2008 Long before he is the Democratic presidential nominee, luminaries from across many genres of music (country - not so much) voice their enthusiastic support for Barack Obama.More
1948 Actor Christopher Guest, known as Alan Barrows of the fictional folk trio The Folksmen and Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap, is born in New York City. The mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap tells us Tufnel was born in Squatney, London.
2009 R&B/blues singer-songwriter Piney Brown dies at age 87.
2007 Apple Computers settles a long-standing legal battle with Apple Records, which is the label set up by The Beatles. The companies have disputed the rights of the computer maker to sell music under the Apple name.
2006 A 29-year-old man is shot to death near a video shoot for rapper Busta Rhymes in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, New York. The man worked as a bodyguard at Kiss the Cactus Productions, where the video for Rhymes's "Touch It" was being filmed.
1998 Tim Kelly (guitarist Slaughter) dies in a car accident in Arizona at age 35.
1981 Joni Mitchell is inducted into Canada's Juno Hall of Fame.
1979 The Pointer Sisters' "Fire" is certified Gold.
1977 Mary MacGregor's "Torn Between Two Lovers" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.
1976 Elvis Presley records "For the Heart," "Hurt," and "Danny Boy."
1973 Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" is certified Gold.
"Get excited to see something that you haven't seen before," she says leading up to the show.
On game day, she delivers, starting her performance from the top of the stadium in Houston. The country is divided politically, as Donald Trump has recently taken office and roiled his opponents with moves to limit immigration. Gaga doesn't do anything overtly political, but by mashing up "God Bless America," "This Land Is Your Land" and the Pledge of Allegiance, she certainly makes a statement. Her opening bit goes:
God bless America, land that I love
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with the light from above
This land is your land
This land is my land
This land was made for you and me
One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty, and justice for all
Then she takes a leap, dropping to the field, supported by two cables that allow her to do some aerial maneuvers (a la Pink) while she sings "Poker Face." Her inclusion anthem "Born This Way" follows, then renditions of "Telephone," "Just Dance," "Million Reasons" and "Bad Romance."
Gaga's bevy of backup dancers are with her on the ground, but for the rooftop section, she's backed by 300 drones that form an American flag and later, a Pepsi logo. Due to FAA regulations and the complexity of the stunt, these bits were pre-recorded.
Her performance is impressive, but the New England Patriots pull off a more remarkable feat. Down 28-3 in the third quarter, they come back to win.
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