2003 The Luther Vandross album Dance With My Father is released two months after the singer suffered a debilitating stroke. The album goes to #1 in America and the title track wins the Grammy Award for Song of the Year, but Vandross dies on July 1, 2005.
1991 In his first public appearance since being released from prison in February, James Brown stars in the pay-per-view concert special James Brown: Living in America. For $19.95, viewers can see Brown perform at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles along with MC Hammer, Bell Biv DeVoe, C+C Music Factory, Kool Moe Dee and En Vogue.
1990 Members of the rap group 2 Live Crew are arrested on charges of public obscenity after performing songs from their album As Nasty As They Wanna Be in a Hollywood, Florida, nightclub. A few days earlier, a federal court ruled the album obscene, and therefore performing it is against the law. It gets even more ridiculous when a cover band performs the songs for the purpose of getting arrested, which they do. Eventually, the ruling is overturned and charges against the rappers (and cover band) are dropped.
1976 Paul McCartney and Wings set a new indoor concert attendance record of 67,100 at the newly-opened Kingdome in Seattle.
1922 Judy Garland is born Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
2020 Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne takes innovative social-distancing measures on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: The band sings their tune "Race For The Prize" from inside massive plastic bubbles. Each audience member is also enclosed their own bubble to keep the coronavirus at bay.More
2017 Gorillaz stage their first Demon Dayz Festival, which takes place at Dreamland amusement park in Margate, Kent, England. Performers include Mavis Staples, De La Soul and Carly Simon, all of whom appeared on their album Humanz.
2016 Rick Astley releases 50, his first album of original songs in 15 years, in the UK. It goes to #1 its first week.
2010 Appearing at Milan's PalaSharp Arena to promote his self-titled solo record, Slash, in the midst of performing the Guns N' Roses classic "Sweet Child o' Mine," is tackled by a concertgoer. The guitarist bravely keeps on rocking, eventually switching guitars and finishing the song. Afterward, Slash described the night as "a kick-ass rock show."
2009 Barry Beckett, record producer and session musician of the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, dies in Hendersonville, Tennessee, at age 66.
2008 Lil Wayne releases Tha Carter III, which goes on to sell over 3 million copies.
2005 Ottawa Governor General Adrienne Clarkson officially makes Paul Anka an Officer of the Order of Canada.
1992 The Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas calls for a boycott of Time Warner, whose label Sire is distributing the song "Cop Killer" by Body Count, which is Ice-T's hardcore group. Six weeks later, the song is pulled from the album, but not before it sells over 500,000 copies, mostly due to the controversy.
1992 Model Kelly Emberg has her palimony suit against Rod Stewart thrown out.
1991 Temptation David Ruffin's funeral is held in Detroit, with attendees including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and former bandmate Eddie Kendricks, who is arrested at the service for failure to pay child support.
1988 Steve Sanders (baritone singer, guitarist for The Oak Ridge Boys) dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 45.
1986 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band celebrates its 20th anniversary with a concert in their hometown of Denver, Colorado.
In the last scene of the HBO series The Sopranos, "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey plays on the jukebox while Tony Soprano sits at a diner. It cuts to black on the line, "Don't Stop."
The series, which runs for six seasons, is very violent, chronicling the adventures of a mob boss (Tony) and his family. Steve Perry, the lead vocalist and co-writer of the song, feared it would be part of a gruesome scene ending with bloody retribution, and insisted on knowing the top-secret ending before granting permission. He was sworn to secrecy. The song, released in 1981, has been growing in popularity since 2003 when it was used in the film Monster; at karaoke bars, it is inescapable. The Sopranos scene takes it to a new tier, which in the era of iTunes means the song can be instantly downloaded for 99 cents. In 2008, Apple announces that it is the first pre-digital-era song to be downloaded over 2 million times. In 2009, it is used in a very different TV series: Glee, where it is sung by the cast. This version is released as a single and reaches #4 in the US, five spots higher than the original charted.
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