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Gravdigr 08-10-2017 01:17 PM

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1959, Four members of The Platters

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were arrested after a gig in Cincinnati after being found with four 19 year old women, (3 of them white), in various stages of undress. The scandal resulted in radio stations across the US removing Platters records from their playlists.

1961, Helen Shapiro was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You Don't Know'. Aged 14, Shapiro became the youngest act ever to score a UK No.1.

1963, 13 year-old Little Stevie Wonder started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Fingertips part II', making him the youngest singer to top the charts.

1968, Tom Jones went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Delilah'.

1970, Elvis Presley played the first night of a four-week engagement, playing 2 shows most nights at The International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

1970, Simon and Garfunkels album Bridge Over Troubled Water was at No.1 on the UK album chart, The Beatles were at No.2 with 'Let It Be' and Bob Dylan was at No.3 with 'Self Portrait.'

1972, During their Wings Over Europe Tour, Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Sweden for possession of drugs. McCartney joked the arrest would “make good publicity” for the tour.

1976, Elton John played the first of ten sold out nights at Madison Sq. Gardens in New York City. The $1.25 million generated from the shows broke the record set by The Rolling Stones in 1975.

1985, Canadian singer, guitarist Bryan Adams scored his first US No.1 album with 'Reckless.'

1985, 'Money for Nothing' by Dire Straits peaked at No.4 on the UK singles chart. Notable for its groundbreaking music video and a cameo appearance by Sting singing the song's falsetto introduction and backing chorus, "I want my MTV" who also co-wrote the song with Mark Knopfler. The video was also the first to be aired on MTV Europe when the network started on 1 August 1987.

1985, Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran was air lifted to safety when his boat 'Drum' overturned while racing off the English coast. Le Bon was trapped under the hull with five other crew members for twenty minutes, until being rescued by the Royal Navy.

1987, Wilson Pickett

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was found guilty by a New Jersey court of possessing a shotgun with intent to endanger life following his involvement in a fist fight in a bar.

2002, Lisa Marie Presley married actor Nicolas Cage at a resort in Hawaii. The marriage was Presley's third. She was married previously to musician Danny Keough and pop star Michael Jackson. Cage filed for divorce four months later.

2008, US singer-songwriter Isaac Hayes

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died at his home in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 65. Police were called to his home after his wife found him unconscious. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Hayes won an Oscar for the 1971 hit Theme From Shaft as was also known as the voice of Chef from the hit cartoon show, South Park. He was married four times and had 12 children.

2013, American singer Eydie Gorme,

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remembered for her 1963, No.7 Billboard hit, 'Blame It On The Bossa Nova', died at the age of 84. She also reached the Hot 100 six other times between 1956 and 1964 and earned numerous awards, including a Grammy and an Emmy.


1898 – Jack Haley, 1909 – Leo Fender, 1922 – Al Alberts (The Four Aces), 1927 – Jimmy Martin, 1928 – Jimmy Dean, 1928 – Eddie Fisher, 1940 – Bobby Hatfield (half of The Righteous Bros), 1943 – Jimmy Griffin (Bread), 1943 – Ronnie Spector:love:, 1947 – Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), 1950 – Patti Austin, Queen Of The Jingles (sang jingles for Almay, Avon, Burger King, Impulse, KFC, Maxwell House, McDonald's, Meow Mix, Stouffer's, and the United States Army among others), 1956 – Charlie Peacock, 1961 – Jon Farriss (INXS), 1967 – Todd Nichols (Toad The Wet Sprocket), 1968 – Michael Bivins (Bell Biv DeVoe)


1806 – Michael Haydn, 1979 – Dick Foran (singin' cowboy), 2002 – Michael Houser (Widespread Panic), 2008 – Isaac Hayes (voice of 'Chef' on South Park), 2011 – Billy Grammer, 2013 – Eydie Gormé, 2013 – Jody Payne (Willie Nelson's band The Family)

Gravdigr 08-17-2017 02:23 PM

August 17

2012, Three members of the Russian feminist punk rock protest group Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years imprisonment after they had staged a performance on the soleas of Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior in a protest directed at the Orthodox Church leader's support for President Putin during his election campaign.


1893 – Mae West, 1919 – Georgia Gibbs, 1939 – Luther Allison, 1947 – Gary Talley, 1949 – Sib Hashian:drummer:(Boston), 1953 – Kevin Rowland (Dexys Midnight Runners), 1954 – Eric Johnson:shred:, 1958 – Belinda Carlisle (The Gogo's), 1962 – Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses, Heart, Rock Star Supernova), 1964 – Colin James:shred:, 1965 – Steve Gorman:drummer:(The Black Crowes), 1969 – Donnie Wahlberg (The New Kids On The Block)


1973 – Jean Barraqué, 1973 – Paul Williams (The Temptations), 1983 – Ira Gershwin, 1987 – Gary Chester:drummer:, 1990 – Pearl Bailey, 1990 – Pearl Bailey

Gravdigr 08-27-2017 01:14 PM

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Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed when the helicopter he was flying in, hit a man-made ski slope while trying to navigate through dense fog. Vaughan had played a show at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisconsin with Robert Cray & His Memphis Horns, and Eric Clapton. Vaughan was informed by a member of Clapton's crew that three seats were open on a helicopter returning to Chicago with Clapton's crew, it turned out there was only one seat left; Vaughan requested it from his brother, who obliged. Three members of Eric Clapton's entourage were also killed.

