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2019 Stephen Morris disembarks from a train in South East London leaving behind a violin made in 1709; it is valued at £250,000! A short time later, Morris gets a message on Twitter from the person who took it, and he gets the instrument back.

2017 Marilyn Manson guitarist Daisy Berkowitz (real name: Scott Putesky) dies of colon cancer at age 49.

2017 The Easybeats leader George Young ("Friday On My Mind"), dies at age 70. He was the brother of Angus and Malcolm Young of AC/DC.

2012 Garth Brooks is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. George Strait, Bob Seger, and James Taylor perform at the ceremony.

2006 Gerald Cook, pianist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, dies in Chicago, Illinois, at age 85.

2005 The Strokes make their first and only appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 when "Juicebox" peaks at #98. The First Impressions Of Earth single fares much better in the UK, where it lands at #5.

2001 Rev. Howard Finster - a Baptist minister who also designed '80s album covers for the likes of R.E.M. and Talking Heads - dies of congestive heart failure at age 84.

2000 R.E.M. returns to their hometown of Athens, Georgia, where they play three songs on the courthouse steps as part of a local festival called Land Aid, which is an effort to better the community.

1999 The Temptations earn their first platinum record when their 56th album Phoenix Rising finally sells its millionth copy.

1998 Robert E. True (guitarist for The Vagabonds) dies of skin cancer in Burbank, California, at age 82. True started his musical career at age 16 in MGM's studio orchestra.

1997 Jazz bassist Harry Goodman - brother of King of Swing bandleader Benny Goodman - dies of complications from a stroke at age 91.

1997 In Italy, the Big 5 record labels - BMG, EMI, PolyGram, Sony and Warner Music - are found guilty of establishing a price-fixing cartel and fined the equivalent of $4.5 million.

1997 Appearing on the BBC TV show Clive Anderson – All Talk, the Bee Gees walk out of their interview after several minutes of uncomfortable conversation where they are derided by the host. At one point, Anderson calls them "hit writers," and then adds, "We're one letter short."

1993 Annette Funicello receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on her 51st birthday.

1991 Neil Young & Crazy Horse release Weld, a collection of live songs from the Ragged Glory promotional tour.

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Groovy Remake Hits #1 For Phil Collins

1988

The #1 hit in America is a cover of a song from 1966: "A Groovy Kind Of Love" by Phil Collins.

By the time 1988 rolls around, "groovy" isn't exactly in the popular lexicon anymore, but it's the perfect adjective for a crime caper set in the swinging '60s. Phil Collins, who started his career as a child actor growing up in England, stars as real-life train robber Buster Edwards in the movie Buster. To capture the tone of the era, Collins teamed with Motown scribe Lamont Dozier on the soundtrack, writing the tune "Two Hearts," and handpicking throwback hits such as the Mindbenders' "A Groovy Kind Of Love." Collins' cover is an intimate take on the 1966 classic, written by Carole Bayer Sager and Toni Wine. It garners one of the few notes of praise from critics who bash the film for romanticizing the title criminal. The ballad rolls over the ending credits, a conscious choice for Collins, who didn't want to distract the audience from his acting performance by reminding them that he's a musician. The song lands at #1 in Collins' native UK and in the US, followed by the chart-topping (in America) "Two Hearts." "Groovy" also earns the singer a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. But the Genesis drummer-turned-frontman bristles over whispers that he's turning into an airy pop star. "Suddenly, I was becoming a little more trivialized than I wanted to be," he tells Musician magazine. His next album, ...But Seriously, taps into social and political issues, with the lead single, "Another Day in Paradise," depicting the plight of poverty. The single not only takes home a Grammy for Record of the Year, but also brings "people back to the starting line of remembering what I'm about." Groovy.

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