2002 Kanye West, recently signed to Roc-a-Fella Records, falls asleep at the wheel and crashes his car into an oncoming vehicle. His jaw is shattered, inspiring his song "Through The Wire," which he records with his jaw wired shut. The song appears on his debut album, The College Dropout, in 2004.
1976 Led Zeppelin, who avoid TV appearances because of sound problems, appear on American television for the first time when they play Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.
1961 Dion's "Runaround Sue" hits #1 for the first of two weeks. Dion pulled the name Sue out of thin air, but when he later marries a woman named Sue, she tells everyone the song is about her - even though she knows it isn't.
2020 Country music star Jerry Jeff Walker dies from throat cancer at 78. He leaves behind a proud artistic legacy headed by his oft-covered song "Mr. Bojangles."
2019 Coldplay reveal the tracklist for their upcoming album Everyday Life with a small classified ad on page 31 of the North Wales Daily Post.
2016 Dead Or Alive lead singer Pete Burns dies of a heart attack at age 57. Known for the 1985 hit "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)," Burns estimated that he had 300 plastic surgeries in his lifetime.
2015 Following the release of her acclaimed Greatest Hits: Decade #1 album, Carrie Underwood issues her fifth studio album, Storyteller. A chart-topping hit, it makes her the first artist in history to have six consecutive #1 albums on the Country chart.
2014 Jeanne Black, known for the 1960 hit "He'll Have To Stay," dies two days before her 77th birthday.
2014 English rocker Alvin Stardust dies at age 72 after a battle with prostate cancer.
2010 Buffalo Springfield reunite after a 43-year stage absence for Neil Young's annual Bridge School benefit concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Other acts on the roster include Jackson Browne, Elton John, Lucinda Williams, Kris Kristofferson (subbing for an ailing Merle Haggard), and Bridge veterans Pearl Jam.
2007 Exodus release their eighth studio album, The Atrocity Exhibition...Exhibit A.
2007 Robert Plant and Alison Krauss's Raising Sand debuts at #2 in America. Plant, 59, turned down a Led Zeppelin reunion tour to focus on the project.
2005 Rapper Cam'ron is shot during an early morning carjacking attempt in Washington, D.C. Two men pull alongside Cam'ron's 2006 Lamborghini and open fire while the artist is stopped at a traffic light at New York and New Jersey avenues. He is hit by one bullet, which travels through one of his arms and into the other. He drives himself to Howard University Hospital for treatment.
2003 Mexican rap-rock band Molotov tops the second annual MTV Video Music Awards Latin America with four wins, including Video of the Year and Best Group.
2002 Lyricist Adolph Green dies in New York City age 87.
Katy Perry and Russell Brand get married in Rajasthan, India.
Perry met the scruffy British comedian a year earlier at the MTV Video Music Awards and began dating him shortly after. The singer is smitten and writes "Hummingbird Heartbeat" about her heart going pitter-patter for Brand. He proposes during a vacation to India, where the pair return to exchange their vows in a traditional Hindu ceremony at a lavish resort near the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary. In front of 80 guests, the couple start the proceedings by worshiping an idol of Lord Ganesha, a Hindu elephant deity known as a lord of success and a destroyer of obstacles. But even Ganesha couldn't slay the issues in the Perry-Brand union. Just 14 months later, the entertainers call it quits, with Brand firing the first shot via text message. Perry claims Brand's desire to start a family and the pressures of life on the road tore them apart, while Brand blames Perry's rising success and lack of activism. "He's a very smart man, and I was in love with him when I married him," Perry recalls to Vogue in 2013. "Let's just say I haven't heard from him since he texted me saying he was divorcing me December 31, 2011." Perry continues to lick her wounds on her next album, Prism, and begins to heal "By the Grace of God": By the grace of God (there was no other way) I picked myself back up (I knew I had to stay) I put one foot in front of the other and I Looked in the mirror and decided to stay Wasn't gonna let love take me out That way
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