2017 Jay-Z becomes the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
2016 Jimmy Page takes the stand in a trial where he is accused of stealing part of the song "Taurus" for the intro to "Stairway To Heaven." Led Zeppelin played on the same bills with the band Spirit, who performed "Taurus" in their sets, but Page says he never heard that song before writing "Stairway." The jury rules in favor of Led Zeppelin.
1999 After a seven-year recording hiatus, Santana release the album Supernatural, which goes to #1 thanks to hit singles like "Smooth," "Maria Maria," and "Put Your Lights On." It's their first chart-topping album in 28 years.More
1996 The Beastie Boys host the first Tibetan Freedom Concert, with performers that include Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins and John Lee Hooker. About 100,000 attend the two shows, raising money for the Milarepa Fund.More
1994 The Disney film The Lion King hits theaters. A runaway hit, the movie takes in over $300 million in 1994, second only to Forrest Gump. The soundtrack goes Diamond, meaning over 10 million copies sold - a record for the soundtrack to an animated film.More
1986 At Giants Stadium in New Jersey, The Police headline the last concert on the Conspiracy of Hope tour, which benefits Amnesty International. They have plans to record an album, but scrap them after drummer Stewart Copeland is injured in a polo match. The trio does not tour again until 2007.
1967 Peter Green leaves John Mayall's Bluesbreakers to form Fleetwood Mac. He hires Mick Fleetwood, but it takes John McVie four months to leave The Bluesbreakers and join the band named after him.
2017 Shania Twain releases "Life's About To Get Good," her first single in five years.
2014 American Top 40 host (and voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo) Casey Kasem dies at age 82.
2013 Roger LaVern (keyboardist for The Tornados) dies at age 75.
2012 The conservative radio and TV personality Glenn Beck announces plans for launching a competitor to the popular TV series Glee, which revolves around a high school glee club with many musical numbers. Beck, incensed at the show's liberal portrayal of issues such as homosexuality and bullying, tells a Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Washington that the left "won't know what hit them" when he launches his own conservative version of the show. The show never materializes.
2008 Lionel Richie is given a TV Land Icon Award by the cable network.
2007 Ferlin Huskey undergoes leg surgery in a Springfield, Missouri, hospital to improve his circulation.
1996 Aurora is born Aurora Aksnes in Bergen, Norway.
1996 Ella Fitzgerald dies of complications from diabetes at age 79.
1991 MC Hammer kicks off his Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em world tour in Louisville, Kentucky. About 70 people, who perform various duties on stage, are in the entourage. Rolling Stone reports that Hammer is a taskmaster, fining dancers for missing steps and insisting that everyone go directly to their hotel rooms after shows.
1990 At Lake City Concert Hall, in Seattle, Washington, bassist Ben Shepherd plays his first show with Soundgarden.
1989 The Offspring's self-titled debut album is released only on vinyl. A CD and cassette reissue are eventually released in 1995.
1988 "If You Wanna Be Happy" singer Jimmy Soul dies of a heart attack at age 45 after years of drug use takes its toll.
Nirvana's debut album, Bleach, is released, with a cover tune as its lead single.
Hailing from Aberdeen, a small logging community in Washington State, Nirvana caught the attention of Sub Pop records, an indie label that captured Seattle's burgeoning grunge sound with acts like Soundgarden and Mudhoney on the roster. With Kurt Cobain as their frontman, the group showed up to Reciprocal Studios to record a handful of tunes under the helm of producer Jack Endino. The sessions turned into their debut album, Bleach, its title inspired by advertisements that instructed drug users to clean up their needles to help quell the AIDS epidemic. Nirvana had been performing Shocking Blue's "Love Buzz" during their live gigs but never intended the psychedelic '60s tune to launch their first album. Cobain thought the track was too lightweight, preferring the rawness of "Negative Creep," which showcased his primitive vocals, or the bittersweetness of "About A Girl," a pop-inspired ballad that encompassed the complex emotions of a failed romance. But Sub Pop cofounder Jonathan Poneman insisted on "Love Buzz," so they relented. Sub Pop, however, only pressed 1,000 copies of the single as part of a marketing ploy for their new Single of the Month Club, where subscribers could purchase singles in advance at an inflated cost. "Love Buzz" sold out almost immediately and became an instant collector's item. The band wasn't happy, because regular folks didn't have a chance to buy the single, but the buzz surrounding "Love Buzz" got Nirvana on people's radar in anticipation of their debut. While the band doesn't truly breakthrough until the release of Nevermind, they make an impression with Bleach. "We put out Bleach," recalls Sub Pop cofounder Bruce Pavitt, "and gosh, it just kept selling. Never ever in the history of our company have I seen a record just sell and sell and sell. They did tour, but a lot of bands tour. The word of mouth was there. There was something special there."
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