31 August

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2014 Survivor lead singer Jimi Jamison dies from a heart attack aged 63.

2014 The Raskins, who have paid $1 million to join Mötley Crüe on tour, are accosted by members of the headliner's road crew who come on stage and spray them with urine during their set at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, according to a lawsuit filed by the band.

2012 Eddie Van Halen, of Van Halen lead-guitar fame, is rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery on his digestive system. The surgery is to correct a severe bout of diverticulitis. He is expected to recover within six months. Tour dates with Van Halen are rescheduled.

2012 Entertainer Max Bygraves dies after a battle with Alzheimer's disease in Hope Island, Queensland, Australia, at age 89.

2010 Papa Roach release their first live album, Time for Annihilation. Alongside nine live tracks, the record contains five new studio tracks.

1992 Prince extends his contract with Warner Bros. in a deal reported as being worth $100 million, but worth far less in reality.More

1985 The serial killer Richard Ramirez is captured in Los Angeles and later convicted for 13 murders. At one of the crime scenes, he left behind an AC/DC hat. The media dubbed him the "Night Stalker," and speculated that the band's song "Night Prowler" compelled him to kill, an assertion that is never substantiated, but unfairly links the killer to AC/DC, which is horrified by the association.

1980 Karen Carpenter (of the Carpenters) marries her first and only husband, a California real estate developer named Thomas Burris. She files for divorce the following year.

1974 The final Partridge Family episode airs on ABC-TV, starring the singing family.

1973 The Rolling Stones release Goat's Head Soup.

1970 Pop singer/songwriter Debbie Gibson is born in Brooklyn, New York.

1969 Acoustic rocker Jeff Russo (of Tonic) is born. Composer for the FX series Fargo.

1968 Jefferson Airplane headline the first Isle of Wight Festival, a one-day event that grows to two days the following year and five in 1970.

1963 Keyboardist/pianist Larry Waddell (of Mint Condition) is born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Wrote the group's gold-certified single "What Kind of Man Would I Be" (1996).

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Club MTV Goes On The Air


MTV debuts Club MTV, their contemporary and far more lascivious version of American Bandstand.

Launching six years into MTV's run, each half-hour episode of Club MTV features teenagers dancing to a hit song, intercut with the music video. The show is designed with more of a nightclub-inspired look than its predecessor Bandstand; instead of the drab confines of a TV studio, it is staged at The Palladium in New York City - a real dance club. Hosted by the vivacious English personality Downtown Julie Brown, Club MTV takes a cue from Soul Train with fashion-forward dancers showing off the latest moves. And like any good dance club, it features lots of aspiring models in skin-tight clubwear - great for ratings!

In later episodes, the show features live musical acts performing recently released singles; Debbie Harry, Salt-N-Pepa, MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice all appear. In late 1989, Club MTV takes its show on the road with the Club MTV Tour, featuring Tone-Loc, Was (Not Was), Lisa Lisa, Paula Abdul and Information Society. The headline act is Milli Vanilli, who at a tour stop in Bristol, Connecticut get caught lip synching when their track "Girl You Know It's True" skips mid-performance, prompting them to run off stage. It's the beginning of the end for the duo, as it is later revealed that they did not sing on their album.

Like the network itself, Club MTV changes the face of music and culture. American Bandstand, on the air since 1952, calls it quits in 1989, unable to compete with the modern upstart. MTV keeps evolving their programming, moving toward more reality shows and scripted programming. As club music falls out of favor in the '90s, ratings drop and the show is cancelled in 1992.



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