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2019 Juice WRLD, a 21-year-old rapper known for his hit "Lucid Dreams," dies after suffering a seizure onboard a private jet.

2017 Johnny Mathis releases The Voice of Romance: The Columbia Original Album Collection. The 68-disc box set includes 67 remastered albums, including two that have never been released in their entirety: I Love My Lady, a 1981 album written and produced by Chic founders Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, and The Island, a Brazilian-flavored album produced by Sérgio Mendes in 1989.

2013 Metallica play Antarctica as part of a promotion sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero. A documentary and audio download of the event are later issued under the title Freeze 'Em All.

2013 Muscle Shoals alum John Wyker dies of congestive heart failure age 68. His band Sailcat had a huge hit in 1972 with "Motorcycle Mama."

2011 Bob Burnett (of The Highwaymen) dies of brain cancer at age 71.

2011 Sinead O'Connor marries a drug counselor named Barry Herridge in Las Vegas. The couple split up a few weeks later but then announces they're back together shortly afterwards.

2007 Thanks to an appearance on Oprah where she declares it one of her "favorite things," the Josh Groban Christmas album Noël goes to #1 in America, where it becomes the top-selling album of 2007.More

2003 Ozzy Osbourne suffers several fractures in his upper body in an ATV accident.

1998 The FBI opens its 1,300 page file on Frank Sinatra to the public.

1998 Metallica release their live home video, Cunning Stunts, which was filmed at the Fort Worth Convention Center, in Fort Worth, Texas, on May 9-10, 1997.

1998 Yoko Ono spreads some Christmas cheer via a billboard in New York's Times Square, reprising her 1969 campaign with the message "War is Over! If you want it. Happy Christmas from John & Yoko."

1984 "Out Of Touch" hits the top spot, giving Hall & Oates their sixth and final #1 in America.

1984 Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley (of Hanoi Rocks) dies in a drunk-driving accident in Redondo Beach, California. The 24-year-old drummer is the passenger in a car driven by Motley Crue's inebriated frontman, Vince Neil.

1984 Country singer-songwriter Sam Hunt is born in Cedartown, Georgia.

1982 Nicki Minaj is born Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Streisand And Kristofferson In A Star Is Born


An updated version of the musical drama A Star is Born debuts in movie theaters, starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, and featuring the Academy Award-winning chart-topper "Evergreen."

By the time producer Jon Peters brought the idea for A Star is Born to his girlfriend Barbra Streisand, the film had already been made three times: first in 1932 with Constance Bennett and Lowell Sherman (under the title What Price Hollywood?), then in 1937 with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, and again in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason. The basic plot is the same: a fading male star falls in love with an up-and-comer and can't cope when her career eclipses his. The earlier versions cast the couple as actors or performers trying to make it in Hollywood, but with Streisand in the lead, it only made sense to set the story in the music industry, making her an aspiring singer opposite a self-destructive rock star on the decline. Streisand, also working as executive producer on the film, wanted Elvis Presley as her co-star, but when negotiations with his manager Colonel Tom Parker fell through, the part went to Kris Kristofferson. Streisand was a defining influence on and off the screen. Besides learning to play the guitar and composing the love theme "Evergreen," with friend Paul Williams writing the lyrics, she tapped songwriters Rupert Holmes, Leon Russell, and Kenny Loggins to write for the #1 hit soundtrack. During filming, she approved shots and directed a few minor scenes that she was determined to keep in the movie. She even designed the silver Art Deco gown her character wore by culling items from her own closet. But on premiere night, it's the behind-the-scenes drama that has everyone talking. Director Frank Pierson resented Streisand's control over the film and published a scathing article in New West magazine just before the film's debut, calling the singer a manipulative control freak. He also clashed with Kristofferson, who earned the nickname "Kris Pissed-Off-Erson" because of his surly demeanor on the set - which included a public screaming match with Streisand over a musical scene. Although critics pan the film, it becomes the third-highest grossing movie of the year and scores five Golden Globes, including Best Actor and Best Actress for its two leads and a win for Best Picture. Aside from being one of the biggest singles of her career, the chart-topping "Evergreen" also wins both a Grammy Award and an Academy Award for Best Song, making Streisand the first female to win an Oscar as a composer.



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