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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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Dolly Parton's "I Will Aways Love You" Hits #1

1974

Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" goes to #1 on the Country chart. Nearly two decades later, Whitney Houston's R&B version tops the Hot 100 and becomes one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Parton wrote the bittersweet ballad of undying (platonic) love for her longtime mentor Porter Wagoner, who saw her rise to success during her seven years as a singer on his television show. The two also recorded 13 duet albums together before Parton decided to part ways. "If I should stay, I would only be in your way," she sings. In reality, Wagoner was standing in Parton's way as mentor and protege continuously butted heads over her decision to go solo. The song was a last-ditch effort to bring her stubborn partner around to the idea. "It's saying, 'Just because I'm going don't mean I won't love you. I appreciate you, and I hope you do great, and I appreciate everything you've done, but I'm out of here,'" Parton explained. It worked, but Wagoner insisted on producing the track. Not only does the song land at #1 on the country chart in 1974, it does it again when it's re-released in 1982, making Parton the first artist to reach #1 twice with the same song. Meanwhile, an 11-year-old choir girl in New Jersey named Whitney Houston is just beginning to sing solos in church. Little does anyone know, her powerhouse rendition as sung to Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard (1992) will become the defining version to many. It holds the #1 spot on the Hot 100 for 14 weeks and carries the distinction of being the best-selling single ever from a female artist. Several other artists have recorded the ballad, including Linda Ronstadt with a pre-Whitney R&B version, but not Elvis Presley. The King's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, tried to get Parton to sign over half her publishing rights before Elvis would record the cover, but she wouldn't be snookered into a raw deal. All in all, it's a lucrative bit of songwriting for Parton that leaves no room for sour grapes. Parton even presented Houston with the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female at the 1994 ceremony, where "I Will Always Love You" also won Record of the Year.

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