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Today in History Friday 5/24/13
Bob Dylan is 72.
Patti LaBelle is 69.
Blue Oyster Cult drummer Albert Bouchard is 66.
Dire Straits keyboardist Guy Fletcher is 53.
Wishbone Ash drummer Steve Upton is 67.
Cheech and Chong's Tommy Chong is 75.
Elvis Presley's ex-wife Priscilla Presley is 68.
Today in History Friday 5/24/13
Jerry Lee Lewis began a British tour and sparked controversy when he announced his marriage to his cousin Myra in a press conference.
Elvis Presley's "Good Luck Charm" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.
A Beatles performance from the movie "A Hard Day's Night" aired on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
John Lennon's second book, "A Spaniard in the Works," was published in England.
The Rolling Stones released the single "Jumpin' Jack Flash." Meanwhile, frontman Mick Jagger and his girlfriend Marianne Faithful were arrested for marijuana possession.
The Beatles' "Get Back" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
Donovan's "Atlantis" peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart.
Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green left the group.
Bob Dylan spent his 30th birthday in the Middle East, visiting the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.
Boz Scaggs and Olivia Newton-John were among the guests on "The Midnight Special."
Earth Wind and Fire's "Shining Star" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
Supertramp's "Bloody Well Right" peaked at number 35 on the pop singles chart.
Van Halen's self-titled album was certified Gold.
Genesis members Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks appeared at the box office of the Los Angeles club the Roxy to help sell tickets for the band's upcoming benefit for a local hospital.
Dr. Hook's "Sexy Eyes" peaked at number five on the pop singles chart.
The Jefferson Starship, the Grateful Dead, Boz Scaggs, and Country Joe McDonald were among the performers at a fundraiser in San Francisco for the Vietnam Veterans Project.
The Monkees, featuring Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork, launched a reunion tour with a show at a resort in the Catskills in New York.
The Moody Blues' "Your Wildest Dreams" broke into the Top 40.
Van Halen released the album "Ou812."
Bad Company released the album "Holy Water."
Byrds founder Gene Clark died. He was 46.
Jimmy Buffett released the album "Fruitcakes."
David Bowie made the first public use of full-view web cameras when he broadcast the recording session for "What's Really Happening" on the Internet.
The exhibit "the Art of Paul McCartney" opened at the Walker Gallery in Liverpool, England.
Paul McCartney played his first concert in Russia, performing in Moscow's Red Square.
"Elvis - The Concert," which featured Elvis Presley's TCB band performing live accompanying a video-projected Elvis, began a tour of Europe with a show in London.
Peter, Paul, and Mary's Peter Yarrow received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from San Francisco State University.
Chuck Berry performed on the first night of the two-day Jam On The River festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Attorneys for Bruce Springsteen shut down an online auction in which a document said to be the rocker's birth certificate was up for bid.
B.B. King received the 2004 International Polar Music Award in Sweden.
The Average White Band, B.B. King, and Carla Thomas were among the performers at the "Legacy: A Tribute to Rufus Thomas" concert in Memphis, Tennessee.
The albums "Motown Remixes" and "Motown Unmixed" were released.
Meat Loaf sang with "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee on the show's season finale. Taylor Hicks won the competition.
The Rolling Stones announced that the band was postponing the first 15 shows of its European tour to give guitarist Keith Richards more time to recover from the head injury he suffered a month earlier.
Desmond Dekker, best remembered for the 1969 hit "Israelites," died of a heart attack while on stage during a sound check before a show in Dublin, Ireland. He was 64.
Joan Baez performed from a tree top in Los Angeles as part of a protest to save a local community garden.
Dr. Martens' CEO apologized for the company's ad campaign that featured the images of dead rockers including Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, the Sex Pistols' Sid Vicious, The Ramones' Joey Ramone, and The Clash's Joe Strummer, admitting it was "offensive." The apology came a day after Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, blasted the company for the ads and saying she would never have authorized the use of his image for the ads.
