27 August

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2018 Weird Al Yankovic receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the ceremony, he tells the crowd, "My name is gonna be walked on, spit on, and let's face it ... urinated on for generations to come. That's a legacy, my friends."

2017 Kendrick Lamar wins Video of the Year for HUMBLE. at the MTV Video Music Awards, where Taylor Swift debuts her video for "Look What You Made Me Do."More

2013 To celebrate the band's 40th anniversary, Alabama reunites for Alabama & Friends, a tribute album with some of the group's biggest hits sung with contemporary country artists like Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and Jason Aldean.

2008 Election '08 fever begins as the Democratic National Convention hits Denver and brings Kanye West, Rage Against The Machine, John Legend and many more to town.

2003 Janis Ian marries her girlfriend, Nashville defense lawyer Patricia Snyder, in Toronto, one of the few places where gay marriages are legal.

2002 Queens Of The Stone Age release their third album, Songs For The Deaf, touted as being so heavy even deaf people can hear it. The drummer is Dave Grohl, taking some time away from Foo Fighters.

1996 Pearl Jam release their fourth album, No Code, which debuts at #1 in the US.

1995 Big Dee Irwin dies of heart failure in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 63. Recorded a popular version of "Swinging on a Star" with Little Eva.

1992 The Heights, a drama series about a group of working-class youths struggling to form a rock band, premieres on the FOX network. Produced by Aaron Spelling, the short-lived show spawns a #1 single with its theme song, "How Do You Talk To An Angel."

1992 John Lennon's original written lyrics for "A Day In The Life" fetch $87,000 at a Sotheby's auction.

1989 Izzy Stradlin of Guns N' Roses is arrested at the Phoenix airport after urinating on the floor of the plane, apparently upset at having to wait to use the bathroom. His publicist explains that it was Izzy's "way of expressing himself."

1988 20-year-old Kylie Minogue becomes the youngest female artist to land a #1 album in the UK when her debut, Kylie, claims the top spot. Her record stands until 2003, when 18-year-old Avril Lavigne goes to #1 with Let Go.

1987 With the jury deadlocked, a judge declares a mistrial in the case against Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, who was charged with distributing harmful material to minors because he included a surreal poster of penis art in the band's 1985 album Frankenchrist - the first time a musician has been prosecuted for album art. The trial is a costly one for the Dead Kennedys, who break up soon after.

1986 R&B singer Mario is born Mario Dewar Barrett in Baltimore, Maryland.

1986 Tina Turner receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Julie Andrews Debuts In Mary Poppins


Disney releases Mary Poppins, a Sherman Brothers musical featuring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. It's the first movie role for Andrews, who is already a Broadway star. Her portrayal of the title character earns her the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Mary Poppins is a mysterious nanny who arrives unexpectedly at the home of an English family and transforms their lives through music and magic. The film is a huge success, garnering 13 Academy Award nominations and winning five: Best Actress, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song for "Chim Chim Cher-ee," a song-and-dance number led by Dick Van Dyke. It's also the first Disney film to earn a Best Picture nomination, but the Oscar goes to My Fair Lady (coincidentally, Andrews starred in the earlier Broadway version as lead character Eliza Doolittle). The soundtrack features other beloved favorites like "A Spoonful Of Sugar" and the tongue-twisting "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." The album wins Grammy Awards for Best Album for Children and Best Soundtrack for Visual Media. The following year, Andrews stars in another musical favorite: The Sound of Music.



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