1974 The Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman boxing match (the "Rumble In The Jungle") in Zaire is postponed, but a concert festival promoting the event goes on anyway, with Bill Withers, The Spinners and Celia Cruz performing along with the African artist Tabu Ley Rochereau.More
1964 The musical Fiddler on the Roof makes its Broadway debut at the Imperial Theatre.More
1958 Joan Jett is born Joan Marie Larkin near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, raised in Rockville, Maryland. After joining the music scene as the guitarist for the all-girl punk band The Runaways, she goes on to form Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. Their debut album is turned down by the first 23 record labels it is offered to, despite containing the future #2 hit "I Love Rock And Roll."
2018 Chas Hodges of Chas & Dave dies at 74.
2018 Paul McCartney's album Egypt Station hits #1 in America, his first chart-topper on that tally since Tug of War in 1982.
2012 Taylor Swift's single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" notches its third week at #1 on the Hot 100. Swift is still considered a country artist (the song also hits #1 on the Country chart), which puts her in company with Kenny Rogers in terms of crossover appeal; the last country song to spend at least three weeks at #1 was Rogers' "Lady" back in 1980.
2011 The world's most prolific songwriter, Paul McCartney, adds another string to his bow when his ballet Ocean's Kingdom is performed in New York.
2010 Eddie Fisher, one of the biggest pop stars of the '50s, dies of complications from hip surgery in Berkeley, California, at age 82.
2002 Sting receives an Emmy for his A&E documentary Sting in Tuscany: All This Time. He dedicates his award to his "dear late friend Timothy White."
2001 Isaac Stern, Soviet-born violinist and conductor, dies of congestive heart failure in New York City, at age 81.
2000 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony rapper Flesh-N-Bone (Stanley Howse) is sentenced in a Los Angeles court to 10 years in prison for assault with an AK-47 rifle and possession of a gun, which is illegal for an ex-convict. Howse faces nearly 20 years in prison but receives a lesser sentence after his attorneys present evidence that he was an abused child.
1999 Vince Gill competes with himself in the vocal event category at the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville. Gill is up with Patty Loveless for "My Kind of Woman/My Kind of Man" and with Sara Evans for "No Place That Far."
1999 Diana Ross is held in police custody at London's Heathrow Airport for several hours following an incident involving a member of the airport's security staff. Ross is arrested then cautioned and released following an allegation of assault on a female security officer during routine security checks prior to boarding a plane.
1998 White Zombie calls it a night. Bassist Sean Yseult confirms that the 13-year-old hard rock group has decided to break up.
1998 "Iris" hitmakers The Goo Goo Dolls release their smash album Dizzy Up The Girl, a 4-million seller that includes the ubiquitous City Of Angels ballad as well as the Top 20 singles "Slide," "Black Balloon" and "Broadway."More
The first Farm Aid concert plays in Champaign, Illinois, to benefit American farmers trying to survive amidst a national agricultural crisis.
Farm Aid is held in the University of Illinois' Memorial Stadium to raise money for American farmers whose livelihoods have been suffering for years due to a combination of droughts, interest rates, and rough economic conditions. The suicide rate among male, Upper Midwest farmers is twice the national average. Organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young, the concert is inspired by Bob Dylan's onstage Live Aid statement that he hoped "some of the money that's raised for the people in Africa, maybe they could just take a little bit of it, maybe... one or two million... to pay the mortgages on some of the farms and, the farmers here, owe to the banks." Seventy-eight thousand people show up in rainy Champaign to hear 14 hours of performances by Johnny Cash, The Beach Boys, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Lou Reed, Willie Nelson, Bon Jovi, Neil Young, and over 40 more top-shelf acts (all paying their own way). In the process, more than $9 million is raised for small farmers, and the problems associated with family farming in America are brought to the forefront. Farm Aid becomes an ongoing, annual series that raises more than $45 million by 2015. It leads directly to the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987, which is designed to provide financial relief to family farms. Nelson, Mellencamp, and Young remain on the board of directors, with Dave Matthews joining them in 2001. Rhonda Perry, head of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center and Patchwork Family Farms, sums up the sentiment when she says, "The concert was one of those moments where farmers walked in and had... this feeling of elation and you just wanted to cry. It made us at least know that people are watching."
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