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.

2009 Les Paul, a popular electric guitarist whose inventions and techniques were key to the development of the instrument, dies of complications from pneumonia at age 94.

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

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

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

2001 Shania Twain and her husband/producer Mutt Lange welcome a baby boy, Eja (pronounced "Asia").

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

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

1997 Backstreet Boys issue their self-titled debut album in America, where it goes on to sell over 14 million copies. The album was released to international markets a year earlier.

1996 In Buffalo, New York, Radiohead start a run of 13 shows opening for Alanis Morissette. They use their time to road test songs like "No Surprises" and "Paranoid Android," which appear on their next album, OK Computer.

1996 With ska booming in America, Time magazine runs an article titled "It's a Ska World After All." Sublime, No Doubt and 311 all have albums on the chart.

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

1989 The Rolling Stones play a surprise set at the 700-capacity Toad's Place in New Haven, Connecticut, 19 days before the official start of their Steel Wheels Tour.More

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.

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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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