1967Arlo Guthrie debuts "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" at the 1967 Newport Folk Festival. The song runs 18 minutes long and tells a true (but greatly exaggerated) story about how he was arrested one Thanksgiving morning for illegal dumping. The ticket later made him ineligible for the draft, keeping him out of the Vietnam War.
2014Blues rocker Johnny Winter dies at age 70. His last performance was two days earlier at the Cahors Blues Festival in France.
2012Jon Lord, a founding member of Deep Purple, dies at age 71 of a pulmonary embolism while suffering from pancreatic cancer.
2009At the Latitude Festival, held every year in Henham Park in Suffolk, England, Noah and the Whaledebut their feature-length film The First Days of Spring. The film accompanies their new record of the same name due out in August. Written and directed by lead singer Charlie Fink, the film stars model Daisy Lowe, the daughter of fashion designer Pearl Lowe and Gavin Rossdale, lead singer for the alt-rock band Bush.
2008Jo Stafford, whose "You Belong To Me" made her the first female artist to hit #1 on the UK Chart, dies of congestive heart failure at age 90.
2003Cuban singer Celia Cruz dies of brain cancer at age 77.
1996Styx drummer John Panozzo dies at age 47 when his liver fails after years of drinking.
1996Sultan of Brunei, who is a big fan of Michael Jackson, pays the singer about $15 million to perform at his birthday party.
1995At North Carolina's Duke University Medical Center, Wayne Osmond of The Osmonds undergoes an operation to remove a brain tumor.
1990Trial begins for Judas Priest after they are accused of implanting subliminal messages in their song "Better By You, Better Than Me." The suit alleges that the messages caused two teenage boys to enter a suicide pact (one of the boys killed himself instantly; the other died three years later from complications related to the suicide attempt). The case is dismissed August 24 after the judge determines that the supposed subliminal message is just an accidental recording oddity.
1984Billy Williams dies of a heart attack at age 74. His group the Billy Williams Quartet was a fixture on Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca's "Your Show of Shows" in the '50s.
"Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO hits #1 after first appearing on the Hot 100 on February 12 at #78. Thanks to a captivating video, the song starts the "shufflin'" dance craze and spends a staggering 68 weeks on the chart (six at #1), which is longer than any other chart-topper.
Party rock is in the house tonight Everybody just have a good time
Lyrics might not seem like a big deal for a club banger intended to get people dancing rather than thinking, but LMFAO couldn't disagree more. Redfoo, half of the electro-pop duo who also happens to be the son of legendary Motown founder Berry Gordy, grew up in the presence of master lyricists like Smokey Robinson, who taught him that every word counts. "The 'Just' was key," said Redfoo of the song's chorus. "I made it a command, to focus people on what to do now that we're here together. Our lyrics are very calculated, even if they appear simple."
Redfoo was inspired to write the tune when he got into shuffling, an '80s-inspired dance style that incorporates retro moves like the running man with fast footwork, and thought it would be perfect for Flo Rida. But as he got to work on the anthem with his old friend GoonRock, it was clear they were writing an LMFAO single.
"Party Rock Anthem" becomes the centerpiece of the duo's Sorry For Party Rocking album and is their first #1 on the Hot 100, surpassing Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" and Pitbull's "Give Me Everything (Tonight)." With a whopping 68-week chart run, the song breaks the record for longest run on the Hot 100, previously held by Jewel's 1998 hit "Foolish Games" at 65 weeks (a feat matched by "Rolling in the Deep").