2010 Apple launches a social media network called Ping, which is integrated into its iTunes software. A rare flop for the company, it closes two years later.
2006 While on trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, Phil Spector marries his fourth wife, Rachelle.
1988 The Rock N' Roll Cuisine cookbook is published, with 95 recipes from various musicians. Selections include Yoko Ono's "Dream Soup" (sunshine in a bowl), Cher's "Boyfriend Approved Macaroni Salad," Mick Jagger's shrimp curry and Weird Al Yankovic's peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
2013 Singer/bassist Joe Kelley (of Shadows of Knight) dies of lung cancer in Winfield, Illinois, at age 67. Known for the 1966 hit cover of Them's "Gloria."
2012 Lyricist Hal David dies of a stroke in Los Angeles, California, at age 91. Known for collaborations with Burt Bacharach, including "What the World Needs Now is Love" (1965) and "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" (1969).
2012 Geoff Tate, late of the band Queensryche, announces plans to get a "new Queensryche" together. Pledging their support are Rudy Sarzo (formerly of Quiet Riot), Bobby Blotzer (formerly of Ratt), Glen Drover (formerly of Megadeth), Kelly Gray and Randy Gane (formerly of Myth). There's still some question as to whether they'll actually be able to call the band Queensryche, since Tate is still wrapped up in lawsuits with the other three members over his firing in the same year and the use of the name.
2011 While boarding a Southwest flight from Oakland to Burbank, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong is forced off the flight after giving some lip to a flight attendant who asked him to pull up his sagging pants. Armstrong doesn't take kindly to the request, and eventually he and his traveling companion are booted from the flight. Armstrong takes to Twitter, writing, "Just got kicked off a southwest flight because my pants sagged too low!" The tweet is quickly re-tweeted by his followers, forcing Southwest to release a statement apologizing for the incident.
2010 Curt Smith of Tears for Fears makes his first of three appearances on the TV series Psych, where the main character, Shawn Spencer, is a huge fan.
2010 T.I. and his wife Tameka "Tiny" Cottle are arrested on drug charges in Los Angeles after police smell marijuana coming from the rapper's car during a routine traffic stop. The vehicle is searched and the couple is taken to jail on drug charges. Both T.I. and Tiny are later released after posting $10,000 bail.
2008 Country singer Jerry Reed dies of complications from emphysema in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 71.
2000 The last remaining original member of The Platters, Herb Reed, is awarded a court injunction against a group using the same name but containing no actual original members.
1992 Alabama releases "I'm in a Hurry (and Don't Know Why)."
1984 Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman is born in Hollywood, Florida.
1983 Encouraged by his wife, Kathleen Brennan, Tom Waits releases Swordfishtrombones, the first album the songwriter produced himself. The album represents a significant break from mainstream norms, both musically and lyrically.
1980 At the Hollywood Bowl, Fleetwood Mac end a 9-month tour. Lindsey Buckingham announces it will be the last Fleetwood Mac show for "a long time." He's right: the band doesn't play live again for over two years.
1978 Steven Tyler of Aerosmith marries the model Cyrinda Foxe, who is pregnant with his baby (daughter Mia). They divorce in 1987.
1977 Rush release their fifth album, A Farewell to Kings. The album's epic "Xanadu" and "Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage" satisfy Rush's cult following, while the shorter and more radio-friendly "Closer to the Heart" find favor with general audiences in both the US and the UK.
Under pressure to account for download sales, the Official Charts company releases its first UK Download Chart. The boy band Westlife claims the #1 spot with a live release of their 1999 song "Flying Without Wings."
The UK Singles chart doesn't account for downloads, only physical sales, which are dwindling. The Download chart is launched to rectify this, but it's prone to manipulation. Westlife, with a powerful online presence and a fan base that is used to getting their music in digital form, issue a live version of their #1 hit "Flying Without Wings" and mobilize their minions, ensuring they debut at the top. Marillion, a progressive rock group with a much older but equally ardent and internet-savvy audience, has been using marillion.com to fund their albums since 2001. They take notice and in October release a live version of their song "The Damage," which is downloaded so many times that it shows up at #2, between U2's "Vertigo" and Destiny's Child's "Lose My Breath." In April 2005, downloads finally become a factor in the Singles chart.
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