminar at Wetlands, New York City, but their Stateside support is limited and the album is launched in the USA without fanfare, as the band play a show in London's Virgin Megastore. Their special guest at that performance is the Lemonheads' Evan Dando - a symbolic passing of the torch as the center of gravity of alternative rock will shortly cross the Atlantic as Britpop explodes onto the scene. Oasis offer a refreshing alternative to the current rock zeitgeist. Unlike many in the grunge movement, they want to be stars – and unlike most other British bands at the time, they are proud of their heritage and shamelessly borrow ideas (and sometimes whole melodies) from bands like The Beatles, The Kinks and T-Rex. Definitely Maybe is low on production value and high on passion. With tracks like "Live Forever" and "Slide Away," songwriter Noel Gallagher has created positive anthems that surf the crest of a new wave of political optimism in the UK. His cocksure brother Liam spits out his lines like a cross between Johnny Rotten and John Lennon. The following year, Oasis release (What's the Story) Morning Glory? and become the biggest British band in the world. Definitely Maybe is merely the launch of their manifesto.



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