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Prince's Paisley Park is opened to public

Paisley Park Records was an American record label founded by musician Prince in 1985, which was distributed by and funded in part by Warner Bros. Records. In October 2016 the park was officially opened to the public.

"We Built This City" is named the worst song of the 80s

"We Built This City" is a 1985 song originally recorded by US rock group Starship and released as their debut single on their album Knee Deep in the Hoopla. Commercially, the single reached number 1 in Australia, Canada and the US. It has appeared on several "worst song" lists, topping a 2011 Rolling Stone poll of worst songs of the 1980s by a wide margin.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is named the UK's best music video

Queen's groundbreaking promo for their 1975 hit Bohemian Rhapsody has been named the UK's best music video in a survey of music fans. Out of 1,051 adults polled by O2, 30% named the 6-minute video - which took only three hours to shoot and cost a mere £3,500 to make - their favorite.

Shakira is at #1 on the US Hot Latin songs chart with "Suerte"

The Spanish version of the "Whenever, Wherever", "Suerte"/"Luck", also written by Shakira and Mitchell, was released as a single in Spain, Mexico as well as in a handful of countries in South America. It too became a huge hit, peaking at number-one on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart for seven non-consecutive weeks and remained within the top ten of the chart for over four months.

Bob Dylan has his twelfth US top 40 hit

"Gotta Serve Somebody" won the Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Male in 1979. It stands as Dylan's latest hit single, peaking at #24 on the Billboard Magazine Hot 100 singles chart, and remaining on the chart for 12 weeks. In 2016, Rolling Stone magazine featured the song as #43 on its list of "100 Greatest Bob Dylan Songs."

Cher starts a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart

In 1973, "Half-Breed" topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, becoming Cher's second solo and third overall Number 1 hit, and second Gold certified solo single for the sales of over 1,000,000 copies. It was a Number 1 hit in Canada and New Zealand, and a Top 10 hit in Australia and Norway respectively.

The Beatles release "Something"

"Something" is a song by the Beatles, written by George Harrison and released on the band's 1969 album Abbey Road. It was also issued as a single, coupled with another track from the album, "Come Together". "Something" was the first Harrison composition released as a Beatles A-side and the only Harrison composition to top the US charts before the Beatles' break-up.

Bobby Farrell from Boney M is born

Roberto Alfonso Farrell was a Dutch dancer and performing artist from Aruba, best known as the male member of the successful 1970s pop and disco group Boney M. Farrell lived for many years in Amsterdam, in the neighborhood of Gaasperdam in the borough of Amsterdam-Zuidoost. In 1981 he married Macedonian Romani Jasmine Shaban.

The first prominent "talkie" movie opens

The Jazz Singer is an American musical film. As the first feature-length motion picture with not only a synchronized recorded music score, but also lip-synchronous singing and speech in several isolated sequences, its release heralded the commercial ascendance of sound films and the decline of the silent film era.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 1989

Bette Davis

born 1820

Jenny Lind

died 2017

Ralphie May