24 May

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24 MAY

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2016 Gord Downie, lead singer of The Tragically Hip, announces that he has a terminal brain cancer called glioblastoma. Downie, who was diagnosed in December and has been going through treatment, does one last tour with the band, closing with a show in his hometown of Kingston, Ontario, on August 21.

2013 Ed Shaughnessy (drummer for Johnny Carson's Tonight Show Band on NBC) dies of a heart attack at age 84.

2012 Billboard announces that Lionel Richie's Tuskegee is the second-best-selling album of the year so far in 2012, right behind Adele's 21. It's notable that the soul/R&B singer and Motown alumnus began his career in 1967, and is still connecting with modern audiences a full five decades later.

2010 Slipknot bass player Paul Gray dies at age 38 from an accidental overdose in his Iowa hotel room.

2010 At a Lamb of God concert in Prague, lead singer Randy Blythe pushes an encroaching fan off the stage. The man falls backward, hits his head, and dies two weeks later from the injury. Blythe doesn't know that the fan is seriously injured, and isn't aware of it when Czech authorities issue a warrant for his arrest. When the band returns to play a show in 2012, police detain Blythe and hold him in prison for five weeks. He later stands trail and is cleared of the charges.

2009 Former Wilco guitarist Jay Bennett dies in his sleep from an accidental overdose of a prescription painkiller at age 45.

2008 Forty-two years after releasing his first album, Neil Diamond scores his first #1 when Home Before Dark tops the albums chart.

2004 An auction of Bruce Springsteen's birth certificate on eBay is shut down by the Boss's legal team.

2003 Paul McCartney sits down for tea with Russian premier Vladimir Putin, then heads to Red Square for his very first performance behind the Iron Curtain, for an audience of 20,000.

1991 Gene Clark (tambourine player for The Byrds), suffering from a bleeding ulcer, dies at age 46 after years of drug and alcohol abuse.

1988 Country singer Billy Gilman, known for his hit debut "One Voice" at just 11 years old, is born in Westerly, Rhode Island.

1986 Garth Brooks marries his college sweetheart, Sandy Mahl. They'll welcome three daughters before their divorce in 2001.

1986 The Monkees, minus Mike Nesmith, begin their 145-date "20th Anniversary World Tour" at the Concord Hotel in the Catskill Mountains. The group has risen in popularity thanks to MTV, which started airing old episodes of their TV show.

1982 An 11-minute Paul McCartney/Ringo Starr film is screened at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

1982 Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship, Boz Scaggs, and Country Joe & the Fish play a benefit concert for Vietnam vets at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

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Hanson Hit #1 with "MMMbop"

1997

Hanson land a #1 hit with their debut single, "MMMbop," one of the most insidious earworms in music history.


The verses may escape detection, but that nonsense chorus just burrows in the brain: Mmmbop, ba duba dop Ba du bop, ba duba dop When the song was released, the oldest Hanson brother was Isaac, at 16, followed by Taylor at 13 and Zac at 11. They wrote the song themselves, and according to Zac, there's more to it than babble. "MMMBop represents a frame of time or the futility of life," he tells Songfacts. Musically, it's inspired by The Beach Boys and doo-wop groups of the '50s and '60s. It's hard to dislike the affable and quite wholesome Hanson brothers, but after enough listens, "MMMbop" can lead to madness. When they appear on Saturday Night Live, they participate in a skit where they are kidnapped and forced to listen to the song until they break.

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