1985 The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) holds a meeting in a Washington church where they foment support for their agenda: a ratings system for albums and concerts like those used for movies, and also to keep offensive album covers out of view in record stores. Their efforts lead to warning stickers on albums with offensive lyrics.More
1978 After eight weeks at #1, "Night Fever" by the Bee Gees is finally bumped off, replaced by Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You," another song written by the Bee Gees and also featured on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.More
1970 The Beatles documentary Let It Be makes its theatrical debut. It is the last Beatles movie.
2019 Doris Day dies at 97.
2017 Portugal wins the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time when Salvador Sobral triumphs with the ballad "Amar Pelos Dois."
2016 Kristian Bush of Sugarland appears on the TLC reality series Say Yes To The Dress, where he is flummoxed by bridal culture. While shooting the episode, he is asked to write a new theme song for the show, which he does with "Forever Now (Say Yes)."
2016 Blake Shelton releases "Straight Outta Cold Beer," the third promotional single for his If I'm Honest album.
2012 Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass guitarist for Booker T. and the MGs) dies in his sleep at age 70 while on tour in Tokyo.
2008 Frank Sinatra gets his own stamp 10 years after his death. The 42 cent stamp features a young Sinatra in a snappy suit and fedora.
2008 The Turtles' Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, better known as "Flo and Eddie," sue Capitol Records for allowing Ice Cube to sample the group's 1972 song "Buzzsaw" for Cube's 1992 hit "Jackin' For Beats."
2008 Rapper Remy Ma is sentenced to eight years in prison for assault, weapon possession and attempted coercion in conjunction with the shooting of a woman outside a Manhattan nightclub.
2006 Johnnie Wilder Jr. (lead vocalist of Heatwave) dies at age 56 of complications from paralysis (due to a 1979 car accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down).
2006 Ryan Vandeberghe announces that the Suicide Machines have broken up after 15 years.
2004 In an Australian radio interview, Gene Simmons of Kiss states of Islam: "This is a vile culture, and if you think for a second that it's willing to just live in the sands of God's armpit you've got another thing coming... they want to come and live right where you live and they think that you're evil." After a flood of angry calls from Muslims, Simmons claims he was speaking only of extremists.
2003 Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong pleads guilty to selling drug paraphernalia over the Internet.
Essex plays a disenfranchised youth in '50s England who looks to rock and roll as his outlet. In real life, Essex spent much of the '60s trying to make it as a musician; he never got very far, but his acting career took off. When he was cast in That'll Be The Day, he offered to write a song for the film, and delivered "Rock On," a swirling track meant to capture the chaos, confusion, and love of rock and roll his character goes through. The producer takes a pass, but Essex gets a record label interested, and a few months after the film is released, "Rock On" becomes a huge hit in the UK, climbing to #3. It also crosses over to America, where it lands at #5 in 1974. Essex also stars in the 1974 sequel, Stardust. This time he has no trouble getting a song in the film.
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