2010 Jake Holmes finally gets around to suing Led Zeppelin for plagiarizing his 1967 song "Dazed And Confused." Led Zeppelin released a very similar song with the same title on their 1969 debut album, but Holmes waited decades to take legal action. The case is eventually settled, with the writing credit on the song changed to "Jimmy Page, Inspired By Jake Holmes."
2003 After Ruben Studdard beats Clay Aiken to win Season 2 of American Idol, their first singles debut at the top of the Hot 100. Aiken takes the top spot, becoming the first new artist to go straight to #1 on the chart.More
1980 Paul McCartney's "Coming Up" hits #1 in the US.
1968 Aretha Franklin appears on the cover of Time magazine under the banner, "The Sound Of Soul."
2019 Singer/actress Katharine McPhee, 35, marries the 69-year-old super-producer David Foster. They met in 2006 when Foster mentored McPhee on American Idol, and started dating in 2017.
2017 Gary DeCarlo, singer of the 1969 hit "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye," dies of cancer at age 75.
2016 Elvis Presley's original guitarist, Scotty Moore, dies at age 84. Moore, who played on rock classics like "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Jailhouse Rock," was the last living member of the team (Elvis, bass player Bill Black and producer Sam Phillips) that created The King's legendary sound.
2015 At the BET Awards, Puff Daddy reunites his Bad Boy crew - including Faith Evans, Lil' Kim, French Montana and Ma$e - for a 10-song medley of their hits. This leads to the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour the following year.
2012 The Flaming Lips break the Guinness World Record for the most live shows performed in multiple cities within 24 hours. The feat is part of MTV's O Music Awards which honors achievements in the digital music realm.More
2007 Rod Stewart receives ten stitches in his leg after slipping onstage in Manchester, England.
2005 Putting aside their longstanding differences, Fugees open the BET Awards with a surprise performance - a medley of their hits. They announce they're back in the studio, and a few months later release the single "Take It Easy," their first new music since 1997.
1997 Thanks to the heartwarming title track written for his daughter, Bob Carlisle's Butterfly Kisses becomes the first contemporary Christian album to hit #1 on the Billboard 200.
1997 George Harrison has an operation to remove a cancerous growth from his neck.
1997 Lela Howard (83) and her husband Raymond (88) drive to a festival 10 miles away in Temple, Texas, but don't return. Fastball frontman Tony Scalzo writes the song "The Way" after reading about it. Days after completing the song, the couple is found dead about 200 miles from the festival.
1993 After repeated threats to kill himself on stage, shock rocker GG Allin dies at age 36 of a heroin overdose following a concert that is cut short due to mayhem.
Bluegrass duo Gillian Welch and David Rawlings release The Harrow & The Harvest, their first album in eight years.
Welch, who defined the budding Americana genre with the release of her 1996 debut album, Revival, explains she lost her creative spark for nearly a decade, but found it again with The Harrow & The Harvest. "The sad truth is we never liked anything enough to put it out, which is not a pleasant place to be," she told The Australian. "Over the course of that time that we were quiet we probably had enough songs to put out two or three records. Actually we made a few tentative steps at trying to record, but inevitably the heart would go out of it when we realized that we simply didn't like the material enough to go on with it." The album, named for a period of intense frustration that finally bore fruit with tracks like "The Way The Whole Thing Ends," is nominated for Best Folk Album at the 2012 Grammy Awards.
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