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2016 Michael White, the British producer whose work includes the films Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, dies of heart failure at age 80.

2015 Drake places an astounding 14 songs in the Hot 100, thanks to the release of his mixtape If You're Reading This It's Too Late. The Beatles are the only other act to accomplish this, with 14 songs on the tally for a week in April 1964. Drake goes on to place 27 songs on the chart dated July 14, 2018.

2013 Guitarist Peter Banks, a founding member of Yes, dies at age 65.

2009 Jimmy Boyd, known for introducing the 1953 Christmas tune "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," dies of cancer at age 70.

2001 Ex-Trammps member Jerry Collins is convicted of attempted murder after being found guilty of bashing his wife's head into a sink and also pistol-whipping her. He is sentenced to a maximum of 35 years.

2001 Ed Townshend, singer/songwriter of the 1957 hit "For Your Love," sues the R&B group K-Ci and JoJo, claiming they used his song in their recent hit "Just For Your Love."

2000 Country singer Pee Wee King dies at age 86.

1999 Marv Ingram of The Four Preps dies at age 60.

1998 Archbishop Franc Rode organizes a special mass to forgive the blasphemers who wrote and recorded "Bitchcraft."

1988 The drag queen Divine (Glenn Milstead) dies of a heart attack at age 42.More

1987 The first four Beatles albums are released on compact disc: Please Please Me, With The Beatles, A Hard Day's Night, Beatles For Sale. This marks the first time the band's official UK albums have been available as standard Beatles albums in the US, many being presented for the first time in America in their original mono mixes.

1987 The Beastie Boys appear on Soul Train, where they perform "Brass Monkey." They win over host Don Cornelius, who tells them, "You're very chilling, very hip, and we like your music."

1983 The Songwriter's Hall of Fame inducts Neil Sedaka and Stevie Wonder into their ranks during their annual New York ceremony.

1983 New Order release "Blue Monday," which becomes the biggest-selling 12-inch single of all time. The track is reissued twice by the band: in 1988 and 1995. Despite massive success in Europe and on the specialist dance chart, only the 1988 Quincy Jones remix makes it to the mainstream Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #68.

1979 The Police get a badly needed break when they play the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas, where the radio station KLBJ has been playing their single "Roxanne," the first station in America to do so. The song starts to catch on, and seven weeks later peaks at #32, giving the band their first hit.

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RIAA Announce "Songs Of The Century"


The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) reveal their list of the top 365 "Songs Of The Century" (some of which are not songs, but albums). "Over The Rainbow" is #1, followed by "White Christmas" and "This Land Is Your Land."

