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2021 The Beatles: Get Back, a three-part series comprised of outtakes from their Let It Be documentary, debuts on Disney+. Directed by Peter Jackson (Lord Of The Rings), it provides a very detailed look at the 1969 recording of their album Let It Be.

2015 Alicia Keys begins her two-episode stint as Skye Summers on the hip-hop-centered TV series Empire.

2013 Gary dos Santos, known as the "Mayor of Strawberry Fields," dies at age 49 after a battle with leukemia. Dos Santos ruled over the Strawberry Fields section of Central Park, dedicated to the memory of John Lennon. He helped keep order and decorum in the area, arranged flowers at the memorial, and greeted tourists who came by.

2013 Beastie Boys sue the toy company GoldieBlox for running an online ad featuring little girls singing an altered version of their song "Girls" (the group has never allowed their songs to be licensed for advertising). The suit is settled on March 19, 2014, with GoldieBlox issuing an apology and making a donation to charity.

2011 Blues musician Coco Robicheaux dies in New Orleans, Louisiana, at age 64.

2008 A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!, the soundtrack to the Christmas comedy special of the same name starring Stephen Colbert, is released on iTunes. Most of the songs featured on the album were written by comedy writer David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger, who is the bass player for Fountains of Wayne. The album will go on to win the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.

2006 Mexican banda music singer Valentin Elizalde is gunned down in his car after a concert performance, presumably by a gang of drug traffickers, at age 27. Elizalde often sang narcocorridos, "drug ballads" that have been compared to gangster rap.

2005 Country music makes itself comfortable all around New York when the Country Music Association holds its 39th annual CMA Awards show at Madison Square Garden.

2003 Meat Loaf undergoes surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat.

1999 Clint Black is on hand to help the Salvation Army launch its annual holiday fundraising drive. Black entertains during the third annual "National Kettle Kick-off," a half-time event at the Dallas Cowboys' football game.

1997 Blues singer and guitarist Fenton Robinson dies of complications from brain cancer in Rockford, Illinois, at age 62. Known for his signature song, "Somebody Loan Me a Dime" (1967).

1997 2Pac's R U Still Down? (Remember Me) is released posthumously.

1997 The original Zombies lineup -- Rod Argent on organ, Colin Blunstone on vocals, Paul Atkinson on guitar, Chris White on bass, and Hugh Grundy on drums -- reunites onstage for the first time in 30 years at London's Jazz Cafe, performing two songs only: "She's Not There" and "Time Of The Season" to promote their new box set Zombie Heaven.

1997 Garth Brooks releases his eighth album, Sevens, with the hits "Two Piña Coladas" and "Longneck Bottle."

1988 Having successfully completed their stint in an Arizona rehab clinic for alcoholism, Ringo Starr and his second wife, actress Barbara Bach, return to England.

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The Band Say Farewell With The Last Waltz


Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, The Staple Singers, Ronnie Hawkins, and Dr. John join The Band for The Last Waltz, a farewell concert for the ages.

After more than 15 years of making music together, Robbie Robertson suggests to fellow Band members Garth Hudson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, and Richard Manuel that they should call it quits. Their career has been financially and artistically successful, with six studio albums, countless stage hours, and collaborations with legends Bob Dylan and Ronnie Hawkins under their belts, but the excesses of the rock and roll lifestyle have been hard on them. Robertson fears they will self-destruct physically and creatively if they don't step back from it all. They decide to hold a final farewell concert at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom, the site of their very first performance together as The Band, way back in 1969. The show will be a celebration shared with their musical peers. Martin Scorsese, Band friend and fan, agrees to film the event. Production designer Boris Leven acquires the set of Verdi's La Traviata from the San Francisco Opera and has it set up as the stage backdrop. Robertson gets his '59 Stratocaster guitar dipped in bronze, "like baby shoes," for the occasion. Before the show, Thanksgiving dinner is served to the 5,000 attendees, a feat requiring 6,000 pounds of turkey and 400 pounds of pumpkin pie. Once the show begins, the Band shares the stage with some of the biggest acts of the era. Neil Young and Joni Mitchell sing "Helpless" together. Van Morrison rips through "Caravan." Eric Clapton hits "Further Up the Road." Bob Dylan leads a mass jam of "I Shall Be Released," which is intended to be the final song. When the crowd refuses to let it end, the musicians head out and finish things off with "Don't Do It." The show goes down as a high-water mark of both rock concerts and rock documentaries after Scorsese's The Last Waltz is released on April 26, 1978. Months later the Band publishes Islands, an album of their unreleased songs, but they never record new material or perform in public again. In 1989, the Band is inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Five years later, they gain entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.



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