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2019 The New York Public Library opens the Lou Reed Archive, with photos, recordings and other media documenting his career.More

2014 Scott Asheton (drummer for The Stooges) dies of a heart attack at age 64.

2008 The musical I Am Who I Am, based on the life of singer Teddy Pendergrass, opens in Chicago.

2005 The third offering from Daft Punk, Human After All, is released in the US a day after its launch in the rest of the world. Recorded in just six weeks, it is a critical and commercial disappointment, leading the French duo to retreat into the studio to reconsider their direction and to call up some big-name collaborators for their next effort, Random Access Memories.

2004 The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inducts Bob Seger, George Harrison, The Dells, ZZ Top, Jackson Browne, Prince, and Traffic at their annual ceremony in New York City.

2003 Brad Paisley marries actress Kimberly Williams at Pepperdine University's Stauffer Chapel. They first met when the singer cast her as his female lead in his music video for "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)."

2002 Marshall Leib (of The Teddy Bears) dies of a heart attack at age 63.

1999 Curtis Mayfield, Del Shannon, Dusty Springfield, Paul McCartney, The Staple Singers, Billy Joel, and Bruce Springsteen are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Springsteen reunites with the E Street Band to perform at the ceremony.

1986 Starship's "Sara" hits #1 on the Hot 100. It's the second chart-topper (following "We Built This City") for the third iteration of the group, which was previously Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.

1983 Cathy Smith is arrested for second-degree murder for providing the drugs that killed John Belushi.

1982 The Songwriters Hall Of Fame, formed in 1969, finally lets Bob Dylan in.

1979 At a party following a Stephen Stills concert, Elvis Costello gets in an argument with Bonnie Bramlett of Delaney and Bonnie, and reportedly refers to Ray Charles as a "blind, ignorant ni--er." Costello pleads inebriation, and says he was just trying to outrage her.

1977 DJ Joseph Hahn (of Linkin Park) is born in Dallas, Texas, but grows up in Glendale, California.

1976 At the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, Deep Purple play their last show with their Mark IV lineup, which includes David Coverdale, Ian Paice, Jon Lord and Glenn Hughes, and has been extant since 1968. The group gets back together in 1984 with Paice, Lord, Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore and Roger Glover.

1976 KISS release their album Destroyer, featuring "Detroit Rock City" and "Beth."

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Fats Domino's Pianos Salvaged From Hurricane Katrina

2006

Remnants of Fats Domino's two pianos are discovered and saved by the Louisiana State Museum after attempting to salvage his Ninth Ward home after Hurricane Katrina.


Fats Domino was rescued from the wrath of Hurricane Katrina, but it takes a little longer to save his pianos, which were destroyed along with his Ninth Ward home. Two Steinways, a white grand and black baby grand, are put into storage by the Louisiana State Museum until funds can be raised for their restoration. It takes six years, but with a little help from Domino fan Paul McCartney, who contributes $1,000 in seed money, the rest of the $35,000 pours in.

While the black baby grand was Domino's go-to piano when he played at home, the focus of the project is the white grand, which stood as the centerpiece of the rock and roll legend's home from its esteemed place in the family's living room. It's also in the worst shape. The piano had been submerged in water for two weeks, full of raw sewage and covered with cracks and peeling paint. The restoration team completely dismantles the instrument, carefully examining nearly 6,000 pieces and making sure there's no water trapped inside, before putting it back together again. When all is said and done, the gleaming white piano stands as a museum showpiece almost as proudly as it did in Domino's living room - except it doesn't play. Lead conservator Shane Winter explains any efforts to make it playable would mean creating a different piano.

With most of the relics of New Orleans' rich musical history - including instruments, compositions, photographs, and landmarks - destroyed by the storm, the rescue of the two pianos is culturally significant. The black one stands at the Katrina exhibit at the Presbytère on Jackson Square. At the Old US Mint in New Orleans, the white piano is more than a piece of musical heritage but, ravaged and restored, it's a symbol of the resilience of Katrina's survivors: forever altered, but standing strong.

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