Badfinger began their first tour as headliners, on this day in 1971, in Toledo, Ohio.

On this day in 1977, it was Rufus featuring Chaka Khan as the guest performers on “American Bandstand.”

John Belushi died of a drug overdose at age 33, on this day in 1982, from a mixture of cocaine and heroin, known as a speedball. On his tombstone it simply says “I may be gone, but rock n roll lives on.”

Singers George Michael and Andrew Ridgely made their U.S. TV debut as Wham!, on this day in 1983, on “American Bandstand.” On that same day Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” took over the #1 spot on the singles chart and stayed there for seven weeks.

Former rap artist MC Hammer became a preacher, on this day in 2000, at the Jubilee Christian Centre in San Jose. Hammer had been declared bankrupt in 1996, after squandering his $50 million fortune.

And it was on this day in 2002, that MTV began airing “The Osbournes,” a reality show that followed the daily activities of heavy metal rock musician Ozzy Osbourne and his family. The final episode aired on March 21, 2005.


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