5 August

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2021 Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga play the second of two sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. It's Bennett's last performance; a week later the 95-year-old singer, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2016, announces he's retiring from performing.

2013 Singer/keyboardist George Duke (Frank Zappa collaborator and half of The Clarke/Duke Project with Stanley Clarke) dies from chronic lymphocytic leukemia at age 67 in Los Angeles, California.

2009 Steven Tyler of Aerosmith falls off the stage at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, suffering injuries to his head and neck, which force the rest of the band's tour to be canceled. Tyler falls when he is entertaining the crowd with a dance while a technical problem is being sorted.

2007 Proctor and Gamble, maker of Luvs brand diapers, upsets Beatles fans around the world with their licensing of the song "All You Need Is Love" for a new television ad.

2007 DNA tests prove that at least two of the twelve claimants to the estate and fortune of recently deceased soul legend James Brown are found to be legitimate. His will had already named six known children.

2001 Part-time C&W DJ and quadruple murderer Robert Spangler dies from terminal cancer in prison.

1998 Lars Ulrich of Metallica has his first child, a son named Myles.

1996 Soul singer Wilson Pickett checks into a court-ordered rehab for cocaine addiction.

1993 Bassist Randy Hobbs (of The McCoys, Edgar Winter Group, and Montrose) dies of heart failure at age 45 in Dayton, Ohio.

1992 Jeff Porcaro (drummer for Toto) dies of a heart attack from cocaine-induced atherosclerosis at age 38 in Los Angeles, California.

1981 Olivia Newton-John is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

1980 The Osmonds officially disband.

1980 Pat Benatar releases her second album, Crimes Of Passion. "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" is the big hit, but her Young Rascals cover "You Better Run" gets a music video that becomes the second one aired on MTV (after "Video Killed The Radio Star") when the network launches a year later.

1979 Phonogram Records signs Def Leppard.

1978 "Substitute," a cover of a Righteous Brothers song recorded by an all-girl South African group called Clout, becomes a surprise hit, reaching #2 in the UK. Just one problem: they didn't play on the song, a male group called Circus did.

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Frippertronics Introduced On New Album


Brian Eno and Robert Fripp finish recording their first collaborative album, (No Pussyfooting). It is a combination of Eno's experiments with tape recorders and Fripp's "Fripptertronics" electric guitar technique, recorded in three sessions over the course of a year, starting on September 8, 1972.

Production consists of two Revox reel-to-reel tape recorders, operated by Eno, which loop guitar sounds played by Fripp. The use of two tape recorders in series creates a delay on anything that Eno selects to be looped, resulting in an expansive, multi-layered soundscape. The technique comes to be known as "Frippertronics," though experimental composer Terry Riley had been the first to use two tape recorders in such a way 10 years earlier with his album Music for The Gift. (No Pussyfooting) marks Eno's earliest experiments with ambient music. Released in November of 1973, it gets a largely negative reception, failing to chart in both the UK and US, disappointing Fripp and Eno's label, Island Records, and confusing audiences familiar with the duo's rock-based outputs.



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