1992 Debbie Gibson makes her Broadway debut, playing Eponine in Les Miserables. It's the beginning of a long stage career for Gibson, who goes on to perform in productions of Grease and Beauty and the Beast.
1980 Led Zeppelin's In Through The Out Door is certified Platinum; it is the last Zep album issued while drummer John Bonham is alive.
1972 The St. Cleve Chronicle reports that a "Major Beat Group" will put music to the epic poem "Thick As A Brick," written by 8-year-old Gerald Bostock. The Society for Literary Advancement and Gestation (SLAG) had disqualified Bostock's poem from their competition, citing an "extremely unwholesome attitude towards life, his God and Country."
1956 Dean Martin's "Memories Are Made of This" hits #1 in America for the first of six weeks, proving there's still room for crooners in the rock era.
1948 Kenny Loggins is born in Everett, Washington, but eventually settles with his family in Alhambra, California.
1946 Magazine magnate Jann Wenner, most famous for his work with Rolling Stone and for his role in establishing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is born in New York City.
2020 Rascal Flatts announce they are breaking up following a farewell tour slated for June. They don't get the chance, as the tour is cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 Rush drummer/lyricist Neil Peart dies of brain cancer at 67.
2013 Justin Bieber fans are the target of an online trolling campaign. Members of the image board 4chan claim to be implementing an awareness campaign to encourage the pop star to say "no" to drugs. The campaign's premise is "Cut for Bieber," and fans are encouraged to cut themselves and post photos of the damage online accompanied by the #CutForBieber tag on Twitter. Several hoax accounts post results in "response," but it appears no actual Bieber fans fall for the ploy. Earlier in October, a similar troll campaign called "Bald for Bieber" fizzled out, too. That one encouraged fans to shave their heads for the pop star based on the false rumor that he had cancer.
2013 Seattle hip-hop artist Freddy E dies at age 22 of an apparent suicide.
2013 R&B singer Sam Pace (of The Esquires) dies at age 68.
2011 Ed Sheeran releases what will be his final independent EP, No.5 Collaborations Project, in the UK. The EP goes on to reach #2 on the UK's iTunes chart, despite Ed having no label.
2009 At the People's Choice Awards, Carrie Underwood is the night's big winner, taking home the Favorite Female Singer, Country Song ("Last Name") and Favorite Star Under 35 Awards. Rascal Flatts takes the award for Favorite Group.
2006 Pink marries the motocross rider Carey Hart in Costa Rica.
2004 Chris Robinson (of The Black Crowes) and actress Kate Hudson's son, Ryder Russell, is born.
1999 Rod Stewart and the supermodel Rachel Hunter announce the end of their eight-year marriage.
1997 David Bowie's 50th birthday bash takes place at New York City's Madison Square Garden in the form of a charity concert benefiting Save the Children. Bowie's famous pals - including Sonic Youth, Lou Reed, Robert Smith, Billy Corgan, and Foo Fighters, among others - pay tribute with renditions of the singer's tunes. Bowie closes out the event with his 1969 hit "Space Oddity."
1981 Eagles Live is certified Platinum; it is 13 years until the next Eagles album is released.
1980 R&B singer Larry Williams dies at age 44 of a gunshot wound to the head in what's eventually deemed a suicide, though some speculate he was murdered. Known for a string of enduring rock 'n roll hits from the mid-'50s, including "Bony Moronie" and "Short Fat Fannie."
Charley Pride becomes the first African American solo singer to perform at the Grand Old Opry in Nashville. He is invited to perform at the venerable country music mecca after the success of his hit "Just Between You and Me," which makes it to #9 on the Country music chart.
Pride is only the second African American ever to take the Opry stage - the first was harmonica player DeFord Bailey, who performed there as part of the regular cast from 1929 to 1941. As the child of a sharecropping family in Mississippi, one of Pride's few pleasures is listening to radio broadcasts from the Opry. Unlike many of his friends and family who listen to the blues, Pride prefers country music and teaches himself to play guitar like one of his idols, Hank Williams. It is no surprise that for his Grand Ole Opry debut, a very nervous Pride chooses to sing a Hank Williams song: "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)." He also sings his debut single, "The Snakes Crawl at Night," which he deliberately released without publicity photos to give it a better chance on country radio. In fact, concerns about racism among country radio promoters, and not country music fans, keeps Pride from releasing publicity photos for the first two years of his career. In 1993, Pride is invited to join the Grand Ole Opry, becoming only the second African American to receive this honor, after Bailey, and with Darius Rucker, is one of only three African American Opry members.
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