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2016 Peter Gabriel launches the "Imprisoned For Art" campaign, an effort to free prisoners around the world who have been sent to jail for opposing their governments. More

2014 Soul singer Jimmy Ruffin dies in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 78. His hits include "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" (1966) and "Hold On (To My Love)" (1980).

2006 R&B singer Ruth Brown dies after suffering a heart attack and stroke at age 78. Known for '50s hits like "So Long," "Teardrops From My Eyes," and "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean."

2006 Icelandic rock act the Sugarcubes take the stage in Reykjavik for the first time in 14 years. The group, whose most famous alumnus is Björk, reassembles to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its debut single, "Birthday."

2003 Songwriter and country musician Don Gibson dies of natural causes at age 75. Wrote the country standards "Sweet Dreams" and "I Can't Stop Loving You."

2003 Soul singer Arthur Conley dies of intestinal cancer in Ruurlo, Netherlands, at age 57.

2003 After collapsing on stage during a concert in London, Meat Loaf is rushed to a nearby hospital with what a publicist terms "exhaustion due to a prolonged viral infection" but what is actually an irregular heartbeat requiring emergency surgery.

2003 Tori Amos releases Tales of a Librarian.

2003 Let It Be... Naked, a stripped-down version of The Beatles' Let It Be album, is released. Phil Spector produced the original, and the new release removed his lavish strings and other accoutrements.

2000 Nickelodeon releases the film Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, an event significant in the music world because its soundtrack includes "Who Let The Dogs Out" by Baha Men. The song becomes a worldwide hit, charting in the Top 10 in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. It even becomes the unofficial anthem for New Year's Eve parties going into 2001.

1998 The Offspring release their fourth studio album, Americana, with the hit "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)."

1998 Retailers in the US are hit with a wave of superstar releases on what the industry dubs "Super Tuesday." Among the sets released are Garth Brooks: Double Live, Whitney Houston's My Love is Your Love, Mariah Carey's #1's, Jewel's Spirit, and three soundtracks associated with the animated film The Prince of Egypt.

1997 Shania Twain's second album, The Woman in Me, is certified Diamond for sales of 10 million copies.

1995 The Monkees, sans Mike Nesmith, guest star on the Boy Meets World episode "Rave On," with Peter Tork playing Topanga's father, Jedediah Lawrence.

1995 Folk rocker Alan Hull (of Lindisfarne) dies suddenly of heart thrombosis at age 50.

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Jeff Buckley Born

1966

Jeff Buckley, known as Scott "Scottie" Moorhead to his family, is born in Los Angeles, California.


Buckley is the son of Mary Guibert (classically trained to play the piano and cello) and folk musician-gone-psychedelic Tim Buckley. He is raised as Scottie Moorhead by his mother in Orange County. Buckley's stepfather Ron Moorhead introduces young "Scottie" to rock and roll - spinning records by Queen, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. Zeppelin's guitar work and vocal styles are clear influences on Grace, Buckley's debut and his final album. Buckley's first venture into playing music begins with the discovery of a guitar in his grandmother's closet at age five. He learns to read and write music while still a student. Young Buckley joins his school's jazz band and discovers progressive rock, worshipping the hyper-trained skills of artists like Rush, Genesis, and Yes. At age eight, he meets his biological father, Tim, for the first and only time after watching the older Buckley play a concert. While celebrating the end of a tour with a sold-out show and a long weekend of drinking, Tim Buckley dies of a drug and alcohol overdose. Jeff's father is only 28 years old. Jeff is 11. After Tim Buckley's death, Jeff discovers his legal name on his birth certificate and begins going by "Jeff Buckley" as a way of memorializing his absent and departed father. That act of tribute marks the beginning of Jeff's long struggle against the mixed blessing of his father's musical legacy. After working as a session guitarist in Los Angeles and playing in a rotating cast of jazz, folk, and metal bands, he moves to New York in 1991 at age 24 and quickly lands a regular Monday night gig at venue Sin-é. In 1994 he releases Grace, which proves to be his only album, as he dies three years later at age 30 from an accidental drowning.

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