5 February

Pick a Day

5 FEBRUARY

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2012 The Cult's "She Sells Sanctuary" is mashed with Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" for a special Budweiser commercial that airs during Super Bowl XLVI.

2009 R&B/blues singer-songwriter Piney Brown dies at age 87.

2008 Lenny Kravitz releases his eighth studio album, It Is Time For A Love Revolution, which peaks at #4 in the US.

2008 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who taught Transcendental Meditation to The Beatles and The Beach Boys, dies in his sleep at age 90. Paul McCartney calls him "a great man who worked tirelessly for the people of the world and the cause of unity."

2007 Apple Computers settles a long-standing legal battle with Apple Records, 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.

2005 "Helena" by My Chemical Romance peaks at #33 on the Hot 100. It's the alt rock band's first big crossover hit.

2000 Powered by a sample of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door," "Rise" by Gabrielle goes to #1 in the UK.

1998 Elton John and Stevie Wonder perform at the White House for US President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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 Fifteen months after announcing his retirement on stage, Elton John is back in action in Stockholm with the first show of his A Single Man tour.

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."

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Drones And Lady Gaga Star At Halftime Show

2017

Lady Gaga opens the Super Bowl halftime show with a verse from "God Bless America," followed by the song Woody Guthrie wrote as a parody, "This Land Is Your Land."

"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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