2017 At the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers play their last concert, as Petty dies a week later. The show is the last stop on their 40th Anniversary tour.
2008 MySpace Music launches, allowing artists to upload songs to their profiles for fans to stream for free. With 5 million artist pages, MySpace is hoping to compete with iTunes, but it's hemorrhaging users to Facebook and never makes much impact as a streaming service.
1981 The Rolling Stones start their US tour with a concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, where they play to a crowd of 90,000. The tour is sponsored by musk maker Jovan, establishing a new paradigm for corporate involvement.More
1980 Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham dies at age 32 of asphyxiation from vomiting after a night of heavy drinking. The band decides to break up instead of replacing him.
1968 Will Smith is born and raised in West Philadelphia. On the playground is where he spends most of his days.
1967 Little-known country singer Dolly Parton makes her first appearance on The Porter Wagoner Show, singing two songs from her debut album: "Dumb Blonde" and "Something Fishy." She becomes the full-time replacement for the program's longtime singer, Norma Jean. Parton stays on the show for seven years and records string of popular duet albums with Wagoner.
2020 Van Morrison releases the song "Born To Be Free" where he protests coronavirus lockdown measures. "Don't need the government cramping my style," he sings. He follows it up with two more lockdown-protest songs: "As I Walked Out" and "No More Lockdown."
2019 The first installment of Ken Burns' eight-part documentary series Country Music airs on PBS. The film chronicles the evolution of the genre from the early "hillbilly" musicians of the '20s with Fiddlin' John Carson through the New Traditionalists of the '90s with Garth Brooks.
2012 Two con artists, Alpha Lorenzo Walker and Tamara Diaz, are sentenced to 292 days in jail and 3 years' probation after an attempt to blackmail Stevie Wonder. The pair had somehow obtained or created a video portraying Wonder in a negative light and were demanding $5 million under threat of releasing it to the public. The pair were caught in a sting operation.
2012 The Insane Clown Posse sues the FBI, claiming the organization has refused to turn over evidence as to why ICP fans (Juggalos) are listed as a "hybrid gang" in the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment. The suit is eventually dismissed.
2010 Bush perform at the second Epicenter Music Festival in Fontana, California. This concert marks the band's first live appearance since 2002.
2007 Bruce Springsteen releases Magic.
2003 Indie rocker Matthew Jay dies at age 24 from an unexplained fall from a London apartment building.
2001 Rapper Erick Sermon sustains serious injuries when, according to his publicist, he is involved in an auto accident. It is announced by police one week later that the injuries are actually the result of a plunge out a third-story window.
2001 For the first time ever, the Recording Academy agrees to accept a downloadable single for Grammy consideration. Virgin Records releases two singles: "Dig In," by Lenny Kravitz and "God Gave Me Everything" by Mick Jagger, which are released to digital retailers via Liquid Audio.
2001 The voice of Bob Marley ushers satellite radio onto the air, promising listeners greater variety on the dial - for a price - with the launch of XM Satellite Radio. It is the first worldwide broadcast of a satellite radio station.
1993 The US Postal Service issues a Patsy Cline commemorative stamp.
1991 Simon Le Bon's wife, Yasmin, gives birth to a daughter, Saffron, in London. She is the second child for the Duran Duran lead singer and his wife.
1990 INXS release X, the follow-up to their wildly successful 1987 album Kick. In the interim, lead singer Michael Hutchence released an album with his less glamorous band, Max Q.
1990 Mercer University Drive in Macon, Georgia, is renamed "Little Richard Penniman Boulevard" after the famous singer who grew up there.
1990 Dave Grohl replaces Chad Channing in Nirvana, becoming the fifth (and final) drummer for the band.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Evita makes its debut on Broadway with Patti LuPone after a successful year on London's West End.
Evita follows the life of Eva Peron, the actress-turned-First Lady of Argentina who was a champion of labor rights and women's suffrage during her husband Juan Peron's 1946-1952 presidential term. But the story begins with the end, as the musical opens with the announcement of Evita's death. The play's cynical narrator, Che (modeled after revolutionary Che Guevara), mocks the Argentineans' grief with "Oh What A Circus" and clues the audience into Evita's sexual exploits ("Goodnight and Thank You") and her self-serving promise to help her future husband Peron rise to power ("I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You"). The most famous number is "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina," which has Evita pledging her devotion to her country and ushers in her charity work and her own plans to run for vice president before her untimely death. Lloyd Webber reunited with lyricist Tim Rice, who worked with him on the 1970 rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, and introduced Evita with a 1976 rock opera concept album. With Julie Covington embodying the role of Evita, the album was a #1 hit on the UK charts before it hits the stage with a full-fledged production two years later with actress Elaine Paige originating the part onstage. The show becomes the first British musical to ever win a Tony Award for Best Musical, and inspires the 1996 film musical starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas (which includes a new song, "You Must Love Me").
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