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2022 The Avicii Experience museum opens in Stockholm with interactive and real-life exhibits dedicated to the DJ/producer, who died in 2018 at 28.

2011 Mark Tulin (bassist for The Electric Prunes) dies of a heart attack at age 62 while helping at an underwater cleanup event in Avalon, California.

2010 Though they are separated, The-Dream and Christina Milian welcome a baby daughter, Violet.

2009 The Biography Channel airs the debut episode of The Chris Isaak Hour, a new talk-show featuring top musical guests. In this episode, presenter Chris Isaak interviews country artist Trisha Yearwood.

2008 Drummer Buddy Miles dies of congestive heart disease in Austin, Texas, at age 60.

2003 Fife player Othar "Otha" Turner dies in Gravel Springs, Mississippi, at age 95.

2002 John Fogerty, Elton John, Eagles, Stevie Nicks, and Billy Joel perform at the multi-venue Los Angeles charity benefit Four Concerts for Artists' Rights, proceeds of which benefit a labor-friendly musicians' organization called the Recording Artists Coalition.

1997 Bluegrass newcomer Gillian Welch's debut album, Revival, is nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album but loses to Bruce Springsteen's The Ghost of Tom Joad.

1995 Former Led Zeppelin duo Jimmy Page and Robert Plant kick off a year-long world tour in Pensacola, Florida, supporting their live No Quarter reunion album.

1990 Cornell Gunter, former lead tenor for The Coasters, is murdered in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 53. Gunter, who was in the midst of making a comeback, was shot in his car by an unknown assassin.

1986 Thanks to their hit "West End Girls," Pet Shop Boys land the cover of Smash Hits magazine, which their frontman, Neil Tennant, used to write for.More

1985 The Judds win their first Grammy Award when "Mama He's Crazy" (their first #1 single) is named Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

1985 Bruce Springsteen wins his first Grammy, taking home the Best Male Vocal Performance award for "Dancing In The Dark." "What's Love Got To Do With It" by Tina Turner wins Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

1977 Doo wop singer Sherman Garnes (of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) dies of a heart attack at age 36.

1977 Blues guitarist Bukka White dies of cancer at age 67 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Michael Bolton Born

1953

Michael Bolton is born Michael Bolotin in New Haven, Connecticut. Before reaching soft-rock stardom, he fronts a hard-rock band called Blackjack.

After breaking into the business as a session singer, he signs with RCA and in the mid-'70s releases two soulful albums under his real name that go nowhere. Turning to hard rock, he fronts the band Blackjack from 1979-1980 before signing with Columbia Records. His first two Columbia albums are in the rock vein, but in 1987 he returns to blue-eyed soul with his album The Hunger, featuring his cover of Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay," one of many soul classics he would record to augment the songs he writes. His 1989 album Soul Provider is his breakthrough, with the #1 Hot 100 hit "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You." Time, Love & Tenderness fares even better, going to #1 in the US on the strength of another cover, "When a Man Loves a Woman." His fans are legion, but his detractors are many, taking him to task for watering down famous songs by black artists. The sketch comedy show In Living Color does a parody called "When a Man Needs a Big Hit," where Jim Carrey mocks him with lyrics like: When a man needs a big hit Only one thing he's got to do Swipe another song From a long-dead brother He certainly swipes some songs, but he also writes them; his co-writes include Cher's hit "I Found Someone" and the Kiss song "Forever." His last big hit is the Mutt Lange collaboration "Said I Loved You... But I Lied," which hits #6 in 1994. The rest of the decade includes a Christmas album and foray into opera with the 1998 album My Secret Passion: The Arias. In 2011 he provides comedy gold in the Lonely Island song "Jack Sparrow," where he writes a "big, sexy hook" all about the movie Pirates of the Caribbean.

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