In honor of Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti’s birthday, Google has replaced the “l” in their logo with with a cartoon Pavarotti singing (opera, one would assume, although maybe it’s a Britney Spears cover). Pavarotti’s Wikipedia has already been updated to note the honor. The Google logo links to a search for “Luciano Pavarotti“, which returns a music OneBox, the official site, the Wikipedia entry, and YouTube videos as the first results.
Pavarotti, who was born on October 12, 1935 and died last month, was one of the first opera singers to gain mainstream appeal. During the 90s, he toured with Plácido Domingo and José Carreras as one of the Three Tenors. His last performance was at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.