6 January

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2017 Netflix launches a reboot of the '70s TV series One Day At A Time, this time with a theme song by Gloria Estefan and centered on a Cuban family. Estefan later appears on the show, playing Rita Moreno's sister.

2012 NRBQ drummer Tom Ardolino dies of complications from diabetes at age 56.

2012 Wiz Khalifa is sued for $2.3 million over his hit song "Black and Yellow." Max Warren, who raps under the name "Maxamillion," claims Khalifa, his producers, and his label stole the song from him. In the lawsuit, Warren states that the idea for the song was taken from his copyrighted 2007 song "Pink and Yellow." Khalifa claims he's never heard of Warren or his music.

2009 Ron Asheton (guitarist for The Stooges) is found dead of an apparent heart attack in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at age 60.

2007 "Sneaky Pete" Kleinow (pedal steel guitarist for The Flying Burrito Brothers), suffering from Alzheimer's, dies in Petaluma, California, at age 72.

1999 Jazz pianist Michel Petrucciani dies at age 36. Born with a debilitating genetic condition, he became a top performer in his native France.

1999 Photographed by Annie Liebowitz, the Backstreet Boys appear in a print campaign with milk mustaches to promote the beverage.

1996 Eazy-E's posthumous single "Just Tah Let U Know" hits #45 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

1993 Lucky Thirteen, a Neil Young compilation album with four previously unreleased tracks, hits stores. It's his second compilation album, with the first being the Decade triple album released in 1977.

1992 Steve Gilpin (vocalist for MI-sex) dies after a severe car accident leaves him in a coma in Southport, Queensland, Australia, at age 42.

1987 In Australia, Elton John has throat surgery to remove a lesion on his vocal chords, forcing him to cancel his upcoming US tour. It's good news: the lesion isn't cancerous and he makes a full recovery.

1986 Following a suicide attempt and an alcohol-fueled nervous breakdown, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford finally goes to rehab. He gets out a month later, completes the Turbo album with the band, and manages to stay sober.

1980 Georgeanna Tillman (of The Marvelettes) dies of lupus and sickle cell anemia a month shy of her 36th birthday.

1979 Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits, Volume 2 album hits #1 in America.

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Hip-Hop Meets Gospel With Kanye's Sunday Service


Kanye West debuts his weekly Sunday Service series at his home in Calabasas, California. The event, teased on social media by wife Kim Kardashian, features gospel-soul takes of Kanye's hits with the rapper's celebrity pals rounding out the congregation.

West brings his church-like Sunday Services to locales around California – including a mountaintop in Palm Springs for an Easter Sunday performance at Coachella – before branching out to other areas around the country, such as the Adidas headquarters in Portland, Oregon. But the first performance is a private affair at the home he shares with Kim Kardashian. Kanye introduces gospel arrangements of "Jesus Walks," "Ghost Town" and "Lift Yourself," enlivened by The Samples choir. The services also feature gospel-inspired covers of R&B songs and renditions of traditional gospel tunes with the help of musical guests like Kid Cudi, Charlie Wilson and Chance the Rapper. DMX even delivers a sermon at the inaugural event. West also uses the gatherings to debut new music, with "We'll Find A Way" and "We Have Everything We Need" hitting fans for the first time during future services. Or at least online snippets of the performances – the shows are typically invite-only. Lucky attendees include Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, Brad Pitt, and David Letterman, among other celebs. Critics, however, wonder how genuine Kanye's motives are, suggesting the Sunday Service is little more than a ploy to redeem the image of the controversial rapper. In 2018, his pro-Trump tweets riled his liberal fans and his incendiary comments – including claims that slavery is a choice – incited backlash in the media. Although he professed his Christian faith on songs like "Jesus Walks," Kanye's Sunday sermons preach the gospel of hip-hop rather than the gospel of Christ. The New York Times criticizes the rapper of appropriating black faith traditions for his own gain. But it's not the first time Kanye equated religion and music. "Hip-hop is a religion to a certain extent, and the rappers are the preachers, the music is the scriptures, you know?" he explained. "It's just like church, because you go to a concert, you raise your hands in the air, you sing songs and you definitely pay some money. It's just like church." According to Tony Williams, Kanye's longtime collaborator and vocalist at the Sunday Services, the motive behind the events couldn't be purer: "The goal is to be able to communicate love effectively."



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