2005 Fats Domino returns to his Ninth Ward home for the first time since Hurricane Katrina to find it utterly destroyed, with his piano and several of his gold records among the ruined items.
1998 "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies hits #1 in the US, where it stays for... one week.
1995 Rhino releases all 58 episodes of the The Monkees in a deluxe VHS box set. It's a big box: 21 tapes, making it the largest video release of all time.More
1987 "You Win Again" by the Bee Gees hits #1 in the UK, making them the first group with UK chart-toppers in three different decades (the '60, '70s and '80s).
1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd release Street Survivors, the last album with frontman Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines, as both are killed only three days later after the band's plane goes down en route to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.More
2020 Directed by Spike Lee, the film version of David Byrne's American Utopia, which ran on Broadway from October 2019 to February 2020, debuts on HBO. Many of the songs from Stop Making Sense, the concert film Byrne did with the Talking Heads, are also in this one, but a showstopper is a cover of Janelle Monáe's "Hell You Talmbout," which ties into the Black Lives Matter movement.
2017 Gord Downie, leader of the Canadian band The Tragically Hip, dies at 53 after a battle with cancer.
2010 Blues scholar Stephen Calt dies in Queens, New York, at age 62.
2008 The Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs dies at age 72.
2007 Teresa Brewer, known for the 1953 hit, "Till I Waltz Again with You," dies of progressive supranuclear palsy at age 76.
2007 A section of Detroit's West Grand Boulevard (the original home of Motown Records) is renamed "Berry Gordy, Jr. Boulevard" after the Motown founder.
2007 The state of California announces that Dionne Warwick owes nearly $2.67 million in back taxes.
2006 Stevie Wonder receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.
2004 At the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Music Awards, Jet dominates the competition, winning awards for six of their seven nominations, including Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Best Group and Breakthrough Artist. During the ceremony Nic Chester performs as a member of the Australian super-group The Wrights.
2002 The International Bluegrass Music Awards honors Down from the Mountain as Album of the Year. The collection is comprised of artists featured on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack to the Coen Brothers movie O Brother Where Art Thou?, including Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris, John Hartford, and Ralph Stanley (of The Stanley Brothers). Dan Tyminski, who sang lead on the Soggy Bottom Boys' "Man Of Constant Sorrow" for the movie, also wins Male Vocalist of the Year.
2002 Country musician Bashful Brother Oswald (real name Beecher Ray Kirby) dies in Madison, Tennessee, at age 90. Popularized the use of the resonator guitar.
2001 Composer Jay Livingston dies in Los Angeles, California, at age 86. Known for his work with songwriting partner Ray Evans, including the Doris Day hit "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)."
1999 Steel guitarist Tommy Durden, who co-wrote Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel," dies at age 79.
1998 The Wilkinsons make their first official appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. They had made an informal appearance on the Opry once before, when they joined Vince Gill onstage before they had a record deal.
To commemorate the 28-year anniversary of Selena's self-titled debut album, Google Doodle pays tribute to the late singer, who was murdered by her ex-fan club president in 1995, with an animated video about her rise to fame. The clip features her hit single "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom."
The video is a passion project for Perla Campos, the Global Marketing Lead for Google Doodles. The clip was originally supposed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the singer's death, but Campos convinced the company to delay the release for two years so she could properly honor the Tejano star. She told People Chica: "As the daughter of a Mexican immigrant single mom living in a small (primarily white) town in rural Texas, I was one of the people Selena and her legacy profoundly influenced. Selena's legacy grows even larger with time. She continues to show Latin and bicultural people around the world how to be proud of who they are and to embrace their differences." Selena's sister Suzette provided key details to add authenticity to the video, such as Selena's love of red nail polish and hoop earrings. The finished project generates a buzz around the late singer's music, with fans playing her songs on Pandora almost half a billion times that day. The streaming platform's Selena station explodes with adds soaring to 382%. The Doodle also gets stars talking about Selena's legacy, with Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, and Beyonce calling her an inspiration. A week later, plans are announced to honor her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Selena was the top-selling Latin artist of the '90s and was believed to be on the brink of superstardom when she died at age 23.
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