21 May

Pick a Day

21 MAY

In Music History

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2021 Olivia Rodrigo releases her debut album, Sour, which includes her debut single, "Drivers License," and also the hits "Deja Vu," "Good 4 U," and "Brutal."

2021 J. Cole suits up to play for the Patriots Basketball Club of the Rwandan African league. He scores three points in his debut.

2018 The Hootie & the Blowfish album Cracked Rear View is certified for selling 21 million copies in America, overtaking Guns N' Roses' Appetite For Destruction as the top-selling debut album of all-time in that country.

2015 Louis Johnson of The Brothers Johnson dies at 60. In addition to his work with the group, he also played bass on many sessions for other artists; that's him on Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Billie Jean."

2010 The Go-Go's guitarist Jane Wiedlin falls off a 20-foot cliff while hiking near San Francisco, mangling her knees and forcing the band to cancel their upcoming reunion tour.

2008 David Cook seems shocked to become the Season 7 winner of American Idol, beating 17-year-old David Archuleta. Cook got 56% of the record 97.5 million votes.

2008 Lou Pearlman, manager of Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, is sentenced to 25 years in prison on four federal charges: two counts of conspiracy, money laundering and using false statements in a bankruptcy proceeding.

2003 Ruben Studdard wins Season 2 of American Idol, beating out Clay Aiken.

2003 Ike Turner is refused entry into Japan because of a past drug conviction.

2002 Little Big Town release their disastrous self-titled debut through Sony's Monument Records. Although the album produces a couple minor hits on the Country chart, the group is denigrated by critics as a fake country band, devoid of substance. LBT proves them wrong with their acclaimed 2005 album, The Road to Here.

2000 Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots marries the model Mary Forsberg. It's his second marriage, and this one is low-key, taking place at a restaurant in Los Angeles. Celebrity guests include Weiland's bandmates and Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers.

1996 Soundgarden's fifth album, Down On The Upside, is released. It debuts at #2 in America, behind Fugees' The Score.

1993 Sliver, starring Sharon Stone and William Baldwin, is released in the US. The movie is panned by critics, but its prominent use of UB40's cover of the Elvis Presley original "Can't Help Falling in Love" helps give the band their second #1 hit in the States. The song was originally released as the first single from their 1993 album, Promises and Lies.

1988 "Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses" by Kathy Mattea hits #1 on the Country chart. It's the second chart-topper from her fourth album, Untasted Honey, following "Goin' Gone."

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Josh Groban Debuts on Ally McBeal

2001

Josh Groban's career takes off after he appears on the Season 4 finale of Ally McBeal as a jilted teenager.


The episode, titled "The Wedding," is supposed to surround Ally's wedding to Larry Paul until some real-life drama alters the onscreen romance. Robert Downey Jr., whose portrayal made Larry a fan favorite, relapses into drug use and is hastily written out of the series. Ally distracts herself from Larry's absence by taking on the case of teenager Malcolm Wyatt (Groban), who is suing a girl for backing out of their prom date. The highlight, however, is his performance of "You're Still You." Groban's appearance is so popular, prompting over 8,000 emails from viewers, he's invited back for the next season. "I woke up after that episode aired, and my manager called and said I had to do three interviews," Groban recalls. "I'd never done an interview in my life." In November, Groban releases his self-titled debut album, which peaks at #8 in the US.

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Stacy H from Utah I saw that episode and I was so impressed! He’s an amazing talent.
Jean Vought from Vista Cathe one I remember is when he was the son of a minister who was losing his faith because his wife, Josh’s mother, had died in a car accident.

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