Gravdigr 08-29-2017 01:06 PM

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1964, Roy Orbison's 'Oh, Pretty Woman' was released in the US. It went on to reach No.1 four weeks later. The title was inspired by Orbison's wife Claudette interrupting a conversation to announce she was going out; when Orbison asked if she was okay for cash, his co-writer Bill Dees interjected "A pretty woman never needs any money."

1966, The Beatles played their last concert before a paying audience, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California to a sold-out crowd of 25,000. John and Paul, knowing what the fans do not (that this will be the last concert ever) bring cameras on stage and take pictures between songs. During this tour, The Beatles have not played a single song from their latest album, Revolver. They finished the show with a version of Little Richard's 'Long Tall Sally'.

1976, Jimmy Reed

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died in San Francisco following an epileptic seizure just before his 51st birthday. Reed was a major influence on The Rolling Stones and Reed had the 1957 hit ‘Honest I Do’ in 1957 and ‘Baby What You Want Me To Do’ in 1960.

1977, Three people were arrested in Memphis after trying to steal Elvis' body. As a result, his remains would be later moved to Graceland.

1987, Rick Astley's

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debut hit 'Never Gonna Give You Up', started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart. It became the biggest selling single of 1987 and the song won Best British Single at the 1988 Brit Awards.

1990, Elton John

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checked into a rehab center in Chicago to receive treatment for bulimia, alcoholism and drugs.

1992, U2 became only the second act ever (Billy Joel was the first) to play at The Yankee Stadium in New York City, during their sold out Zoo TV tour.

2005, 77-year-old Fats Domino was rescued from the flooding in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina. He had earlier told his agent that he planned to remain in his home despite the order to evacuate.

2009, The Los Angeles coroner confirmed Michael Jackson's death was homicide, primarily caused by the powerful anaesthetic Propofol. The singer suffered a cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home in June, aged 50. The report said Propofol and the sedative Lorazepam

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were the "primary drugs responsible for Jackson's death", but four further drugs were also found.


1920 – Charlie Parker, 1924 – Dinah Washington, 1927 – Jimmy C. Newman, 1945 – Chris Copping:keys::bass:(Procol Harum), 1951 – Geoff Whitehorn (Procol Harum), 1952 – Don Schlitz (songwriter "The Gambler", "Forever And Ever Amen" et al), 1958 – Michael Jackson, 1960 – Tony MacAlpine,:shred:, 1964 – Pebbles, 1968 – Meshell Ndegeocello, 1973 – Vincent Cavanagh (Anathema), 1975 – Kyle Cook (Matchbox Twenty), 1986 – Lea Michele


2011 – Honeyboy Edwards

Gravdigr 09-13-2017 01:28 PM

September 13

1960, A campaign was started in the UK to ban the American hit 'Tell Laura I Love Her' by Ray Peterson. The song was being denounced in the press as likely to inspire a teen-age "glorious death cult." The story told of a lovesick youngster who drives in a stock car race to win the hand of his sweetheart. He crashes and just before dying, groans out the words of the title.

1963, Graham Nash fell out of The Hollies van after a gig in Scotland. Nash checked to see if the door was locked, it wasn't and he fell out as it travelled at 40 m.p.h.

1964, During a UK tour two dozen rugby players were hired as 'a human crash barrier' at a Rolling Stones gig at the Liverpool Empire. The 'human chain' disappeared under a wave of 5,000 fans as the Stones took to the stage.

1967, The Beatles formed an electronics company called Fiftyshapes, Ltd. appointing John Alexis Mardas (Magic Alex) to be the company's director. Alex claimed he could build a 72-track tape machine, instead of the 4-track at Abbey Road (this never materialised). One of his more outrageous plans was to replace the acoustic baffles around Ringo Starr's drums with an invisible sonic force field. George Harrison later said that employing Mardas was "the biggest disaster of all time."

1996, American rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur died after being shot six days earlier when he was driving through Las Vegas. 13 bullets were fired into his BMW. The incident was blamed on East and West Coast Gang wars. Shakur was a convicted sex offender, guilty of sexual abuse. After serving eleven months of his sentence he was released from prison on an appeal financed by Marion "Suge" Knight, the CEO of Death Row Records.

2000, Elton John threw a tantrum when he was set to appear at a sell-out show at the Estoril Casino near Lisbon. Elton was unhappy after the audience were slow in leaving a VIP dinner before the concert, Elton left the building and flew home on his private jet without playing a note.

