Today in Music History: Snoop and Puffy call for end of rap rivalry

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Sean "Diddy" Combs performed at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards at the Atlanta Civic Center on Saturday, September 28, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga. (Dan Harr/Invision/AP)

History Highlight:

Today in 1997, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Sean "Puffy" Combs held a press conference where they called for an end to the East Coast-West Coast rap rivalry that had claimed the life of Tupac Shakur. "Kids around the world are watching," Snoop said. "By calling for a truce we're giving them something to live for." However, their efforts failed to stop the violence; less than a month later, The Notorious B.I.G. was killed in a shooting.

Also, Today In:

1961 - The Miracles' "Shop Around" became Motown Records' first million-selling single. It was also the label's first No. 1 hit on Billboard's R&B singles chart. The song was inducted into the 2006 Grammy Hall of Fame, and has been covered by many artists, including Johnnie Ray, Bobby Vee, Captain & Tennille and The Spinners.

1967 - Fifteen police officers raided Redlands the West Sussex home of Rolling Stone Keith Richards during a weekend party. The police, who were armed with a warrant issued under the "dangerous drugs act", took away various substances for forensic tests. George and Pattie Harrison had been at the house, but it was said that the police waited for them to leave before they raided the house in order not to arrest the holder of an MBE — a Member of the British Empire, an order of chivalry awarded to Harrison by Queen Elizabeth II.

1968 - Billed as 'Tour 60 cities in 66 Days' The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Center Arena in Seattle.

1970 - John Lennon performed "Instant Karma," on BBC TV's Top Of The Pops, becoming the first Beatle to have appeared on the show since 1966.

1972 - Al Green went to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Let's Stay Together," his only U.S. chart-topper.

1977 - Blondie, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and the Ramones all appeared at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles.

1977 - Pink Floyd released their tenth studio album Animals in the U.S., where it reached No. 3 in the charts.

1997 - David Bowie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2000 - Blues singer Screamin' Jay Hawkins died aged 70.

2007 - During a press conference at West Hollywood's Whisky a Go Go club, Sting confirmed that The Police were getting back together. The band were set to kick off a world tour on May 28 in Vancouver, B.C., supported by Sting's son Joe Sumner's band, Fiction Plane.

2017 - Al Jarreau died of respiratory failure at the age of 76, just two days after announcing his retirement. During his career he received a total of seven Grammy Awards and is best known for his 1981 album Breakin' Away. He also sang the theme song of the late-1980s television series "Moonlighting".

Birthdays:

Ray Manzarek, co-founder and keyboardist of The Doors, was born today in 1939.

Michael McDonald is 66.

Chynna Phillips of Wilson Phillips is 50.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase is 40.

Highlights for Today in Music History are gathered from This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, Song Facts and Wikipedia.


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