The project is part of a music education program, with a curriculum distributed to fifth grade teachers. Students can hear the songs on a special service set up by AOL. The list is far from authoritative (or even consistent - albums and two-sided singles are somehow included); voters include elected officials, teachers, students and members of the media. The full list: 1) "Over The Rainbow" by Judy Garland 2) "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby 3) 'This Land Is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie 4) "Respect" by Aretha Franklin 5) "American Pie" by Don Mclean 6) "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" by The Andrews Sisters 7) West Side Story (Album) 8) "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" 9) "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by The Righteous Brothers 10) "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin 12) "Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley & The Comets 13) "When The Saints Go Marching In" by Louis Armstrong 14) "You Are My Sunshine" by Jimmie Davis 15) "Mack The Knife" by Bobby Darin 16) "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones 17) "Take the 'A' Train" by Duke Ellington Orchestra 18) "Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino 19) "God Bless America" by Kate Smith 20) "The Stars And Stripes Forever" by Sousa's Band 21) "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye 22) "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" by Otis Redding 23) "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" by Tony Bennett 24) "Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys 25) "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King 26) "Stormy Weather" by Lena Horne 27) "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry 28) "I Want To Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles 29) "Midnight Train To Georgia" by Gladys Knight & The Pips 30) "Imagine" by John Lennon 31) "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry 32) "The Twist" by Chubby Checker 33) "Happy Trails" by Roy Rogers & Dale Evans 34) "Your Cheatin' Heart" by Hank Williams 35) "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" by Fisk Jubilee Singers 36) The Sound Of Music (Album) 37) "'Round Midnight" by Thelonius Monk 38) "What's Love Got To Do With It" by Tina Turner 39) "Over There" by The American Quartet 40) "Stardust" by Hoagy Carmichael 41) "Ain't Misbehavin'" by Fats Waller 42) "Georgia On My Mind" by Ray Charles 43) "(Oh) Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison 44) "Every Breath You Take" by The Police 45) "My Girl" by The Temptations 46) "Hotel California" by The Eagles 47) "Happy Days Are Here Again" by Ben Selvin Orchestra 48) "Stand By Your Man" by Tammy Wynette 49) "Take Five" by Dave Brubeck 50) "America The Beautiful" by Louise Homer 51) "When A Man Loves A Woman" by Percy Sledge 52) "Light My Fire" by The Doors 53) "Stairway To Heaven" by Led Zeppelin 54) "Sweet Georgia Brown" by Ben Bernie Orchestra 55) "When You Wish Upon A Star" by Cliff Edwards 56) "Yesterday" / "Act Naturally" by The Beatles 57) "Louie Louie" by The Kingsmen 58) "God Bless the Child" by Billie Holiday 59) "Born In The USA" by Bruce Springsteen 60) "The Girl From Ipanema" by Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto 61) "I Walk The Line" by Johnny Cash 62) "The Star Spangled Banner" by John McCormick 63) "Oh Happy Day" by The Edwin Hawkins Singers 64) "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis 65) "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye 66) Oklahoma! (Album) 67) "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" by Johnny Mercer 68) "Don't Be Cruel" / "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley 69) "St. Louis Blues" by W.C. Handy 70) "Yankee Doodle" by Vess Ossman 71) "California Dreamin'" by The Mamas & Papas 72) "On the Road Again" by Willie Nelson 73) "Auld Lang Syne" by Frank Stanley 74) "Summertime" by Sidney Bechet 75) "Theme From Shaft" by Isaac Hayes 77) "Sentimental Journey" by Les Brown Orchestra 78) "Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins 79) "The Sound of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel 80) "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana 81) "It Had To Be You" by Isham Jones Orchestra 82) "Minnie the Moocher" by Cab Calloway 83) "Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford 84) "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong 85) "Fire and Rain" by James Taylor 86) "Y.M.C.A." by The Village People 87) "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley 88) "King Of The Road" by Roger Miller 89) "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor 90) "Ave Maria" by Marian Anderson 91) "Begin The Beguine" by Artie Shaw Orchestra 92) "Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan 93) "Stop! In the Name of Love" by The Supremes 94) "Stayin' Alive" by The Bee Gees 95) "1999" by Prince 96) "Please Remember Me" by Tim McGraw 97) Porgy And Bess (Album) 98) "Back In The Saddle Again" by Gene Autry 99) "Shake, Rattle And Roll" by Joe Turner 100) "In The Still Of The Nite" by The Five Satins 101) "Killing Me Softly With His Song" by Roberta Flack 102) "Friends In Low Places" by Garth Brooks 103) "Charleston" by Arthur Gibbs & His Gang 104) "A Tisket A Tasket" by Ella Fitzgerald 105) "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" by Chauncy Olcott 106) "The Times They Are A-Changin'" by Bob Dylan 107) "I Fall To Pieces" by Patsy Cline 108) "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston 109) "Mona Lisa" by Nat King Cole 110) "Blowin' In The Wind" by Peter, Paul & Mary 111) "Peggy Sue" by Buddy Holly 112) "Lean On Me" by Bill Withers 113) Kind Of Blue (Album) by Miles Davis 114) "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" by Hank Williams 115) "Proud Mary" by Creedence Clearwater Revival 116) "Can The Circle Be Unbroken" by The Carter Family 117) "Puttin' On the Ritz" by Harry Richman 118) "Layla" by Derek & The Dominos 119) "Jump" by Van Halen 120) "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2 121) "We Are The World" by