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2007 Chris Tomlin's cover of "Indescribable" is used as the official wake-up call for NASA astronaut Patrick Forrester while on the Space Shuttle mission STS-117.

2006 Rufus Wainwright, son of folk singer Loudon Wainwright III, recreates the whole of Judy Garland's legendary 1961 Carnegie Hall concert at the famous institution in order to mark the show's 35th anniversary.

2005 Backstreet Boys stray from their traditional pop fare with their rock-leaning comeback album, Never Gone. It debuts at #3 in America, sells over 10 million copies worldwide...and is slayed by critics.

2003 Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers is awarded a Member of the British Empire medal by Queen Elizabeth in London.

2003 "Bring Me To Life," the debut single from Evanescence, hits #1 in the UK and stays for four weeks. The song peaks at #5 in America.

2002 Cher starts her Living Proof: The Farewell Tour. Planned for 59 dates, it ends up at 325, bringing in 260 million dollars. It's billed as her final tour, though she ends up returning to music years later.

1996 Mathew Fletcher, drummer for Heavenly, commits suicide at age 26 just before the release of the band's fourth and final album, Operation Heavenly.

1996 Beatles producer George Martin is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

1995 Irish blues rocker Rory Gallagher dies of a staphylococcal infection following a liver transplant at age 47.

1994 Noted film composer Henry Mancini dies of pancreatic cancer at age 70.

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ELP Have A Mean Armadillo On Cover Of Second Album Tarkus

1971

Emerson, Lake & Palmer release their second album, Tarkus. The creature on the cover is a weaponized armadillo.


The band had the music for the album, but needed a theme, so they called on the graphic artist William Neal for design ideas. He came up with the concept of the bellicose armadillo with tank treads, with the album spelled out with the bones of one of his victims. With the image in place, the band tied the songs to this theme.

On the subsequent tour, the band brings along a mechanical Tarkus that spews foam at key moments. At one show, Tarkus is misaligned and blasts into Keith Emerson's grand piano, causing a delay while roadies clean it out.

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