28 January

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2018 Shakira's El Dorado wins the Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop album, making her the first female performer to receive two trophies in that category. The first was for her 2001 live album, MTV Unplugged.

2014 At a press conference, all four members of Mötley Crüe sign a "cessation of touring agreement" preventing them from ever touring again after 2015. It prevents nothing: they kick off their next tour in 2022.

2009 Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd and Vision keyboardist) dies of a heart attack in his Orange Park, Florida home.

2008 Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix confirms drummer Dave Buckner has left the band. A statement released by the frontman says: "For y'all that don't know, we had to split with Dave, our drummer. It was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do. He's taking this time to get his life together. We are still friends and still talk on a regular basis."

2005 Members of the "Free Fiona" movement protest outside Sony headquarters in New York City, encouraging the label to release Fiona Apple's long-delayed third album, which shows up in October. As part of the campaign, members also mailed apple-related items (foam apples, pictures of apples) to Sony.

2005 Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi dies of stomach cancer at age 60.

2004 Mel Pritchard, drummer for the British prog rock band Barclay James Harvest, dies of a heart attack at age 56.

2004 James Brown is arrested on charges of domestic violence in Beech Island, South Carolina.

2001 Ray Charles sings "America The Beautiful" at Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa. The Backstreet Boys sing the US national anthem, and halftime performers include Aerosmith, 'N Sync and Britney Spears.

1997 A day before his 16th birthday, Jonny Lang's major-label debut album, Lie To Me, is released.

1996 Chris Isaak guest-stars in the Friends episode "The One After the Superbowl," where he plays Phoebe's date, Rob Donnen.

1996 Diana Ross performs at the Superbowl XXX halftime show in Tempe, Arizona.

1990 Aaron Neville performs the US national anthem at Superbowl XXIV in New Orleans, Louisiana. Halftime entertainment is a salute to the city, with local marching bands performing along with Pete Fountain, Irma Thomas and Doug Kershaw.

1985 Jimmy Buffett opens his first Margaritaville retail store, named for his 1977 hit, in Key West. It sells beach-inspired apparel like Caribbean Soul t-shirts and flip-flops.

1985 Lionel Richie hosts the American Music Awards, where he wins five of the eight awards he's nominated for, including Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist. He can't slow down: After the show, he heads to A&M Recording Studios to record "We Are The World," which he wrote with Michael Jackson.

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Doobie Brothers Teach Rerun That Bootlegging Is Wrong


The Doobie Brothers star in the first of a two-part episode of What's Happening! where they teach the kids why bootlegging is bad.

In the first episode, cleverly titled "Doobie Or Not Doobie," a nefarious character cons Rerun into surreptitiously recording a Doobie Brothers concert from the first row. When Raj interviews the band with Rerun in tow, they explain that the practice is called bootlegging, and is a pox on their profession because it takes money away from them and disseminates low-quality recordings. Rerun sees the light, but it's too late: the bad guy will beat him up if he doesn't go through with it. Episode Two takes place at the concert, where the Doobies play their hit "Black Water" while Rerun tapes the show with a recorder hidden under his coat. At the end of "Takin' It To the Streets" (this is the Michael McDonald era of the band), the recorder comes loose and he's busted. He tells the band why he went through with it, and they set up a sting operation, capturing the criminal after Rerun turns over the tape. The treatment on the show of bootlegging as a crime is comically overwrought, making it look like there is an organized crime syndicate out there preying on concertgoers and ripping off bands. This being 1978, the tape recorders are huge and have tiny microphones, so anything recorded this way is going to be pretty much unlistenable. It's also strange seeing The Doobie Brothers taking a stand for law and order: this is a band whose core audience is biker gangs. Despite the plot holes, it's a welcome relief from typical sitcom fare, and great exposure for The Doobie Brothers, who take up most of the second episode playing music. Kids who grew up learning about bootlegging from the episode are later confused when they learn that the practice is more about soundboard recordings, and often encouraged by the bands - notably the Grateful Dead.



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