19 December

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19 DECEMBER

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2016 Country songwriter Andrew Dorff, brother of actor Stephen Dorff, dies at age 40. Penned hits for artists such as Martina McBride ("Ride"), Kenny Chesney ("Save It for a Rainy Day"), Blake Shelton ("Neon Light") and Hunter Hayes ("Somebody's Heartbreak").

2012 Madonna gets angry at fans at a concert in Santiago, Chile, for smoking cigarettes near her against her wishes. The singer lectures the audience: "If you're going to smoke cigarettes, I'm not doing a show. You don't care about me, I don't care about you. All right? Are we going to play that game? I'm not kidding. I can't sing if you smoke." Did we mention that this was out in the open air in the rain and she was about ten feet above everybody onstage?

2003 Tori Amos makes her film debut in the Julia Roberts movie Mona Lisa Smile. In her cameo as a '50s big band singer at a wedding reception, she sings the standards "You Belong To Me" and "Murder, He Says," which also appear on the movie's soundtrack.

2000 Roebuck "Pops" Staples (of The Staple Singers) dies at age 85 after a bad fall leaves him with a concussion.

1996 Avenue H in Lubbock, Texas, is renamed Buddy Holly Avenue in honor of the city's hometown hero.

1993 Michael Clarke (drummer for The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers) dies of liver failure at age 47 after decades of alcohol abuse.

1978 The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait airs on ABC.

1968 Kevin Shepard (drummer for Tonic) is born in Southern California.

1968 The Friends of Distinction record "Grazin' In The Grass."

1965 Keith Moon collapses during a Who concert in Ontario.

1960 The Four Preps record "More Money For You And Me" live at North Hollywood High School.

1958 Pop singer Limahl (lead singer of Kajagoogoo) is born Christopher Hamill in Pemberton, Wigan, England.

1957 Doug Johnson (keyboardist for Loverboy) is born in New Westminster, British Columbia.

1955 Carl Perkins records "Blue Suede Shoes" two days after writing the song.

1945 Folk musician John McEuen (of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is born in Oakland, California.

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Titanic Opens In Theaters

1997

Titanic opens in theaters. It becomes the top-grossing movie of all time, with a soundtrack that sells about 15 million copies, thanks mostly to the Celine Dion hit, "My Heart Will Go On."

The song is released in November on the soundtrack and on Dion's album, Let's Talk About Love. By the end of February 1998, the song, film and soundtrack album are all #1 in the US as Titanic proves unsinkable. Dion had little interest in the song when the film's composer, James Horner, played it for her; her husband convinced her to sing it.

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