24 August

Pick a Day


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2016 Jeanne Martin, ex-wife of the late Dean Martin, dies of cancer at age 89. She married the singer in 1949, and gave birth to three children, including Dean Paul Martin, in addition to raising four more from Dean's first marriage. They divorced in 1972.

2014 Doo-wop singer Tommy Gough (of The Crests) dies of throat cancer at age 74.

2012 Country singer Randy Travis continues his string of calamitous arrests, this time for a brawl at a church in Texas where he was purportedly fighting over a woman. The incident leads to him being cited for assault, giving him another citation to add to his collection. It's still a cheaper hobby than baseball cards.

2010 Teenage Dream, Katy Perry's second major-label album is released. The LP will go on to top the US album charts.

2008 Barenaked Ladies frontman Ed Robertson emerges unscathed after he crashes his Cessna 206 float-plane near Bancroft, Ontario. Three other passengers, including wife Natalie, are also miraculously uninjured. The Transportation Safety Board is unable to determine the cause of the crash, but clears Robertson of any wrongdoing.

2007 During a routine medical exam in Gainesville, Florida, Bo Diddley complains of dizziness and nausea and is admitted to a local hospital, where he is diagnosed as having had a heart attack. The rock legend had suffered a stroke only a few months earlier.

2007 Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & the Raiders opens Mark Lindsay's Rock And Roll Cafe in his native Portland, Oregon. The restaurant closes the next year.

2005 Hal Kalin (of the Kalin Twins) dies after a car accident in Charles County, Maryland, at age 71.

2003 Dick Peterson from The Kingsmen joins 753 other guitarists to perform "Louie Louie" for a charity fundraiser in Tacoma, Washington.

1999 Big Band trombonist Warren Covington dies at age 78 in New York City.

1998 Composer/conductor Gene Page dies after a long illness in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, at age 58. Page did arrangements for The Supremes, Whitney Houston and Barbra Streisand and many others. He also scored the 1972 Blaxploitation flick Blacula.

1998 53-year-old Ingrid Pedersen announces that she is the long-lost illegitimate half-sister of John Lennon, explaining that she kept her secret for so many years as a way of protecting her now-deceased adoptive parents.

1991 Randy Newman wins his first Emmy, taking Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics for his work on Cop Rock, a spectacular flop that was cancelled long before the ceremony.

1990 Led by Donald Fagen of Steely Dan and his girlfriend Libby Titus, the first "New York Rock & Soul Revue" is held in Southampton, New York. The second Revue results in the popular live album The New York Rock and Soul Revue: Live at the Beacon, featuring Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs and Phoebe Snow.

1989 The Who perform a special 20th anniversary charity concert of their rock opera Tommy at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, featuring guests Elton John (as the Pinball Wizard), Patti LaBelle (as the Acid Queen), Steve Winwood (as the Hawker), Phil Collins (as Uncle Ernie), and Billy Idol (as Cousin Kevin).

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Sinéad O'Connor Won't Allow National Anthem


Sinéad O'Connor refuses to perform at the Garden State Arts Center in New Jersey until they agree not to play the US national anthem before the show.

The venue has a policy of playing "The Star Spangled Banner" before every event, but O'Connor has a policy of not having any national anthems played before her concerts, as they "have nothing to do with music in general."

The venue accommodates and the show goes on, but an uproar ensues. Some radio stations ban her songs; a New York state senator suggests a boycott of her upcoming concert. There's even an incident in a Beverly Hills grocery store when a meat department worker spots her shopping and starts singing the national anthem (he is fired).

O'Connor doubles down on the controversy and begins offering more noble explanations for why she won't allow the anthem. At various times, she says its a protest of overwrought patriotism, of music censorship, and of racism.

The incident becomes a springboard for O'Connor's dive into disruption, culminating in her 1992 Saturday Night Live performance where she tears up a picture of Pope John Paul II.



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