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2016 Justin Timberlake and Gwen Stefani lend their voices to the animated film Trolls. Timberlake plays Branch, a paranoid troll who's in love with a princess, while Stefani is resident disc jockey DJ Suki.

2015 Gwen Stefani and country singer Blake Shelton, co-stars on The Voice, officially announce they are dating. Stefani recently separated from her husband, Gavin Rossdale.

2003 Skid Row's Sebastian Bach starts his recurring role on Gilmore Girls in the episode "The Festival of Living Art," as a guitarist who joins Lane Kim's band.

2001 Michael Jackson's Invincible becomes his seventh #1 album (as a solo artist) in the UK.

2000 At the Palace Theatre in Los Angeles, System Of A Down play a benefit concert for the Armenian National Committee of America where they introduce a handful of new songs - including "A.T.W.A.," "Psycho" and "Shimmy" - that appear a year later on their second album, Toxicity.

2000 Jazz drummer Vernel Fournier, aka Amir Rushdan, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 72.

1998 Amazon.com forms the program "Advantage For Music," which allows unsigned artists and independent labels to sell music online.

1997 The first-ever Soundgarden "best of" compilation is released, A-Sides.

1997 Capitol Records releases the four-disc set The Pet Sounds Sessions, chronicling the creation of The Beach Boys' classic 1966 LP. In addition to a remastered version of the original album, it also contains outtakes, unreleased tracks, and a capella tracks.

1995 Michael Jackson premieres his new single "Earth Song" on the German celebrity game show Wanna Bet?

1994 Fred "Sonic" Smith (of The Sonics, MC5), plagued by poor health, dies of heart failure at age 45.

1993 At a memorial service for the actor River Phoenix, Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys has a run-in with a videographer and is later charged with battery and grand theft (for stealing his tape). He is sentenced to 200 hours of community service.

1992 Elton John and Bernie Taupin sign a $39 million songwriting deal with publishing giant Warner/Chappell, the largest such deal up to that time.

1990 The musical tribute Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story opens on Broadway.

1989 "Listen To Your Heart" by the Swedish pop-rock duo Roxette is a #1 hit on the Hot 100.

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Newsweek Wonders If Bob Dylan Really Wrote "Blowin' In The Wind"

1963

Newsweek runs a story on Bob Dylan insinuating he stole the song "Blowin' In The Wind."


The feature story on the 22-year-old folk-singing sensation states, "He is a complicated young man, surrounded now by complicated rumors." In a bit of journalistic discourtesy, the article continues: There is even a rumor circulating that Dylan did not write 'Blowin' In The Wind,' that it was written by a Millburn (NJ) High student named Lorre Wyatt, who sold it to the singer. Dylan says he did write the song and Wyatt denies authorship, but several Millburn students claim they heard the song from Wyatt before Dylan ever sang it. The Millburn students did indeed hear Wyatt perform "Blowin' In The Wind" before the song was released - Wyatt got the lyrics from a local music magazine (folk singers in New York City often let these magazines print words to the songs they were performing) and played the song at school. Dylan doesn't address the issue directly, but alludes to it in his 1964 The Times They Are a-Changin' track "Restless Farewell," where he sings: And the dirt of gossip blows into my face And the dust of rumors covers me The rumor persists for decades, and Dylan remains leery of the press throughout his career.

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