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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.

2009 World War I veteran Harry Patch, subject of the Radiohead song "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)," dies at age 111.

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."

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 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.

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.

1990 Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa have their first child, Evan James.

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AC/DC Release Back In Black

1980

AC/DC release Back In Black, their first album without lead singer Bon Scott, who died five months earlier.

The album serves as a tribute to Scott, opening with the toll of "Hell's Bells," a sound they got by commissioning a one-ton bell from a foundry in England that they took on the road to perform the song. After Scott's death, the band wasn't sure they would continue, but at the funeral, his father insisted they move forward. Their new frontman was someone Scott admired: Brian Johnson from the local British band Geordie. His first task was writing lyrics to sync with the explosive tracks the band was working on. In true AC/DC form, he honored Scott not with sentimentality, but with swaggering lyrics about sex, drinking (Scott's death after a night of libations notwithstanding), and most importantly, rock and roll. The key song is the title track, where Johnson channels Scott over Angus Young's monster riff. Forget the hearse, 'cause he'll never die. The black cover is also in tribute. Recorded in the Bahamas with producer Mutt Lange (who also helmed their previous album, Highway To Hell), Back In Black becomes one of the best-selling albums of all time, with most global sales estimates putting it second only to Michael Jackson's Thriller. And it's done without balladry or compromise: AC/DC fans fully embrace Johnson and grow their legions into the MTV era and beyond, putting them in the very top echelon of rock artists.

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