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2019 Choi Jin-ri, the South Korean singer/actress known as Sulli, commits suicide at Busan aged only 25.

2018 Fifty years after they first started touring, Steppenwolf play their last show, a concert in Baxter Springs, Kansas.

2017 Kacey Musgraves marries Ruston Kelly (also a country singer) in Tennessee.

2016 JoJo releases her third album, Mad Love., her first since 2006, as legal issues have kept her from issuing new material.

2014 David Bowie debuts his new single "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)," a jazzy seven-and-a-half-minute song, on BBC Radio 6 to promote his upcoming compilation album Nothing Has Changed.

2012 B. B. Cunningham Jr., aged 70, finishes one of the most unusual lives in music history when he dies of a gunshot wound inflicted while working as a security guard at an apartment complex in Memphis, Tennessee. We mainly know Cunningham through his work with the band Hombres, who had a #12 Billboard-charting hit in 1967 with "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)." Cunningham was lead singer of Hombres and not to be confused with his brother Bill Cunningham, who was a member of The Box Tops. Cunningham rounded off his music career with work as a studio engineer, even returning to Memphis to launch his own studio. How he ended up as a 70-year-old security guard is anybody's guess.

2011 The remake of Footloose opens in US theaters. The new film is energetic and sexy and earns better critical acclaim than its forebear. Starring Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough, the film also resurrects the title-theme song with a cover by Blake Shelton.

2011 Chuck Ruff (drummer for Edgar Winter Group and Sammy Hagar) dies in San Francisco, California, after a lengthy illness at age 60.

2010 Alicia Keys gives birth to a baby boy named Egypt, and is inspired to write the song "Speechless." The father is her producer husband Swizz Beatz.

2007 The Tom Petty documentary film, Running Down A Dream, debuts at the New York Film Festival.

2006 Country/rock singer and guitarist Freddy Fender dies of lung cancer in Corpus Christi, Texas, at age 69.

2004 Ludacris and Public Enemy play the "Race to the Polls" concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom to raise voter awareness for the upcoming US presidential election.

2003 Former Temptation (and Dramatic, and Lakeside member) Barrington Henderson sues the band and the Motown label for wrongful termination and millions of dollars in alleged unpaid royalties.

2003 Barbra Streisand releases The Movie Album.

2000 Five Pearl Jam bootlegs released from their European tour make the Billboard 200 albums chart, setting a record for most entries on the chart in a single week.More

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Olivia Newton-John Conquers Country

1974

Nashville veterans worry about the sanctity of country music when Olivia Newton-John wins Female Vocalist of the Year at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards.


In the wake of Olivia's win, Nashville veterans have a message for the singer: We don't love you, we honestly don't love you. Led by George Jones and Tammy Wynette, some 50 artists break away from the Country Music Association to form the Association of Country Entertainers. Fed up with non-country artists infringing on their charts and winning their awards, they seek to "preserve the identity of country music as a separate and distinct form of entertainment." When Olivia won the Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance ("Let Me Be There") earlier in the year, she acknowledged, "It's probably the first time an English person won an award over Nashville people." To country purists, Olivia was the definition of an outsider. Born in England and raised in Australia, the singer didn't even record her country-inflected pop tunes in Nashville, but in London. Traditionalists grumbled when she won the Grammy, but the CMA Awards were on their turf. The 8th Annual CMA Awards are a thoroughly country affair…at first. Johnny Cash hosts the event at the Grand Ole Opry House, where Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty win Vocal Duo of the Year, Ronnie Milsap is named Male Vocalist of the Year, and the Statler Brothers take Vocal Group of the Year. But then Olivia, whose "If You Love Me (Let Me Know)" was a #2 hit on the country chart, wins the vote for Female Vocalist over Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, and Anne Murray. The new association doesn't last long, and neither does the ire against Olivia. She records her 1976 album, Don't Stop Believin', in Nashville and inspires Stella Parton, Dolly's sister, to record "Ode To Olivia."

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