25 August

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2018 During her Reputation tour, Taylor Swift headlines a concert at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, where Tim McGraw and Faith Hill join her onstage for a performance of her seminal country hit "Tim McGraw."

2018 Neil Young and Daryl Hannah get married in a secret ceremony in Atascadero, California. It's Young's third marriage, her first.

2016 Kanye West begins his Saint Pablo Tour with a concert in Indianapolis. During the show, West performs on a floating stage that hovers about 15 feet over the audience.More

2009 Chris Brown is sentenced to five years probation and six months hard labor for assaulting Rihanna in February 2009 the night of the Grammy awards. Brown is also ordered to stay away from her for the next five years and undergo a full year of domestic violence counseling.

2008 The Verve release Forth, their first album since Urban Hymns in 1997. It proves to be their last.

2007 The Veronicas' fashion line for Target is released in Australia. "It's a bit punk princess, mixed with rock 'n' roll,'' says Lisa Origliasso.

2007 While singing his 1968 hit "Fire" on stage in Lewes, England, Arthur Brown catches on fire after wearing his customary tinfoil hat with a small fire burning in the center.

2006 Longtime Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton misses his first gig in 24 years after being diagnosed with throat cancer.

2000 Composer Jack Nitzsche dies after a cardiac arrest in Hollywood, California, at age 63. Aside from playing keyboard for The Rolling Stones in the '60s, he co-wrote the 1983 hit "Up Where We Belong" from the romantic drama An Officer and a Gentlemen.

1995 Dutch rock 'n roller Arnie Treffers (of Long Tall Ernie & the Shakers) dies of lung cancer in Westeremden, Groningen, Netherlands, at age 48. Had an international hit in 1977 with "Do You Remember."

1994 Jimmy Buffett swims to safety after crashing his seaplane while trying to take off in Nantucket.

1994 Billy Joel is officially divorced from the model Christie Brinkley. Their marriage lasted nine years.

1993 Snoop Doggy Dogg drives his Jeep Cherokee to Woodbine Park in Los Angeles, where his passenger, McKinley Lee, shoots and kills a rival gang member. Both are tried for murder but found not guilty in 1996.More

1992 Mary J. Blige releases "Real Love," her first Top 10 hit on the Hot 100.

1989 Chicago mayor Richard Michael Daley declares today "Pops Staples Day" in honor of the native musician and leader of The Staple Singers.

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Elton John Earns Raves At First American Concert


The little-known 23-year-old singer Elton John plays his first live show in the United States, co-headlining with the singer/songwriter David Ackles at The Troubadour in West Hollywood. The show gets rave reviews, giving him a huge career boost in America.

In his Los Angeles Times review, Robert Hilburn writes, "Rock music, which has been going through a rather uneventful period lately, has a new star. He's Elton John." Similar praise comes in the Hollywood Reporter and the San Francisco Chronicle, where John L. Wasserman writes, "He had hardly opened his mouth when it was apparent that he is going to be a very, very big star." The good word draws lots of luminaries to the next five shows on his six-night run at the Troubadour, including Quincy Jones and Elton's idol Leon Russell. A standout in the setlist is "Your Song," which is released as a single in October, giving Elton his first big hit when it goes to #8 in January. Elton's co-headliner David Ackles never gets very far in America, but after the show, he and Elton, a big fan, share a bottle of whiskey. On his next album, Tumbleweed Connection, Elton sings about it on the track "Talking Old Soldiers."



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