Bo Diddley was transferred from an Omaha, Nebraska hospital to a facility near his Gainesville, Florida home as he continued to recover from a stroke he suffered earlier in the month.
Elton John, Scissor Sisters, and Arctic Monkeys were among the winners at the UK's Ivor Novello Awards, while Peter Gabriel, Yusuf Islam, and Quincy Jones received honorary awards at the event.
Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne filed a lawsuit in Tampa against Florida Governor Charlie Crist over an Internet ad he ran during his Senate campaign, claiming Crist incorporated his band's 1985 hit "Road to Nowhere" in the spot without permission.
Aretha Franklin received an honorary doctor of music degree from Yale University. The legendary Queen of Soul took part in the school's graduation ceremony to accept her degree in person.
The Rolling Stones' reissue of "Exile On Main Street" debuted at number one on the UK chart. It was the band's first British chart-topper in 16 years, following their 1994 effort "Voodoo Lounge."
Former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di'Anno was released from a UK prison after serving just two months of a nine-month sentence for benefit fraud. He was jailed after pleading guilty to taking disability payments for nerve damage he claimed kept him from working, which wasn't true.
New releases included AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson's autobiography "Rockers and Rollers: A Full Throttle Memoir" and Journey's album "Eclipse."
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Today's Birthdays Thursday 5/23/13
J. Geils Band bassist Danny Klein is 67.
Today In History Thursday 5/23/13
Fats Domino's "My Blue Heaven" hit number one on the soul charts.
Elvis Presley's "A Fool Such As I" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.
The Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
Elvis Presley's 9th movie, "Follow That Dream," opened nationally.
Paul Revere and the Raiders signed a recording contract with Columbia Records.
Roy Orbison's "It's Over" peaked at number nine on the pop singles chart.
Peter and Gordon's "A World Without Love" broke into the top ten on the pop singles chart.
The Beach Boys released the single "I Get Around."
Marvin Gaye was the guest on "American Bandstand."
Marvin Gaye's "I'll Be Doggone" hit number one on Billboard's R&B chart.
The Beatles released the single "Paperback Writer."
The Beatles opened a second Apple Boutique in London.
The Grateful Dead played its first show outside the U.S., appearing at the Hollywood Rock Festival in England.
It was reported that the Beatles' album "Let It Be" set an advanced sales record in the U.S. with almost four-million copies ordered before its May 18th release. In addition, the band's single "The Long and Winding Road" broke into the Top 40, while Paul McCartney's debut solo album "McCartney" hit number one on the Billboard album chart.
The Ides of March's "Vehicle" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.
Blues Image's "Ride Captain Ride" and Elvis Presley's "The Wonder of You" broke into the Top 40.
Iron Butterfly broke up. The group's biggest hit was "In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida," a song that hit number 30 on the pop singles chart in 1968.
Diana Ross & the Supremes' "Anthology" was released.
Bob Dylan's show at Colorado State University was taped by NBC, which later aired as the special "Hard Rain."
The Jefferson Starship was blocked from playing a free concert in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco because of a ban on electronic instruments. The group later said that the hit "We Built This City" had been inspired by the ban.
Linda Ronstadt began sessions for her album "Simple Dreams," which features the hits "Blue Bayou," "It's So Easy," and a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Tumblin' Dice."
The Who documentary "The Kids Are Alright" premiered in New York City.
Styx's "Too Much Time On My Hands" peaked at number nine on the pop singles chart.
John Lennon's "Watching The Wheels" peaked at number ten on the pop singles chart.
George Harrison's "All Those Years Ago" broke into the Top 40.
Tina Turner released the album "Private Dancer."
AC/DC released the album "Who Made Who."
The Doobie Brothers reunited for a charity concert to benefit Vietnam veterans. The show raised 360-thousand-dollars and led to a formal reunion.
Heart's single "Alone" broke into the Top 40.
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason married Annette Lynton in London.
Bob Dylan was named the greatest lyricist of all time in a BBC Online songwriting poll. John Lennon came in second, followed by Bob Marley. Paul McCartney and Paul Simon round out the top five.
