2020 The music industry recognizes "Blackout Tuesday" in response to the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Using the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused, many record labels and artists cease operations, while broadcasters and streaming services change their programming in support of efforts to address racism and injustice on a wide scale, and more specifically to end police brutality against African Americans.More
2018 BTS become the first K-pop band to top the US albums chart when Love Yourself: Tear debuts at #1.
2002 Eminem's The Eminem Show hits #1 on both the UK and US album charts.
2001 A cover of the chart-topping 1974 Labelle hit "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott, Pink, Mya and Lil' Kim takes the song back to the top spot, making Lil' Kim the first female rapper to appear on a Hot 100 #1 hit.
1989 Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman, 52, marries 18-year-old Mandy Smith in a 15-minute civil ceremony held at a registry office in Suffolk, England. The only witnesses are Smith's sister and Wyman's son. A proper celebration takes place three days later.More
1944 Marvin Hamlisch is born in New York City. The composer will not only win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Chorus Line in 1975, but will snag multiple Emmy, Grammy, Tony, and Academy Awards for his work for stage and screen (The Way We Were, The Sting).
2013 Taylor Swift poses for photos with KYGO radio DJ David Mueller before her concert in Denver. She later accuses him of putting his hand up her dress, and Mueller is fired. In 2015, he sues her, but Swift countersues and wins a sexual assault case against him. "He grabbed my bare ass," she says in her testimony.
2011 Pink and her husband, Carey Hart, welcome their first child, a daughter named Willow Sage.
2011 Jazz pianist/composer Ray Bryant (of The Ray Bryant Combo) dies at age 79.
2008 Bo Diddley dies of heart failure at age 79.
2003 A painting of Kylie Minogue wearing gold hot pants causes tempers to fray among drivers in Brighton. Artist Simon Etheridge put up the almost life-size picture in his own Art Asylum gallery as part of a Festival and since then motorists have caused regular traffic hold-ups as they stopped to take a second look.
2002 Rockabilly singer-songwriter Boyd Bennett (of the Rockets), known for the '50s hits "Seventeen" and "My Boy, Flat Top," dies of a lung ailment at age 77.
2002 S Club 7 member Hannah Spearitt announces she is quitting the group two months after her boyfriend and band member Paul Cattermole had left the group.
2002 Pop Idol winner Will Young's version of The Doors' 1967 classic "Light My Fire" hits #1 on the UK singles chart.
2002 The wedding ring that Paul McCartney had given his fiancée Heather Mills ends up thrown out of the window of the hotel where the couple is staying in Miami. Hotel staff use metal detectors to find the $25,000 ring the next day. Despite the quarrel, Paul and Heather go ahead with the wedding.
2001 "Lady Marmalade," a #1 US hit for Labelle in 1975, returns to the top spot with a cover featured in the movie Moulin Rouge! This version is produced by Missy Elliott and features Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya and Lil' Kim.
2000 Western swing bandleader Adolph Hofner dies less than a week before his 84th birthday.
1999 Junior Braithwaite (of Bob Marley's Wailers) is gunned down in front of a fellow musician's home in Kingston, Jamaica. Junior, age 47, is the third Wailer to be murdered, following Peter Tosh and Carlton Barrett's 1987 deaths.
1998 Lynyrd Skynyrd release their fourth live album, Lyve from Steel Town.
Hall, who held local office in the '90s, worked with Browne in the late '70s to protest nuclear power through their Musicians United For Safe Energy (MUSE) organization. Fed up with George W. Bush and his political allies, they set out to wrest the congressional seat in New York's 19th district away from Republican Sue Kelly, a Bush supporter. Hall agrees to run after Browne offers to raise money in his behalf, which he does through the "barn concerts." About 125 guests pay $250 each for the cozy performance, which is so intimate that an audience member offers to pony up for "Take It Easy," an Eagles hit Browne co-wrote. "How much you got?" Browne asks. They agree on $2000, the maximum donation allowed by law, and Browne does the song. This starts a trend of audience members offering donations in exchange for songs, and after a weekend of concerts, Hall has over $100,000 in his coffers. He wins the election and serves two terms in congress, fighting for climate change legislation, universal health care and veteran's benefits before being ousted in 2010 by a Tea Party challenger.
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