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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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Def Leppard Unleash Hysteria


After years of delays, Def Leppard's Hysteria album is released in the US.

Thanks in large part to producer Mutt Lange, Def Leppard hit it big with their 1983 album Pyromania. The follow-up, however, proves a struggle. Lange is exhausted after working on The Cars' Heartbreak City album, so the Leppers bring in Jim Steinman - the guy responsible for Meat Loaf's hits - to produce. This pairing doesn't pan out, and in late 1984, Steinman is dismissed and the work is scrapped. The new year is marked by tragedy when on December 31, 1984, drummer Rick Allen loses an arm after crashing his Corvette. As Allen recovers and learns to play with one arm (using a modified drum kit with electronic foot pedals), Mutt Lange returns to the fold and they basically start over. Two years later, Hysteria is finally done. It shoots to #1 in the UK its first week of release and makes a slow climb to the top in America, where it tops the chart in July 1988 after the hot, sticky-sweet "Pour Some Sugar On Me" becomes a breakout hit. It's another Mutt Lange masterpiece, and a massive seller, eventually shifting over 25 million copies worldwide. Seven singles from the album make the Hot 100, including "Love Bites," which goes to #1.



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