Cher and Stevie Nicks were among the "divas" who performed at the VH1 "Divas Las Vegas" concert benefiting the cable network's Save the Music Foundation, which supports music education in public schools.
Ozzy Osbourne received the Legend Award at the MTV Japan Music Awards in Maehama, Japan.
Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen was honored with a tribute concert in Brighton, England. Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, and Beth Orton were among the performers at the event.
ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and one-time Byrds member Chris Hillman took part in a tribute to the late Buck Owens at the 41st annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.
It was "Sammy Hagar Day" in San Bernardino, California.
Booking agent and promoter Ian Copeland died of skin cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 57. His brother, Police drummer Stewart Copeland, was at his bedside. Ian is credited with discovering the Scottish funk group Average White Band, and for helping launch the careers of such Southern rockers as Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers Band, and the Charlie Daniels Band, as well as a number of new wave groups.
Joan Baez spent the night in a tree in Los Angeles as part of a protest to save a local community garden.
Paul Simon was honored as the first recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, with a all-star gala concert in Washington, DC. Performers included his former singing partner Art Garfunkel, as well as James Taylor and Stevie Wonder.
Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, and Herman's Hermits frontman Peter Noone were among those who took part in the "American Idol" finale, in which Jordin Sparks was named the winner.
Bret Michaels was the winner on NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice." While the challenge had been taped several months earlier, the final boardroom meeting in which the winner was announced aired live. Michaels was on hand for the event, even despite a series of medical drama -- including a hospitalization for a "warning stroke" just three days earlier. As the "Celebrity Apprentice" winner, Michaels earned 250-thousand-dollars for the American Diabetes Association.
Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show keyboardist Billy Francis died.
The late Donna Summer was buried in a private -- but not small -- ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee. One-thousand guests were invited to attend the funeral. The singer died seven days earlier in Florida following a battle with cancer. She was 63.
The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" topped a "Rolling Stone" readers' poll of The Best Disco Songs Of All Time.
Aerosmith debuted the single "Legendary Child" during the "American Idol" finale, as Steven Tyler wrapped up his second and final season as a judge on the reality show. John Fogerty, Neil Diamond, and Chaka Khan took part in the event as well. The show also included a tribute to the late Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb, who just died a few days earlier.
Lou Reed had a spider named after him. Biologists announced that they had named a new genus of the velvet spider "Loureedia" in honor of the Velvet Underground frontman.
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Today's Birthdays Wednesday 5/22/13
Lyricist Bernie Taupin is 63. He's best known for his collaborations with Elton John.
Morrissey is 54.
Parliamen-Funkadelic's Calvin Simon is 71.
Today In History Wednesday 5/22/13
Bob Dylan, then known as Robert Zimmerman, had his bar mitzvah.
Jerry Lee Lewis announced his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin, Myra when he was met by reporters getting off a plane in London. The resulting furor caused Lewis to be booed off stage and forced the cancellation of all but three of his concerts in his British tour. The ensuing controversy caused serious damage to his career.
Police in Bridgeport, Connecticut cancelled a dance headlined by Fats Domino because they thought, quote, "rock and roll dances might be featured," and they feared a near riot.
Ricky Nelson's "Hello Mary Lou" peaked at number nine on the pop singles chart.
Pat Boone's "Moon River" and Dee Clark's "Raindrops" broke into the Top 40.
The Beatles' "Ticket To Ride" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
The Rolling Stones' "The Last Time" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.
The Monkees released the album "Headquarters."
Gary Puckett and the Union Gap's "Young Girl" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.
The Who released the album "Tommy" in Britain.
The Rolling Stones' album "Sticky Fingers" hit number one on the album chart.
Carole King's "It's Too Late" and The Carpenters' "Rainy Days and Mondays" broke into the Top 40.
The Guess Who recorded the album "Live at the Paramount" at a show in Seattle, Washington.
