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2021 Renowned producer Phil Spector, 81, dies after getting coronavirus in prison, where he was serving time for killing the actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.

2016 Alanis Morissette debuts her advice column for The Guardian, answering a plight from a woman on the brink of an emotional affair.

2016 Bruce Springsteen begins The River Tour with a show in Pittsburgh. His 1980 album The River is the centerpiece of the tour, played start to finish at many stops. The tour is the year's most successful, grossing over $268 million.

2015 Puddle of Mudd frontman Wesley Scantlin is arrested at the Denver International Airport after he takes a baggage carousel for a joyride into a restricted area. A local fan bails him out, but the band is still hours late for their performance, and an angry promoter tells the audience he will never book the act again.

2014 Toni Tennille files for divorce from husband Daryl Dragon. The Captain & Tennille duo had been married for 39 years.

2008 Radiohead is slated to perform a free gig at a small record store in London, but nearly 1,500 fans turn up, forcing the band to move the show to a nearby club.

2002 A section of Interstate 80 in California is renamed the "Sonny Bono Memorial Freeway."

1999 The inaugural ball for Minnesota Governor (and former professional wrestler) Jesse Ventura goes down at the Target Center in Minneapolis. America play "Ventura Highway," and Warren Zevon does "Werewolves Of London" with Ventura, wearing his trademark bandana and feather boa, howling along on stage.

1991 The Byrds, LaVern Baker, John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Reed, and Ike and Tina Turner are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the sixth class. The event is overshadowed by news that America has launched airstrikes on Iraq, starting the Persian Gulf War.

1981 The TV series Harper Valley P.T.A., inspired by the Jeannie C. Riley song and the 1978 movie of the same name, debuts on NBC. Barbara Eden, who played scandalous single mom Stella Johnson in the movie, reprises her role. The show lasts two seasons.

1980 Paul McCartney packs about half a pound of marijuana in his luggage, which lands him 10 days in a Tokyo jail upon arrival. He had the weed in New York and wanted to bring it with him to smoke on tour, saying, "This stuff was too good to flush down the toilet, so I thought I'd take it with me."

1979 Cher's divorce from Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers becomes final.

1979 Aaliyah is born Aaliyah Haughton in Brooklyn, New York.

1979 Roger Miller sings a medley of songs on The Muppet Show. He also sings "In the Summertime" in a patch of musically skilled watermelons and drops the bombshell news that he, like the all-chicken cast of Vet's Hospital, once suffered from "Cluckitis."

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Metallica And Other Luminaries Pay Tribute To Chris Cornell

2019

At the Forum in Los Angeles, the surviving members of Soundgarden play their first show together since Chris Cornell's passing as part of the star-studded I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell concert.

The concert is hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and features performances by a wide variety of artists covering Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog or Chris Cornell songs, including Metallica ("All Your Lies"), the Foo Fighters ("No Attention"), Ryan Adams ("Fell On Black Days"), Josh Homme ("Rusty Cage"), Adam Levine ("Seasons"), and Miley Cyrus ("Say Hello 2 Heaven"). Members of Cornell's other bands, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave, also perform, as does daughter, Toni Cornell, who does a cover of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" with Ziggy Marley. The show benefits both the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation and the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds and awareness for this painful and debilitating genetic disorder. The concert lasts five hours, with 42 songs performed, concluding with "Black Hole Sun" and Soundgarden's trademark of nearly 10-minutes of feedback through their amplifiers. Cornell's Gibson guitar is spotted on stage.

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