2008 R. Kelly is innocent! After a six-year legal battle, he's acquitted of all charges after less than a day of deliberations in his child pornography trial. Prosecutors had argued that a video tape mailed to the Chicago Sun-Times in 2002 showed Kelly doing horrible things with a 13-year-old girl.
2005 After a five-month trial, Michael Jackson is cleared of all charges of child molestation.
1988 Paula Abdul's debut album, Forever Your Girl, is released. An accomplished cheerleader and choreographer, she proves successful as a singer as well, as the album produces four #1 hits: "Straight Up," the title track, "Cold Hearted" and "Opposites Attract."
1970 Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo is born in New York City. He is raised on an ashram (spiritual hermitage) in Pomfret, Connecticut.
1969 At a press conference in London, Mick Taylor is introduced as the new guitarist of The Rolling Stones, replacing founding member Brian Jones.
1967 Colin Hay, 14 years old, arrives in Australia with his family, who have left Scotland for better opportunity. He forms the band Men at Work, which becomes one of the most popular acts in the country.
2018 Drummer D.J. Fontana, known for his work with Elvis Presley, dies at 87.
2010 Country music singer Jimmy Dean dies while watching television at age 81 in Varina, Virginia.
2000 Sinead O'Connor releases Faith and Courage, her first studio album in six years.
1998 During the Dave Matthews Band set at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in Washington, DC's RFK Stadium, concert-goer Lysa Selfon is struck by lightning. With help from an off duty paramedic, she is revived and eventually makes a full recovery.
1995 Fear Factory issues their second full-length effort, Demanufacture. Produced by Colin Richardson, the album spawns such industrial-metal classics as the title track, "Replica," and a cover of Head of David's "Dog Day Sunrise."
1989 Jerry Lee Lewis gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1985 R&B singer Raz B (of B2K) is born De'Mario Monte Thornton in Cleveland, Ohio.
1972 39-year-old Clyde McPhatter, who performed with The Dominoes and founded The Drifters before starting a solo career, dies in his sleep after years of alcohol abuse left him with heart, liver, and kidney disease.
1970 Bread release the soft rock classic "Make It With You."
1970 Uriah Heep release their debut album, ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble, in the UK. Critic Melissa Mills of Rolling Stone says she'll commit suicide if the group "makes it," but the negative critical reaction doesn't stop Heep from appealing to fans and moving on to have a long, successful career as a trailblazing heavy metal band.
1968 David Gray is born in Sale, Cheshire, England.
1963 Paul De Lisle (bassist for Smash Mouth) is born in Exeter, Ontario, Canada.
Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette releases her breakthrough album, the alt-rock classic Jagged Little Pill.
The jagged little pill in question comes from the album's fourth single, "You Learn," where Morissette urges listeners to "swallow it down" via going through tough experiences and emerging stronger on the other side. A top 10 hit, it's a ray of hope on an album that's already served up the vengeful lead single, "You Oughta Know." The singer has no problem unleashing her pain on the ex who did her wrong, but she's not going to wallow in it. She's going to swallow that jagged little pill and move on, having learned from her mistakes. Producer Glen Ballard, who co-wrote the album's incisive lyrics, pushed the former teen pop singer to tap into her angst without obliterating her sense of positivity (i.e. pop friendliness). Morissette continues to shift between world-weariness and cautious optimism. While "Ironic" details all the ways life screws us over, "Hand In My Pocket" promises "everything is going to be quite alright." Jagged Little Pill is a critical and commercial success, selling over 33 million copies worldwide. It's also the first #1 album for Maverick, a label founded by Madonna. The album earns five Grammy awards, including Album of the Year, making 22-year-old Morissette the youngest artist to win the honor.
©2023 Songfacts®, LLC