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Pick a Day

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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.

2006 Vince Welnick (keyboardist for The Tubes, Grateful Dead) commits suicide at age 55 after a long battle with depression.

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.

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Rocker Trades Songs For Donations To Congressional Campaign

2006

Jackson Browne, Dar Williams and Pete Seeger play a hayloft in Garrison, New York, to kickstart Orleans founder John Hall's congressional campaign.


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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