1996 This item appears in The Guardian: Newly widowed Stella Serth has been convicted of a public order offence in Tasmania. Mrs. Serth has been fined £200 for dancing on her husband's grave and singing "Who's Sorry Now?"
1992 Concerned that students are identifying with Freddie Mercury, who has recently died of AIDS, the principal at Sacred Heart School in Clifton, New Jersey, doesn't allow 8th graders to perform the Queen song "We Are The Champions" at their graduation ceremony. When students flood the radio station Z100 with requests for the song, it is re-released as a single.More
1976 Diana Ross' "Love Hangover" hits #1 in America. It's the first disco hit for Motown Records, which is slow to embrace the sound.
1971 The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" hits the top of the Hot 100 for the first of two weeks.
1961 Melissa Etheridge is born in Leavenworth, Kansas.
2013 Marvin Junior (lead baritone of The Dells) dies from complications of kidney failure at age 77.
2012 Aaron Freeman tells Rolling Stone that he is retiring Gene Ween, the stage name under which he has performed with Ween for nearly two decades. This appears to be the end of Ween, and the members of the now-defunct band begin pursuing other projects.
2005 Jazz singer-songwriter Oscar Brown Jr., writer of the popular jazz song "Afro Blue," dies from complications of osteomyelitis at age 78.
1999 Photographers taking shots of old cars wrecked at the bottom of Malibu's Decker Canyon discover the body of Iron Butterfly bassist Philip Kramer, who had gone missing on February 12, 1995. His death is ruled a suicide.
1989 Elvis Presley's first grandchild, Danielle Riley Keough, is born to Lisa Marie Presley.
1989 John Cipollina (lead guitarist of Quicksilver Messenger Service) dies at age 45 from Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency, a genetic disorder that can lead to several diseases including emphysema, liver disease, lung cancer and COPD.
1984 Comic rap group the Fat Boys release their self-titled debut album. By the end of the '80s, they have four Gold albums (including their debut) and star in the movie Disorderlies.
1983 Kiss play their last concert in their famous makeup; at least until 1996 when they re-form with all original members and painted faces once again.
1983 Van Halen get a record $1.5 million to play Day 2 ("Heavy Metal Day") of Apple founder Steve Wozniak's US Festival, the second and final year of the event. It's the most any act has ever been paid for a single performance.More
1977 Goddard Lieberson, who served as president for both Columbia Records (1956-1971; 1973-1975) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), dies of cancer at age 66.
1976 Dave Buckner (original drummer for Papa Roach) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1975 Melanie Brown is born in Leeds, England. With Spice Girls, she is known as Mel B or "Scary Spice."
Tina Turner releases Private Dancer, her big comeback album.
The late '70s were not kind to Turner, whose career as a disco singer was a non-starter. In the early '80s, she set up camp in New York City and garnered enough attention to get a record deal with Capitol, who gave her two weeks to record the album, her first since 1979. Using a mix of producers and songwriters, Turner makes her deadline and the album revives her career, earning her three Grammy Awards, a headline tour, and exposure on MTV. The following year, she tells the story of the hard times that led up to the album, including her abusive relationship with her husband Ike Turner, in her autobiography I, Tina.
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