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1986 Flotsam and Jetsam's only full-length studio album with bassist Jason Newsted, Doomsday for the Deceiver, is released via Metal Blade Records. Doomsday is co-produced by the band with the label's head, Brian Slagel, and is the only album in the history of Kerrang! Magazine to receive a "six K" review (out of a possible five "K's").

1984 Ringo Starr sits in with The Beach Boys during their Miami concert.

1980 500,000 attend a free Beach Boys concert in Washington DC.

1978 Stephen McNally (who puts the "Mak" in BBMak) is born in Liverpool, England.

1977 Blondie bassist Gary Valentine quits the band.

1976 Paul Revere is married during the intermission of his concert at King's Island Amusement Park in Cincinnati on America's bicentennial.

1976 In a defining moment for punk rock in Britain, the Ramones play the Roundhouse in Camden. Local acts like The Sex Pistols and The Clash soon gain notoriety.

1974 Singer Inara George is born in Towson, Maryland, near where her dad, Lowell George, recorded the Feats Don't Fail Me Now album with his band Little Feat. Her middle name is "Maryland" in tribute.

1974 The Tony Orlando & Dawn TV show debuts on CBS.

1974 Barry White marries Glodean James of Love Unlimited.

1974 Steely Dan (Walter Becker and Donald Fagan) give up live performing after a show in Santa Monica so they can focus on studio work, including the album Katy Lied. They don't tour again until 1993.

1972 William Goldsmith (drummer for Foo Fighters) is born in Seattle, Washington.

1971 Andrew Creeggan (original percussionist, keyboardist for Barenaked Ladies) is born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.

1971 R&B singer Don McPherson (of The Main Ingredient) dies of leukemia at age 29.

1969 Grand Funk Railroad, which formed just a few months earlier, play to a huge crowd at the Atlanta Pop Festival. Lead singer Mark Farner sheds his shirt because of the heat and gets such a reaction from the crowd that he decides to play every show shirtless.

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Abba Reunite for Mamma Mia! Film Premiere


The movie Mamma Mia!, featuring the music of ABBA and based on the musical, opens in Sweden where the group attends the screening, briefly reuniting Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, and Agnetha Faltskog.

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