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  • On this Day August 24, 1966

    started recording their first album at Sunset Sound Recording Studios, West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

  • On this Day August 24, 1983

    The fifth wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, Shawn Michelle Stevens was found dead at their Mississippi home of a methadone overdose. They had been married less than three months. Jerry Lee would marry again in 1984 to 22 year-old Kerrie McCarver, but divorce in 2004.

  • On this Day August 24, 1990

    Judas Priest successfully defended themselves against a lawsuit, after two fans attempted suicide while listening to the Stained Class album. Both fans eventually died, one immediately from a shotgun blast, and the other on a second attempt three years later by a methadone overdose. The prosecution claimed that there were subliminal messages in the groups music that caused the two seventeen year olds to carry out the suicide pact in 1985.

  • On this Day August 24, 1998

    Producer Gene Page died after a long illness. Worked with Barbra Streisand, Barry White, The Righteous Brothers, Dobie Gray, Bob and Earl. Produced 'Greatest Love of All' and Roberta Flack's 'Tonight I Celebrate My Love.'

  • On this Day August 24, 2009

    The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled death a homicide caused by a mix of drugs meant to treat insomnia. On February 8, 2010, Dr. Conrad Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter by prosecutors in Los Angeles. Dr. Murray pleaded not guilty and was released after posting $75,000 bail, but would be found guilty in November, 2011 and was sentenced to four years in a Los Angeles County jail.

  • On this Day August 24, 2010

    pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court in London to driving under the influence of drugs. The singer had been arrested in July when he was returning home from the London Gay Pride parade and crashed his car into the front of a Snappy Snaps store in Hampstead, North London.

 

 

 

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