12 August

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2015 66-year-old Billy Joel becomes a father for the second time when his fourth wife, Alexis, gives birth to a baby girl, Della Rose.

2014 Lauren Bacall, the last living film star mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue," dies at age 89.

2008 Metallica releases "The Day That Never Comes," the lead single from their ninth studio album, Death Magnetic.

2008 The man who shot and killed John Lennon, Mark David Chapman, is denied parole for the fifth time.

2008 The Jonas Brothers' A Little Bit Longer, featuring the hit single "Burning Up," debuts at #1 in America.More

1997 Blues guitarist Luther Allison dies of cancer at age 57 in Madison, Wisconsin.

1997 MTV debuts the Fleetwood Mac reunion concert The Dance, marking the first time the five had been on stage together since 1982.

1992 Composer John Cage dies of a stroke at age 79 in Manhattan, New York.

1989 Richard Marx lands his third consecutive US #1 as "Right Here Waiting" hits the top spot. The song is a love letter to his wife, the actress Cynthia Rhodes, who was away shooting a film when he wrote it.

1985 Singer/actor Kyu Sakamoto dies in the Japan Airlines Flight 123 crash at age 43.

1984 Lionel Richie performs his hit song "All Night Long (All Night)" at the closing ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. One of his backing dancers is a young Cuba Gooding Jr.

1982 Alice Cooper is beloved in Britain, with "School's Out" hitting #1 in the UK for the first of three weeks.

1977 Three of Elvis Presley's former bodyguards (members of the "Memphis Mafia") release the book Elvis: What Happened?, which details his drug use for the first time. Four days later, Presley dies.

1974 Bad Company releases "Can't Get Enough."

1969 Pop/Folk singer-songwriter Tanita Tikaram is born in Munster, West Germany.

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Elvis Gets Another Stamp


Elvis Presley is granted the honor of a second postage stamp bearing his likeness (the first was introduced in 1993). This one features a black-and-white photograph by William Speer of Elvis in 1955 and is part of the Music Icon series that began in 2013.



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