4 May

Pick a Day

4 MAY

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2021 Nick Kamen, known for the 1986 hit "Each Time You Break My Heart," dies of bone marrow cancer at his London home. He was 59.

2020 Grimes has a baby boy she names X Æ A-12. The father is entrepreneur Elon Musk.

2019 A section of Staten Island is renamed "Wu-Tang Clan District" in honor of the group.More

2018 Soul singer Leon Bridges releases his sophomore album, Good Thing. Its single "Bet Ain't Worth The Hand" takes the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance.

2017 Implying that they will soon be voted out of office, Democrats sing "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" to taunt Republicans in the House of Representatives after a Republican-sponsored bill replacing the Affordable Care Act passes.

2016 After Donald Trump's campaign plays "Start Me Up" following his victory speech celebrating his path to the Republican nomination, The Rolling Stones ask him to stop, joining several other artists in decrying his use of their songs.More

2013 James Righton of Klaxons marries the actress Keira Knightley. He proves useful when he gives ger guitar lessons for her role as a musician in the 2014 movie Begin Again.

2010 Olivia Newton-John gets "Physical" in a duet with Jane Lynch on the Glee episode "Bad Reputation."

2008 Martha Reeves' (of Martha & the Vandellas) home in Detroit is burglarized and one million dollars' worth of recording equipment is stolen. In just a few hours, the perpetrator is caught while attempting to hock the merchandise for $400.

2000 Letters to Cleo play their last concert in Boston; they disband the following month.

1993 PJ Harvey, fronted by British alt rocker Polly Jean Harvey, release their second and last album as a trio, Rid Of Me. The album is later hailed as one of the defining albums of the decade, but at the time, critics are split over Steve Albini's aggressive production.More

1992 Dudu Mntowaziwayo Ndlovu (percussionist for Johnny Clegg & Juluka) is killed in a hail of gunfire in South Africa at age 33.

1991 Punk rocker Simon Wilde (bassist for D.O.A.) dies of a brain tumor at age 33.

1991 Governor Ann Richards declares "ZZ Top Day" in Texas, honoring the group for "bringing the powerful beat of Texas boogie to enthusiastic audiences across the globe."

1987 Paul Butterfield (of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band) dies of a heroin overdose at age 44.

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Jennifer Lopez Launches Debut Single

1999

Former In Living Color Fly Girl Jennifer Lopez issues her first single, "If You Had My Love." The song lands at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Lopez the first artist to top the chart with a debut single since Britney Spears did the same with "...Baby One More Time" four months earlier.

Pursuing a music career was a risky move for Lopez, whose acting career was gaining steam with an acclaimed role in the 1997 biopic Selena. Starring in the film, which followed the life and tragic death of the Tejano singer, required the actress to perform in front of live audiences – a perk she missed from her days in musical theater. When the press got wind of Lopez's singing aspirations, they wondered if her acting career could sustain a musical failure. With the help of then-boyfriend Sean "Puffy" Combs and a team of star producers that included Rodney Jerkins, Cory Rooney, and Dan Shea, Lopez recorded On The 6, a collection of Latin-infused ballads that tapped into her Puerto Rican roots, the first single being "If You Had My Love." It is perfect timing, as a Latin explosion is blowing up the charts courtesy of Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, and Marc Anthony. The single also yields a hit video that ties into the burgeoning popularity of the Internet, showing a web surfer streaming live footage of the singer. Lopez continues her meteoric rise to fame with her next album, the one that inspires her nickname, J. Lo.

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