Monday, June 11, 2018

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2011Lily Allen marries the decorator Sam Cooper in Gloucestershire, England.
2011Jessie J ruptures tendons in her foot while rehearsing for the Capital Radio Summertime Ball. She does her set the next day from a throne; 13 days later she would perform a seated set once again at the Glastonbury Festival.
2008Nancy Sinatra appears before the US Congress pleading for legislation that would require all performers, not just songwriters, to get paid for songs played on commercial analog radio.
2000Busta Rhymes rides atop his own float in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York. "I'm here to thoroughly represent the entire spectrum of the urban community," Rhymes says.
1992U2 invites ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson to join them onstage at their concert in Stockholm for a rendition of ABBA's 1976 smash "Dancing Queen."
1991Lynyrd Skynyrd returns to recording with Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991. It's their sixth album, following Street Surviors, but is their first since the plane wreak take took three band-members lives in 1977. The new lineup initially uses the name "Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991," but eventually has to drop this name after the media and fans essentially ignore it and continue to call them Lynyrd Skynyrd. 
1990The United Nations appoints Olivia Newton-John as its first Goodwill Ambassador to the environment.
1977KC and the Sunshine Band's "I'm Your Boogie Man" hits #1.
1976Wild Cherry releases "Play That Funky Music."
1976The Carpenters release A Kind Of Hush.
1971A drunken Dennis Wilson, drummer for The Beach Boys, accidentally puts his hand through the glass door of his home, severing nerves that keep him from his instrument for the better part of three years.
1969Dan Lavery (bass guitarist for Tonic) is born.
1966Elvis Presley begins shooting his 26th film, Double Trouble, in Hollywood.
1966The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" hits #1 in America.
1966European radio is abuzz with rumors that Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, has been killed in an auto accident days earlier. In fact, guitarist Pete Townshend was in the wreck, but survived with minor injuries.
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American Idol Debuts

The TV show American Idol premieres on the FOX network. The show is a reality-show talent contest judged by three hosts, and becomes one of the most popular network reality shows. Singers who win a season of American Idol go on to fame, fortune, and record contracts.
Created by Simon Fuller, American Idol: The Search for a Superstar is the stateside version of the hit British music competition Pop Idol, that recently launched the career of its first winner, Will Young.

American Idol's two hosts, radio personality Ryan Seacrest and comedian Brian Dunkleman, promise that an unknown talent will be launched into superstardom on our very own soil. "Right now they could be parking cars or waiting tables. Who knows?" Seacrest teases. 

But the show still retains some of its British roots by importing Pop Idol's Simon Cowell, a record executive known for his acerbic critiques, to sit on the judges' panel alongside record producer Randy Jackson and '90s pop star Paula Abdul

Tonight, we're given a glimpse of the brutality of the audition process as over 10,000 hopefuls in seven cities throughout the US give it their best shot in front of the judges, most of them leaving with their dreams shattered after being eviscerated by Simon. 

Just 30 will make it to the Idol stage, where their live performances will not only be judged by the panel, but by America's voters, who have the power to eliminate contestants week after week. Texas waitress Kelly Clarkson eventually takes the crown from Pennsylvania native Justin Guarini and lands a hit single with her coronation song "A Moment Like This."

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