25 February

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2019 Mark Hollis of Talk Talk dies at 64.

2015 Madonna falls down a set of stage stairs during her performance of "Living For Love" at the Brit Awards when the cape she is wearing doesn't release properly when pulled by a dancer. She gamely gets up and finishes the performance, later reassuring fans that she is fine, and that "love really lifted me up."

2014 Kelis' Saucy and Sweet show premieres on The Cooking Channel. The singer trained part-time as a chef in the late 2000s, eventually graduating from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school.

2012 Bluesman Louisiana Red (real name: Iverson Minter) dies after suffering a stroke in Hanover, Germany, at age 79. Known for his 1975 song "Sweet Blood Call."

2011 Rick Coonce (drummer for The Grass Roots) dies of heart failure in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at age 64.

2009 Memphis bluesman Mark Sallings (Mark Sallings and the Famous Unknowns) dies in a car accident in Arkansas at age 56.

2008 Stephen "Static Major" Garrett, who co-wrote Ginuwine's "Pony," Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" and many tracks for Aaliyah, dies at age 32 after contracting a rare autoimmune disorder.

2004 Estelle Axton, co-founder of Stax Records, dies at age 85.

2003 Having recently signed with Columbia Records, Switchfoot release The Beautiful Letdown, their major-label debut album.

2002 New York City rock band The Strokes are named Band of the Year and Best New Act at the NME Awards (founded by the titular British music magazine). Their debut, Is This It, is also awarded Best Album.

1999 Prince, who is now using an unpronounceable symbol for his moniker, sues nine websites to prevent unauthorized downloads. He takes another stand in 2007 when he sues other sites to remove images of him.

1998 Future spouses Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood win the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for "In Another's Eyes." Yearwood also wins Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "How Do I Live" (besting LeAnn Rimes' version).

1998 11-year-old Zac Hanson is the youngest songwriter to ever be nominated for a Grammy when Hanson's debut hit, "MMMbop," is considered for Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

1998 Bo Diddley and Roy Orbison receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Grammys.

1997 At Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party, DMC of Run-DMC meets Sarah McLachlan, whose music he credits with keeping him alive as he fights off depression. Years later, after DMC learns he was adopted, he collaborates with McLachlan on the song "Just Like Me" and learns that she was also adopted.

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Hendrix Gets Casted


The Jimi Hendrix Experience play two shows at the Civic Opera House in Chicago. Between shows, Hendrix gets "casted" by the inventive groupie Cynthia Plaster Caster, who makes a mold of his love gun.

Cynthia learned how to cast molds when as a student at the University of Illinois, she got an assignment to cast "something hard." After developing her craft on some male friends, she and two female friends put together official-looking kits and branded themselves "The Plaster Casters Of Chicago." The kits contain alginate (what dentists use to create molds of teeth) which is put in a shaker. The subject then dips his wick (once it is ready for action) in the mold, which is then filled with plaster of paris to create the cast after the pickle has been pulled. Hendrix is the first celebrity subject. After the first show, the Casters follow the band's limo back to their hotel, where they state their intentions. Hendrix is a willing subject, and stays in good spirits throughout the process, even though Cynthia has yet to learn the value of proper lubrication - it takes about 15 minutes to remove his curlies one-by-one. Experience bass player Noel Redding (Cynthia's crush) is the next to be cast, but he softens in the mold (a common problem), leaving a his cast far less impressive. Still, he's a good sport about it. Cynthia and the other Casters refine their craft and build their legend. In 1969 they do Wayne Kramer of the MC5 and Eddie Brigati of the Young Rascals. That same year, they are profiled in a Rolling Stone cover story on groupies. Cynthia goes on to cast Zal Yanovsky of the Lovin' Spoonful, Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys, David Yow of Jesus Lizard, and scores of others, including an assortment of tour managers and bodyguards from bands who don't want to try it themselves. Women get in on it as well, starting with Suzi Gardner of LZ, whose boobs are casted in 2000. The casts are eventually bronzed and occasionally put on display. Hendrix' is the most impressive.



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