1986 Guns N' Roses sign with Geffen Records, which in addition to making sure the band records an album, has to keep them alive and out of jail, which is no easy task. It pays off when Appetite For Destruction goes on to sell over 18 million copies just in America.
1972 America's first single, "A Horse With No Name," rides to #1 on the Hot 100, and the group's self-titled debut album also takes the top spot on the Albums chart. The group becomes one of the most successful acts of the decade, with subsequent hits "Sister Golden Hair," "Ventura Highway" and "Tin Man."
1947 Elton John is born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in Pinner, Middlesex, England. His stage name, taken at age 20, comes from two members of the band Bluesology: Elton Dean and Long John Baldry.
2020 It's the 15,561st day since Elvis Presley died, the exact number of days he lived, making him now dead longer than he was alive.
2018 Founding member Steven Page, who left the Barenaked Ladies nine years earlier, performs with the band at the Juno Awards, where they are honored for their induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip, who died the previous year, earns Artist of the Year.
2016 Two weeks after Major Lazer made history as the first US act to perform in Cuba since democratic relations eased between the two countries, The Rolling Stones play their first-ever Cuba gig, performing a free show for 1.2 million fans at Havana's Cuidad Deportiva. The Stones spend around $7 million to finance the trip, which follows President Obama's historic visit to the island.
2009 Dan Seals (of England Dan & John Ford Coley) dies of cancer at age 61.
2008 The Raconteurs release Consolers of the Lonely.
2007 Elton John sets the record for the most performances at New York's Madison Square Garden when he performs there for the 60th time – on his 60th birthday.
2006 Country musician Buck Owens dies of a heart attack at age 76, hours after giving his final performance at the Crystal Palace music hall in Bakersfield, California.
2004 "Suspicion," the final episode of The Chris Isaak Show - an adult comedy starring Chris Isaak - airs on Showtime.
2001 At the Academy Awards, where she is nominated for Best Song from her movie Dancer In The Dark, Bjork wears a swan dress complete with a purse that looks like an egg, which she "lays" on the red carpet. Such bold fashion would not be seen again until Lady Gaga's emergence.
2000 The Razzies aren't done with Madonna yet. After saddling her with three prizes for Worst Actress (Shanghai Surprise, Who's That Girl, Body of Evidence) and one for Worst Supporting Actress (Four Rooms) throughout her film career, the Golden Raspberry Awards names her Worst Actress of the Century. Will Smith is also a star of the evening at the 20th annual ceremony, where he wins Worst Original Song for "Wild Wild West." The movie of the same name (which he also starred in) is named Worst Picture.
1997 Kenny Moore, a songwriter who was Tina Turner's musical director, dies of apoplexy at age 45.
Aretha Franklin is born in Memphis, Tennessee.
Franklin's brand of soul is rooted in the church, where she belts the gospel blues throughout her childhood in Detroit. Her first contract at Columbia Records does little to foster her talent, but a move to Atlantic in the late '60s establishes her reputation as The Queen of Soul when paired with producer Jerry Wexler and the famed musicians from Muscle Shoals. Her seminal hits chart the highs and lows of romance, from toxic affairs in "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)" and "Chain Of Fools" to battle-of-the-sexes blowouts in "Respect" and "Think" to sweet declarations in "Baby, I Love You" and "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman." Under the helm of Clive Davis at Arista, she enjoys a career boost in the '80s and by 1987 she becomes the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After her death from pancreatic cancer in 2018, Rolling Stone calls her one of the greatest singers of all time and "a singular presence in pop music, a symbol of strength, women's liberation and the civil rights movement."
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