1999 The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announces the biggest-selling artists of the century in the United States: The Beatles have sold the most albums (106 million), Garth Brooks is the best-selling male solo act, and Barbra Streisand the best-selling female. Elton John's 1997 "Candle In The Wind" is the best-selling single of the century, and the best-selling album is the Eagles' Greatest Hits 1971-1975.
1974 Bachman-Turner Overdrive become just the second Canadian band to hit #1 in America when "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" claims the top spot. The first to do it was another Randy Bachman band: The Guess Who, who topped the chart with "American Woman" in 1970.
1973 Billy Joel releases his second album, Piano Man. The title track, based on his nights performing at a piano bar in Los Angeles called The Executive Room, becomes his first hit when it peaks at #25 in America.
2012 Soul singer Major Harris (of The Delfonics) dies of congestive heart and lung failure at age 65.
2010 Rapper Wiz Khalifa is arrested in Greenville, North Carolina, on drug charges after authorities smell marijuana coming from his tour bus. Police find 60 grams of pot after searching the vehicle. Khalifa is booked and released on a $300,000 bond. The rapper's lawyers are able to reduce the charge to personal possession and Khalifa avoids jail time.
2010 Chris Tomlin ties the knot with his long-term girlfriend, Lauren Bricken.
2010 A three-alarm fire in a warehouse where Neil Young stored everything from vintage cars to guitar cases causes damage estimated at about $800,000. The cause is promptly investigated, but fire officials say they don't find any evidence of arson.
2009 Gary Glitter suffers the ultimate indignation when he is executed for child rape in a Channel 4 TV dramatization.
2008 "Pata Pata" singer Miriam Makeba dies of a heart attack at age 76 after performing at a concert in Castel Volturno, Italy.
2006 At the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, Alicia Keys and David Bowie perform "Changes" at a benefit for the Keep a Child Alive organization, which helps disadvantaged children in Africa. It is Bowie's final performance, as his health deteriorates and he withdraws from the public eye.
2004 Kenny Chesney is the big winner at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, held at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Chesney, who had never won a CMA award, scores both the Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year trophies. The latter is for his No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems set.
1999 Faith Hill releases her fourth album, Breathe. A huge crossover hit, it debuts at #1 in America and wins a Grammy Award for Best Country Album.
1998 Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun and Bobby "Blue" Bland receive lifetime achievement awards from the Blues Foundation at a ceremony held at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.
1998 Rick James suffers a stroke after a blood vessel ruptures in his neck while he is head banging during a performance in Denver, Colorado. A spokesman later comments, "The doctor called it a result of rock'n'roll neck, the repeated rhythmic whiplash motion of the head and neck."
1998 Michael Jackson settles a lawsuit over stories and pictures in the London Daily Mirror that say his face had been disfigured by cosmetic surgery. "The photographs were taken honestly and were not tampered with, but the Mirror has since met with the plaintiff in person and acknowledges that the photographs do not accurately represent the plaintiff's true appearance," says a lawyer for the publisher.
1993 R. Kelly releases his debut album, 12 Play. It peaks at #2 in America and holds the top spot on the R&B albums chart for nine weeks.
In its early years of publication, Rolling Stone is known primarily for its reporting on music and related issues, especially politics. In the debut issue, founder Jann Wenner writes in the Editor's Note that Rolling Stone is intended to be a combination of a newspaper and a magazine. Indeed, the first three editions resemble a newspaper more than the glossy magazine it eventually becomes. The magazine's name is at least partly inspired by the Bob Dylan hit "Like a Rolling Stone" - earlier in the year, co-founder Ralph Gleason published an essay titled "Like A Rolling Stone" in The American Scholar. Jann Wenner cites other influences in the introduction, explaining: "Muddy Waters used the name for a song he wrote. The Rolling Stones took their name from Muddy's song. 'Like a Rolling Stone' was the title of Bob Dylan's first rock and roll record." John Lennon is the first cover subject. The still shot from the movie set of How I Won the War shows the Beatle in his familiar round glasses and a mesh-covered helmet, setting the tone for the mix of music and politics that become the magazine's hallmark. The first issue costs 35 cents and becomes a collector's item, selling for upwards of $400 decades later. Among the stories in this first issue are an investigative report on how the proceeds from the Monterey Pop Festival were spent, as well as reviews of Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant and Traffic's Hole in My Shoe. The magazine becomes so popular that by 1972 making the cover is seen as the pinnacle of success, which Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show explain in their 1972 hit The Cover of "Rolling Stone": We take all kinds of pills To give us all kind of thrills But the thrill we've never known Is the thrill that'll getcha When you get your picture On the cover of the Rolling Stone When the editors realize they are aging out of their demographic, they bring in young writers to keep it fresh. One of these is the journalism prodigy Cameron Crowe, who begins writing for the magazine in 1973 at age 16, covering the likes of Deep Purple, The Allman Brothers and Jackson Browne. These experiences form the basis for his 2000 film Almost Famous.
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