1980 The TV series Solid Gold premieres. Like its genre-mates American Bandstand and Soul Train, the show consists of Top-40 music (mostly recorded) in a studio with a dance stage and floor. A feature of the show is a specialty crew of "Solid Gold dancers" who bump and grind to the tunes. Dionne Warwick is the host for the first season, but the show rotates through numerous hosts during its course. The show runs almost eight seasons before discontinuing in 1988.
1979 ABBA starts their first and only tour of North America with a show at the Edmonton Sports Arena.
1977 Pop/rock singer Fiona Apple is born in Manhattan, New York City, to singer Diane McAfee and actor Brandon Maggart.
1976 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases their first live album, One More from the Road. It's the only live album the band releases before a 1977 plane wreak ends the original lineup and puts the band out of commission entirely for fourteen years.
1976 Bob Dylan releases Hard Rain.
1975 The Isley Brothers' LP The Heat Is On hits #1.
1975 Bruce Springsteen's LP Born To Run enters the charts.
1975 Janis Ian's "At Seventeen," a song about dealing with unrealistic standards of beauty (not typical hit song material at the time), peaks at #3 on the Hot 100 for the first of two weeks.
1973 The New York Dolls perform "Trash" and "Personality Crisis" on The Midnight Special television program.
1971 Paul McCartney and wife Linda welcome a daughter: Stella Nina McCartney. Stella, who will grow up to be a fashion designer, joins older sister Mary and half-sister Heather (Linda's daughter from a previous marriage).
1969 Santana's LP Santana hits #1.
1969 John Lennon introduces the Plastic Ono Band at the Rock and Roll Revival Show in Toronto. The set is later released as the Live Peace In Toronto 1969 album. Basically a supergroup with revolving members headed by John and Yoko, they are credited for the single "Give Peace A Chance."
1968 The Beatles record "Glass Onion."
1968 Clarence Carter's "Slip Away" is certified gold.
1967 Steve Perkins (drummer for Jane's Addiction) is born in Los Angeles, California.
When Taylor Swift wins for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West comes on stage and commandeers the microphone, explaining that Beyoncé deserved the award for her "Single Ladies" video. When Beyoncé does win for Video of the Year later that night, she brings Taylor on stage to finish her speech.Read more
2011 The B-52s play their first ever show in Idaho, finally performing their song "Private Idaho" in the state that inspired it.
2000 Almost Famous is released in theaters across the US. The film is a semi-autobiographical account of writer and director Cameron Crowe's time spent interviewing rock bands for Rolling Stone in the '70s, when he was just a teenager. The film centers around a fictional band called Stillwater, and rather than being based on one band in particular, Stillwater feels like every '70s arena band rolled into one.More
1997 Elton John's rewritten version of "Candle In The Wind" that he played at Princess Diana's funeral a week earlier is released as a single. It sells a record 600,000 copies the first day in Britain alone, where it becomes the best selling single of all time. Worldwide, it sells over 30 million copies, which is second only to "White Christmas."More
1996 Tupac Shakur, age 25, dies six days after being shot while riding in a car driven by his label boss, Suge Knight. No arrests are made in the case.
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