2006 Garth Brooks' Double Live album, released in 1998, becomes the first live album certified Double Diamond by the RIAA for sales of over 20 million in America.
1992 Presidential candidate Bill Clinton appears on the news program 60 Minutes with his wife, Hillary, who in response to a discussion about her husband's infidelity, says, "I'm not sitting here – some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette."More
1988 Andrew Lloyd Webber's blockbuster musical The Phantom of the Opera debuts on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre two years after a successful run on London's West End.More
1973 Elton John issues his sixth studio album, Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player, in America. It features two of his most popular songs: the '50s flashback "Crocodile Rock" (Elton's first #1 hit in America) and the Vietnam War-inspired "Daniel."More
1970 John Lennon writes and records "Instant Karma" all in one day, calling in Phil Spector to produce the song.
1968 At the University of Southampton, Pink Floyd play their first gig without founding member Syd Barrett, who never returns to the band. The 22-year-old Barrett is an early acid casualty, no longer able to contribute to the group.
1957 Eddie Van Halen is born in Nijmegen, Netherlands. His family eventually settles in Pasadena, California, where he forms Van Halen with his brother, Alex.
2019 Composer Michel Legrand, who won an Oscar for "The Windmills Of Your Mind," dies at 86.
2019 Miranda Lambert gets married for a second time, tying the knot with police officer Brendan Mcloughlin in a secret ceremony. Lambert, whose first marriage was to Blake Shelton, breaks the news on social media on February 16.
2018 Fleetwood Mac perform at the Musicares benefit in Radio City Music Hall, where they are honored. It's Lindsey Buckingham's last performance with the group; three months later he is ousted, replaced by Mike Campbell and Neil Finn.
2015 Chris Brown postpones his Between the Sheets tour on judge's orders to stay put in California due to a probation violation earlier in the month. The rapper tells Twitter followers that he must complete his last 100 hours of community service before he can embark on the 26-city tour of the US with Kendrick Lamar.
2015 Blink-182 announce Tom DeLonge's resignation, the same day that bandmates Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker slam DeLonge in a tell-all Rolling Stone interview. They claim the vocalist/guitarist will only communicate with them via email or through his manager, and his constant flakiness has kept them from recording new music. Barker adds: "It's hard to cover for someone who's disrespectful and ungrateful."
2014 Justin Timberlake receives seven nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards and wins three: Best R&B Song for "Pusher Love Girl," Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Holy Grail," and Best Music Video for "Suit & Tie" (the latter two with Jay Z).
2013 Funk guitarist Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner (of The Ohio Players) dies at age 69.
2011 Gladys Horton (lead singer of The Marvelettes) dies at age 66 after a series of strokes.
2011 Wilco announce the launch of their own label, dBpm Records. The band state the label will put out all future Wilco releases "and more."
2010 Lady Antebellum release their second album, Need You Now, which goes to #1 and sells over 4 million copies. The title track becomes the first country song to make a big impact on the pop chart since "Not Ready To Make Nice" by Dixie Chicks in 2007.
2008 Weezer's Rivers Cuomo takes part in the Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra charity soccer match benefiting the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the Mia Hamm Foundation in Carson, California.
1998 In a big surprise upset at the American Music Awards, rapper Puff Daddy loses in all five categories in which he is nominated for an award.
1998 Edwin McCain releases "I'll Be."
At the second Rock in Rio festival, Norwegian pop trio a-ha draw a crowd of 198,000, breaking the world record for paid attendance at a rock concert - and is snubbed by the press.
On the eighth night of the festival in Rio de Janeiro, a-ha headlines a concert that packs the Maracana Stadium with a record-breaking throng of fans. Despite the show surpassing turnouts for Prince, New Kids on the Block, Guns N' Roses, and George Michael, the music press wants nothing to do with the "Take On Me" performers, who were largely ignored in the US after their breakthrough hit in 1985. "MTV interviewed everybody except us," Paul Waaktaar-Savoy, the group's guitarist and main songwriter, tells Music Week in 2009. "They were all calling their bosses and saying, 'We must cover a-ha. It's the only night that has sold out.' But they weren't allowed to." "I felt very alienated," keyboardist Magne Furuholmen adds. "Still, we were excited to read the NME and the Melody Maker, because we felt at least they'd have to acknowledge our popularity. Instead, they wrote about Happy Mondays. It made us feel hopeless. We played to the biggest crowd in the world and they ignored it." The band is also edited out of festival footage used for Run-DMC's "Faces" video.
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