2011 "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO hits #1 after first appearing on the Hot 100 on February 12 at #78. Thanks to a captivating video, the song starts the "shufflin'" dance craze and spends a staggering 68 weeks on the chart (six at #1), which is longer than any other chart-topper.More
2008 Billy Joel bids goodbye to Flushing, New York's iconic Shea Stadium with the first of two star-studded concerts. Sadly, this is the highlight of the Mets' season.
1996 The Sultan of Brunei, the world's richest man, marks his 50th birthday with a Michael Jackson concert on the Borneo Island. Jackson earns about $15 million for the performance, which is free to the 60,000 in attendance.
1981 Harry Chapin dies in a car crash at age 38.
1967 Arlo Guthrie debuts "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" at the 1967 Newport Folk Festival. The song runs 18 minutes long and tells a true (but greatly exaggerated) story about how he was arrested one Thanksgiving morning for illegal dumping. The ticket later made him ineligible for the draft, keeping him out of the Vietnam War. Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins, Janis Ian, and Tom Paxton also play the festival this day.
1966 A supergroup is born as former Yardbirds guitarist Eric Clapton teams up with bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker of the Graham Bond Organization to form Cream. They break up just three years later, but leave a lasting impact that earns them induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
2022 Jennifer Lopez marries Ben Affleck at a quickie wedding in Las Vegas. The couple were engaged in 2002 and had a lavish ceremony planned, but they called it off. They started dating again in 2021 after Lopez' marriage to Marc Anthony and Affleck's marriage to Jennifer Garner ended.
2014 Blues rocker Johnny Winter dies at age 70.
2012 Jon Lord, a founding member of Deep Purple, dies at age 71 of a pulmonary embolism while suffering from pancreatic cancer.
2009 At the Latitude Festival, held every year in Henham Park in Suffolk, England, Noah and the Whale debut their feature-length film The First Days of Spring. The film accompanies their new record of the same name due out in August. Written and directed by lead singer Charlie Fink, the film stars model Daisy Lowe, the daughter of fashion designer Pearl Lowe and Gavin Rossdale, lead singer for the alt-rock band Bush.
2008 Jo Stafford, whose "You Belong To Me" made her the first female artist to hit #1 on the UK Chart, dies of congestive heart failure at age 90.
2003 Cuban singer Celia Cruz dies of brain cancer at age 77.
2001 Kid Rock's album Devil Without A Cause goes Diamond, selling over 10 million albums in America. His previous three albums sold maybe 50,000 copies combined, mostly in the Detroit area.
1996 Styx drummer John Panozzo dies at age 47 when his liver fails after years of drinking.
1995 At North Carolina's Duke University Medical Center, Wayne Osmond of The Osmonds undergoes an operation to remove a brain tumor.
1990 Trial begins for Judas Priest after they are accused of implanting subliminal messages in their song "Better By You, Better Than Me." The suit alleges that the messages caused two teenage boys to enter a suicide pact (one of the boys killed himself instantly; the other died three years later from complications related to the suicide attempt). The case is dismissed August 24 after the judge determines that the supposed subliminal message is just an accidental recording oddity.
1984 Billy Williams dies of a heart attack at age 74. His group the Billy Williams Quartet was a fixture on Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca's "Your Show of Shows" in the '50s.
1982 Peter Gabriel launches the 3-day WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) festival at the Royal Bath and West showground in Somerset, England, with acts including the Drummers Of Burundi, Echo & the Bunnymen, and the Tian Jin dancers from China. It's a financial disaster but artistic success; Gabriel revives it the next year and the festival carries on, branching out to many countries over the next several years.
After unfinished tracks from their shelved project The Lillywhite Sessions are leaked on the internet, Dave Matthews Band reworks the songs and release them as Busted Stuff.
DMB abandoned The Lillywhite Sessions, helmed by their longtime producer Steve Lillywhite, in 2000. The band was in a depressive funk, slogging through the recording sessions and having difficulty producing anything positive. For the first time, they brought in a new producer, Glen Ballard (who helmed Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill), and churned out the pop-leaning chart-topper Everyday. Despite its success, DMB diehards were dismayed by the album, which had steadfast acoustic-lover Matthews experimenting with the electric guitar for the first time, and craved a taste what they should have gotten. In March 2001, a month after Everyday hit the shelves, rough tracks from the defunct release started appearing on the internet. "When they first got out on the Web, it was like walking into a gallery and there's a crowd of people standing around looking at an unfinished painting and judging you for it," Matthews told Rolling Stone. "I can't blame the fans for wanting to hear the thing, but it can't fix the feeling that you've been robbed. There was an ugliness to it that left me feeling violated." But the interest in the Lillywhite tracks couldn't be denied, so the group headed back into the studio to give them another go, this time with their longtime engineer Stephen Harris as producer. "This time we felt that we were doing the songs justice," Matthews said. "As they were, the sweetness of melancholy was missing, and they had a burdensome quality that was suffocating." The band also recorded two additional tracks – "Where Are You Going" and "You Never Know." Busted Stuff debuts at #1 on the albums chart, the third consecutive DMB release to top the tally.
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