18 August

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2017 Taylor Swift wipes clean her social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, personal YouTube). Three days later, she begins posting video of a snake to tease her scathing song "Look What You Made Me Do," which is released on August 25.

2012 Pop singer-songwriter Scott McKenzie dies at age 73 in Los Angeles, California, after a two-year struggle with Guillain-Barre syndrome.

2011 During a severe storm, high wind and heavy rain cause a stage to collapse while Chicago band Smith Westerns are performing. Four are killed and over 70 injured. Organizers decide to cancel the festival, where Eminem, Face to Face and Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform.

2004 Film score composer/conductor Elmer Bernstein dies of cancer in Ojai, California, at age 82.

2003 Singer/bass player Tony Jackson (of The Searchers) dies from a combination of health issues - including diabetes, heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver - in Nottingham, England, at age 65.

1999 Alanis Morissette and Tori Amos launch their 5 1/2 Weeks Tour in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It's sponsored by MP3.com, a hot tech company that lets users download songs for free. Morissette gets stock in the company as part of the deal.

1991 Billy Preston is arrested on charges of battery after allegedly attacking a 16-year-old prostitute once Preston discovered he was a transvestite. The keyboardist and singer is eventually given five years probation.

1982 The Beatles' hometown of Liverpool, England, renames some streets in honor of the band members. There is John Lennon Drive, Paul McCartney Way, George Harrison Close, Ringo Starr Drive, and even Sutcliffe Street (in honor of original bass player Stu Sutcliffe).

1978 The Temptations' Melvin "Blue" Franklin is shot four times in the hand and leg during an attempted carjacking in Los Angeles, but survives.

1977 Elvis Presley's funeral is held at Graceland, where 150 guests are invited inside and about 75,000 fans pay their respects outside.

1973 Jazz drumming legend Gene Krupa plays what is to be his last live show, a gig with the Benny Goodman Quartet in New York City.

1973 Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn's "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" hits #1 on the country chart.

1973 Diana Ross' "Touch Me In The Morning" hits #1, where it stays for one week.

1973 Jethro Tull's album A Passion Play hits #1 in America.

1971 Electronic musician Richard David James (best known as Aphex Twin) is born in Limerick, Ireland.

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Kid Rock Releases Breakthrough Album Devil Without A Cause


After getting dropped by Jive and releasing two independent albums, Kid Rock issues Devil Without A Cause, his first album with Lava Records. It sells 11 million copies, making the rumpled rap-rocker a huge star.

In 1990, Kid Rock's Jive album couldn't find an audience with its blend of hip-hop and hardcore. But he kept at it, building a following in the Detroit area. Lava Records, a division of Atlantic, gave him another shot, signing him in 1997 (he celebrated by getting drunk, getting in a fight and going to jail, where he started writing the song "Only God Knows Why"). When Devil Without A Cause is released in 1998, there is a name for Kid Rock's kind of music: Nu-Metal. It takes a while, but Lava is able to massage radio stations into playing the singles "Bawitdaba" and "Cowboy," and MTV gets on board with the videos. Kid Rock finds himself performing at Woodstock '99, on Saturday Night Live, and at the Grammy Awards. The album sells 11 million copies in America, blowing away his boast on the title track where he sings, "I'm going Platinum."



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