1993 A mysterious act called The Fireman releases an album called Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest in the UK. The cover is a red square with just a touch of text, and the music is mellow electronica. It is later revealed that The Fireman is a Paul McCartney side project.More
1992 At the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, California, Ozzy Osbourne plays the final date of his No More Tours tour, which he says will be his last. His former band, Black Sabbath, opens the show in tribute with Rob Halford on lead vocals, since Ronnie James Dio wants no part of it.More
1990 German producer Frank Farian admits that Milli Vanilli (Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan) didn't actually sing on the album Girl You Know It's True. A scandal ensues and the duo are stripped of the Best New Artist Grammy.
1956 Elvis Presley's first movie, Love Me Tender, premieres at the Paramount Theater in New York City. The film is a Civil War drama that was going to be called The Reno Brothers, but when Elvis became a major star during the shoot, it was re-titled after his hit song, with Elvis given top billing.
2016 Less than a year after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, country singer Holly Dunn, age 59, dies at a hospice facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
2011 Mark "Moogy" Klingman (keyboardist for Utopia) dies of bladder cancer in New York City, at age 61.
2007 The first episode of Daryl Hall's show Live From Daryl's House airs on the web, with Hall performing from his home in Millerton, New York. The series gains traction and gets picked up by the Palladia network. Over the years, Smokey Robinson, Joe Walsh, Cee Lo Green, Rob Thomas and many other musical luminaries appear, performing a mix of their own songs, covers and Hall & Oates tracks.
2007 In a charity auction, a 25-year-old man from Scotland pays $170,000 for two tickets to the Led Zeppelin reunion show at the O2 Arena in London. Over a million people entered a lottery for the 18,000 tickets, which sold for a face value of $255.
2004 Shania Twain's album Come On Over is certified double diamond by the RIAA, with over 20 million copies sold in the US. It's just the seventh album to do so, and the only one by a female artist.
2003 Alejandro Fernandez, Bacilos and Mana are the big winners at Mexico's second Premios Oye! in Mexico City, taking home two awards each. Fernandez is named Best Ranchero Act, and his "Nina Amada Mia" wins Best Popular (regional Mexican) Song. Bacilos wins Best Pop Group and Best Pop Song for "Caraluna." Mana wins Best Rock Group; its Revolucion de Amor is voted Album of the Year.
2000 Michael Abram, the Liverpool native who broke into George Harrison's home and stabbed him in an incident earlier in the year, is found not guilty by reason of insanity at Oxford Crown Court. Abram is to be confined to a mental hospital for an indefinite period of time.
2000 Due to the throat troubles of their frontmen, Chino Moreno and Fred Durst, Deftones and Limp Bizkit, respectively, cancel separate shows north of the US border. Deftones were to play to several thousand fans at the Aberdeen Pavilion in Ottawa, while Durst et al were to rock Vancouver with its Anger Management Tour.
1999 KoRn play their album Issues (released the following day) from start-to-finish at a venue not known for hosting nu-metal: the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
1997 Saul Chaplin, composer and musical director, dies after a bad fall in Los Angeles, California, at age 85. Collaborated for the scores and orchestrations of An American in Paris (1951), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and West Side Story (1961).
1997 Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks (trumpeter/trombonist for The Ohio Players) dies at age 58. Circumstances undisclosed.
1996 The movie Space Jam, starring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny, opens in theaters. The soundtrack sells over 6 million copies, thanks mainly to the opening song, "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly. Other contributors to the soundtrack include Seal, Monica, and Coolio.
After hitting it huge with their 1986 debut album, Licensed to Ill, Beastie Boys leave the label and sign with Capitol Records.
Under Def Jam, co-owned by rap impresario Russell Simmons and their producer Rick Rubin, Beastie Boys become wildly popular, with Ill topping the US album chart for seven weeks. Thanks to "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)," they are regulars on MTV; they appear in the films Krush Groove and Tougher Than Leather; they get on the Howard Stern Show. And crucially, they are accepted in the black community, even appearing on Soul Train in 1987. So what could possibly go wrong? The Beastie Boys have beef with Def Jam over unpaid royalties, and when they delay the recording of their second album, the lawsuits start flying. It gets ugly when Russell Simmons big-times them. "When the Beastie Boys came to me they were wearing red shiny sweatsuits and doo rags on their heads," he tells Spin. "I taught them how to f--king walk and how to f--king talk; I convinced the black community that they were real." "Russell would dress me, he would feed me, he'd bring me breakfast in bed each morning," was Mike D's sarcastic retort. "He'd even change my diapers." The two sides spend about a year trying to work it out, but the legal issues get far too entangled and the animosity is too strong. The group signs a lucrative deal with Capitol, where they spend the rest of their career. Def Jam claims it's just another case of a major label poaching an act that has been groomed by an independent, while the Beastie Boys say they were treated like trash, and that Def Jam used the profits they generated to finance other acts.
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