2010 Michael Jackson's first posthumous album, Michael, is released.
2006 A demo called KO At Home by Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O is accidentally leaked on the internet. The recording was meant to be a gift to friend Dave Sitek from TV on the Radio but it was stolen from Sitek's suitcase. Karen O shrugged off the leak, saying "shit happens."
2003 Bill Deal (frontman for The Rhondels) dies at age 59. Known for the 1969 hit singles "I've Been Hurt," "What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am," and "May I."
1999 Rick Danko (bassist for The Band) dies of heart failure in his sleep in Marbletown, New York, at age 56.
1997 Olivia Newton-John causes trouble for Murphy Brown on the episode "I Hear A Symphony."
1996 Country singer Faron Young dies a day after shooting himself, possibly due to his failing health, at age 64.
1995 During a recording session, Fat Boys member Darren Robinson, known as "The Human Beatbox," dies of a heart attack at age 28.
1991 Alan Freed, the disc jockey who coined the phrase "rock and roll," is posthumously awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
1985 Three Dog Night's Danny Hutton and Cory Wells fire third vocalist Chuck Negron.
1980 John Lennon's body is cremated. There is no funeral, but a worldwide vigil is held four days later.
1979 Kool and the Gang's "Ladies' Night" is certified Gold.
1976 Queen release their fifth album, A Day At The Races, in the UK (US release is December 18). Like their previous album, A Night At The Opera, it's titled after a Marx Brothers movie.
Led Zeppelin play a one-off show at the O2 Arena in London, the biggest reunion in rock history. John Bonham's son, Jason, plays drums at the show, which is hailed by critics and fans as triumphant.Read more
2015 The TV movie Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors airs on NBC.More
2005 After five years of dating, country singers Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood tie the knot in a private ceremony at their home in Owasso, Oklahoma. The marriage is Brooks' second and Yearwood's third.
1974 The Rankin/Bass animated holiday special The Year Without A Santa Claus airs on ABC.More
1967 Otis Redding dies at age 26 when his personal Beechcraft plane crashes into Lake Monona near Madison, Wisconsin. Members of his road band The Bar-Kays also die in the crash; the only survivor is the band's trumpet player Ben Cauley. One month later, "Dock of the Bay" is released, becoming the first #1 song issued after the artist's death.
1953 The first issue of Playboy magazine is published (Marilyn Monroe is on the cover). Over the next two decades, "playboy" shows up in several hit songs:More
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