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2016 - Billy Joel surprised fans of the Billy Joel tribute band Big Shot by taking the stage with them at a gig in Huntington, New York; three years prior, Billy tapped the band's frontman Mike DelGuidice to join Joel's actual band for a European tour.

2013 - Alan Myers, the drummer for Devo, died in Los Angeles of cancer. He was 58.

2013 - Jennifer Lopez’s “Live It Up” was featured on an episode of ABC Family’s The Fosters.

2011 - Beyonce released her fourth studio album, 4. The album went on to sell over 3 million records worldwide.

2010 - Lynyrd Skynyrd alum Deborah Jo "JoJo" Billingsley died. She was 58.

2009 - Jason Aldean’s album Wide Open was certified gold.

2008 - Tim McGraw pulled a fan onstage and kicked him out of his concert in Auburn, Washington after he allegedly attacked a female fan.

2007 - Reba and Kelly Clarkson’s CMT Crossroads episode premiered.

2003 - Beyonce released her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love.

2003 - Jimmy Wayne’s self-titled debut album was released.

2003 - Mariah Carey embarked on her first world tour in more than three years, starting in Osaka, Japan.

2001 - Blink-182 had their second number one album with Take Off Your Pants and Jacket.

2000 - Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks married actor Adrian Pasdar at A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas after a Chicks concert.

1999 - Eric Clapton auctioned off a hundred of his guitars, which generated over five million dollars for his Crossroads Centre on Antigua, an alcohol and drug-dependency treatment center.  Clapton's 1956 sunburst Fender Stratocaster, "Brownie," went for a record breaking 497 thousand, 500 dollars.  The previous record holder for sale of a single guitar was the 320 thousand dollars paid for a Jimi Hindrex axe.  Clapton recorded "Layla" with "Brownie."

1998 - Aerosmith announced they were postponing the first 13 dates of their U.S. tour. Drummer Joey Kramer had received second-degree burns in a gas station fire.

1998 - Tanya Tucker filed a $300,000lawsuit against Capitol Records Nashville, claiming the label willfully neglected her career.

1995 - Public Enemy postponed its televised farewell concert in Great Britain because Flava Flav broke his arm in a scooter accident.

1995 - Tracy Lawrence went to number one with "Texas Tornado."

1992 - Billy Joel received his high school diploma from Hicksville High School on Long Island, New York.  He didn't graduate in 1967 because he skipped too many gym and English classes.

1990 - Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block spent two days in the hospital after falling through an unlocked trap door during their show in Saratoga Springs, New York.

1990 - A wrongful death trial involving Judas Preist opened in Reno, Nevada. Parents had charged in a lawsuit that the band's Stained Class album contained subliminal messages that drove two teenagers to attempt suicide. The judge cleared the group.

1990 - Pantera released Cowboys from Hell, their first major label release.

1989 - Rosanne Cash topped the country chart with a cover of The Beatles’ "I Don't Want to Spoil The Party."

1989 - Garth Brooks made his Grand Ole Opry debut

1989 - Richard Marx scored his second number one single, “Satisfied.”

1982 - John Anderson had the last recording session at Columbia Studio B, recording Lefty Frizzell’s "The Long Black Veil."

1979 - The number one song was "Ring My Bell" by Anita Ward.

1979 - Little Richard, billed as the Rev. Richard Penniman, spoke to a revival meeting in San Francisco about the dangers of rock & roll.

1978 - The Oak Ridge Boys went to number one with "I'll Be True To You."

1978 - The movie Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees, opened in New York City.

1976 - Hall & Oates’ "She's Gone" was released.

1973 - The Blues Project held a reunion concert in New York City's Central Park.

1967 - The Elvis Presley movie Double Trouble premiered.

1969 - The number one song was "Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet" by Henry Mancini.

1965 - The Beach Boys’ "California Girls" was released.

1964 - Connie Smith signed with RCA Records.


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