Thursday, January 10, 2019

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2018Motörhead guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clark dies of complications from pneumonia at age 67.
2017Buddy Greco dies in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 90. Greco was a jazz singer who recorded several hit songs across all genres, his most popular being a cover of "The Lady is a Tramp." He also palled around with Frank Sinatraand Dean Martin, and was considered one of the Rat Pack's "mascots."
2011Margaret Whiting, a popular singer who duetted with Johnny Mercer on the seasonal favorite "Baby It's Cold Outside," dies at age 86.
2009Fergie marries actor Josh Duhamel in Malibu, California. They split up eight years later.
2008Panic! At The Disco announce they will be dropping their "!" with the release of their next album, Pretty. Odd.
2003British and Dutch police recover 500 Beatles master tapes missing since they were stolen from Abbey Road studios about 30 years earlier.
1997James Brown gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1995Rory Gallagher plays his last concert, in the Netherlands. Five months later he dies of complications from a liver transplant.
1985Chris Isaak releases his debut album, Silvertone. The LP is named after his three-piece backup band.
1979Richard Carpenter of the Carpentersenters the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, to treat an addiction to quaaludes. He takes a year off after his treatment.
1979Chris Smith, the half of Kris Kross known as "Daddy Mac," is born in Atlanta. The duo has a #1 hit in 1992 with "Jump."
1964Brad Roberts of Crash Test Dummies is born in Winnipeg, Canada. His super-deep voice powers their big hit, "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm."
1964The Beatles release their first album in the US: Introducing... The Beatles.
1956Folk singer Shawn Colvin is born in South Dakota. Her song "Sunny Came Home" (about a woman who burns her house down) wins the Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1998.
1955Rock guitarist Michael Schenker (of Scorpions and UFO) is born in West Germany.
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David Bowie Dies

David Bowie dies at age 69 after an 18-month battle with liver cancer.

A statement posted online explains that Bowie – who'd kept his condition a closely guarded secret from the public – "died peacefully surrounded by his family." The performer, who was living in New York City at the time of his death, released the album Blackstar only two days prior – his 69th birthday. 

Bowie continued to record music and tour up until 2004, when he suffered a heart attack backstage at the Hurricane Festival in Germany. The health scare prompted the then 57-year-old to gradually withdraw from the public eye, with him performing for the final time alongside Alicia Keys during a fundraising event at Hammerstein Ballroom in 2006.

On January 8, 2013 – his 66th birthday – Bowie surprised his fans when, after almost a decade-long hiatus, he announced the release of his 24th album The Next Day. Recorded in secret over a 2-year period in New York City, the album heard the songwriter revisit a rock-orientated sound – a move that received acclaim from music critics.

Three years later, Bowie returned once more with the jazz-streaked Blackstar. Music videos for the singles "Blackstar" and "Lazarus" were also unveiled – with the latter featuring the artist writhing in a hospital bed. The significance of these aesthetic allusions to death, together with Blackstar's lyrical ruminations on morality is revealed two days after the album was released, when news of Bowie's demise is made public.

Among those paying tribute to Bowie are Paul McCartneyIggy PopMadonnaBruce SpringsteenAnnie LennoxElton John, Brian May and Mick Jagger, who'd duetted with him on a cover of "Dancing in the Street" in 1985. "David was always an inspiration to me and a true original" wrote Jagger on Twitter. "He was my friend, I will never forget him."

Perhaps the most touching eulogy of all comes from producer Tony Visconti, who'd worked with Bowie since the days of Space Oddity. "He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life," writes Visconti. "He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry."

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