USA For Africa 122) "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper 123) My Fair Lady (Album) 124) "Swanee" by Al Jolson 125) "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" by The Peerless Quartet 126) "Makin' Whoopie" by Eddie Cantor 127) "The Tracks Of My Tears" by The Miracles 128) "I Wanna Be Loved By You" by Helen Kane 129) "Pennies from Heaven" by Bing Crosby 130) "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard 131) "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison 132) "I Only Have Eyes For You" by The Flamingos 133) "Born To Be Wild" by Steppenwolf 134) "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder 135) "Born To Run" by Bruce Springsteen 136) "On The Good Ship Lollipop" by Shirley Temple 137) "Wabash Cannonball" by Roy Acuff 138) "Unchained Melody" by Al Hibbler 139) "Dancing in the Street" by Martha & The Vandellas 140) "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 141) "Piano Man" by Billy Joel 142) "Joy To The World" by Three Dog Night 143) "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M. 144) "My Way" by Frank Sinatra 145) "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green 146) "We Are The Champions/We Will Rock You" by Queen 147) "Purple Rain" by Prince 148) "Dancing Queen" by Abba 149) A Love Supreme (Album) by John Coltrane 150) "Wake Up Little Susie" by The Everly Brothers 151) "Shout" by The Isley Brothers 152) "I Got You (I Feel Good)" by James Brown 153) "The Thrill is Gone" by B.B. King 154) "Alexander's Ragtime Band" by The Boswell Sisters 155) "Bo Diddley" by Bo Diddley 156) "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" by Harry Belafonte 157) "Ring Of Fire" by Johnny Cash 158) "Donna" / "La Bamba" by Richie Valens 159) "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by The Tokens 160) "Take Me Home Country Roads" by John Denver 161) "Material Girl" by Madonna 162) "Rapper's Delight" by The Sugarhill Gang 163) "Goodnight Irene" by Leadbelly 164) "Tequila" by The Champs 165) "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" by Doris Day 166) "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)" by The Byrds 167) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Album) by The Beatles 168) "Soul Man" by Sam & Dave 169) "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" by Stevie Wonder 170) "Thanks For The Memory" by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross 171) "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" by B.J. Thomas 172) "Moon River" by Henry Mancini 173) "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd 174) "Misty" by Erroll Garner Trio 175) "Chances Are" by Johnny Mathis 176) "Love Letters" by Ketty Lester 177) "I Love Rock And Roll" by Joan Jett & Blackhearts 178) "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman 179) "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" by The Shirelles 180) "Leader Of The Pack" by The Shangri-Las 181) "In The Midnight Hour" by Wilson Pickett 182) "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?" by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers 183) "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash 184) "Oye Como Va" by Santana 185) "Coal Miner's Daughter" by Loretta Lynn 186) "Cat's in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin 187) "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" by Waylon Jennings 188) "The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers 189) "Bye Bye Blackbird" by Gene Austin 190) "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" by The Platters 191) "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)" by The Beastie Boys 192) "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge 193) "(They Long to Be) Close to You" by The Carpenters 194) "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart 195) "Night And Day" by Fred Astaire 196) "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime" by Rudy Vallee 197) "Tom Dooley" by The Kingston Trio 198) "Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page 199) "If You Don't Know Me By Now" by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes 200) "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" by Elton John 201) "U Can't Touch This" by M.C. Hammer 202) "Smooth" by Santana & Rob Thomas 203) "Livin' La Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin 204) "How Great Thou Art" by George Beverly Shea 205) "Sing Sing Sing" by Benny Goodman Orchestra 206) Hair (Album) 207) "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" by The Sons Of The Pioneers 208) "What the World Needs Now Is Love" by Jackie DeShannon 209) "Crying" by Roy Orbison 210) "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses 211) "One O'clock Jump" by Count Basie Orchestra 212) "Downtown" by Petula Clark 213) "It's Too Late" / "I Feel the Earth Move" by Carole King 214) "Celebration" by Kool & The Gang 215) "So In Love" by The Tymes 216) "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon 217) "Heart Of Glass" by Blondie 218) "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" by Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys 219) "Teen Angel" by Mark Dinning 220) Ornithology (Album) by Charlie Parker Sextet 221) "We Shall Overcome" by Joan Baez 222) "Something To Talk About" by Bonnie Raitt 223) "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" by Thomas Dorsey 224) South Pacific (Album) 225) "Runaround Sue" by Dion 226) "Tea For Two" by Art Tatum 227) "Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran 228) "Everybody Loves Somebody" by Dean Martin 229) "It's My Party" by Lesley Gore 230) "The Loco-Motion" by Little Eva 231) "On Broadway" by The Drifters 232) "Me And Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin 233) "Time In A Bottle" by Jim Croce 234) "Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffett 235) Bitches Brew (Album) by Miles Davis 236) "Kansas City" by Wilbert Harrison 237) "Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)" by The Penguins 238) "Got My Mojo Working" by Muddy Waters 239) "People Get Ready" by The Impressions 240) "The House Of The Rising Sun" by The Animals 