2007 Amy Winehouse's second album, Back to Black, is released in the US. It enters the Billboard chart the following week at #7, and surges to its chart peak of #2 after Winehouse wins five Grammy awards for the album the following year, including Record of the year and Song of the Year for "Rehab."
1999 Using the pitch correction software Auto-Tune to distort her vocals, Cher goes to #1 in America with "Believe," opening the floodgates for many more Auto-Tuned hits.More
2015 Daevid Allen, Australian jazz-rock guitarist (of Gong, Soft Machine), dies of cancer at age 77.
2013 Ken Casey of Dropkick Murphys takes out a skinhead fan after seeing him raise a Nazi salute. A crowd had gathered onstage for the encore and, seeing the fan across the stage, Casey hits him to the floor and lays into him. Calmly returning to his bass, Casey proclaims: "Nazis are not welcome at a Dropkick Murphys show."
2004 Luciano Pavarotti makes his 379th and last performance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, playing the painter Mario Cavaradossi in Giacomo Puccini's Tosca. He receives a 12-minute standing ovation.
2002 Danny Bonaduce of The Partridge Family wins his bout against Barry Williams (Greg from The Brady Bunch) on the Fox TV special Celebrity Boxing. In another bout, Todd Bridges from Diff'rent Strokes whoops up on Vanilla Ice.
1998 Reggae and ska musician Judge Dread (real name: Alexander Minto Hughes) dies of a heart attack at age 52 shortly after giving a performance in Canterbury, England.
1993 "Informer," a reggae-rap song with inscrutable verses by the Canadian artist Snow (named for his whiteness), hits #1 in America and stays on top for seven weeks. Snow enjoys it all from a prison cell in Toronto, where he's serving an eight-month sentence for assault.
1992 Bad Religion release their sixth full-length studio album, Generator. This is the band's debut album with drummer Bobby Schayer, who remains in the band until 2000's The New America.
1988 Bob Seger receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1976 #1 Billboard Album: Eagles' Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)
1973 Ed Sloan (frontman for Crossfade) is born in South Carolina.
1972 Rapper Common is born Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. in Chicago, Illinois.
1968 The Byrds' Greatest Hits is certified gold.
1965 The Beatles land their seventh #1 hit in America with "Eight Days A Week."
Sabbath, eligible for 10 years and nominated eight times, had grown frustrated with the Hall, which seemingly had no space for the band that pretty much invented heavy metal. In 1999, Ozzy Osborne wrote an open letter to the organization: "Just take our name off the list. Save the ink. Forget about us. The nomination is meaningless, because it's not voted on by the fans. It's voted on by the supposed elite for the industry and the media, who've never bought an album or concert ticket in their lives, so their vote is irrelevant to me." Despite this, Ozzy does attend the ceremony and accepts the induction, later apologizing about the letter. Holding more of a grudge are the Sex Pistols, who do not attend the ceremony. Instead, Johnny Rotten writes a letter on their website: "Next to the Sex Pistols, rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain. We're not your monkeys, we're not coming. You're not paying attention." At the ceremony, Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone reads it when he inducts the band. At the festivities, Metallica salutes Sabbath by performing "Hole in the Sky" and "Iron Man"; Skynryd, inducted by Kid Rock, close the ceremony in the most predictable way possible: with a jam of "Free Bird." The most controversial incident of the evening comes with Blondie's induction, which gets rather awkward when former members Frank Infante and Nigel Harrison take to the podium and literally beg Debbie Harry to let them play with the band. She refuses, telling Infante, "Can't you see my band is up there?" (photo from the Sex Pistols' official announcement)
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