2013 After five years and 387 shows, Leonard Cohen wraps up his "Grand Tour" in Auckland, New Zealand. It's the last concert he ever plays, as he dies three years later.
2005 Elton John and his partner David Furnish take part in a civil ceremony (gay marriage is not legal in England) to make their union official. Guests at the ceremony, which takes place in Windsor, England, include George Michael, Sharon Stone, and Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. Nine years later, with gay marriage legal, they get married.
1991 "Bohemian Rhapsody" goes back to #1 on the UK charts after the death of Freddie Mercury and stays there for five weeks. In America, the song gets new life the next year when it is used in the movie Wayne's World.
1974 Harry Chapin's "Cat's In The Cradle" hits #1 in the US.
2014 With gay marriage now legal in England, Elton John marries David Furnish, exactly nine years after they were joined in a civil ceremony.
2012 Lee Dorman (bassist for Iron Butterfly) dies in Laguna Niguel, California, at age 70.
2007 Tim Burton's film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim/Hugh Wheeler musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street opens in US theaters. Johnny Depp stars as the Demon Barber himself, and manages to earn the respect of critics for his singing performance on the film's soundtrack.
2001 The movie How High opens in theaters. The film stars Method Man and Redman as stoners who get into Harvard.
1999 DMX releases his third album, ...And Then There Was X. Led by the singles "What's My Name" and "Party Up (Up in Here)," it goes to #1 in America, where it sells nearly 5 million copies.
1996 En route to a White House dinner with the Clintons, Tony Bennett suffers a ruptured hernia and is rushed to the hospital.
1996 Fourteen months after it was released, No Doubt's album Tragic Kingdom goes to #1 in America, where it spends nine weeks.
1996 Liz Phair and husband Jim Staskauskas welcome baby boy James Nicholas.
1992 Bluesman Albert King dies of a heart attack in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 69.
1989 Carlos Santana (of Santana) and his wife Debbie welcome their daughter Angelica Faith.
1988 Paul Avron Jeffreys (bassist for Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel) is killed en-route to his honeymoon when he and his wife, Rachel, become victims of the Lockerbie terrorist bombing (of Pan Am Flight 103). He was 36. The Four Tops were also slated to be onboard the plane but overslept after a late-night recording session.
1985 Dante Bonutto's Phil Lynott interview is screened. It would be the singer's last TV appearance before his death.
Willie Nelson makes his acting debut in the Sydney Pollack film The Electric Horseman, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. He also sings five songs for the soundtrack, including the #1 country hit "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys."
Redford plays Sonny Steele, a washed-up rodeo star who absconds with the company horse and takes a reporter (Fonda) along for the ride. Nelson is a weathered cowboy named Wendell, who bucks up Sonny with doses of country wisdom. At one point, he drawls, "I don't know about you, but I'm gonna get me a bottle of tequila, find me one of them keno girls that can suck the chrome off a trailer hitch and just kind of kick back," a line Nelson cribbed from a novel. "I learned my own lines, but tended to bend them my own way – or borrow from writer friends," Nelson recalled in his 2015 autobiography. "For the most part, though, I did what Redford predicted I'd do: I said what came naturally." Nelson gets rave reviews for his performance and partners with Pollack for two more films: Honeysuckle Rose (1980) and Songwriter (1984).
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