February 12, 2017 Adele opens the Grammy Awards with a performance of "Hello," which wins for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Later, she sings "Fastlove" in a tribute to George Michael, who passed away on Christmas day, 2016. Before she can finish the first chorus, she stops the song and starts over, saying, "I can't mess this up for him."More
April 23, 2016 Bruce Springsteen salutes the recently deceased Prince by opening his show in Brooklyn with a rendition of "Purple Rain" (Nils Lofgren takes the guitar solo). The E Street Band wears purple for the show, deviating from their usual black.
February 4, 2012 About 100 dancers take place in a Soul Train-style line dance in Times Square as a tribute to the recently deceased founder of the show, Don Cornelius.
March 20, 2010 Three days after their lead singer Alex Chilton died of a heart attack, Big Star plays the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, with a number of guests joining to pay tribute to Chilton.More
March 12, 2008 American Idol does an all-Beatles episode, somehow securing the rights to the songs after years of negotiations.
April 25, 2006 Bruce Springsteen releases We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, a collection of songs popularized by Pete Seeger. The album brings Seeger into the spotlight, drawing attention to his work as a musicologist and scion of folk music. "I've managed to survive all these years by keeping a low profile," Seeger says. "Now my cover's blown."
April 30, 2004 Ray Charles appears at his Los Angeles recording studio to attend a ceremony marking it as a national historic landmark. It is the last public appearance he ever makes.
January 8, 1993 Shortly after midnight on what would have been Elvis's 58th birthday, a 29-cent stamp with his image is officially dedicated at a Graceland ceremony. The design was chosen in a vote between an older Elvis from the '70s and a younger version from the '50s, which is the winner. In anticipation of the crush of orders for what is arguably the most famous stamp in US history, the USPS prints a half billion stamps.More
January 1, 1990 The Clearwater, Florida, radio station WKRL becomes the first "All Led Zeppelin" station, kicking off the format flip with 24 straight hours of "Stairway To Heaven." The all-Zep rotation lasts two weeks, after which they become more of a traditional Classic Rock station (they also switch their call letters to WXTB).More from this Category
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