1995 Eminem's daughter, Hailie Jade, is born. He mentions her in many of his songs, and in 1999 her cooing appears on his track "'97 Bonnie & Clyde" (where Em imagines killing Hailie's mother, Kim). Eminem gets her name tattooed on his arm.
1994 Green Day play Madison Square Garden in New York City. It's quite a leap for the band, which had been playing small clubs at the beginning of the year. During the show, lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong performs wearing only socks and a strategically placed guitar.
1984 The twins Lisa and Jess Origliasso are born in Albany Creek, Queensland, Australia. They form The Veronicas.
1982 David Bowie and Bing Crosby's "The Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth," an unlikely duet broadcast five years earlier on Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas TV special, becomes an even more unlikely hit, reaching #1 in the UK.
1980 Michael Jackson calls Paul McCartney to wish him Merry Christmas and suggest they write some songs together. They end up recording three duets together (including the lead single to Thriller), but their friendship ends when Jackson buys the publishing rights to McCartney's songs.More
1973 The Sting, a crime caper starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford as con men in 1930s Chicago, debuts in theaters. With Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" as its theme, the film's soundtrack goes to #1 and revives the ragtime genre.More
1954 Annie Lennox is born in Aberdeen, Scotland.
2015 Concussion, a biographical drama starring Will Smith as a doctor who exposes the risk of traumatic brain injuries in football players, debuts in theaters. Soul singer Leon Bridges wrote the tune "So Long" for the movie.
2010 Alanis Morissette gives birth to her first child, a son named Ever Imre. Morissette married the baby's father, rapper Mario "Souleye" Treadway, earlier in the year.
2009 Tony "T-Bone" Bellamy (frontman for Redbone) dies of liver failure in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 63.
2009 Singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt dies from an overdose of muscle relaxants at age 45.
2008 Bluesman Robert Ward dies from a culmination of health issues, including two strokes, in Dry Branch, Georgia, at age 70.
2008 Eartha Kitt dies of colon cancer in Weston, Connecticut, at age 81.
2006 James Brown, age 73, dies of congestive heart failure resulting from complications of pneumonia.
1998 Singer/actress Damita Jo dies at age 68 following a respiratory illness in Baltimore, Maryland.
1998 Bryan MacLean (guitarist and songwriter for Love), age 52, dies of a heart attack in a Los Angeles restaurant.
1995 Dean Martin, also suffering from lung cancer, dies from acute respiratory failure due to emphysema at age 78. Las Vegas honors the legend by dimming the lights along the city's famous Strip.
1990 Soldiers in South Carolina are treated to a concert by James Brown, who is given a furlough from the work center where he is being detained so he can play for the troops. He includes his patriotic hit "Living In America" in the set.
1981 The J. Geils Band play a gig for prisoners at Boston's Norfolk Correctional Center, with lead singer Peter Wolf telling his captive audience, "We wanna be the first to buy you all a free drink on the outside."
1977 At Ivanhoe's in Huddersfield, the The Sex Pistols play their last UK gig before their split. The show is a charity benefit for firemen who are on strike.
1973 Slade, Suzi Quatro and 10cc are among the performers on the BBC Top Of The Pops Christmas special. The show's dancers do a routine with dogs to Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Get Down," leading to rumors that the "bad dog baby" in the song was Sullivan's misbehaving pooch (it isn't).
Buffett moves to Nashville in 1969 and lands a gig as a reporter for Billboard magazine while he writes songs. He releases his first album, Down To Earth, the following year. Far from the Gulf & Western style of his later work, the folk release garners little success - it sells only 374 copies. It does, however, offer a glimpse into his affinity for the sea with the autobiographical song "The Captain and the Kid," inspired by his close relationship with his grandfather, a restless sailor who took him out on the water. Gerry Wood, then the associate director of ASCAP, recognized Buffett as a special talent, but knew he wouldn't make it in Nashville. "He wasn't writing mainline Nashville country music, that's for sure," says Wood. "His skewed perspective gave a fresh twist to any topic he tackled, and made it impossible for him to achieve any success at that time in Nashville." After a move to Los Angeles, Buffett's pal Jerry Jeff Walker convinces him to take a busking expedition to Key West. As it turns out, Buffett's muse is hiding in the tropics; he discovers a trove of coastal elements that informs his signature style of "drunken Caribbean rock 'n roll." The change is evident on his next releases, the Keys-themed A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean (which introduces his Coral Reefer Band), Living and Dying in ¾ Time, A1A, and Havana Daydreamin' - all produced by Acuff-Rose exec Don Gant. Buffett eases into the mainstream with "Come Monday" in 1974, a ballad written for his future wife, Jane Slagsvol, but his breakthrough comes three years later with "Margaritaville." The tropical daydream, from the album Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes, peaks at #8 on the Hot 100 and establishes his image as a carefree beach bum. But Buffett isn't really a hitmaker. His biggest draw is his concerts, where droves of fans - dubbed Parrotheads - flock to hear him and the Coral Reefers perform. Because most folks can't ditch their jobs for a life of sun and sand, the closest they'll get is a Buffett show, where they live vicariously through his island adventures. "Fins," "Cheeseburger in Paradise," "Volcano," "A Pirate Looks At Forty," "Why Don't We Get Drunk," and of course "Margaritaville" are all fan favorites. He may not be a mainstay on the charts, but Buffett is one of the world's richest musicians. Bolstered by side careers as a best-selling author and restaurant owner, he has a net worth of $550 million. The key to his enduring success can be boiled down to one simple fact, he says: "I sell escapism."
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