Joe Cocker was a headliner at the Army Rock Festival at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Wings' "Silly Love Songs" hit number one on the pop singles chart. It stayed there for five weeks.
ELO's "Strange Magic" peaked at number 14 on the pop singles chart.
Queen released "You're My Best Friend."
Five of Jimi Hendrix's Gold records were stolen from Electric Lady Studios in New York City.
John Cougar's "Hurts So Good" and .38 Special's "Caught Up In You" broke into the Top 40.
Fleetwood Mac reunited to tape an MTV concert. The show was turned into an album.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band set the record for number of shows during one stay at a single arena when they played a 15-night stand at the Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey.
Steely Dan received the Founders Award at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards.
The Rod Stewart retrospective "A Little Misunderstood: The '60s Sessions" was released.
Paul McCartney received an honorary doctorate from the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia.
Brian Wilson and Bryan Ferry each received honorary awards at the British Ivor Novello Awards ceremony.
Solomon Burke and B.B. King were among the winners at the 24th annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards.
Stevie Wonder and the Isley Brothers were among the performers at the VH1 Divas Duets concert. The "Divas" included Chaka Khan, Lisa Marie Presley, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Whitney Houston, Jewel, and Ashanti.
Surviving members of Led Zeppelin met the King of Sweden at the Stockholm Concert Hall to receive the Polar Music Prize.
New album releases included Ozzy Osbourne's "Black Rain."
Phil Collins received the International Achievement award and David Gilmour earned a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 53rd annual Ivor Novello Awards in London.
James Taylor performed in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and donated most of the money from the show to the Southern Tip Partnership to help in its efforts to protect the habitat of migratory songbirds along the lower Eastern Shore of Virginia's Delmarva Peninsula.
U2 was among the winners at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, while Neil Diamond received the Icon Award.
Jimmy Buffett hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and VIP reception as part of the grand opening of his Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant in Biloxi, Mississippi. The facility was five-years in the making. Buffett first announced his plans to open a Margaritaville casino in Biloxi in 2007.
Gregg Allman announced that he was planning to wed for a seventh time, to girlfriend Shannon Williams. Shannon is 40 years younger than Gregg, and nearly 12 years younger than Elijah Blue, Gregg's son with Cher.
New releases included Slash's second solo album, "Apocalyptic Love," and Paul McCartney's expanded reissue of "Ram."
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Today's Birthdays Tuesday 5/21/13
Isley Brother Ron Isley is 72.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers drummer Stan Lynch is 58.
Chicago keyboardist Bill Champlin is 66.
The Animals guitarist Hilton Valentine is 70.
Singer Marcie Blane is 69. She's best known for the 1962 hit "Bobby's Girl."
Leo Sayer is 65.
Today In History Tuesday 5/21/13
Fess Parker's "Ballad of Davy Crockett" peaked at number five on the pop singles chart.
Little Stevie Wonder recorded his second album, "The Twelve-Year-Old Genius," live at Chicago's Regal Theater.
The Beatles released the single "Sie Liebt Dich/I'll Get You."
The Drifters recorded the single "Under The Boardwalk."
Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 and #35" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.
The Walker Brothers' "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)" peaked at number 13 on the pop singles chart.
The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black," Robert Parker's "Barefootin'," The Capitols' "Cool Jerk," and Gary Lewis and the Playboys' "Green Grass" broke into the Top 40.
Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was arrested at his London apartment for possession of cannabis.
Blood, Sweat, and Tears released the single "Spinning Wheel."
Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
Climax Blues Band's "Couldn't Get It Right" peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.
Rod Stewart's "I Don't Want To Talk About It/The First Cut Is The Deepest" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.
Former Doobie Brothers keyboardist Michael McDonald married singer Amy Holland.
Marvin Gaye's last original album, "Dream of a Lifetime" was released posthumously.
The Rolling Stones filmed a video for the song "Sex Drive." The clip was banned by MTV because it featured women clad in see-through cellophane dresses.
George Harrison announced that he would produce the next album from Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar.
