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2020 At 58, Garth Brooks becomes the youngest recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Past recipients of the award include Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, Billy Joel, Carole King, and Paul McCartney, among others.

2019 Keith Flint of The Prodigy is found dead at his home in Essex, England. Cause of death is determined to be suicide by hanging. He was 49.

2016 Shakira makes her feature-film debut, voicing the pop star Gazelle in the Disney animated movie Zootopia. She also contributes the song "Try Everything" to the soundtrack.

2011 Johnny Preston ("Running Bear") dies of heart failure at age 71.

2010 Redbone co-founder Lolly Vegas, who wrote and sang their hit "Come and Get Your Love," dies of lung cancer at age 70.

2009 John Cephas of Cephas & Wiggins dies at age 78.

2004 John McGeoch, a Scottish guitarist who played with Magazine, PiL and Siouxsie and the Banshees, dies at age 48.

2003 Bruce Springsteen plays Hank Ballard's 1960 hit "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go" at his show in Jacksonville, Florida, to honor Ballard, who died two days earlier.

2001 Michael Jackson and friend Macaulay Culkin spend the night shopping at a London record store, which stays open after hours to accommodate the pair.

2001 Glenn Hughes, the biker in The Village People, dies of lung cancer at age 50.

2000 "Amazed" by Lonestar hits #1 in America, knocking off another first-dance wedding favorite, "I Knew I Loved You" by Savage Garden.

1999 Cowboy singer Eddie Dean dies of emphysema at age 91.

1998 Bad Religion's breakthrough album, Stranger Than Fiction, released almost four years earlier, is certified gold by the RIAA, becoming the band's only album to achieve this certification in the United States.

1996 The Beatles song "Real Love," compiled from a John Lennon demo recording, is released in the UK.

1996 Grand Ole Opry icon Minnie Pearl dies at 83.

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Spice Girls Form In Open Audition

1993

Melanie Chisholm, Melanie Brown and Victoria Adams are among 400 hopefuls at a London dance studio auditioning for producers who are forming a new group. They are selected, and along with Geri Halliwell and Emma Bunton, become the Spice Girls.


With boy bands dominating the market, the father and son management team of Bob and Chris Herbert look for a girl group to work with. They place an ad in a trade magazine called The Stage that reads: R. U. 18-23 with the ability to sing/dance? R. U. streetwise, outgoing, ambitious, and dedicated? Chisholm, Brown and Adams are chosen, and at auditions two weeks later, Geri Halliwell wins them over. The Herberts rent a house for the girls and put them to work learning songs and dance routines. Emma Bunton joins, and in December they start showcasing their act for various industry types. The Herberts have them wearing matching outfits and doing cover songs, which doesn't sit well with the girls, so in March 1994 they break off on their own. The next year, they get a new deal with 19 Management, run by Simon Fuller, who later creates the Pop Idol/American Idol juggernaut. Fuller secures them a deal with Virgin Records and launches a marketing campaign based on the distinct personalities of the girls: Victoria is "Posh Spice," the sophisticated, elegant girl often seen in a little black dress. Mel B is "Scary Spice," a wild child who favors animal prints. Emma is "Baby Spice," innocent and often in pink. Mel C is "Sporty Spice," the athletic one who wears tracksuits. Geri is "Ginger Spice," the sexy girl with the most revealing outfits. The Spice Girls come off as a likable group of friends and champions of "Girl Power." When their debut single "Wannabe" is released in July 1996, it shoots to #1 in the UK and US, as the group becomes an international sensation.

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