13 August

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2017 David Bowie makes a posthumous appearance in the TV series Twin Peaks: The Return. The late singer, who made a cameo appearance as a deranged FBI agent in the cult classic's 1991 prequel, Fire Walk With Me, was supposed to return for the show's revival but died before filming. Director David Lynch used archive footage from the movie to bring Bowie to life in the episode.

2011 At the Indiana State Fair, tragedy strikes before a Sugarland performance when a gust of high wind blows off rigging, causing the stage to collapse on the crowd, killing five attendees and injuring dozens more. Janet Jackson and Lady Antebellum, both of whom were scheduled to perform, cancel their appearances.

2009 Allen Shellenberger (drummer for Lit) dies of cancer at age 39 in Artesia, California.

2005 Francine Barker (the original Peaches of Peaches & Herb) dies after a long illness in Hyattsville, Maryland, at age 58.

2003 Songwriter/producer Ed Townsend dies of a heart attack at age 74 in San Bernardino, California. He co-wrote Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On."

1994 Day 2 of Woodstock '94 welcomes Irish rockers The Cranberries, who entertain the crowd with their forthcoming single "Zombie" and a rendition of the Carpenters' "(They Long to Be) Close to You." In a nod to his 1969 performance, original Woodstock veteran Joe Cocker revisits "With A Little Help From My Friends" on the more prestigious North Stage.

1993 The fantasy-comedy movie Heart and Souls premieres in US theaters. Star Robert Downey Jr. sings the US national anthem in the film, backed by B.B. King on guitar. King also performs his classic "The Thrill is Gone."

1989 After floating down the Moskva River and passing Gorky Park, the Scorpions play the Moscow Music Peace Festival, inspiring their song "Wind Of Change."More

1988 Robert Smith of The Cure marries his childhood sweetheart, Mary Poole, at the Benedictine Monastery in Sussex, England. Poole appeared in the "Just Like Heaven" video and inspired the hit "Lovesong."

1982 Southern Soul singer Joe Tex dies of a heart attack at age 47 in Navasota, Texas.

1982 In response to plummeting record sales (which the industry blames on the sale of blank cassette tapes), major labels CBS, Atlantic, and Warner Brothers announce a series of major staff cuts.

1980 At his home in Woodstock, New York, Todd Rundgren and four guests are victims of an invasion when four masked men break in and strip it of anything valuable.

1977 Bachman-Turner Overdrive announce that the group is splitting up. They reunite five years later.

1971 Saxophonist King Curtis dies at age 37 after being stabbed outside of his apartment in New York City. Known for his distinctive playing on The Coasters' "Yakety Yak."

1968 Soul singer Joe Hinton dies of skin cancer at age 38 in Boston, Massachusetts. Known for the popular cover "Funny How Time Flies Slips Away," written by Willie Nelson.

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Björk Dresses To Impress In Athens


At the opening ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Björk wears a dress that unfurls about 10,000 feet of fabric, which is stretched to cover the viewing area where a world map is then projected. All of this takes place while she sings "Oceania."

The song is the first single from her fifth album, Medúlla (2004), and was written in collaboration with Icelandic poet Sjón Sigurdsson, who took a course in Greek Mythology in order to write the lyrics. Björk says she is incredibly honored to be have been chosen to perform at the ceremony, explaining, "The song is written from the point of view of the ocean that surrounds all the land and watches over the humans to see how they are doing after millions of years of evolution. It sees no borders, different races or religion which has always been at the core of these games." The dress she wears is designed by Greek designer Sophia Kokosalaki and is the latest in a long line of flamboyant outfits from the Icelandic songstress, who famously attended the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001 dressed in an outfit comprising a ballerina's tutu with a swan's head attached. This is the most extravagant yet, with the fabric gradually spread over the heads of the 20,000 assembled athletes throughout the performance before the map of the world is projected onto it at the end of the song. The ceremony has its intended effect and is one of the talking points of the 2004 Olympics. Not to be outdone, the Chinese hosts of the 2008 games spend over $100 million in an attempt to beat the Greeks at their own game.



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