2017 Rock originator Chuck Berry dies at age 90.
2001 Thanks to airplay on British radio, Eva Cassidy's album Songbird goes to #1 in the UK, five years after the singer's death.
1996 The Sex Pistols announce that they are reuniting for a 20th anniversary tour, which they call the Filthy Lucre Tour. Lead singer Johnny Rotten, who once vowed never to reunite the group, says, "We have found a common cause to bring us back together again, and it's your money." The Sex Pistols tour again in 2002 and 2007.
1978 The Bee Gees' "Night Fever" hits #1 on the Hot 100 and stays there for eight weeks, becoming the longest-running chart-topper of 1978.
1965 On Moosic Street in Scranton, Pennsylvania, a tractor-trailer carrying 15 tons of bananas loses control and crashes into cars, telephone poles, and houses on its way down the hill, injuring many people and killing the driver. Singer-songwriter Harry Chapin tells the story of the tragic event in his song "30,000 Pounds Of Bananas."
2020 Gal Gadot posts a video of herself and a host of celebrities singing "Imagine" line-by-line from their places of quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic. It doesn't get the reaction she's after.More
2016 Gwen Stefani, recently split from Gavin Rossdale and dating Blake Shelton, releases This Is What the Truth Feels Like, her first solo album since 2006. The album deals with her divorce and subsequent renaissance - or you could say, "Gwenaissance."
2014 Joe Lala (drummer for The Blues Image) dies of lung cancer at age 66.
2011 Rock bassist Jet Harris (of The Shadows) dies of cancer at age 71.
2009 New Orleans singer/pianist Eddie Bo dies of a heart attack at age 78.
2001 Four teenage girls are crushed to death in a shopping mall in Indonesia, when hundreds of fans panic while trying to catch a glimpse of British boy band a1. The four band members cancel the rest of their tour in Asia.
2001 John Phillips (of The Mamas & the Papas) dies of heart failure at age 65.
1997 The second full-length album from Ben Folds Five is released, Whatever and Ever Amen. The album obtains platinum certification in the US, and spawns the group's biggest hit tune, "Brick."
1994 Bassist Darryl Jones replaces Bill Wyman in The Rolling Stones.
1994 Courtney Love calls the police fearing that her husband, Kurt Cobain, is suicidal. Police confiscate four guns and 25 boxes of ammo from his home.
1994 Kenner, Louisiana names a street "Lloyd Price Avenue" in honor of their native son.
1992 Donna Summer gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Talking Heads play live for the first time since 1984 when they are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Ramones, Brenda Lee, Gene Pitney and Isaac Hayes.
Talking Heads got their start at the New York City club CBGB, where they opened for the Ramones in 1975. Two years later, they toured for the first time as Ramones' opening act on a European trek. The groups had very different styles: Ramones embodied minimalistic punk while Talking Heads made cerebral dance music. Ramones last played together in 1996; Talking Heads last made music together in 1988 but hadn't played live since 1984 when frontman David Byrne decided they should stop performing. Hopes for a Ramones reunion were dashed in 2001 when lead singer Joey Ramone died of cancer. The Talking Heads reunion was no sure thing: David Byrne had a frosty relationship with his bandmates, who felt they deserved more credit for the band's success and were miffed when Byrne announced the group's split in 1991 without telling them. But for the ceremony, they put aside their differences and play a short set starting with "Psycho Killer," the first song they wrote together. During their speech, they they bring up CBGB owner Hilly Kristal to thank him for his support. In Ramones' stead, Green Day perform their songs "Teenage Lobotomy," "Rockaway Beach" and "Blitzkrieg Bop." Eddie Vedder, sporting a mohawk, inducts them. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, still active and working on their album The Last DJ, bring back two original members - drummer Stan Lynch and bass player Ron Blair - to perform. They're inducted by Jakob Dylan, who says, "What's rare with Tom Petty is after 25 years, his next song might be his best one yet." Soul legend Isaac Hayes is inducted by Alicia Keys; Brenda Lee is introduced by Jewel.
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