2020 The South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, becomes the first major American festival cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Other tours and festivals around the world are called off soon after in efforts to limit the outbreak.More
2016 Diplo and his electronic dancehall project Major Lazer land a historic Havana gig, becoming the first US musical act to perform in Cuba in the new era of diplomatic relations between the island and the US, precipitating a visit from President Obama later in the month.More
2009 Thousands of Phish fans descend upon Hampton, Virginia, to see Page McConnell, John Fishman, Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon return to the stage for their first show since 2004. They open with "Fluffhead," a song they haven't played since 2000.
1998 Liam Gallagher of Oasis headbutts 19-year-old British fan Benjamin Jones, breaking his nose. The incident takes place in Brisbane outside of the singer's hotel. Gallagher is charged with assault, but Jones later drops the case and pursues civil charges.
1976 EMI Records reissues 23 singles by The Beatles - every one of them charts (again) in the UK.
2014 Charles Love (vocalist, guitarist for Bloodstone) dies of complications of pneumonia at age 68 in Kansas City, Missouri.
2013 Alvin Lee (lead vocalist, guitarist for Ten Years After) dies at age 68 from complications after a routine surgery.
2011 David Cassidy is the first contestant booted off Season 11 of The Celebrity Apprentice.
2010 The Golden Raspberry Awards judges decide the Jonas Brothers aren't capable of portraying themselves and bestow the trio with a Razzie for Worst Actor for Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience.
2010 Neo soul singer D'Angelo is arrested in Manhattan's West Village when he tries to solicit a sex act from a female undercover police officer.
2006 Renown African musician Ali Farka Toure dies of bone cancer at age 66.
2006 Pearl Jam makes their new single "World Wide Suicide" available as a free download after the track is leaked.
2006 New Orleans soul singer King Floyd dies from complications of stroke and diabetes at age 61.
2004 Peggy DeCastro (of The DeCastro Sisters) dies of lung cancer in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 82.
2001 MTV Cribs visits Redman's two-bedroom pad on Staten Island. Unlike the show's usual ostentatious fare, the rapper's modest crib is a testament to "keeping it real." The highlights are his makeshift doorbell (which is signaled by crossing two exposed wires), a freezer-full of Gorton's fish, and his cousin conked out on his living room floor.
2001 Michael "Smitty" Smith, drummer for Paul Revere & the Raiders, dies in Hawaii at age 58.
1998 Sixto Rodriguez performs in South Africa for the first time, where his two albums from the early '70s have made him a star. Rodriguez, who didn't know about his popularity in that country until recently, is later the subject of the documentary Searching For Sugar Man, which chronicles a South African fan's quest to find him.
1994 Frank Sinatra collapses on stage during a concert in Richmond, Virginia. The aging crooner would retire the following year, at age 79.
Many artists have entered the Hall twice, including all four of the Beatles, all four of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, two other Yardbirds (Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page), Johnny Carter, Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson, Curtis Mayfield, Clyde McPhatter, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart, Sammy Strain and Ronnie Wood. Clapton, though, becomes the first three-time inductee, largely a testament to his talent, but also a reflection of his itinerant musical allegiances. Clapton grew frustrated with The Yardbirds when they released "For Your Love," a pop song written by an outside writer. He left and formed Cream in 1966, where he scored hits with "Sunshine Of Your Love" and "White Room." After that group's demise, he joined another supergroup, Blind Faith, before forming Derek and the Dominoes, yet another short-lived supernova that produced the breathtaking Layla album (he also played with The Beatles, doing guitar on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"). Solo work took Clapton out of his comfort zone, especially when it came to vocals, but it gave him the freedom he needed. On his own, his hits included "Lay Down Sally," "Wonderful Tonight," "Tears In Heaven," and covers of songs by JJ Cale ("Cocaine," "After Midnight") and Bob Marley ("I Shot The Sheriff"). Always a serial collaborator, he played on tracks by Carole King, Sting, Phil Collins and dozens of others. Clapton's presenter at the ceremony is Robbie Robertson; in 1994, Clapton inducted Robertson's group The Band into the Hall.
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