2009 After performing the Poison hit "Nothin' but a Good Time" at the Tony Awards, Bret Michaels has a run-in with the set, and the set wins. He cuts his lip and fractures his nose in the incident.More
2004 AC/DC's Back in Black album goes Double Diamond, becoming just the sixth album with RIAA-certified sales of over 20 million in America. In November, the Shania Twain album Come On Over becomes the seventh. Both albums were produced by Mutt Lange.
1982 Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion opens to the public. Visitors get to experience the Jungle Room (green shag carpets!), the Trophy Room, and the Meditation Garden.
1976 New York magazine runs a cover story called "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night," describing the disco-fueled nightclub scene. The article gives Bee Gees manager Robert Stigwood the idea for Saturday Night Fever.More
1975 Elton John's Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy, with the hit "Someone Saved My Life Tonight," becomes the first album to debut at #1 in the US. It holds the top spot for seven (non-consecutive) weeks.
1972 The musical Grease opens on Broadway.More
1958 Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He's named after his father's jazz combo, the Prince Rogers Trio.
1917 Dean Martin is born Dino Paul Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio.
2011 Def Leppard release their first ever live album: Mirrorball.
2008 Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones make a surprise appearance to jam with Foo Fighters during their Wembley Stadium gig in London. The one-night-only supergroup plays "Rock And Roll" and "Ramble On."
2007 Rancho Mirage, California, names a street after one-time resident Dean Martin.
1994 Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane/Starship is sentenced to 200 hours of community service on charges of pointing a loaded gun at police who responded to reports of a disturbance at her home on March 5th.
1994 Stone Temple Pilots release their second album Purple, which goes to #1 in America and sells over 6 million copies on the strength of the tracks "Big Empty," "Vasoline" and "Interstate Love Song."
1993 Ground is broken for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
1991 Spike Lee's film Jungle Fever debuts in theaters. It boasts a soundtrack written and produced by Stevie Wonder and features Queen Latifah's acting debut. The rapper plays a waitress who snubs the interracial couple played by Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra.
1979 President Jimmy Carter decrees June as Black Music Month, which Barack Obama changes to African American Music Month in 2009.
1975 John Denver scores his third US #1 hit with "Thank God I'm A Country Boy."
1974 Terry "T-Low" Brown (of Next) is born in Minnesota.
1971 Don McLean records "Vincent."
1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young play the Fillmore East in New York City, where Graham Nash debuts his song "Simple Man," written about his breakup with Joni Mitchell the day before. The show is broadcast live on WNEW-FM and later released as the album Fillmore East 1970.
The movie Perfect debuts in theaters, starring John Travolta as a Rolling Stone reporter who falls for aerobics instructor Jamie Lee Curtis. While the drama is a dud with critics, it portrays Rolling Stone as more than a music magazine – which is exactly what its editor-in-chief Jann Wenner hoped.
"The film shows Rolling Stone as it really is," says Wenner, who plays Travolta's boss, Mark Roth, in the film. "I think that the movie will explain Rolling Stone to a lot of people who may have misconceptions about what it is. The magazine covers a lot of arenas in addition to music - politics, cultural affairs, sociology, movies." Based on a real series of articles Rolling Stone published in the '70s about the rising popularity of health clubs among single people, the movie follows Travolta from the magazine's New York offices (meticulously replicated on a pair of soundstages for the film) to Curtis' popular workout class in Los Angeles. While music isn't integral to the plot, it does have a big presence, mostly during the fitness scenes where Curtis sweats it out to the Jermaine Jackson/Whitney Houston collab "Shock Me," Dan Hartman's "Talking to the Wall," Lou Reed's "Hot Hips," and Jermaine Stewart's "Wear Out the Grooves." Jackson also sings the title theme, "(Closest Thing) to Perfect." Wenner calls the movie "dead-on accurate" but accuracy doesn't score many points with critics or moviegoers – except perhaps one. While promoting Pulp Fiction, which revives Travolta's flagging career, director Quentin Tarantino calls Perfect "greatly under-appreciated."
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