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 Jazz musician Teo Macero dies at age 82.
2008 Jagjaguwar Records officially release Bon Iver's debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago in the US.
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 Grandpa Jones, famous for his banjo performances and appearances on Hee Haw, dies at age 84.
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."
AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott dies after a night of heavy drinking. The coroner's report lists "acute alcohol poisoning" as the cause of death, classified under "death by misadventure."
Scott spends the night out in London drinking with friends at the popular club Music Machine. Leaving with a friend, Alistair Kinnear, he heads back to Kinnear's home in South London, falling asleep in the passenger seat. Upon arrival Kinnear can't wake Scott, so he reclines the seat and leaves him to rest overnight in his Renault 5. The next morning Kinnear again attempts to wake Scott, and realizes he's not breathing. Scott is rushed to King's College Hospital and pronounced dead upon arrival. Ronald Belford Scott was born in Kirriemuir – his stage name was an abbreviation of the expression "Bonnie Scotland." The second son of Chick and Isa Scott, he arrived in Australia with his family in 1952, and attended the Sunshine Primary School, Melbourne, where he learned the recorder. His first public appearance was in fact playing a recorder duet in a school concert at North Fremantle Town Hall. He tried keyboards at home, but had no enthusiasm for them, then settled on the drums. He also learned the bagpipes, but it was as a vocalist he will always be remembered. The first record Bon performed on was "Every Day I Have To Cry"/"I Can't Dance With You," which was released by the Valentines in May 1967. He received his first writing credit for "Getting Better," which was released in August 1969 as the B-side of "Nick Nack Paddy Whack," the children's nursery rhyme/song, which went down like a lead balloon. Like their releases, the band was not successful, and fell on hard times before breaking up in August 1970. Bon was then asked by Bruce Howe, the leader of Fraternity, to join his band, which he did. In January 1972, Bon married Irene Thornton, a native-born Australian, and the two traveled to the UK with Fraternity where they spent 18 disappointing months. Their first gig was played at a venue called the Speakeasy; it was not a success, and worse was to come. At some point they changed their name to Fang before playing their last ever concert at Windsor in August 1972 and making their way back to Adelaide piecemeal. Back in his adopted homeland, Bon was involved in a terrible road crash after riding off on his motorbike drunk. He was lucky to survive, spending three days in a coma, but it wasn't just his bike that had crashed, and by the time he auditioned for the Young brothers on the recommendation of ex-Valentine Vince Lovegrove, his marriage was effectively over. Bon turned up for the audition with the idea of becoming the band's drummer, but he was to replace vocalist Dave Evans, who was not up to scratch. It was a fortuitous substitution, and although the new lineup was not an overnight success, after they played their first gig with Bon at Brighton-le-Sands Masonic Hall, the new AC/DC never looked back. Their debut album was High Voltage, and their first UK performance was at a public house in Hammersmith; there were 10 people in the audience; by their second performance, the place was packed. AC/DC went on to become one of the biggest rock bands in the world, but sadly Bon never lived to receive the adulation he deserved.
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