1996 Jars of Clay hit #37 with "Flood" - the first Top 40 hit for a Contemporary Christian band in the Alternative Rock era. Over the next few years, a steady stream of Christian Rock bands cross over, led by Creed.
1990 Two days after a federal court declares the 2 Live Crew album As Nasty As They Wanna Be legally obscene, Charles Freeman, the owner of a record store in Ft. Lauderdale, is arrested for selling the album by six Broward county sheriff's deputies who are working undercover. He is later found guilty of selling obscene material and fined $1000. Police may have motive for targeting Freeman, as he is later arrested for selling cocaine.
1977 Kanye West is born in Atlanta, Georgia. He produces tracks for Jay-Z before starting his solo career in 2004 with his album The College Dropout.
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.More
1969 The Rolling Stones fire founding member Brian Jones, whose relationship with his bandmates has deteriorated beyond repair. Brian Jones tells the press he is leaving to "play my kind of music." Less than a month later, he is found dead at his home.
2020 Bonnie Pointer of The Pointer Sisters dies of a heart attack at 69.
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.
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."
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.
My Chemical Romance's second album is a "pseudo-conceptual horror story" about an outlaw on a Satan-commissioned killing spree in order to be reunited with his dead lover. But, explains frontman Gerard Way, "The record ended up being much more about loss and real life than anything." Gerard and his brother Mikey, bassist for the band, had just lost their grandmother and their grief is apparent on the album's key tracks – from the anguished album opener, "Helena," to the catchy self-help anthem (and lead single) "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)," to the haunted memories of "The Ghost of You." Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, helmed by noted punk producer Howard Benson, carries My Chemical Romance to the mainstream, with "Helena" cracking the Top 40 of the Hot 100 and "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" peaking at #4 on the Modern Rock chart. By 2006, the album sells more then 3 million copies in the US.
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