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2014 '60s R&B/pop singer Jessica Cleaves (Friends Of Distinction) dies at age 65 of complications from a stroke.

2012 Greg Ham's funeral takes place at the Fitzroy Town Hall in Melbourne, Australia, with more than 300 mourners attending. The Men at Work flute player died two weeks earlier on April 19, at his home in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton North. Among the many mourners attending, are his partner, Linda Wostry, from whom he had recently separated, and Men At Work bass player John Rees. At the end of the service, to the strains of jazz music, Greg's 20-year-old son Max stands on the steps of the town hall, holding a framed photo of his father, while his sister, Greg's 17-year-old daughter Camille, releases a single white dove into the sky. The mourners then give the troubled musician a final round of applause as his coffin drives away down the streets of Melbourne.

2010 A flood in Nashville damages the Grand Ole Opry House and Country Music Hall of Fame. John Fogerty, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill and Keith Urban are among those who lose guitars and other equipment that is held in a storage facility. Also destroyed are the bass used on the Hank Williams song "Your Cheatin' Heart," and a Stratocaster owned by Jimi Hendrix.

2009 The TV series Jonas, starring the Jonas Brothers, debuts on the Disney Channel. It runs two seasons.

2006 Following up on their massively successful Lateralus album, Tool release 10,000 Days. In its first week 564,000 copies copies are sold, and by the end of 2007 the number is at 2.5 million.

2006 Neil Young releases Living With War, a very political album taking aim at the policies of US President George W. Bush.More

2003 Composer George Wyle, who wrote the theme song for the '60s TV series Gilligan's Island, dies at age 87.

1998 Heavy metal guitarist Hideto "Hide" Matsumoto (of X-Japan) commits suicide at age 33 by hanging himself.

1995 Pink Floyd's album The Wall goes Diamond, with sales of over 10 million in the US. It later eclipses (oh wait, wrong album) that total with sales of well over 20 million.

1994 Varg Vikernes, leader of the Norwegian black metal band Burzum, begins his trial for the murder of rival black metal musician (and former bandmate) Oystein Aarseth, co-founder of the band Mayhem. The two men had had a confrontation in August of 1993 which ended with the fatal stabbing of Aarseth. Vikernes was convicted at the trial and was sentenced to 21 years in prison; however he was released early in May of 2009 on probation and currently continues to do business as Burzum, with several albums released since then. He still has fans.

1992 Dance Floor, a horse owned by MC Hammer, comes in third in the Kentucky Derby.

1988 Living Colour's debut album, Vivid, is released. It takes almost a year to catch on, as the band slowly builds a following through tours, radio play and MTV.

1987 Cutting Crew's "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" hits #1 on the Hot 100.

1986 Country singer-songwriter Rose Falcon is born in New York.

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The Cure Reach New Heights With Disintegration


The Cure issue a gloomy record that's predicted to be commercial suicide, but ends up being their best seller: Disintegration. It boasts their biggest pop hits, "Lovesong" and "Lullaby."

By the time Disintegration, their eighth studio album, hits the shelves, Cure frontman Robert Smith has already celebrated - or rather, endured - his 30th birthday, a day he'd been dreading for months. He worried his best creative years were behind him without anything truly meaningful to show for it. Dismayed by the band's newfound popularity with their previous album, the uncharacteristically bright Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Smith retreated back into the darkness where albums like Seventeen Seconds, Faith, and Pornography were made. Fueled by copious amounts of alcohol and hallucinogenics, Smith channeled his feelings into a somber album that shocked Elektra Records, who warned the result would be commercial suicide. Actually, it's the opposite. Smith incorporated flashes of light in the darkness to balance the tone of the album, which boosted its commercial viability. "Lovesong," written as a wedding present for his wife, becomes The Cure's most successful single in America, where it peaks at #2. "Lullaby," based on a childhood nightmare about a bloodthirsty spider, scurries to the #6 in the UK. "Pictures Of You," a track full of romantic longing, is also a modest hit at #24 in the UK. Selling more than 3 million copies worldwide, Disintegration defies the record label's dire prediction and becomes The Cure's bestselling album. But the success also irks the band's fame-loathing frontman: "I realized at this time that, despite my best efforts, we had actually become everything that I didn't want us to become: a stadium-rock band."



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