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2009 The-Dream and Christina Milian elope in Las Vegas; they separate three months later, though the split is not made public until July 2010.

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1991 Country singer Dottie West, 58, dies five days after getting in a car accident on her way to perform at the Grand Ole Opry.

1986 Gregg Allman is arrested in Belleview, Florida, when a police officer sees his 1985 Trans Am weaving on Route 441. He blows a .27 (legal limit: .10) and is charged with drunken driving and driving with an expired license. Allman is sentenced to five days in jail and ordered to do community service, which he serves by playing a drug-and-alcohol-free graduation party for area high schools. He does his time in January 1987, a month before his aptly titled solo album I'm No Angel is released.

1980 Pop singer Dan Miller (of O-Town) is born in Laconia, New Hampshire.

1972 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on Jerry Lewis' muscular dystrophy telethon.

1971 At a Bruce Springsteen show at the Student Prince in Asbury Park, New Jersey, the E Street Band comes together when sax player Clarence Clemons joins the band on stage for the first time, a story recounted in the song "Tenth Avenue Freeze-out."

1970 The Rolling Stones release Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!

1969 The Youngbloods, a rare rock band scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, are scratched. Carson says it's because they were being disrespectful; the band says they were slated to play two songs: a new one and their hit "Get Together," but when the show went long, the producers nixed the new song, so they walked.

1968 The Beatles play to a live audience for the first time in two years when they record promotional films for "Hey Jude" and "Revolution" at Twickenham Studios in front of an audience of about 100. It goes so well, they decide to make a documentary, which becomes Let It Be.

1965 While The Who shop for a guard dog, their van and $10,000 worth of equipment is stolen.

1964 The Animals play America for the first time with a show at New York's Paramount Theatre.

1960 Kim Thayil (lead guitarist for Soundgarden) is born in Seattle, Washington. He would be raised near Chicago in Park Forest, Illinois.

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First Fleetwood Mac Album With Buckingham And Nicks Hits #1

1976

Fleetwood Mac's self-titled album makes #1 a year after its release, knocking off Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive. It's the band's first album with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.


The album was recorded at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California, which is an important part of Fleetwood Mac history. Mick Fleetwood ventured in looking for a place to record the group's next album, and he ended up with two new members. To demo the studio, co-owner Keith Olsen played a song called "Frozen Love" by a duo he had signed to a production deal: Buckingham Nicks. Fleetwood was impressed with the studio (especially the state-of-the-art Neve 8078 mixing console), but also with the guitarist on "Frozen Love." Bob Welch had recently left Fleetwood Mac, leaving a vacancy on guitar that the group was struggling to fill. When Fleetwood inquired, Olsen told him that the guitarist was Lindsey Buckingham, but he came in a package deal with his girlfriend, Stevie Nicks. Also, Olsen was part of the deal, as he had them under contract. Fleetwood Mac already had a female vocalist - Christine McVie - but Mick figured they could use another one, especially if she could write songs. The Buckingham Nicks debut album had tanked, so Fleetwood's offer to join the band was appealing (Nicks was working as a waitress). They came on board, bringing along some songs they had planned for their next album: "Landslide," "Rhiannon" and "Monday Morning." Per the agreement, Olsen co-produced the album. This new combination clicked in the studio, transforming Fleetwood Mac from a blues mainstay to a pop powerhouse. When it comes time to make their next album, Rumours, they continue to click, but also clash, reaching stunning levels of both success and dysfunction.

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