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2011 Ed Sheeran announces he has been signed to Atlantic Records.

2008 Over five months after its release, Amy MacDonald's This Is The Life album reaches the top of the UK albums chart.

2003 British police arrest The Who guitarist Pete Townshend as part of their "Operation Ore" sting operation to crack down on child pornography. Townshend admits to having indecent images of children, but insists that he was doing research for an upcoming book dealing with his own experience with sexual abuse. He is placed on the sex offenders' register for five years.

1979 Donny Hathaway commits suicide at age 33 by jumping from the balcony of his 15th floor room at the Essex House hotel in New York City.

1978 Elvis Presley's cover of "My Way" is certified Gold.

1976 Bic Runga is born Briolette Kah Bic Runga at Christchurch, New Zealand.

1976 Seven employees of Brunswick Records and Dakar Records are tried on charges of withholding more than $184,000 in artist royalties. The case is eventually thrown out, but the reputations of the defendants are irreparably damaged.

1975 Minnie Riperton releases "Lovin' You."

1973 Carly Simon's album No Secrets, featuring the hit single "You're So Vain," hits #1 in America.

1972 Aretha Franklin performs the first of two concerts at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles that are recorded for her live album Amazing Grace, which sells over 2 million copies when it is released in June. Film footage is also shot, but the documentary doesn't appear until 2019, after Franklin's death.

1970 John Lennon and Yoko Ono have their hair cut and donate it to a charity auction.

1968 Dr. K.C. Pollack of the University of Florida audio laboratory reports that tests have determined rock and roll concerts cause noise damage in teenagers' ears.

1965 Bob Dylan records "Farewell, Angelina," a landmark song in the evolution of his surrealist songwriting process. The recording, however, doesn't see the light of day until it's released on The Bootleg Series Volume 1-3: Rare & Unreleased over 25 years later.

1963 A pre-famous Bob Dylan appears in a British television play called The Madhouse on Castle Street, playing an itinerant musician. No recording exists, but Dylan supposedly played "Blowin' In The Wind" during the show, marking the first broadcast of the song.

1962 Gene Chandler releases "Duke Of Earl."

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Occult Rocker Jinx Dawson Born

1950

Jinx Dawson, practitioner of the dark arts and frontwoman of the metal band Coven, is born in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Dawson, a self-described "Left Hand Path high priestess" and descendent of "occult adepts and practitioners of the ancient arts," becomes one of the first successful occult rock musicians, and along with her bandmates on Coven's 1969 debut album, introduces the "devil horn" gesture, becoming the first to do so in this context. Her birth date - a Friday the 13th, is significant in her heritage. Coven has just one hit, "One Tin Soldier (The Legend of Billy Jack)," and it has nothing to do with witchcraft. Dawson, trained as an opera singer, recorded it for the film Billy Jack when producers couldn't get Linda Ronstadt to do it.

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Siacri from Mendocino County Ca.Dawson seems to get not enuff deserved credit for certain things and maybe a bit more than she should for other things..but one cannot deny that she and her "COVEN" have not recieved due recognition and credit for the contribution to the industry..i believe one photo of a man who was made a monster puppet tool intended to end the flower and free love era was conveniently (from a photo opportunist standpoint) an early fan of the bands music..and that photo sidetracked what might have been and a great band was robbed of certain rewards that other bands were left to carry.. that picture of Manson in front of a record store holding Covens first album seemed almost too convenient..and rock and rolls path was driven by fates hand..or Coven was just a few months ahead of themselves..it leaves pause..if not for that photo would Black Sabbath have become such a massive front runner or would Jinx and COVEN have held the reigns of Rock? yeah .."a pictures worth..."..and "if i tell you to jump off a bridge" and you do jump i guess Mansons story shows whos at fault in that..

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