19 May

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19 MAY

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2010 David Guetta's "Gettin' Over You" becomes the billionth track to be Shazamed.

2007 At Porter Wagoner's 50th anniversary celebration at the Grand Ole Opry, Dolly Parton sings "I Will Always Love You" to Wagoner, whom she wrote the song about in 1974.

2007 Frank Guida, a Sicilian-American songwriter and music producer whose first hit was Tommy Facenda's "High School U.S.A.," dies in Norfolk, Virginia, at age 84.

2006 Freddie Garrity (frontman of Freddie & the Dreamers) dies at age 69 while on holiday in North Wales.

2004 Blues singer Arnold "Gatemouth" Moore dies in Yazoo City, Mississippi, at age 90.

2000 Folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary celebrate their 40th year together with a US tour that kicks off with a three night stand in Las Vegas.

2000 The Allman Brothers Band announce that founding guitarist Dickey Betts will not be a part of their summer tour. Reason given: "sadly, there are creative differences."

1998 Jewel releases a book of poetry, A Night Without Armor.

1997 Backstreet Boys release "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," their breakthrough single in the US.

1996 Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, Peter Frampton and Cypress Hill appear on the "Homerpalooza" episode of The Simpsons.

1992 Pop/soul singer Sam Smith is born in London, England.

1991 Odia Coates, known for a string of '70s duets with Paul Anka, including the #1 "(You're) Having My Baby," dies of breast cancer at age 49.

1990 Five weeks after debuting at #39 on the Hot 100 chart, Madonna's "Vogue" moves into the #1 spot.

1979 Two months after they are married, Eric Clapton and Pattie Boyd finally get a wedding reception, as Clapton gets a break in touring. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison are guests, and jam together for the first time in almost 10 years.

1979 Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter become the parents of Waylon Albright "Shooter" Jennings.

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Depeche Mode Launch "The Most Debauched Rock and Roll Tour Ever"


Depeche Mode begin their Devotional tour in Lille, France. They reach new levels of excess on the trek, culminating with lead singer Dave Gahan having a heart attack during a show.

The tour sets off with a crew of 120, including a psychiatrist who is on hand largely to support Gahan, who is deep into heroin abuse and has taken on a messianic personality, detaching from his bandmates in private rooms filled with candles. The shrink proves ineffective as Gahan never sees him and the rest of the band act out their rock and roll fantasies with a surfeit of drugs and groupies.

Gahan and Alan Wilder have their own limos, and every member is assigned a different floor at every hotel stay in an effort to partition the inevitable parties, including one that gets them banned from the Intercontinental hotel in Berlin.

On September 8 in Montreal, Gahan is arrested after punching a concierge at the hotel and spends a night in jail. A month later he collapses backstage before the encore at their show in New Orleans after suffering a heroin-induced heart attack. The band does the encore without him while he is taken to the hospital. Gahan, by now a hopeless addict, doesn't heed doctor's warning and returns to the tour.

Martin Gore's drug use also spirals out of control, and in November he is arrested in Denver for disturbing the peace in a hotel incident involving a boombox and a petulant attitude.

The tour ends in December, but picks up again in February 1994 as the "Exotic Tour." Fletcher quits the tour in March, and in June, Gahan bites reporter Andrew Perry on the neck as part of his fascination with vampires.

At the final show, July 8 in Indianapolis, Gahan attempts a stage dive that goes horribly wrong, and he is sent to the hospital with cracked ribs.

The tour becomes the stuff of legend as roadies and insiders spread tales of orgies, overdoses and destruction. Q magazine names it "The Most Debauched Rock and Roll Tour Ever."

Depeche Mode takes some time off and predictably, Gahan has more near-death adventures with drugs, including a 1996 overdose where paramedics have to jump start his heart Pulp Fiction style. He cleans up later that year, and in 1997 the group returns with their next album, Ultra. They don't tour for that one.



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