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Pick a Day

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2020 Bonnie Pointer of The Pointer Sisters dies of a heart attack at 69.

2017 Country songwriter/producer Norro Wilson, who penned hits for George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Charley Pride, and others, dies at age 79.

2016 Brian May of Queen posts a note on his website objecting to Donald Trump's use of "We Are The Champions" at campaign events. "Regardless of our views on Mr. Trump's platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool," May writes. The following month, Trump uses the song as his entrance music when he makes his first appearance at the Republican convention.

2012 Nat Reese, noted blues guitarist from West Virginia, dies at age 88.

2010 Olivia Newton-John plays a celebrity judge on the Glee episode "Journey To Regionals."

2004 Bad Religion release their 13th full-length studio album, The Empire Strikes First.

2004 Velvet Revolver release their first album, Contraband. The group is made up of former Guns N' Roses members Slash, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan, along with Scott Weiland and Dave Kushner.More

2000 Sinead O'Connor comes out as a lesbian during an interview with Curve magazine, saying, "I would say that I'm a lesbian. Although I haven't been very open about that and throughout most of my life I've gone out with blokes because I haven't necessarily been terribly comfortable about being a lesbian. But I actually am a lesbian." She marries a man the following year and says she's "three-quarters heterosexual, a quarter gay."

1996 The Fugees' reworking of "Killing Me Softly," featuring lead vocals by Lauryn Hill, goes to #1 in the UK, where it becomes the top-selling single of 1996.

1991 Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound, hits #1 in America. The ballad "Rush, Rush" and the rosy "The Promise of a New Day" both go to #1 on the Hot 100.

1985 Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" hits #1 in the US for the first of two weeks.

1984 The movie Beat Street opens in theaters. One of the first films with a hip-hop backdrop, it features appearances by Doug E. Fresh, Melle Mel and Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force.

1984 Bruce Springsteen plays a surprise gig at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey, going on after the scheduled act to warm up for his Born In The U.S.A. tour.

1981 Alex Band (vocalist for The Calling) is born in Los Angeles, California. His father is horror film director Charles Band, known for the Puppet Master franchise.

1979 Guitarist Derek Trucks is born in Jacksonville, Florida. After forming The Derek Trucks Band, he serves in The Allman Brothers Band from 1999-2014 alongside his uncle, drummer Butch Trucks.

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Bruce Springsteen Marries Patti Scialfa

1991

Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa get married. They have three children together.


A Jersey girl, Scialfa went to Asbury Park High School and returned to the area after college to join Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes as a backup singer. She and Springsteen were friends, and in 1984 they became co-workers when she joined his E Street Band. The following year, Springsteen married Julianne Phillips, but in 1988 - on the Tunnel of Love tour - he and Scialfa got close. In 1989, he and Phillips divorced, and in 1991, he marries Scialfa.

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