2008 By simply tapping an app button on an iPhone, music fans can finally get an answer to the timeless question, "What's that song?" Shazam's free smartphone app is the first music recognition service of its kind - using a phone's microphone to listen to any song being played publicly - like in a restaurant, at a friend's house, or on TV - and identify it. And it actually works.More
2004 American Idol winner Fantasia's "I Believe" hits #1 on the US singles chart.
1989 The Monkees get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the ceremony, all four Monkees reunite for the first time - Mike Nesmith was a holdout on their reunion tour.
1981 Rick James releases "Super Freak."
2016 Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry suffers a cardiac arrest while performing with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, fellow members of the supergroup The Hollywood Vampires, in Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. The 65 year old is rushed to Coney Island hospital, where's he's listed in stable condition.
2015 The documentary Amy is released. The film, directed by Asif Kapadia, chronicles the short life of British singer Amy Winehouse. Hard-living Winehouse won five Grammy awards for her 2006 album Back To Black. She died at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning in 2011.
2012 Slash, of late Guns N' Roses fame, gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Charlie Sheen is master of ceremonies at the event, and comments, "It seems quite fitting that Slash is getting a star on the very street Axl Rose will one day be sleeping on." Oooooooooh, burn!
2010 The audience attending a benefit for Palestinian children in Oxfordshire, England, knew they were going to be entertained by David Gilmour. What they didn't know was that Gilmour's onetime Pink Floyd bandmate Roger Waters was going to drop in for a surprise four-song set. Waters said in a Facebook posting that he agreed to do it after Gilmour agreed to join him for a performance of The Wall in March 2011 in Europe. The last time the two had been on stage together was at the 2005 Live 8 London concerts.
2009 Robert Plant is officially a Commander of the British Empire after being bestowed with the title by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
2008 VH1's Rock Honors pays tribute to The Who.
2007 Bad Religion release their fourteenth full-length studio album, New Maps of Hell.
1998 Bauhaus, who broke up in 1983, begin their Resurrection tour with a show at The Palladium in Los Angeles.
1993 Bob Seger marries his third and wife, Juanita Dorricott.
1986 Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia goes into a diabetic coma, forcing the band to cancel the rest of their tour. He's in the coma for five days, and when he comes to, he has to learn how to walk and talk again. After months of rehab, he gets his faculties back and in December, and is once again on stage with his band.
1980 Jessica Simpson is born in Abilene, Texas.
1979 Chuck Berry is sentenced to jail for tax evasion. He would serve four months.
1978 Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman falls from the stage at a gig St. Paul, Minnesota, and is knocked unconscious.
Playboy publishes nude photos of Madonna taken before she was famous.
The singer did a number of nude photo shoots from 1977-1980, starting when she was an 18-year-old student at the University of Michigan looking for some extra cash and trying to form a band. Now a huge star, Playboy publishes some of the shots taken in 1979 and 1980 in a revealing spread.
A year earlier, the magazine turned down nude photos of Miss America winner Vanessa Williams, which their rival Penthouse published. "We think Vanessa genuinely didn't know what she was doing, didn't know her photos might be published," the article states. "Madonna, on the other hand, posed repeatedly for two noted photographers who routinely publish what they shoot."
One of the photographers, Lee Friedlander, says of the shoot: "She seemed very confident, a street-wise girl."
Madonna has little to say on the matter, but doesn't shy away. "I'm not ashamed," she tells the New York Post, a quote that becomes her credo. A week later, more photos from this time period appear in Penthouse, and she also graces that cover.
Indeed, Madonna is very comfortable posing nude, and continues to do so, but on her terms. Already a sex symbol tantalizing audiences in her Like A Virgin phase, she gets far more controversial and erotic, releasing the revealing documentary Truth Or Dare in 1991, and publishing a book of nude photos called Sex in 1992.
By taking control of her image and embracing her sexuality, Madonna sets an example that many other young pop singers follow.
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