27 January

Pick a Day

27 JANUARY

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2014 Pete Seeger dies at age 94.

2014 The day after winning the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album for The Heist, Macklemore takes to Instagram, where he posts a screenshot of his text to Kendrick Lamar, whose good kid, m.A.A.d city was one of the nominees. The Seattle rapper texted: "I wanted you to win. You should have. It's weird and sucks that I robbed you."

Macklemore takes some flak for the post, which many feel is disingenuous (Drake calls it "wack"). Lamar is more charitable. "Macklemore is a genuine dude," he says. "However it panned out, I wish him much success." On his 2016 track "Light Tunnels," Mac recounts these events.

2013 A fight breaks out after Frank Ocean accuses Chris Brown of taking his parking space at a Los Angeles recording studio. Brown throws a punch at Ocean, and threatens to shoot him, allegedly shouting: "We can bust on you too!"

2002 Koko Taylor collapses during a private function at her club, Koko Taylor's Celebrity, in Chicago, Illinois, after failing to take her diabetic medication. Doctors also discover arterial blockage in her heart.

1991 At the Speakeasy club in Los Angeles, Dr. Dre roughs up Dee Barnes, the female host of a rap music TV show called Pump It Up. Dre, who was upset over a segment on the show, later reached a settlement with Barnes, who filed a $22.7 million lawsuit.

1979 Keith Morris (vocals), Gregg Ginn (guitar), Chuck Dukowski (bass) and Brian Migdol (drums) play live for the first time under the Black Flag moniker in Redondo Beach, California.

1976 Glam rocker Gary Glitter announces his retirement and begins traveling the world, spending time in Paris, Thailand, and New Zealand before a 1977 bankruptcy forces him back into action.

1976 David Bowie sues his former attorney, Michael Lippan, for unfair business practices and withholding of funds. Bowie claims Lippan took a 15% fee instead of the customary 10% and adds that after his dismissal, Lippan withheld $475,000 from the musician.

1972 Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson dies from heart failure and diabetes complications in Evergreen Park, Illinois, at age 60.

1972 The New Seekers' "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing," originally a Coke commercial, is certified Gold.

1971 David Bowie arrives in the United States for the first time, not to perform, but to do a series of interviews. He creates a stir by wearing a dress to many of the appearances.

1970 Mark Trojanowski (Sister Hazel drummer) is born.

1969 The Beatles record "Get Back" and "I've Got A Feeling."

1968 Mike Patton (lead singer of Faith No More) is born in Eureka, California.

1962 Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love" is certified gold.

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Billy Joel Takes Up Residency At MSG

2014

Billy Joel begins his residency at Madison Square Garden, where he plays once a month as long as there is demand.


Joel, a native New Yorker, is 64 years old and hasn't released a non-classical album since 1993. Still, he's more popular than ever, and the Garden is his stronghold.

According to Joel, the Garden is a very special place. "It's built on springs," he says. "The building actually moves. When the audience is coordinated in their foot-stomping, you get this rocking sensation as the stage actually goes up and down. The crowd is rocking the hall."

The move makes Joel the first music franchise in the fabled arena, and earns him a banner next to those of the teams that play there: the Knicks (NBA), Rangers (NHL) and Liberty (WNBA). His first set of shows quickly sell out, and continue to do so.

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