2012 The documentary Searching for Sugar Man premieres at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Malik Bendjelloul, the film traces the seemingly unbelievable-but-true musical career of Sixto Rodríguez.
1998 Carl Perkins dies at age 65 after suffering three strokes over the last two months.
1994 The Ninth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include The Animals, The Band, Duane Eddy, The Grateful Dead, Elton John, John Lennon, Bob Marley, and Rod Stewart. Axl Rose performs "Come Together" at the ceremony with Bruce Springsteen - it is Axl's last public appearance until 1998.
1971 The Beatles' "Helter Skelter" is played at Charles Manson's murder trial as evidence. Manson claimed the song was about an impending race war, and led to murderous acts.
1961 The night before John F. Kennedy's inauguration, Frank Sinatra throws a star-studded gala to eradicate the Democratic Party's $2 million campaign debt. With the help of Peter Lawford, fellow Rat Packer and husband of JFK's sister Patricia, Sinatra enlists elite entertainers for the evening, including Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte, Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman, and actors Laurence Olivier, Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, and Bette Davis.More
1957 Johnny Cash appears for the first time on national TV when he appears on The Jackie Gleason Show.
1943 Janis Joplin is born in Port Arthur, Texas.
2013 Steve Knight (keyboardist for Mountain) dies of complications from Parkinson's disease in New York, at age 77.
2010 At the trial of Matt Baker, a Texas man accused of killing his wife in 2006, his former mistress Vanessa Bulls testifies against him, claiming he sent her an email with these lyrics from the The All-American Rejects song "Dirty Little Secret": I'll keep you my dirty little secret Don't tell anyone or you'll be just a little regret Baker is convicted of murder.
2009 The 12th annual Maple Blues Awards, the event honoring excellence among Canadian blues artists, is held by The Toronto Blues Society in Toronto, Canada. Jeff Healey sweeps three Maple Blues Awards including the coveted "Entertainer of the Year" honor.
2007 Denny Doherty (of The Mamas & The Papas) of kidney failure at age 66 after surgery for a stomach aneurysm.
2006 Wilson Pickett dies of a heart attack at age 64.
2000 Josh Clayton-Felt of School of Fish dies from aggressive testicular cancer.
1993 The US Supreme Court rules that Tom Waits can keep all of the $2.5 million awarded him by a lower court. Waits had sued Frito-Lay for using a soundalike of him in a 1988 snack commercial.
1992 Rapper Mac Miller is born Malcolm McCormick in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His 2011 debut album Blue Slide Park goes to #1 in America despite being independently distributed.
1990 Reba McEntire makes her acting debut fending off snake-like monsters in the horror flick Tremors, starring Kevin Bacon.
1982 Bad Religion release their first full-length studio album, How Could Hell Be Any Worse?
With a message of renewal and hope, "Don't Stop" proves the perfect song for Clinton. Many of the lyrics could be campaign slogans: It'll be, better than before You'll see things in a different way Just think what tomorrow will do The song was written by Christine McVie and aimed at her bandmate/husband John McVie while they were going through a divorce. She seems ready to leave the past behind as they move forward as friends and co-workers - a far less spiteful message than the one Buckingham sent to Nicks in "Go Your Own Way": Shacking up is all you want to do Appearing on the Rumours album in 1977, "Don't Stop" was a solid hit, reaching #3 in America. Many in Clinton's baby boomer generation are thrilled to hear it again and connect with the message, even if it's not the most contemporary choice: In a Saturday Night Live "Wayne's World" skit, Mike Myers says, "Fleetwood Mac? Hello, it's the '90s! Here's a quarter - buy a clue." Fleetwood Mac is certainly on the wane. Buckingham and Nicks are out of the band, and their last album, Behind the Mask (1990), flopped in the US. The inauguration brings the classic lineup back together, but it's a one-time reunion and the band quickly returns to second-tier status, playing smaller venues and doing some gigs opening for Crosby, Stills & Nash. In 1997, they reclaim their status as stadium fillers when Buckingham and Nicks come back to the fold and they embark on their The Dance tour, supporting a live album that goes to #1 in America. As for Clinton, he gets re-elected but hits some choppy waters when the Monica Lewinsky scandal breaks in 1998. He manages to stay in office, invoking the same message that got him there: Don't stop thinking about tomorrow.
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