1996 During Michael Jackson's performance of "Earth Song" at the 1996 BRIT Awards, Jarvis Cocker of the band Pulp jumps on stage and makes demeaning gestures toward Jackson. Cocker says he did it because Jackson was "pretending to be Jesus."More
1995 Baywatch's Pamela Anderson marries Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee on a Cancun beach. The bride wears a white bikini.
1987 At the Palomino Club in Hollywood, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan and George Harrison are in the audience for a Taj Mahal concert. When Taj calls them onstage, Dylan goads Fogerty into playing "Proud Mary" by saying that if he doesn't, everyone will think it's a Tina Turner song.More
1940 Smokey Robinson is born William Robinson Jr. in Detroit. Nicknamed "Smokey Joe" by his uncle, he fronts the Motown group The Miracles and is a top songwriter and producer for the label.
2022 Gary Brooker, the lead singer, piano player, and songwriter for Procol Harum, dies of cancer at 76.
2020 The rapper Pop Smoke is shot and killed at age 20. Five months later, his debut album, Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon, is released and goes to #1 in the US.
2020 In a promotion for Buffalo Wild Wings, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony announce they have changed their name to Boneless Thugs-N-Harmony because they love the restaurant's boneless wings.
2017 Jazz guitarist Larry Coryell dies at age 73.
2009 Kelly Groucutt of Electric Light Orchestra dies of a heart attack at age 63.
2008 Jagjaguwar Records officially release Bon Iver's debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago in the US.
2008 Jazz musician Teo Macero dies at age 82.
2005 Good Charlotte's "I Just Wanna Live" peaks at #51 on the Billboard Hot 100.
2003 Johnny Paycheck dies of respiratory failure at age 64. His most famous song: "Take This Job and Shove It."
2002 A Los Angeles Superior Court jury finds James Brown not guilty of sexually harassing a former employee, rejecting four of the five counts brought against the singer.
2002 Ten months after his death, Joey Ramone's only solo album, Don't Worry About Me, is released. He worked on it at the end of his life while battling lymphoma.
2001 French singer Charles Trenet dies at age 87.
1998 With Brian Setzer leading the swing revival at the helm of The Brian Setzer Orchestra, he reunites Stray Cats for a show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, with proceeds going to the Carl Perkins Center For The Prevention Of Child Abuse.
1998 Country singer Lorrie Morgan denies a Star magazine report that she had "a wild ride in the back seat of a limousine with President Bill Clinton." Her statement reads: "The only accurate information in the article with regard to my relationship with President Clinton was that I joined him onstage for the Christmas tree lighting in Washington - I have never met with him in a private situation."
1998 Grandpa Jones, famous for his banjo performances and appearances on Hee Haw, dies at age 84.
The Five Satins record "In The Still Of The Nite" in the basement of Saint Bernadette Church in New Haven, Connecticut.
The group doesn't have the funds for a studio, and an attempt to record it in a more traditional building failed because of road noise and poor acoustics. They gain access to the church through their manager, who is friends with a former altar boy there. With just the right echo, it proves ideal for the doo-wop song, which is released as a single. The song proves wildly popular in New York City and the surrounding area, but the song's writer, group member Fred Parris, is in the Army and has been sent to Japan. A new version of The Five Satins - with just two of the members who recorded "In The Still Of The Nite" - is assembled to tour while Parris does his duty. When he returns in 1958, he gathers a new version of the group, but their sound has fallen out of favor. When doo-wop makes a return in 1960, the song is re-released, reaching #81, and The Five Satins find new life. The song is issued again in 1961, this time going to #99.
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