1995 Eazy-E (Eric Wright) dies of AIDS-related complications at age 31.More
1994 Modern rock rules as Soundgarden's Superunknown is the #1 album in America, with Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral at #2. Those looking for something less intense can find it at #3, with the Ace of Base album The Sign.
1977 "Rich Girl" hits #1 in America, giving Hall & Oates their first of six chart-toppers on the Hot 100.
1977 The Clash release their first single, making an immediate political statement with "White Riot." It is released only in the UK and not available in America until two years later.
1966 After 14 years on TV (and ten years on radio before that), the last episode of The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet, which made Rick Nelson a household name, airs on ABC.
2018 Kesha, an ordained minister, presides over a same-sex wedding between two of her fans in Las Vegas. Footage is used in her video for "I Need A Woman To Love," a reworking of the Janis Joplin song "I Need a Man to Love."
2012 Madonna's 12th studio album, MDNA, debuts, hitting #1 on the Billboard album charts and selling a hot 350,000 copies in two weeks.
2008 The B-52's lose their apostrophe and become the B-52s with the release of their album Funplex. The apostrophe, which is grammatically incorrect because apostrophes show possession, was simply an error made by the friend that designed their logo.
2008 Guitarist Clint Lowery returns to Sevendust to replace Sonny Mayo.
2006 Nikki Sudden (co-founder of Swell Maps) dies of a heart attack at age 49.
2005 Paul Hester (drummer for Crowded House) commits suicide at age 46.
2004 Jan Berry (of Jan & Dean) dies at age 62.
2001 Gorillaz release their debut self-titled album, which becomes a surprise chart success in the US. Although the band's vocalist, Damon Albarn, is well known in Europe through his band Blur, he is virtually unknown in the States, leading to low expectations for the release. The album eventually sells over a million copies in America and peaks at #14.
1999 Bengali musician Ananda Shankar dies of heart failure at age 56.
1991 Bob Dylan's The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 is released.
1988 "Man In The Mirror" becomes the fourth of a record five #1 hits from Michael Jackson's Bad album.
1987 Elton John admits that his marriage to Renate Blauel is in trouble, releasing a statement (through his publicist) that reads: "In order to put an end to further speculation, Elton and Renate jointly wish it to be known that they have for many months lived apart whilst each of them has been considering the future of their marriage." The couple married on Valentine's Day, 1984; their divorce is finalized on November 17, 1988.
The Rolling Stones' lips and tongue logo appears for the first time when it is used on VIP passes for their show at the Marquee Club in London.
The logo was designed by John Pasche, a student at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London (where Storm Thorgerson, who designed the Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon album cover, also attended). Stones management called the school looking for a student to design a poster for their 1970 European tour, and Pasche was chosen. That project went well, so he was given another assignment: "Create a logo or symbol which may be used on note paper, as a program cover and as a cover for the press book." Pasche met with Mick Jagger, who showed him a picture of the Indian goddess Kali, rendered sticking out a long, pointed tongue. Using that as a basis, Pasche came up with the tongue and lips logo, earning £50 (about $75) for his efforts. Pasche did not base the design on Jagger's lips, but he says he may have done so subconsciously. The logo is bold and compact - perfect for small spaces. It has an anti-authority vibe with plenty of sexual overtones, which is exactly what the band stands for. After debuting on the VIP passes, the logo appears in April on an insert for the Sticky Fingers album, which features a real, working zipper on the cover designed by Andy Warhol. The logo is so successful, the band uses it for their label, Rolling Stones Records, and puts it on every subsequent album, as well as most of their promotional materials, T-shirts and other merchandise. "It's kind of a universal statement, sticking your tongue out at something," Pasche says. "It's a protest, really."
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