5 February

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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 The Pointer Sisters' "Fire" is certified Gold.

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.

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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Stars Come Out To Support Obama On Super Tuesday

2008

On the day of the Super Tuesday primary elections in America, luminaries from across many genres of music (country - not so much) voice their enthusiastic support for Barack Obama, who wins big in the primaries on his way to the White House.


This Super Tuesday sees a wave of artists as disparate as Grateful Dead, will.i.am, OK Go and members of Pearl Jam rallying behind Obama's bid for the presidency. Obama enjoys a surge in voter turnout, and wins 13 of the 23 contests (caucuses or primaries) held that day. As the year goes on and Obama's campaign gathers momentum, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Jay-Z, Common, Nas, Patti Smith, Young Jeezy, Coldplay, Usher and countless others endorse or even play concerts in support of Obama, who goes on to defeat Hillary Clinton in the primary and beats John McCain in the general election to become the 44th US president.

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