241) "White Rabbit" by The Jefferson Airplane 242) "Graceland" by Paul Simon 243) "Love Shack" by The B-52S 244) "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly 245) "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow 246) "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion 247) "My Old Kentucky Home" by Geraldine Farrar 248) "Abraham, Martin and John" by Dion 249) The King And I (Album) 250) "At The Hop" by Danny & The Juniors 251) "What'd I Say I Say" by Ray Charles 252) "Mr. Sandman" by The Chordettes 253) "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes 254) "I Got You Babe" by Sonny & Cher 255) "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" by Charlie Daniels Band 256) "Flashdance... What a Feeling" by Irene Cara 257) "Burning Down the House" by Talking Heads 258) "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus 259) "Wide Open Spaces" by Dixie Chicks 260) The Music Man (Album) 261) "Walk On By" by Dionne Warwick 262) "Ramblin' Man" by Allman Brothers Band 263) "Move On Up A Little Higher" by Mahalia Jackson 264) "I'm So Excited" by The Pointer Sisters 265) "That Old Black Magic" by Louis Prima and Keely Smith 266) "Reach Out I'll Be There" by The Four Tops 267) "Walk This Way" by Aerosmith 268) "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes 269) "The Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler 270) "Change The World" by Eric Clapton 271) "If I Didn't Care" by The Ink Spots 272) "Paper Doll" by The Mills Brothers 273) "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday 274) "Ode To Billie Joe" by Bobbie Gentry 275) "Strangers In The Night" by Frank Sinatra 276) "War" by Edwin Starr 277) "Behind Closed Doors" by Charlie Rich 278) "Old Time Rock And Roll" by Bob Seger 279) "We Got The Beat" by The Go-Gos 280) "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5 281) "You're The Top" by Cole Porter 282) "My Guy" by Mary Wells 283) "You Send Me" by Sam Cooke 284) "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" by Glen Campbell 285) "Everybody's Talkin'" by Nilsson 286) "Heart of Gold" by Neil Young 287) "Jack & Diane" by John Cougar Mellencamp 288) "Fight The Power" by Public Enemy 289) "Me And My Shadow" by Whispering Jack Smith 290) "Deep In The Heart Of Texas" by Alvino Ray Orchestra 291) "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield 292) "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick & Friends 293) "You're Still the One" by Shania Twain 294) Birdland (Album) by Weather Report 295) "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac 296) "Another Brick In The Wall (part II)" by Pink Floyd 297) "(Ghost) Riders In the Sky" by Vaughn Monroe 298) "The Way We Were" by Barbra Streisand 299) "9 to 5" by Dolly Parton 300) Grease (Album) 301) "Don't Worry Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin 302) "Who's Sorry Now" by Connie Francis 303) "That's The Way (I Like It)" by K.C. & The Sunshine Band 304) "Yes We Have No Bananas" by Billy Jones 305) "On Top Of Old Smoky" by The Weavers 306) "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks 307) "Ohio" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 308) "Free Fallin'" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 309) "This Kiss" by Faith Hill 310) "Body and Soul" by Coleman Hawkins Orchestra 311) "I Am Woman" by Helen Reddy 312) Show Boat (Album) 313) "This Masquerade" by George Benson 314) "Some Of These Days" by Sophie Tucker 315) "Down Hearted Blues" by Bessie Smith 316) "New San Antonio Rose" by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys 317) "How High The Moon" by Les Paul & Mary Ford 318) "I'm Sorry" by Brenda Lee 319) "Everyday People" by Sly & The Family Stone 320) "When Will I Be Loved" by Linda Ronstadt 321) "Uncle John's Band" by The Grateful Dead 322) "Faith" by George Michael 323) "Up Where We Belong" by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes 324) "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over" by Hank Williams Jr. 325) "Candle In The Wind" by Elton John 326) "El Shaddai" by Amy Grant 327) "Salt Peanuts" by Dizzy Gillespie 328) Zodiac Suite (Album) by Mary Lou Williams 329) "Vesti La Giubba" by Enrico Caruso 330) "Whispering" by Paul Whiteman Orchestra 331) "Blue Yodel (T For Texas)" by Jimmie Rodgers 332) "Boogie Chillen" by John Lee Hooker 333) "Battle of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton 334) "She Works Hard For The Money" by Donna Summer 335) "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5 336) "He Stopped Loving Her Today" by George Jones 337) "Men In Black" by Will Smith 338) "El Paso" by Marty Robbins 339) "I'll Fly Away" by The Chuck Wagon Gang 340) "Rockit" by Herbie Hancock 341) "King Porter Stomp" by Jelly Roll Morton 342) "Cross Road Blues" by Robert Johnson 343) "Cattle Call" by Eddy Arnold 344) "Tiger Rag" by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band 345) "The Prisoner's Song" by Vernon Dalhart 346) "Yakety Yak" by The Coasters 347) "Big Yellow Taxi" by Joni Mitchell 348) "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood 349) "No Charge" by Shirley Caesar 350) "My Home's In Alabama" by Alabama 351) "One Sweet Day" by Boyz II Men with Mariah Carey 352) "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack 353) "Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around" by The Fairfield Four 354) "The 'In' Crowd" by Ramsey Lewis Trio 355) "Near You" by Francis Craig Orchestra 356) "Sing Me Back Home" by Merle Haggard 357) "Django" by The Modern Jazz Quartet 358) "Respect Yourself" by The Staple Singers 359) "Doo Wop (That Thing)" by Lauryn Hill 360) "Mama He's Crazy" by The Judds 361) "No Scrubs" by TLC 362) "Saturday In The Park" by Chicago 363) "Bills, Bills, Bills" by Destiny's Child 364) "Addictive Love" by Bebe & Cece Winans 365) "All Along The Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix


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Sylvie Lussier from Quebec, CanadaDes grands oubliés : Bohemian Rhaposdy, Both Sides Now, The Impossible Dream (Man of La Mancha) New York, New York (Frank Sinatra)

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