19 December

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2016 Country songwriter Andrew Dorff, brother of actor Stephen Dorff, dies at age 40. Penned hits for artists such as Martina McBride ("Ride"), Kenny Chesney ("Save It for a Rainy Day"), Blake Shelton ("Neon Light") and Hunter Hayes ("Somebody's Heartbreak").

2012 Madonna gets angry at fans at a concert in Santiago, Chile, for smoking cigarettes near her against her wishes. The singer lectures the audience: "If you're going to smoke cigarettes, I'm not doing a show. You don't care about me, I don't care about you. All right? Are we going to play that game? I'm not kidding. I can't sing if you smoke." Did we mention that this was out in the open air in the rain and she was about ten feet above everybody onstage?

2003 Tori Amos makes her film debut in the Julia Roberts movie Mona Lisa Smile. In her cameo as a '50s big band singer at a wedding reception, she sings the standards "You Belong To Me" and "Murder, He Says," which also appear on the movie's soundtrack.

2000 Roebuck "Pops" Staples (of The Staple Singers) dies at age 85 after a bad fall leaves him with a concussion.

1996 Avenue H in Lubbock, Texas, is renamed Buddy Holly Avenue in honor of the city's hometown hero.

1993 Michael Clarke (drummer for The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers) dies of liver failure at age 47 after decades of alcohol abuse.

1978 The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait airs on ABC.

1968 Kevin Shepard (drummer for Tonic) is born in Southern California.

1968 The Friends of Distinction record "Grazin' In The Grass."

1965 Keith Moon collapses during a Who concert in Ontario.

1960 The Four Preps record "More Money For You And Me" live at North Hollywood High School.

1958 Pop singer Limahl (lead singer of Kajagoogoo) is born Christopher Hamill in Pemberton, Wigan, England.

1957 Doug Johnson (keyboardist for Loverboy) is born in New Westminster, British Columbia.

1955 Carl Perkins records "Blue Suede Shoes" two days after writing the song.

1945 Folk musician John McEuen (of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is born in Oakland, California.

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Dolly Parton Is Workin' 9 To 5


9 to 5, starring Dolly Parton and featuring the classic theme song by the singer (where she uses her fingernails as an instrument), opens in theaters. Parton, in her first acting role, stars alongside Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda as disgruntled secretaries who get even with their sexist boss.

Parton plays Doralee Rhodes, who is unfairly labeled the office tramp after a rumor spreads about her sleeping with the boss. Despite having no acting experience, the country singer agreed to play the part on the stipulation she could write and perform the theme song, which proves to be a shrewd move. The feminist anthem goes to #1 on multiple charts, including the Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, and Country tallies. Parton also snags Grammys for Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Performance, Female, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. Parton is also lauded for her performance, with Roger Ebert noting in his review: "Dolly Parton has a unique comic presence, she seems to be having a lot of fun on the screen, and if she finds the right roles and the right direction she can be so successful in the movies that her singing career will seem like an afterthought. Whatever it is that stars have and others don't have, Dolly has." She does land a handful of roles throughout the decade in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Rhinestone, and Steel Magnolias - but her occasional acting certainly doesn't overshadow her singing career.



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