3 December

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3 DECEMBER

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2016 Thanks to a spike in sales following his death, Leonard Cohen's original version of "Hallelujah" enters the Hot 100 at #59, giving Cohen his first entry on the chart.

2014 Graeme Goodall, an Australian recording engineer and co-founder of Island Records, dies at age 82.

2014 Sonny Bivins, leader of The Manhattans, dies at age 78.

2014 A fake MSNBC report claims that Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has been found dead in his West Hollywood home. The band's official Facebook page posts photos of the singer with the caption "Ha! They say I'm dead -- again… Wait, what? WTF? It's a hoax. Guys. Get a life at ParadiseCity.com." The link references the band's online fan community.

2014 Ian McLagan (keyboardist for Small Faces, Faces) dies of a stroke at age 69.

2000 Kevin Mills, Newsboys' former bassist, is killed in a motorbike accident. He was 32.

1992 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards confirm the rumors that Bill Wyman, their bass player since 1962, will be leaving The Rolling Stones.

1988 Carole King and Gerry Goffin receive a Lifetime Achievement award from the US National Academy of Songwriters.

1983 Songwriter Irving Taylor dies in Los Angeles. Co-wrote "Everybody Loves Somebody," which later became a hit for Dean Martin.

1981 At a show in Hartford, Connecticut, AC/DC is prohibited from firing their cannons during "For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)," as police enforce an ordinance banning stage weaponry.

1979 Daniel Bedingfield is born in New Zealand. He is the older brother of fellow singers Natasha Bedingfield and Nikola Rachelle.

1978 The Cure drummer Lol Tolhurst accidentally pees on Billy Idol backstage after a show in Bristol, England, where The Cure are opening for Idol's band Generation X. Idol is entertaining a young lady in a men's room stall when Tolhurst unloads his lager, missing the urinal and hitting Idol's leg. The Cure are kicked off the tour the next day.

1976 It's a Spinal Tap moment for Pink Floyd when during the shoot for their Animals album cover, a 40-foot inflatable pig being photographed at Battersea Power Station breaks free. Pilots in the London area are warned of a pig loose in the skies, which reaches a height of 18,000 feet before coming down in Kent.More

1976 Bob Marley is shot in the upper arm when intruders storm his house in Kingston, Jamaica, attempting to assassinate the singer. The attack was motivated by politics, as elections in Jamaica were days away and Marley was seen as supporting the ruling party. Marley made a full recovery and never had the bullet removed, as he was told that the operation could cause him to lose movement in his fingers.

1973 Ringo Starr releases "You're Sixteen" in the US.

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Ne-Yo, Common And Mary J. Blige Star In The Wiz

2015

A live adaptation of The Wiz airs on NBC. Based on the book (but not the film) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Wiz began as a stage production in 1975, and was made into a movie (with Michael Jackson and Diana Ross) in 1978.

The updated version features Ne-Yo as the Tin Man, Mary J. Blige as the Wicked Witch of the West, Queen Latifah as the Wiz, Common as the gatekeeper to Oz, Shanice Williams as Dorothy, and Stephanie Mills (who played Dorothy in the original stage production) as Aunt Em.

True to the original, it's a predominately black cast (one of the dancers in the Emerald City is white), perhaps offsetting the NBC musical from two years earlier, The Sound of Music, which had a predominately white cast. About 11.5 million viewers tune in, significantly more than the previous NBC musical, Peter Pan. Highlights of the production include dazzling crow costumes, updated (full-sized) Munchkins, and the musical number "Ease On Down The Road."

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