2001 Aaliyah gives her final performance, singing "More Than a Woman" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Exactly one month later, she is flying back from a video shoot in the Bahamas when the overloaded plane crashes and explodes on the runway, killing everyone on board.
1995 ESPN releases Jock Jams, Volume 1, an album of high-energy, stadium-friendly hits like "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C+C Music Factory and "Get Ready For This" by 2 Unlimited. It sells over 2 million copies and leads to four more compilations.More
1980 AC/DC release Back In Black, their first album without lead singer Bon Scott, who died five months earlier.More
1975 The musical A Chorus Line debuts on Broadway, the first of 6,137 performances in a 15-year run.
1965 Dylan plugs in! At the Newport Folk Festival, Bob Dylan plays an electric set for the first time, horrifying folkies everywhere.More
1964 The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night goes to #1 in America, where it stays for 14 weeks. It is already the #1 album in the UK, where it has a 21-week run at the top.
2020 Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green dies at 73. Green gave the band a strident blues sound before leaving in 1970.
2019 PledgeMusic, a platform for fans to fund musicians, goes offline without delivering the money pledged to hundreds of artists.More
2017 Barbara Sinatra, widow of Frank Sinatra, dies at age 90. Barbara was married to the singer from 1976 until his 1998 death.
2012 MGA Entertainment, the toy corporation behind the "Bratz" line of dolls, files a lawsuit against Lady Gaga, alleging that she and her managers delayed approval on marketing a Lady Gaga doll. MGA calls it "breach of contract" and is asking for $10 million - this, only eight months after the deal was struck.
2010 John Fogerty performs "Centerfield" at the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, where he donates a guitar shaped like a baseball bat.More
2009 Red's Recovery Room shuts its doors for good. Luckily, the beloved roadhouse has already been immortalized in Tom Waits' song "Filipino Box Spring Hog."
2009 World War I veteran Harry Patch, subject of the Radiohead song "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)," dies at age 111.
2003 Erik Braunn (Iron Butterfly guitarist) dies of a heart attack related to a birth defect in Los Angeles, California, at age 52.
2001 The Doors' John Densmore, Bonnie Raitt, and others are arrested in Itasca, Illinois, for demonstrating against a company which they claim destroys the rainforest.
2000 LeAnn Rimes releases the Christian-pop single "I Need You" from the soundtrack to the TV miniseries Jesus. It peaks at #11 on the Hot 100 and stays on the chart for 25 weeks.
1999 Woodstock '99 comes to a fiery conclusion as the crowd loots and burns anything they can find while the Red Hot Chili Peppers play the last set. Poor conditions and a mostly collage-age crowd swelled by testosterone and nu metal have made the riot pretty much inevitable. Remarkably, there are relatively few injuries; when police arrive, the crowd seems more than happy to leave.
1998 Jazz guitarist Tal "Octopus" Farlow dies from esophageal cancer at age 77 in New York City.
1995 Nina Simone is arrested for firing a pellet gun at noisy teenagers playing near her home in the south of France, for which she is placed on an 18-month probation and ordered to seek counseling.
1995 Country performer Charlie Rich, known for "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl," dies of a blood clot at age 62 at a motel in Hammond, Louisiana.
1995 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony release their breakthrough album E. 1999 Eternal, which sells over 4 million copies. The big hit from the set is "Tha Crossroads," which wins a Grammy for Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group.
After leaving Def Jam, Beastie Boys release their second album, Paul's Boutique, on Capitol Records.
The first Beastie Boys album, Licensed to Ill, became the first rap album to hit #1 in America and eventually sold over 10 million copies. The big hit was "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)," a goofy tune that MTV played like crazy. The song broke them big, but looked like the classic "one hit" of a one-hit wonder. Def Jam, however, was the most respected label in rap, and their co-owner Russell Simmons did everything he could to establish the group in the black community: he put them on tour with Run D.M.C., got them on Soul Train, and placed them in the movie Krush Groove. According to the Beastie Boys, what Def Jam didn't do was pay them, so they bailed on their 8-album deal and left for Capitol amid a flurry of lawsuits. When Paul's Boutique is released, Def Jam expects it to kill their rap credibility and Capitol expects it to sell millions. Both expectations are unmet: the album sells poorly but is embraced by the hip-hop community. So to recap, the black-owned independent label scores big with the novelty hit, while the white-owned major label gets an acclaimed, but poor-selling follow-up album. Def Jam planned to Sabotage the Beastie Boys by having Chuck D and the Public Enemy team cobble together an album from the group's outtakes (working title: White House), but when Paul's Boutique comes out, Chuck kills the project. "Now that I know they're serious I'm not going to go ahead with White House," he says. Eventually, Paul's Boutique moves over two million copies, and the Beastie Boys prove to be a good investment for Capitol, as they become one of the most successful acts of the '90s and one of the first rap artists to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where they are inducted by... Chuck D.
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