6 December

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2021 Drake, a longtime critic of the Grammy Awards, turns down his two nominations, joining The Weeknd in boycotting the awards.

2015 Carole King is celebrated at the Kennedy Center Honors, where 73-year-old Aretha Franklin brings the audience to its feet with her rendition of "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman," one of many classic songs written by King.More

2013 After its authenticity is verified on the PBS series History Detectives, the Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan played in his historic performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 is purchased for an astounding $965,000. It had spent the previous 48 years with the family of Dylan's personal pilot, who received no reply when he told Dylan to retrieve the gear he left behind.

2012 Metallica end their streaming holdout, allowing their music on Spotify for the first time.

2011 Soul singer Dobie Gray dies of complications from cancer surgery at age 71.

2011 Barbara Orbison, the second wife and widow of Roy Orbison, dies 23 years to the day after her husband.

2009 Weezer's tour bus crashes, forcing them to cancel the rest of their tour. Frontman Rivers Cuomo is injured, but is back in action six weeks later.

2009 President Obama greets honorees Bruce Springsteen and Robert DeNiro during the reception for the Kennedy Center Honors in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

2006 On her third wedding anniversary to Elvis Costello, Diana Krall gives birth to twin boys, Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James.

2005 T-Pain, 20, releases his first solo album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, the first major release with an Auto-Tune effect on every song. Soon, Auto-Tune is everywhere, with Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Migos and many other rappers embracing it.

2003 Elvis Costello marries jazz singer Diana Krall at Elton John's London estate.

2000 Tina Turner wraps up her wildly successful Millennium 2000 Twenty Four Seven tour with a show in Anaheim, California. She claimed it would be her last stadium tour, but it is not - she hits the road again in 2008.

1995 Michael Jackson collapses in a New York theater during a rehearsal for an upcoming TV special and is hospitalized.

1989 The Grateful Dead play the Earthquake Relief Fund Benefit at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum to help raise funds for victims of the Loma Prieta earthquake. They open their act, fittingly, with "Shakedown Street."

1988 Guitarist Bill Harris (of The Clovers) dies of pancreatic cancer in Washington, DC, at age 63.

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Travis Tritt Reunites Eagles


At a video shoot for Travis Tritt's remake of the Eagles' "Take It Easy," the Eagles themselves reunite and decide to re-form for new songs and a tour.

The Eagles ceased operations in 1980, but their manager, Irving Azoff, never gave up hope. The five members - Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Felder and Timothy B. Schmit - have all released successful solo albums, but it's clear that demand for their services is waning. Azoff lights the candle by arranging an Eagles tribute album called Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles, with some proceeds going to Henley's Walden Woods Project. A host of country music luminaries participate: Vince Gill does "I Can't Tell You Why"; Tanya Tucker covers "Already Gone"; Clint Black goes with "Desperado." But it's Tritt's cover of "Take It Easy" that is the standout track. When Azoff asks him to shoot a video to promote it, Tritt tells him the only way he'll do it is if the Eagles appear in it, which is exactly what happens. All the band has to do is take part in the shoot, a laid-back affair when they play some pool and hang out with Tritt while he strums the song - they don't even have to lip-synch. Any animosities are overwhelmed by the camaraderie the band shares after over a decade apart - they are clearly having fun. The shoot leads to a full-blown reunion, which in 1994 becomes the live album Hell Freezes Over and subsequent tour, one of the most successful in history.



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