2009, Vera Lynn went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'We'll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn'. At the age of 92 it made her the oldest living artist to achieve this feat with an album. The previous oldest living artist to top the charts was Bob Dylan, who at 67 saw his album 'Together Through Life' become number one in the UK earlier this year. [Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn?]

Flint 09-13-2017 02:21 PM


Originally Posted by Gravdigr (Post 995608)
1996, American rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur died after being shot six days earlier when he was driving through Las Vegas. 13 bullets were fired into his BMW. The incident was blamed on East and West Coast Gang wars. Shakur was a convicted sex offender, guilty of sexual abuse. After serving eleven months of his sentence he was released from prison on an appeal financed by Marion "Suge" Knight, the CEO of Death Row Records.

Wow, cool bio. I'm sure every time you mention any one of these baby boomer musicians, you'll treat them the same way. Like, Jimmy Page, famous for kidnapping a 14-year old, and keeping her in captivity as a sex slave. Or John Lennon, who beat his wives so viciously he gave one of them a miscarriage. You missed that part in your mention of the Beatles.

xoxoxoBruce 09-13-2017 02:32 PM

This is not Wikipedia, it's This Day in Music, a thread where anybody can add something that happened on this day in any manner they choose... or not.

Flint 09-13-2017 02:48 PM

And anybody can comment on it, and anybody can comment on their comment.

Anybody care to comment on the comment of the comment, so we can point out that anybody can comment on the comments of comments? We could keep going all day on this line of commentary.

Gravdigr 09-13-2017 10:40 PM


Originally Posted by Flint (Post 995611)
Wow, cool bio. I'm sure every time you mention any one of these baby boomer musicians, you'll treat them the same way. Like, Jimmy Page, famous for kidnapping a 14-year old, and keeping her in captivity as a sex slave. Or John Lennon, who beat his wives so viciously he gave one of them a miscarriage. You missed that part in your mention of the Beatles.

I treat didn't treat anybody any way. I did a direct copy/paste from right fucking here.

You can bitch to them all you want. But don't make the mistake of thinking I give the first happy damn about whatever bug is up your ass today.

Flint 09-14-2017 10:39 AM

Seems like you do, though.

Gravdigr 09-14-2017 02:33 PM

You are badly mistaken.

Undertoad 09-14-2017 02:43 PM

Happy Birthday to Amy Winehouse. She would have been 34 today

glatt 09-14-2017 03:33 PM

So young.

Flint 09-15-2017 12:27 PM


Tupac song selected for Vatican playlist

"The genres are very different from each other, but all these artists share the aim to reach the heart of good minded people," the Vatican wrote on its official MySpace Music page. ... The list was compiled by Father Giulio Neroni, artistic director of church publisher St Paul's Multimedia. ... The lyrics of "Changes" describe Shakur's desire to change a grim life of drugs, crime and violence on the streets. ...
List of awards and nominations received by Tupac Shakur


Tupac Shakur’s 11 Amazing Achievements Before Death at Age 25

Some people are born to leave their mark on the psyche of the masses by using their talent to the best of their abilities in a very short span of time. ... Though he passed away at a young age of 25, Tupac achieved great heights in his career ...

1. Tupac became one of the best-selling music artists in the world by selling over 37.5 million records in US and 75 million albums worldwide as of 2007.

2. The Rolling Stone Magazine named him the 86th Greatest Artist of All Time. In a 2005 Rolling Stones Magazine Vote, he was ranked sixth on the list of ’100 immortal artists of all time’.

3. Most of his songs send out a social message. He was greatly concerned with the social problems faced by the Afro-American community such as violence and hardship in inner cities, racism, conflicts with other rappers, social injustice, and poverty and police brutality.

4. Shakur became the first artist ever to have an album at number one on the Billboard 200 while serving a prison sentence. He released his multi-platinum album Me Against the World at Clinton Correctional Facility after being imprisoned on February 14, 1995.

5. The album made stayed on Billboard 200 for five weeks and sold 240,000 copies in its first week. It was appreciated worldwide and set a record for the highest first week sales for a solo male rap artist.

6. MTV ranked him at No.2 on their list of The Greatest MCs of All Time while VH1 ranked him No.3 on their list of 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists.

7. Shakur was inducted into the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame in 2002 and Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry in 2010.

8. On October 17, 2006, 2Pac Shakur was honored at the First Annual Turks & Caicos International Film Festival for his exceptional talent as a singer and a performer. He was appreciated for overcoming hurdles like crossed racial, ethnic, cultural and medium issues.

9. In 2008, he was added to the Definitive 200 list by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers in conjunction with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

10. Tupac’s song, Changes, was one of the 12 songs released by the seat of the Catholic Church onto their social networking Web site’s streaming music service

11. 2Pac‘s double album, All Eyez on Me, sold over 5 million copies in US alone. This is one of the highest-selling rap albums of all time and was eventually certified 9x platinum in June 1998 by the RIAA.

Gravdigr 09-15-2017 12:30 PM

Oh. What fresh hell is this?

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