2012In what is probably the only case of a musician being said to cause someone's death while performing onstage, police in Czechoslovakia arrest Randy Blythe, frontman for heavy metal band Lamb of God, for manslaughter.More
2002John Entwistle (age 57), bassist for The Who, dies in a hotel room in Las Vegas, Nevada, from a heart attack triggered by cocaine use.
1980Three songs into Led Zeppelin's concert in Nuremberg, drummer John Bonham collapses while beating out the rhythm to "Black Dog" and is rushed to the hospital, abruptly ending the show. Robert Plant jokes that he ate too many bananas before the show, but alcohol is the likely culprit. In September, Bonham dies after a night of drinking.
2012Rihanna is very lucky to escape with her life after being among 300 people evacuated from a motel during a fire in an elevator shaft. It takes ten firefighters to put out the resulting blaze at the Corinthia Hotel in London, where Rihanna was performing at the Hackney Weekend concert.
2009Canadian blues musician Jackie Washington dies at age 89.
2009Gale Storm, '50s pop singer and actress who starred in the TV shows My Little Margie and The Gale Storm Show, dies at age 87.
2009Soul singer Fayette Pinkney (of The Three Degrees) dies at age 61 of acute respiratory failure after a sudden illness.
1996Fugees headline the "Hoodshock" festival in Harlem, which the group organized as a free event to encourage voter registration. The Notorious B.I.G., Sean "Puffy" Combs and Wu-Tang Clan also perform, but the event makes headlines for a panic set off at the end of the festival when a man fires gunshots into the air. In the chaos, about 30 people are injured.
1995Circle Jerks release their sixth and final studio album, Oddities, Abnormalities, & Curiosities. It is the band's first release on a major label, although Mercury Records will go on to drop Circle Jerks after they fail to reach mainstream success.
1992Stefanie Sargent of 7 Year Bitch dies at age 24. After a night of drinking and drug use, she chokes to death when she vomits in her sleep.
1989Tom Jones gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1986Black Flag play their final ever gig in Detroit, Michigan. The band will go on to confirm their split two months later, in August 1986.
The song was written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, a married couple who record as Boy Meets Girl. They wrote "How Will I Know," which was one of Houston's previous #1 hits from her debut album. When they pitched "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" to Houston's label head and mentor Clive Davis, they weren't sure if they wanted Houston to record it, since they wanted it for Boy Meets Girl. Davis made it very clear that Houston would be recording it.
In the studio, producer Narada Michael Waldenkept the track bouncy and light, but the song has some emotional heft: It's about a woman who is terribly lonely. When the workday ends, she yearns for somebody to take her blues away.
Released a month ahead of the album, it becomes the first of four Hot 100 chart-toppers from the set. Boy Meets Girl doesn't go hitless: They reach #5 with "Waiting For A Star To Fall" in 1988.