Paul McCartney said he had a notebook of never-recorded songs he wrote with John Lennon. The compositions would be the earliest Lennon-McCartney songs ever written.
Sam & Dave's Sam Moore, The Supremes' Mary Wells, and members of the Platters and Danny and the Juniors met with members of the House Intellectual Property Subcommittee to discuss concerns about bogus, knock-off groups appropriating famous stage names.
Bruce Springsteen and Ozzy Osbourne were nominated for MTV Movie Awards for Best Cameo in a Movie. Springsteen got the nod for his appearance in "High Fidelity," while Ozzy was noted for the film "Little Nicky."
The soundtrack to the movie "Undercover Brother" was released. It features material from a variety of artists including James Brown, the O'Jays, and the Commodores.
Elton John attended the 13th annual Life Ball, an AIDS fundraiser in Vienna, Austria.
Bo Diddley was moved from intensive care to a regular room at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska as he continued recovering from a stroke he suffered eight days earlier.
Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell had emergency surgery, undergoing a partial revision hip replacement because he'd been having ongoing dislocation problems with the joint.
ZZ Top performed with "American Idol" winner David Cook on the season finale of the Fox reality show. Graham Nash, Gladys Knight, and Donna Summer were among the stars who also took part in the show.
Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler checked himself into a rehab center in Pasadena, California.
U2's Bono hurt his back during the band's tour rehearsal in Munich, Germany, which required him to undergo surgery. His injury forced U2 to scrap their summer North American tour as well as a scheduled performance at the UK's Glastonbury festival.
Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent was arrested and taken to the Rutherford County Detention Center in Tennessee on a charge of aggravated assault after allegedly attacking his wife during an argument. He was released the next day after posting ten-thousand-dollars bond.
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Today's Birthdays Monday 5/20/13
Joe Cocker is 69.
Cher is 67.
The Go-Go's guitarist Jane Wiedlin is 55.
The Cowsills' Sue Cowsill is 54.
Today In History Monday 5/20/13
Bill Haley's "Rock Around The Clock" was released as a single. It didn't become a hit until a year later when it was featured in the movie "Blackboard Jungle."
The Coasters' "Searchin'" and "Young Blood" broke into the Top 40.
The band Johnny and the Moondogs changed its name to the Silver Beetles. The band eventually decided to call itself The Beatles.
George Harrison made his first visit to the Maharishi Yogi.
Tired of waiting for a tardy John Entwistle and Keith Moon, The Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey went on stage at the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor, England, performing with the bass player and drummer of the local band that opened the show. When Moon and Entwistle finally arrived, Townshend hit Moon on the head with his guitar. The drummer quit the band, but returned a week later.
Jimi Hendrix signed his first American record contract with Reprise Records. He and his band, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, had already released records on the Polydor and Track labels in Britain.
The BBC banned the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" because officials said the song encouraged drug use.
The Dave Clark Five appeared on the British TV show "Piccadilly Palace."
Aretha Franklin's "Respect" hit number one on the R&B chart.
The Young Rascals' "Groovin'" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
The Easybeats' "Friday On My Mind" peaked at number 16 on the pop singles chart.
Pete Townshend married girlfriend Karen Astley.
The Beatles movie "Let It Be" had its premier in London and Liverpool.
Chicago's Peter Cetera underwent four hours of emergency surgery after being beaten up at a Chicago Cubs-Los Angeles Dodgers game. He was attacked because of the length of his hair.
T. Rex's "Metal Guru" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.
The musical "Beatlemania" opened at the Winter Garden Theater in New York.
The film "The Buddy Holly Story" starring Gary Busey had its premier in Holly's hometown of Lubbock, Texas.
Wings' "With A Little Luck" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
Elton John performed a concert in Leningrad.
Gerry Marsden and Paul McCartney were among an all-star remake of the Gerry and the Pacemakers hit "Ferry 'Cross The Mersey," which hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.
