Monday, January 28, 2019

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2014At a press conference, all four members of Mötley Crüe sign a "cessation of touring agreement" preventing them from ever touring again after 2015. They also announce "The Final Tour," after which they are legally obligated to disband.
2009Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd and Vision keyboardist) dies of a heart attack in his Orange Park, Florida home. 
2008Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix confirms drummer Dave Buckner has left the band. A statement released by the frontman says: "For y'all that don't know, we had to split with Dave, our drummer. It was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do. He's taking this time to get his life together. We are still friends and still talk on a regular basis."
2005Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi dies of stomach cancer at age 60.
2004James Brown is arrested on charges of domestic violence in Beech Island, South Carolina.
2004Mel Pritchard, drummer for the British prog rock band Barclay James Harvest, dies of a heart attack at age 56.
2001Ray Charles sings "America The Beautiful" at Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa. The Backstreet Boys sing the US national anthem, and halftime performers include Aerosmith'N Sync and Britney Spears.
1997A day before his 16th birthday, Jonny Lang's major-label debut album, Lie To Me, is released.
1996Chris Isaak guest-stars in the Friendsepisode "The One After the Superbowl." Isaak plays Phoebe's date, Rob Donnen.
1996Diana Ross performs at the Superbowl XXX halftime show in Tempe, Arizona.
1990Aaron Neville performs the US national anthem at Superbowl XXIV in New Orleans, Louisiana. Halftime entertainment is a salute to the city, with local marching bands performing along with Pete Fountain, Irma Thomas and Doug Kershaw.
1984The legendary Nina Simone tells NME she was forced to record her 1978 album Baltimore under duress when she was kidnapped by five men and held in a basement for three days without food or water. She retracts the statement later.
1983English pop singer Billy Fury, known for hit singles like 1961's "Halfway to Paradise," dies of a heart attack at age 42. Fury's heart was damaged when contracted rheumatic fever as a child.
1982Jackson Browne's second child - a son named Ryan - is born. The mother is Lynne Sweeney, an Australian model and Browne's second wife. Ryan becomes a musician, performing in the band Sonny & the Sunsets.
1980Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys is born in Jamestown, New York. He is just 13 when he joins the boy band in 1993.
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"We Are The World" Is Recorded

With the stars in town for the American Music Awards, "We Are The World" is recorded in Los Angeles, with cameras rolling for the video.
Among those taking part: Ray CharlesBob DylanHall & OatesThe JacksonsBilly JoelKenny LogginsBette MidlerWillie NelsonThe Pointer SistersLionel RichieSmokey RobinsonKenny RogersDiana RossPaul SimonBruce SpringsteenTina Turner and Stevie Wonder.

The musicians start arriving at A&M Studios in Hollywood around 10 p.m. Producer Quincy Jones, who had sent them all demo tapes of the song, wrangles them around six microphones arranged in a semi-circle, where he records the all-star chorus - someone even thought to make Diana Ross a sweatshirt with the name of the project: USA For Africa. The soloists do their parts next, and by 8 a.m., only Jones and Lionel Richie - who wrote the song with Michael Jackson - are still in the studio.

The recording is a remarkable confluence of goodwill and serendipity: Quincy Jones carried so much respect that even the biggest stars were happy not only to participate, but to check their egos at the door, as Jones requested.

The project started when Harry Belafonte asked an artist manager named Ken Kragen to arrange a benefit concert to aid victims of famine in Africa. Kragen took the idea in a different direction, asking his client Lionel Richie to write a song. They got Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones on board, and USA For Africa was born. When artists like Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen signed on, there was no trouble attracting more top talent.

When the single is released on March 7, it quickly sells out its initial shipment. Over the next few weeks, the video lands in hot rotation on MTV, radio stations play the song en masse, and over $60 million is raised for famine relief.

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