2013 Pearl Jam play a sold-out show at Wrigley Field in Chicago, the first American stop touring behind their 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt. Seven songs in, the show is delayed by... lightning. After midnight, the band returns to the stage and plays a rousing set, as the place is still packed.
1995 Clueless debuts in theaters, reviving the teen movie genre and boosting the film career of Alicia Silverstone, who appeared in the music video for Aerosmith's "Cryin'." The accompanying soundtrack gives retro hits a modern makeover, with the pop-punk act The Muffs covering Kim Wilde's "Kids In America."More
1985 Joan Jett calls up-and-coming heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson before his fight with Larry Sims, which Tyson wins handily. The superstitious Tyson insists on getting a call from Jett before every fight, which he does until breaking tradition for his bout against Buster Douglas on February 11, 1990 - Tyson's first loss.More
1966 Doing it his way, the 50-year-old Frank Sinatra marries the 20-year-old actress Mia Farrow in New York, causing a predictable media event. The marriage lasts just two years.
1958 The Drifters manager George Treadwell, who owns the name, fires the group and replaces them with members of The Five Crowns. When Ben E. King joins the group a short time later, The Drifters become consistent hitmakers, scoring with "There Goes My Baby," "This Magic Moment" and "Save The Last Dance For Me."
1947 Queen guitarist (and astrophysicist) Brian May is born in Hampton, Middlesex, England.
2017 Performing barefoot as usual, singer-songwriter Barbara Weldens is electrocuted on stage at Gourdon, France and dies from cardiac arrest.
2011 Rebecca Black, the world's most ironic celebrity, cashes in on her worldwide viral Internet fame by launching her own record label, RB Records, and her first single on the label, "My Moment." The song fails to get the same attention as her breakout hit, "Friday."
2004 James Lowe and Mark Tulin of the Electric Prunes, famous for their 1967 garage-psych hit "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night," sue their former label and publishing company for over one million dollars in unpaid royalties.
2002 It's "Solomon Burke Day" in Philadelphia in honor of their native singer.
2002 Movin' Out, a stage musical dedicated to the songs of Billy Joel, premieres in Chicago.
2001 Soul singer Judy Clay dies at age 62 from injuries sustained in a car accident.
2000 Shel Talmy, who produced the first Who album, My Generation, puts the master tapes up for auction on eBay for $500,000. As intended, it gets the attention of the band, who buy them (for significantly less) and in 2002 release the My Generation: Deluxe Edition CD using the tapes.
1999 Lou Bega releases his debut album, A Little Bit of Mambo.
1997 The Fat Of The Land by The Prodigy becomes the first album by an electronic group to hit #1 in America.
1994 The Rolling Stones release Voodoo Lounge.
1990 Singer Vicki Carr helps dedicate the Nixon Presidential Library, singing in front of all four living presidents (Nixon, Carter, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush), all of which she had performed for at the White House during their terms.
1989 After finding over $40,000 in cash and checks in his cell at the Stevenson Correctional Institute in South Carolina, officials move James Brown to a cell with tighter security.
Mariah Carey makes a surprise appearance on MTV's Total Request Live where she comes off as rather unhinged, rambling aimlessly and doing a striptease for the host, Carson Daly.
Carey is promoting her new single, "Loverboy," and is wearing an oversized shirt with that title that she soon removes to reveal a skimpy outfit. This is not a normal publicity appearance, but an impromptu drop-in at the TRL studios in New York City. Everyone seems confused, including Carey, who hands out ice cream from a cart she pushed in. When Daly asks what's going on, she replies, "Every now and then, somebody needs a little therapy, and today is that moment for me." Six days later, Carey enters a hospital where she receives medical and psychiatric treatment. She is diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Carey had been nearing a breakdown for some time, plagued by personal issues and exhaustion: Her three-year relationship with the singer Luis Miguel was on the rocks, and a two-week promotional tour in Europe took a lot out of her. "Loverboy" is part of the soundtrack to the film Glitter, her first starring role. The soundtrack is also her first album as part of her new $80 million contract with Virgin Records. After her hospitalization, here promotional appearances are cancelled, which tanks the project. The soundtrack is released on the unfortunate date of September 11, 2001; the film is released 10 days later. Both are tremendous flops. When Carey recovers, she puts everything Glitter behind her, refusing to perform the songs and rarely talking about it. In the social media age, her fans try to get Carey to revisit the album with the hashtag #JusticeForGlitter, and in 2016 she capitulates by adding "Loverboy" to her setlist. In 2018, #JusticeForGlitter becomes a movement to push the album up the charts, which it does, climbing to #1 on the US iTunes Albums chart and placing of a few Billboard charts as well. Carey thanks fans for lifting her Glitter burden, and considers doing more of the songs in concert, maybe as a medley.
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