UK singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl died on this day in 2000

She was 41 years old.

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Today in rock history: On this date in 2000, British singer Kirsty MacColl died after a boating accident. She was 41 years old. The quirky, infectious singer was diving off the coast of Mexico when a boat entered a restricted area. Attempting to take one of her sons out of the path of the oncoming boat, MacColl, the daughter of British folk singer Ewan MacColl, was struck by the vessel and passed away almost instantly. MacColl came from a punk-rock background but, by the late '70s, she’d already established herself as a pop singer thanks to a debut solo single, “They Don’t Know,” which was a chart-topper in England (it was also a mid-'80s hit for comedian and singer Tracy Ullman).

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Today in rock history: On this date in 1961, American doo wop group The Tokens went to No. 1 on Billboard’s pop singles chart with its version of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” Originally a hit in South Africa in the 1930s, the song was written in the Zulu language and later translated to English. Recordings of the song that predate the Tokens’ version include renditions by folk group The Weavers, African songstress Miriam Makeba and exotic Peruvian singer, Yma Sumac.  The catchy song has appeared on several film soundtracks and has remained one of the most popular pop and rock songs of all time.

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Today in rock history: On this date in 1953, guitarist, songwriter and singer Elliot Easton was born in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. Born Elliot Steinberg, the imaginative musician rose to success as the lead guitarist of Boston-based new wave-rock band, The Cars. Appearing on all of the band’s albums, the left-handed guitarist was instantly revered and recognized for his incredible chops. Remaining active after the demise of the band, Easton has played with scores of artists, appeared on many albums and still remains musically active to date. Easton turns 65 years old today.

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Today in rock history: On this date in 1991, in an unprecedented move, Irish pop singer Gilbert O’Sullivan won an injunction against rap star Biz Markie for copyright infringement. Acknowledging proper songwriting credit was not a general practice at the time, but O’Sullivan felt strongly enough about the hip-hop star's blatant disregard for crediting a sample from his classic ballad, “Alone Again (Naturally).” O’Sullivan was successful in the court case, and the move changed the future of hip-hop music by making it mandatory to give proper songwriting credit to those whose music is being sampled within the context of a song.

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I was born on a Sunday Morning.I soon received The Gift of loving music.Through music, I Found A Reason for living.It was when I discovered rock and roll that I Was Beginning To See The Light.Because through music, I'm Set Free.It's always helped me keep my Head Held High.When I started dancing to that fine, fine...
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