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2019 Henri Belolo, who co-founded The Village People and co-wrote many of their hits, dies at 82.

2016 Ricci Martin, youngest son of Dean Martin, is found dead in his Utah home at age 62.

2016 Days after performing at Portland's Moda Center, Modest Mouse singer Isaac Brock causes a 5-vehicle accident when he falls asleep at the wheel and crashes into a pickup truck. No serious injuries are reported.

2014 Rosetta Hightower (lead singer of The Orlons) dies at age 70.

2012 Stevie Wonder announces that he will be divorcing Kai Millard Morris, his second wife of eleven years. The couple reveal that they've been living separately for two years and cite the boring "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split.

2010 Bobby Hebb ("Sunny") dies at 72.

2010 Madonna launches her "Material Girl" line of clothing, shoes, jewelry and handbags at Macy's. The line is targeted to teenage girls and based in part on some of Madonna's various looks. Assisting the 51-year-old singer with the project is her 13-year-old daughter, Lourdes.

2006 Arthur Lee (frontman for Love) dies of acute myeloid leukemia at age 61.

1999 Country legend Patsy Cline is awarded a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1996 The Bayside Boys remix of "Macarena," originally a Spanish-language dance song from Los Del Rio, hits #1 on the Hot 100, where it stays for 14 weeks.

1993 Boston Ventures, the group to whom Berry Gordy had sold Motown in 1988 for $61 million, sells the label and its holdings to Dutch conglomerate Polygram for $325 million.

1986 The News Of The World breaks the story that Rolling Stones's bass player Bill Wyman, 49, is dating Mandy Smith, 16, and that they had been together since she was 13. No charges are pressed against Wyman, and in 1989, the couple gets married in a union that lasts less than a year.

1985 Holly Blake-Arnstein (of the girl group Dream) is born in Tarzana, California.

1985 Tears For Fears' "Shout" hits #1 in the US for the first of three weeks. It's the English synthpop duo's second chart-topper, following "Everybody Wants To Rule The World."

1979 Talking Heads release their third album, Fear of Music. Produced by Brian Eno, it's full of one-word titles, including "Heaven," "Air" and "Drugs."

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Pearl Jam Come "Alive" For First Video


Pearl Jam play the club RKCNDY in Seattle. The show is filmed and used to create their first video - for the song "Alive." The audio from the show is used in the video, as the band hates the idea of lip-syncing.

Pearl Jam have yet to release their debut album, Ten, but their first single, "Alive," is out and playing on radio stations in Seattle, their stronghold. This is when most up-and-coming bands would produce a slick video for MTV, but Pearl Jam find that idea repellent. Also, lead singer Eddie Vedder has always found lip syncing ridiculous. So for their first music video, they have their friend Josh Taft record their performance at the all-ages club RKCNDY in Seattle, one of their favorite places to play. It's sweltering hot inside the club (Seattle venues aren't known for air conditioning) but nobody is leaving, even to grab some air. Typically, when a band shoot footage at a real concert for a music video, they play the song several times so the director can get lots of material, but Pearl Jam play "Alive" just twice - at the beginning and end of the show - in an effort to keep the energy up and distinguish it from the slick productions MTV favors. Per Vedder's anti-lip-syncing credo, the live audio from the show is used in the video, not the studio recording. Also, it's in black and white. The rough edges help capture the visceral feel of the show and are a great introduction to Pearl Jam, a fan-forward, down-to-Earth rock band more interested in art than commerce. It does well on MTV, clearing a path for Ten to become one of the most celebrated debuts in rock history. They follow the same formula for their next video, "Even Flow," with Taft shooting it at another Seattle venue: the Moore Theatre. When they do finally make a concept video, it's for "Jeremy," and the band isn't in it. There is a harmful side effect to the "Alive" video: It's filled with stage diving, emboldening the new crop of PJ fans to try it at their shows. It gets ugly when guys who are too big, drunk, or uncoordinated attempt it, emulating what they saw in the video.


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Julie from Washington I was there at Rkcndy!! My first time there and was struck by the name.
And How gorgeous Eddie Vedder.
I had dreams of ? Lol him. Forever lazer sharp memory of him that night.

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