27 August

Pick a Day


In Music History

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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.

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.

1979 Jon Siebels (guitarist for Eve 6) is born in Los Angeles, California.

1977 Rapper Mase is born Mason Durell Betha in Jacksonville, Florida. Known for "Feel So Good" and "Lookin' at Me" from his 1997 solo debut, Harlem World.

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Kendrick Lamar Wins Big At First Gender-Neutral VMAs


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."

Other winners include Ed Sheeran for Artist of the Year and Khalid for Best New Artist. Katy Perry hosts, closing the show with a basketball-themed, aerial performance of "Swish Swish." Pink gets the Video Vanguard Award. In a first, Lorde eschews singing to perform her song "Homemade Dynamite" as an interpretive dance as the song plays. For the first time, there are no gender-specific categories, and "moon man" trophy is replaced by a "moon person."



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