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Music History for Monday, 4/20/20

2018 - Avicii, DJ and record producer, born Tim Bergling, died from suicide. He was 28.

2017 - Cuba Gooding Sr., the Main Ingredient singer and actor father of Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. died. He was 72.

2013 - Five days after the bombings at the Boston Marathon, Neil Diamond made a surprise appearance at Fenway Park, where he performed "Sweet Caroline" at the Red Sox game against the Kansas City Royals.

2011 - Carrie Underwood sang "Cowboy Casanova" during the intermission of the Nashville Predators playoff game at Bridgestone Arena. The home team lost to the Anaheim Ducks.

2010 - Cirque Du Soleil announced a deal with Michael Jackson's estate to launch a live show featuring the music of the late star.  

2010 - The Broadway musical American Idiot, based on the music of Green Day, officially opened in New York.

2008 - Hank Williams, Steve Wariner and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band were added to Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame.

2006 - Billy Currington’s “Why, Why, Why” video debuted on CMT.

2006 - Martina McBride’s Martina CD went double platinum.

2003 Godsmack had the number one album in the country with Faceless.

2002 - Toby Keith’s “My List” started a five-week stint atop the Billboard country chart.

2001 - Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard pleaded guilty in a Queens, New York, courtroom to possession of a controlled substance. The charge stemmed from a 1999 arrest for possessing crack cocaine.

1999 - Rapper Mase announced that he was retiring from music in order to “follow God.”

1999 - The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight was a suspect in the death of rapper The Notorious B.I.G., who was killed in a drive-by shooting in 1997.

1999 The Rolling Stones ended their No Security tour, their first in 20 years, with a make-up date at the San Jose Arena in California. The tour grossed more than $64.6 million from only 33 dates.

1999 KMFDM released their last album as a group after breaking up the previous January.

1996 - Tickets went on sale for the KISS reunion tour. Seats ranged in price from $27.50 to $85.00. The tour marked the first time in 15 years that all four original members of KISS played live together in full make-up and costumes.

1994 - In London, Barbra Streisand began her first tour in 28 years.

1993 - Shania Twain released her self-titled debut album.

1993 - Toby Keith’s self-titled debut CD hit store shelves.

1993 Aerosmith released their album Get a Grip, their first to debut at number one.  It went on to sell seven million copies in two years’ time and won them two Grammy Awards.

1992 - Madonna signed a deal with Time Warner to set up a multimedia company. The deal reportedly made Madonna the highest-paid woman in pop music.

1992 - The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness was held in London’s Wembley Stadium.  Metallica, Def Leppard and Guns N’ Roses participated, along with David Bowie, Annie Lennox, George Michael, Roger Daltrey, Elton John, Robert Plant and others.

1991 - John Fogerty married Julie Lebiedzinski in Bristol, Indiana.

1991 - Guitarist and singer Steve Marriott of Small Faces and Humble Pie died in a fire at his home in Essex, England. He was 44.

1990 Janet Jackson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.

1988 - Whitney Houston had the number one song with "Where Do Broken Hearts Go?"

1987 - Eddie Rabbitt performed for the annual Easter Egg Hunt on the White House lawn.

1987 - Ozzy Osbourne released the album Tribute. It was a live album recorded with guitarist Randy Rhoads, who had died in 1982.

1977 Glen Campbell picked up a gold record for “Southern Nights.”

1976 - The Rolling Stones released the album Black and Blue.

1968 - Deep Purple made its live debut in Denmark.

1964 - Elvis Presley's movie Viva Las Vegas premiered.

1961 - Del Shannon was at number one with "Runaway."

1938 - Roy Rogers made his film debut as a leading man in Under Western Stars.


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