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2021 B.J. Thomas dies of lung cancer at 78. His most popular song is "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," a #1 US hit in 1970 used in the movie Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid.

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 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.

1989 Elvis Presley's first grandchild, Danielle Riley Keough, is born to Lisa Marie Presley.

1988 Bob Dylan duets with Band drummer Levon Helm on the group's "The Weight" at a Helm show in New York. The duo also perform Chuck Berry's "Nadine."

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

1982 "House Of Fun" by Madness hits #1 in the UK. It's the only #1 hit of their career, but they place 17 songs in the Top 10 and 31 in the Top 40.

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 The Osmonds' appearance at Wembley Pool in London sets off a riot amongst fans.

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Armed With Harmony, Crosby, Stills & Nash Release Debut Album

1969

Crosby, Stills & Nash release their self-titled debut album, lighting a path for '70s bands like America and the Eagles with rich harmonies and mysterious lyrics.


All three members made it big with other bands but then soured in those environments. Crosby was with The Byrds before getting booted in 1967; Stills was with Buffalo Springfield until their demise in 1968; Nash founded The Hollies in 1962 but split in 1968, eager to make music that held more weight. None of them wanted a repeat, so they agreed that Crosby, Stills & Nash would be leaderless and optional - they would all be free to work on solo albums or other projects, and would work together when it suited them. For their first album, they each brought some songs; "Marrakesh Express" is a Graham Nash song that was rejected by The Hollies; "Wooden Ships" and "Guinnevere" came from Crosby; Stills contributed the album opener, "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes." Stills plays most of the instruments, but it's the vocals that lead the way. Their three voices sync remarkably well, creating a dynamic that keeps the album fresh and interesting from start to finish without relying on electric guitar solos. In August, Neil Young, who played with Stills in Buffalo Springfield, joins the band, which many hear for the first time when they play Woodstock - just their second gig together. Their next album, Déjà Vu, is released in March 1970 as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. It's even more successful than their debut, but as acrimony sets in and solo albums take priority, the quartet doesn't put out another album until 1977.

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