21 January

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2014 Against Me! release the album Transgender Dysphoria Blues, their first since lead singer Laura Jane Grace came out as transgender. The album began as a concept piece about a transexual prostitute back when Grace was still presenting as a man (Tom Gabel). The personal implications became clear when she came out and her bandmates figured out what was going on. Two of the four members of the band - drummer Jay Weinberg and bass player Andrew Seward - quit before it is completed, but the album earns strong reviews and Grace becomes a leader in the fight for transgender rights.

2010 Robert "Squirrel" Lester (of The Moonglows, The Flamingos, The Chi-Lites) dies at age 67 after a long battle with liver cancer.

2004 The warts-and-all Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster makes its debut at the Sundance Film Festival.More

2002 Peggy Lee dies of complications from diabetes and a heart attack at age 81.

1999 Blues singer/pianist Charles Brown, known for "Driftin' Blues" and "Merry Christmas Baby," dies of congestive heart failure at age 76.

1998 James Brown is released from a South Carolina hospital after undergoing treatment for an addiction to painkillers.

1997 Elvis Presley's controversial manager Colonel Tom Parker dies at age 87.

1996 Frankie "Cannibal" Garcia (of Cannibal and the Headhunters) dies of an AIDS-related illness at age 49.

1993 French singer Noël Rota aka Helno (of Les Negresses Vertes) dies of a heroin overdose at age 29.

1989 Kid 'N Play's soon-to-be-gold debut album, 2 Hype, which was released three months earlier, debuts at #96 on the Billboard 200 chart.

1984 Jackie Wilson dies at 49. He has been incapacitated since suffering a heart attack on stage in 1975.

1983 Lamar Williams (the bassist who replaced Berry Oakley in The Allman Brothers Band) dies of lung cancer, possibly from exposure to Agent Orange during his service in the Vietnam War, at age 34.

1982 B.B. King donates his entire record collection to the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture. The 20,000-record collection includes 7,000 discs King aired as a disc jockey at Memphis' WDIA in the '50s.

1979 Lynyrd Skynyrd reunite at the Volunteer Jam in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the first time the band have played since the 1977 plane crash that killed three of their members. Lynyrd Skynyrd perform an instrumental version of "Free Bird" alongside The Charlie Daniels Band.

1979 Nokio the N-Tity (of the R&B group Dru Hill) is born Tamir Mateen Raheem Hameed Ruffin in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Pat Boone Goes Metal


Pat Boone releases the album In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy, where he covers various hard rock classics, including "Stairway To Heaven," "Enter Sandman" and "Crazy Train."

Boone was one of the top pop singers of the '50s and '60 before turning his focus to gospel. Known for a sound even he describes as "vanilla," the staunchly conservative Boone takes on his musical nemesis - heavy metal - by turning the songs into lounge productions. Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio both appear on the album, which cracks the US chart at #125, his first entry on the Albums chart since 1961. Boone wasn't always in the mood for metal. In 1991, he told Goldmine: "Heavy metal groups like Judas Priest and AC/DC and Guns N' Roses; they've gone beyond degradation and depravity to inhumanity. The very name heavy metal – there's nothing human about that."



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