27 June

Pick a Day

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2014 R&B/soul singer Bobby Womack dies of cancer at age 70.

2012 Rihanna is very lucky to escape with her life after being among 300 people evacuated from a motel during a fire in an elevator shaft. It takes ten firefighters to put out the resulting blaze at the Corinthia Hotel in London, where Rihanna was performing at the Hackney Weekend concert.

2009 Neil Young performs in London's Hyde Park. He is joined on stage by Paul McCartney for a duet of "A Day In The Life."

2009 Soul singer Fayette Pinkney (of The Three Degrees) dies at age 61 of acute respiratory failure after a sudden illness.

2009 Gale Storm, '50s pop singer and actress who starred in the TV shows My Little Margie and The Gale Storm Show, dies at age 87.

2009 Canadian blues musician Jackie Washington dies at age 89.

2006 Eileen Barton, known for her 1950 hit "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked A Cake," dies of ovarian cancer at age 81.

2000 Nelly releases his debut album, Country Grammar, with the hit "Ride Wit Me." It's one of the few rap albums to go Diamond, selling over 10 million copies in America.

1999 Coldplay, Muse and David Gray all play the New Bands Tent at the Glastonbury Festival. Main stage acts include Blondie, R.E.M., and Manic Street Preachers.

1996 The sixth edition of Lollapalooza launches at Longview Lake in Kansas City, Missouri. Defying tradition as a showcase for underground acts, the headliner is Metallica, with Soundgarden also on the bill. The tour lasts one more year before going on a 6-year hiatus.

1996 Fugees headline the "Hoodshock" festival in Harlem, which the group organized as a free event to encourage voter registration. The Notorious B.I.G., Sean "Puffy" Combs and Wu-Tang Clan also perform, but the event makes headlines for a panic set off at the end of the festival when a man fires gunshots into the air. In the chaos, about 30 people are injured.

1995 Neil Young releases Mirror Ball, an album featuring members of Pearl Jam. His 21st studio album, it features the hit single "Downtown."

1995 Circle Jerks release their sixth and final studio album, Oddities, Abnormalities, & Curiosities. It is the band's first release on a major label, although Mercury Records will go on to drop Circle Jerks after they fail to reach mainstream success.

1992 Stefanie Sargent of 7 Year Bitch dies at age 24. After a night of drinking and drug use, she chokes to death when she vomits in her sleep.

1989 Tom Jones gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Whitney Houston Lands Fourth #1 Hit

1987

Whitney Houston charts her fourth #1 on the Hot 100 with "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," the debut single from her second album.

The song was written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, a married couple who record as Boy Meets Girl. They wrote "How Will I Know," which was one of Houston's previous #1 hits from her debut album. When they pitched "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" to Houston's label head and mentor Clive Davis, they weren't sure if they wanted Houston to record it, since they wanted it for Boy Meets Girl. Davis made it very clear that Houston would be recording it. In the studio, producer Narada Michael Walden kept the track bouncy and light, but the song has some emotional heft: It's about a woman who is terribly lonely. When the workday ends, she yearns for somebody to take her blues away. Released a month ahead of the album, it becomes the first of four Hot 100 chart-toppers from the set. Boy Meets Girl doesn't go hitless: They reach #5 with "Waiting For A Star To Fall" in 1988.

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