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2014 Bob Casale (rhythm guitarist and keyboardist for Devo) dies of heart failure at age 61.

2013 Country singer Mindy McCready dies of a self-inflicted gunshot at age 37.

2010 Mumford & Sons make their US TV debut on The Late Show with David Letterman.

2006 Ray Barretto, whose 1968 album Acid became a Latin jazz classic, dies at age 76.

2005 With Tommy Lee back in the band for the first time in five years, Mötley Crüe begin their Red, White & Crüe tour in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It's a circus theme, with clowns, fire-eaters and acrobats. For his drum solo, Tommy Lee and his rig go up on a trapeze and he performs from 30 feet in the air.

2004 The Darkness win Brit Awards for Best British group, Best British Rock Act and Best British Album (Permission to Land). Busted wins for the British Breakthrough Award and takes Best Pop Act.

2001 Brad Paisley joins the cast of the Grand Ole Opry.

1998 Songwriter Bob Merrill commits suicide aged 76. His compositions include the #1 UK hits "(How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window?" and "She Wears Red Feathers (And A Huly-Huly Skirt)."

1997 ABC airs Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees, a one-hour comedy special written and directed by original Monkee Mike Nesmith. From their '60s pad, the group recalls their old shenanigans and sings a medley of their classic hits: "Last Train To Clarksville," "Daydream Believer," "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," "I'm A Believer" and "Pleasant Valley Sunday."

1996 Eazy-E's posthumous album Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart and #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

1995 25 years after agreeing to sing at Marcia Brady's prom, Davy Jones reunites with the Bradys... sort of. Jones and fellow Monkees Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz appear in the spoof The Brady Bunch Movie. Jones performs at the prom again, singing a grungy rendition of "Girl," the same song he sang on the TV show.

1990 Emma Anderson admits in an interview that her band Lush is the "Most hated band in London."

1982 Jazz great Thelonious Monk dies at age 64.

1979 The Clash open their first US tour at the Palladium in New York City.

1974 Country singer Bryan White is born in Oklahoma.

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Eagles Release The Greatest Of Greatest Hits Albums

1976

The Eagles release Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975), a collection of 10 songs from their first four albums. For a while, it is certified as the top-selling album in US history.

Many fans came late to the Eagles' party, so the album is a chance for them to catch up with a digest of their back catalog, including favorites like "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and "Desperado." With the big-name acts between releases, it slides into the #1 spot in March and stays for a total of five weeks.

Thanks to catalog sales, the album keeps selling through the '80s and in 1990 the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certifies that 12 million units have shipped. That number somehow jumps to 22 million in 1995, and when it is listed at 26 million in 1999, it takes over from Michael Jackson's Thriller as the best-selling album of all time. In 2006, it still holds the title with 29 million sold, but after Jackson's death in 2009, Thriller vaults past it on the list.

Of course, there is some fudgy math going on here as the RIAA is tracking units shipped, which allows for all kinds of creative accounting. Still, the album is wildly successful and the standard bearer for a greatest hits compilation. In 1982, Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 is released, and it also enjoys fantastical sales figures, certified at over 11 million. Along with Hotel California, this gives the group three albums with 10 million-plus certifications, what the RIAA calls a "diamond."

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