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.More
1984 The Police play the final concert of their Synchronicity tour in Melbourne, Australia. It is their last show, except for a few special events together, until 2007.
1966 John Lennon is quoted in the London Evening Standard saying, "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now." The remark goes mostly unnoticed, but causes a big stink when it is reprinted in a US publication four months later.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The #3 "Sometimes When We Touch" by Dan Hill is the only song in the Top 5 not written by a member of The Bee Gees. Andy Gibb's "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" is #1, with "Stayin' Alive" at #2, "Night Fever" at #5 and Samantha Sang's "Emotion," written by Robin and Barry Gibb, at #4.
By the end of 1978, there are 19 #1 songs, and six of them are written by at least one Gibb brother, including the top two: "Night Fever" (eight weeks at #1) and "Shadow Dancing" by Andy Gibb (seven weeks at #1). The following year, three Gibb co-writes reach the top spot.
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