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Music History for Friday, 8/16/19

2018 - Legendary singer Aretha Franklin died in Detroit, Michigan after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76. Three days later, the trailblazing "Queen of Soul" was later honored with a star-studded memorial service at New Bethel Baptist that featured performances from 19 artists ranging from Stevie Wonder to Faith Hill to Ariana Grande.

2013 - A Los Angeles judge reinstated Chris Brown's probation after he was cleared of May 2013's alleged hit-and-run.  The judge ruled Chris would have to complete an additional 1,000 hours of community service, and do it in Los Angeles where the court can keep a closer eye on him.  As far as the hit-and-run went, Chris was cleared of those charges. He was initially sentenced to probation following his 2009 assault of his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

2013 - Macklemore & Lewis performed at Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series in Central Park, New York City.

2011 - Promoters of a Michael Jackson tribute concert pulled KISS’ invitation, after fans balked at negative comments frontman Gene Simmons made about the former King of Pop after his death.

2005 - Madonna suffered three cracked ribs, a broken collarbone and a broken hand following a fall from a horse on her 47th birthday.

2005 - P. Diddy announced on NBC's Today show that he was changing his stage name again by dropping the “P” and referring to himself simply as “Diddy.”

2005 - Brad Paisley's album Time Well Wasted was released.

2003 - A U.S. postage stamp featuring Henry Mancini was unveiled. The design showed Mancini conducting while titles of his works scroll past on a screen behind him.

2000 - 'NSYNC unveiled a room dedicated in the group's honor at the Ronald McDonald House of Orlando, Florida.

2000 - Mary Chapin Carpenter sang "Why Walk When You Can Fly" at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles as the party nominated Al Gore for president.

1999 - Prince was sued by a bus company claiming he rented a tour bus between May and October of 1998 but never paid for it.

1998 - Pete Townshend raised 300 thousand dollars at a sold-out benefit concert at the Chicago House of Blues.  All proceeds went to Maryville Academy, a residential child-care facility for abused or neglected children.

1986 - Madonna started a two-week run at the top of the U.S. singles chart with “Papa Don’t Preach.”  Her album, True Blue, was also number one.

1985 - Madonna married Sean Penn on her 27th birthday.  They divorced in 1989.

1983 - Paul Simon married actress Carrie Fisher.  They divorced in 1985.

1980 - Alabama went to number one for the first time with "Tennessee River."

1979 - The Knack's "My Sharona" went gold.

1979 - The Charlie Daniels Band picked up their first platinum album for Million Mile Reflections.

1977 - Elvis Presley was found unconscious in his private bathroom at Graceland Mansion.  He was pronounced dead of heart failure.  He was 42.

1975 - Peter Gabriel announced he was leaving Genesis for a solo career.

1974 - The Ramones played their first public gig at the dive bar CBGB’s in New York City.

1969 - Merle Haggard's song "Workin' Man Blues" went to number one.

1966 - The first Monkees single, “Last Train to Clarksville,” was released.  It sold over a million copies and went to number one on the singles chart -- and the TV show hadn't even premiered yet!

1965 - David Jones' official stage name became David Bowie.

1962 - Twelve-year-old Stevie Wonder, as Little Stevie Wonder, released his first single, "I Call it Pretty Music (but the Old People Call it the Blues)," featuring Marvin Gaye on drums.

1935 - Patsy Montana recorded "I Wanna Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" in New York City.

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