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2015 Edgar Froese (drummer for Tangerine Dream) dies of a pulmonary embolism at age 70 in Austria.

2013 Bob Engemann (of The Lettermen) dies of complications from heart bypass surgery at age 77.

2011 Appearing on the Bravo show Watch What Happens Live, Tiffany talks about dating Jonathan Knight of New Kids on the Block in the '80s, and inadvertently outs him, saying, "He became gay later."More

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2009 David "Fathead" Newman, a jazz and R&B saxophonist who played alongside Ray Charles, dies at age 75 of complications from pancreatic cancer.

2009 Kid Rock, Kanye West and Fall Out Boy perform at President Barack Obama's inauguration, playing the Youth Ball, which is broadcast live on MTV. Obama headlines, making a speech where he hypes the crowd with his "Yes We Can" slogan. Rock and West later throw their support to the next president: Obama's ideological opposite, Donald Trump.

2001 With the debut Lifehouse album climbing the charts, lead singer Jason Wade marries his longtime girlfriend, Braeden.

1999 Bill Albaugh (drummer for the psychedelic pop group The Lemon Pipers) dies at age 53.

1998 With the release of their debut single, "I Want You Back," *NSYNC emerges as a rival to Backstreet Boys, who are taking America by storm.

1998 Dawson's Creek, a coming-of-age drama following a group of North Carolina teens, debuts on The WB with Paula Cole's hit "I Don't Want To Wait" as its theme song.More

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"Margaritaville" Introduced On Buffett Album

1977

Jimmy Buffett releases his seventh studio album, Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes, which features his signature song "Margaritaville." Peaking at #8, the tropical-themed track remains his highest entry on the Billboard Hot 100.


Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes indeed marks some significant changes in Buffett's career. After five albums with producer Don Gant (starting with 1973's A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean) he began a new partnership with Norbert Putnam, a former Muscle Shoals session musician who produced records by Joan Baez, Dan Fogelberg, and Linda Ronstadt. Putnam had a studio in Nashville but knew he needed a more suitable atmosphere for songs about the laidback life in the tropics, so he brought Buffett and his band to Criteria Studios in Miami. When the singer told him the Coral Reefers were more Stones than Opry the producer encouraged him to develop the trop-rock style that would define his career. They worked in the studio by day and on Buffett's sailboat by night. "For that album, we were trying to get the rhythms and the vibe to match the rhythm of the ocean waves against the boat," Putnam told Mix. "Sounds crazy, but it was working. We were getting a vibe for the record." As for "Margaritaville," Putnam wasn't crazy about the title, but he knew Buffett was on to something once he heard it. "I was thinking that it had these sort of jazz-hipster overtones like 'coolsville' or something like that. But when he played it, me and the band knew instantly that this was the song. This was the single. This was it. It wasn't a song - it was a three-minute screenplay." Once the single hits radio, millions of "Margaritaville" fans seek out the album. Selling more than a million copies, Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes peaks at #2 on the Country Albums chart and #13 on the genre-spanning Billboard 200. Buffett parlays the success of his signature tune into an entire brand. It spawns several enterprises, including a restaurant chain, a retail store, multiple hotels, a Sirius XM radio station and, of course, a margarita mix. The novelty never wears off, not even for Buffett. "People ask if I ever get tired of playing it," he says. "The answer is no. It has paid the rent for a long time and seems to put a few minutes of joy into this troubled world when sung by fans at a show. I feel very lucky."

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