Aerosmith came to the rescue of an explicit exhibition called "Corporal Politics" at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. When the National Endowment for the Arts refused to fund the exhibit, the Boston band donated ten-thousand-dollars to the show.
Don Henley married Sharon Summerall in a ceremony in Malibu. Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel were among the celebrities in attendance.
New album releases included John Fogerty's "Blue Moon Swamp" and Paul McCartney's "Flaming Pie."
Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan were among the mourners at the funeral for Frank Sinatra.
Jan & Dean, the Grass Roots, and Pat Boone were among the artists who sued K-tel International Inc. for breach of contract and non-payment of royalties in relation to 27 compilation albums containing their work.
The Guess Who played a show at a Winnipeg, Canada, community center. The show, featuring band members Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, Jim Kale, Donnie McDougall, and Garry Peterson, was a warm-up gig for the group's upcoming reunion tour.
Jose Feliciano received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Aerosmith was among the honorees at the 19th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards.
Ted Nugent was dropped from the line up for the Muskegon, Michigan Summer Celebration after he allegedly used racial slurs during an interview with a Colorado radio station.
Stevie Wonder was among those who took part in the ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles.
George Harrison's single "Any Road" debuted in the top 40 on the Billboard pop singles chart, landing at number 37.
The album "The In-Laws: Music from the Motion Picture," including material from Paul McCartney, Badfinger, Electric Light Orchestra, The Bee Gees, and Elvis Presley, was released.
Lou Reed and partner Laurie Anderson brought their terrier to a birthday party for the bulldog of the Soho Kitchen Club's chef.
Former Beach Boys Brian Wilson and Al Jardine were on hand for the dedication ceremony for a monument marking the site in Hawthorne, California where Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson's childhood home once stood.
Lynyrd Skynyrd had to cancel an appearance at the U.S. Marine Corps base in Twentynine Palms, California because frontman Johnny Van Zant had an emergency appendectomy two days earlier.
Aerosmith resumed work on a new album. The band had been forced to take a break from the road and the studio because frontman Steven Tyler was recovering from surgery on a ruptured a blood vessel in his voice box.
Ozzy Osbourne, Bee Gees Barry and Robin Gibb, and Annie Lennox were among the performers at the Prince's Trust 30th Birthday charity concert.
Elton John launched into an obscenity-laden tirade when he was interrupted by a photographer while presenting an award at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
The man who wrote a number of Elvis Presley's movie tunes, including "Rock-a-Hula-Baby" and "Follow That Dream," died. Songwriter Ben Weisman, whom Presley used to call "the mad professor, died of pneumonia at a long-term care facility in Los Angeles. He was 85.
Hall & Oates received the 2008 BMI Icon Award at the performing rights organization's 56th annual Pop Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, California.
Jermaine Jackson's divorce was final. While his ex-wife declined alimony, she got custody of their children Jaafar and Jermajesty along with three-thousand dollars a month in child support.
The Chelsea Flower Show opened in Britain, featuring "Life to Life," a memorial garden honoring the late Beatle George Harrison.
New releases included Donna Summer's CD "Crayons," which was her first full collection of new music since 1991, and actress Scarlett Johansson's debut album "Anywhere I Lay My Head," which features David Bowie singing backing vocals on a couple of cuts.
Kiss, Queen, Rod Stewart, Santana, and Lionel Richie were among the guests who participated in the season finale of "American Idol," in which Kris Allen received the title.
Bret Michaels, who was still recovering from a brain hemorrhage he experienced a month earlier, was hospitalized after suffering a "warning stroke." Doctors discovered a hole in the rocker's heart as he underwent treatment.
The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb died following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 62.
Atlanta Rhythm Section's original drummer Robert Nix died in a Memphis area hospital. He was 67.
U2 was among the winners at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, while Stevie Wonder received the Billboard Icon Award. The event also featured tributes to Whitney Houston, the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch, and Donna Summer, who had all died within the previous three months. The ceremony also included a moment of silence for the Bee Gees' Robin Gibb, who passed away earlier that day.
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