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2017 Linkin Park release the pop album One More Light, which ends up being their last album with lead singer Chester Bennington, who commits suicide on July 20. The lead single, "Heavy," reflects his troubled state of mind.

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 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."

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.

1999 Moby releases Play, a downtempo collection of electronic tunes built on samples of field recordings and old blues numbers. Thanks to music licensing, the songs reach lots of ears and the album becomes a global hit.More

1998 DMX releases his debut album, It's Dark And Hell Is Hot, featuring "Ruff Ryders' Anthem," produced by the up-and-coming Swizz Beatz. It debuts at #1 in America.

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

1998 After signing with DreamWorks Records thanks to the demo tape his dad, Loudon Wainwright III, passed on to the label, Rufus Wainwright releases his self-titled debut album. A standout track is "Baby," which showcases his opera influence.

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 DJ/producer Marshmello is born Christopher Comstock in Philadelphia.

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Peter Gabriel Hits Big Time With So

1986

Former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel transitions from cult performer to pop star with the release of his fifth solo album, So, which includes the hit single "Sledgehammer."


"Sledgehammer" dropped a month before the album release and rocketed to #1 on the Hot 100, replacing Gabriel's former band with their hit "Invisible Touch." A big part of the single's success comes from its innovative music video. Directed by Stephen R. Johnson, the clip incorporates claymation and stop-motion techniques to create visuals like a train circling the singer's head and headless chickens grooving to the music. It sweeps the MTV Video Music Awards and boosts interest in the forthcoming album. The funky dance number is packed with sexual euphemisms to convey how lovemaking can break through communication barriers. Inspired by his love of '60s soul and his attraction to African funk, Gabriel enlisted Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns and French-African drummer Manu Katche to perform on the track. "It was a commanding blend of parallel heritages," the singer tells Spin. Gabriel found another kindred spirit in Kate Bush - a fellow pioneer of the Fairlight synthesizer that brings texture to So - who shares vocals on "Don't Give Up," a soulful ballad about a couple struggling through unemployment. Other singles include "Red Rain," a brooding tune about a plague of blood-red rain upon a sinful village, featuring Stewart Copeland of The Police on hi-hat duty; "Big Time," a satirical tale about a small-town boy's rise to fame; and "In Your Eyes," an anthemic ballad that soundtracks an iconic moment in the romantic film Say Anything… when John Cusack blasts it from his boom box to serenade his girlfriend. After nearly a year of producing the album at a remote English farmhouse with Daniel Lanois, all of the hard work pays off when So becomes an instant hit. It goes on to sell 5 million copies in the US and earns a Grammy nomination for Album Of The Year. Lanois continues the hit streak by producing another breakthrough release the follow year: U2's The Joshua Tree.

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