16 September

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2014 At a pop-up shop in New York City that re-creates the Central Perk coffee shop from the TV show Friends, Danny Wilde and Phil Solem of The Rembrandts reunite to perform the show's theme song. The event marks the 20th anniversary of the show's first episode.

2011 Bluesman Willie "Big Eyes" Smith dies following a stroke at age 75.

2010 Country singer Justin Townes Earle is arrested in Indianapolis after storming offstage and trashing a green room. Reports say Earle was also intoxicated and he allegedly punched a woman backstage. Earle is forced to pay $200 in damages to the venue but is released from jail on a $150 bond.

2009 Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul and Mary) dies of leukemia in Danbury, Connecticut, at age 72.

2008 Motown songwriter/producer Norman Whitfield dies from diabetic complications in Los Angeles, California, at age 68. Co-wrote the hits "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," among many others.

2006 After their triumph with "Hard Rock Hallelujah" at Eurovision, Finland's leading monster Rock band Lordi record a live concert DVD Bringing Back The Balls To Stockholm in neighboring Sweden. Naturally, the band perform in (and are cheered in) English.

2003 Sheb Wooley (known for the 1958 novelty song "Purple People Eater") dies of leukemia in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 82.

1998 Lou Reed plays at a White House reception for Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel.

1994 Producer/singer/songwriter Thomas Kaye (composer for Jay and the Americans, Three Dog Night) dies of an overdose of painkillers in Warwick, New York.

1992 Nick Jonas of Jonas Brothers is born in Dallas, Texas.

1988 Phil Collins lands his first leading role in a film, playing real-life criminal Buster Edwards in the box-office bomb Buster. Musically, the movie isn't a bust, with two #1 hits on the soundtrack: "A Groovy Kind Of Love" and "Two Hearts."

1979 Flo Rida is born Tramar Lacel Dillard in, you guessed it, Florida (Carol City, to be exact).

1978 Boston's second album, Don't Look Back, hits #1 in America. Their self-titled debut sold over 17 million, but never hit the top spot.

1978 The Stranglers headline an open-air gig at Battersea Park, over Peter Gabriel, who is one of the day's special guests. During a rendition of their early classic "Nice and Sleazy," a group of strippers join The Stranglers on stage.

1977 Marc Bolan of T. Rex dies in a car accident at age 29.

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Kate Bush Unseats Madonna With Hounds Of Love

1985

Kate Bush's album Hounds Of Love surpasses Madonna's Like A Virgin for the #1 spot on the UK chart. Featuring the hit single "Running Up That Hill," it's the second charttopper for the British singer-songwriter.

Three years after the release of her poorly received experimental album, The Dreaming, Bush reemerges with Hounds Of Love, a two-sided album that marks her second outing as producer. Bush regards the album as two separate pieces of work: the A-side, titled Hounds Of Love, features five songs connected by the theme of love, while the B-side, titled The Ninth Wave, features seven songs that function as one piece of music. The most popular track is the lead single, "Running Up That Hill," which finds the singer wishing to swap places with her lover so they could understand each other better. It peaks at #3 in the UK and tops out the Hot 100 at #30 – her first chart showing in the US since 1978. Originally titled "A Deal With God," Bush was forced to change the title to assuage her record label's fears about the chartworthiness of a "God" song. Other hits include "Hounds Of Love" (#8 UK) and "Cloudbusting" (#20 UK). Meanwhile in the US Hounds Of Love stalls at #30 on the albums chart, where Madonna rules at #1 with her sophomore album, Like A Virgin. But the Material Girl can't beat Bush on her own turf and is knocked from the top spot after a two-week reign.

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