Lady Gaga appears on The Simpsons, where she tries to help Lisa improve her social standing in the episode "Lisa Goes Gaga."
Lionel Richie appears on The Simpsons in the episode "He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs."
The Simpsons Movie debuts. Early in the film, Green Day sink into Lake Springfield.
50 Cent appears on The Simpsons in the episode "Pranksta Rap."
Jackson Browne appears on the "Brake My Wife, Please" episode of The Simpsons.
Little Richard guest stars on the "Special Edna" episode of The Simpsons.
The Who guest star on the "A Tale of Two Springfields" episode of The Simpsons.
Britney Spears guest stars on The Simpsons in the episode "The Mansion Family," where she presents the award for Springfield's oldest man.
Johnny Cash plays Coyote, Homer Simpson's imaginary guru, on The Simpsons. Coyote tells Homer to buy more material possessions.
Paul Anka guest stars on the "Treehouse of Horror VI" episode of The Simpsons.
James Brown appears on The Simpsons in the episode "Bart's Inner Child."
Barry White guests on The Simpsons, where he serves as MC of Whacking Day.
Linda Ronstadt appears on the famous "Mr. Plow" episode of The Simpsons, where she appears in a commercial for Homer's rival, Plow King (Barney Gumble).
Tom Jones appears on The Simpsons in the episode "Marge Gets a Job."
Michael Jackson is a guest voice on The Simpsons, where he plays a mental patient Homer befriends named Leon Kompowski.
Ringo Starr appears on the Season 2 episode of The Simpsons "Brush With Greatness."
Experimental avant-garde/free-jazz artist Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart, releases Trout Mask Replica. While the album only manages to chart #21 in the UK and doesn't chart at all in the US, it later becomes hailed as Captain Beefheart's magnum opus masterpiece and receives raves from critics. The Simpsons cartoonist Matt Groening and film director David Lynch have called it their favorite album, along with other eclectic artists' raves.
Harry Shearer (aka Derek Smalls of Spinal Tap) is born in Los Angeles, California. Shearer is also known for voicing a number of characters on The Simpsons, including Principal Skinner and Ned Flanders.
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