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23 FEBRUARY

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2019 Ariana Grande becomes the first solo artist to hold the top three spots on the Hot 100 in the same week, a feat previously accomplished only by The Beatles. The songs: #1: "7 Rings" #2: "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" #3: "Thank U, Next"

2014 Chip Damiani, drummer for The Remains, dies of a brain hemorrhage at age 68.

2013 At the 33rd Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony, Rihanna is named Worst Supporting Actress for her role as weapons specialist Cora Raikes in the sci-fi action flick Battleship. Fellow nominees include Razzie vet Jennifer Lopez (What to Expect When You're Expecting), who won her first award back in 2003 as Worst Actress for Gigli.

2007 Rockabilly singer Donnie Brooks dies at age 71.

2004 Don Cornell, a popular singer in the '40s and '50s, dies at age 84.

2003 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers bass player Howie Epstein dies at age 47 after a long battle with drug addiction.

2003 Nickel Creek wins the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album for the Alison Krauss-produced This Side.

2000 Tom Waits's heavily roots-influenced Mule Variations wins a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

1999 The Roots release their critical and commercial breakthrough album, Things Fall Apart. Featuring "You Got Me," it loses the Best Rap Album Grammy to Eminem's The Slim Shady LP.

1997 Jazz drummer Tony Williams dies at age 51.

1997 After declaring a truce in an effort to end violence between East Coast and West Coast rappers, Puff Daddy and Snoop Doggy Dogg appear on The Steve Harvey Show in the episode "I Do, I Don't."

1995 Melvin "Blue" Franklin (bass singer for The Temptations) dies at age 52. Franklin had long suffered with rheumatoid arthritis and developed diabetes in the '80s.

1993 Little Richard receives a Lifetime Achievement Grammy award.

1992 Anthrax appear on Married With Children in the episode "My Dinner with Anthrax." After eating the mystery food in the Bundy's fridge, they rock out on "In My World."

1991 With his group MGM, R. Kelly wins the only season of the competition show Big Break, hosted by Natalie Cole.

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Heiress Dies, Haunts Recording Space

1933

Daisy Canfield Danziger, oil heiress and estranged wife of silent screen star Antonio Moreno, dies on the way home from a party when her car careens off Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles. The music connection? Daisy allegedly haunts her former home, The Paramour Mansion, which has been the site of many album recording sessions, from My Chemical Romance's The Black Parade to Papa Roach's The Paramour Sessions.


After Daisy's death, the property went through several iterations, functioning as a convent and a girl's school before Dana Hollister bought it in 1998 and turned it into an event space. Hollister was open with Papa Roach when the rockers decided to record at the remote estate in Silver Lakes in 2006, warning them of its haunted reputation. But the band credited the house's vibe for boosting their creative energy. "We set up our equipment in the place and there was a constant flow of creativity and ideas," said frontman Jacoby Shaddix. "I think it had a massive influence on our sound and writing and the whole attitude behind the record." That same year, goth rockers My Chemical Romance descended upon the mansion to record their hit album The Black Parade, a dark collection of moody tracks that contemplate life and death. Like Papa Roach, the band said the Paramour did contribute to the album's atmosphere, mostly because the house nearly drove them mad. "It felt like something was coming after us. Every time we turned a corner, it was staring at us," recalled vocalist Gerard Way. "We couldn't escape it." MCR bassist Mikey Way, who inadvertently stayed in the mansion's most haunted room, added: "We had to get out of that house by the end of it. That place was just a storm cloud in the shape of a house." The spooky locale, which also saw sessions from Lucinda Williams and Gwen Stefani, was also featured on the reality series Rock Star: INXS and Rock Star: Supernova. (photo: The Paramour Estate)

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