9 January

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2013 At the People's Choice Awards, One Direction win Favorite Album (Up All Night) and Favorite Song ("What Makes You Beautiful"). Katy Perry gets Favorite Music Video ("Part of Me"), Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Pop Artist, and Favorite Music Fan Following for her fan club, the Katycats.

2012 The White Stripes frontman Jack White appears on the History Channel show American Pickers. In the episode, White buys a stuffed elephant head for the sticker price of $12,500.

2005 Neo soul singer D'Angelo is arrested for drunk driving in his Richmond, Virginia, hometown. He is also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

2005 Mötley Crüe lead singer Vince Neil marries Lia Gerardini at a ceremony in Las Vegas officiated by MC Hammer, who shared a house with Neil on the reality show The Surreal Life. Among the guests are his bandmates Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx, and basketball star Dennis Rodman. It's Neil's fourth marriage.

2004 Miley Cyrus makes her movie debut in Tim Burton's Big Fish, playing 8-year-old Ruthie. She's credited as "Destiny Cyrus."

1991 Sinead O'Connor is named Worst-Dressed Woman of 1990 in Mr. Blackwell's annual list.

1981 Jazz drummer Cozy Cole, known for the 1958 hits "Topsy" and "Topsy II," dies of cancer at age 71.

1978 A.J. McLean of Backstreet Boys is born in West Palm Beach, Florida.

1973 Lou Reed marries a cocktail waitress named Betty. Not much is known of this union, but apparently it doesn't last very long.

1968 Carl Bell of Fuel is born in Kenton, Tennessee.

1967 Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell is born in Santa Clara, California.

1965 The Beatles' Beatles 65 jumps from #98 to #1 on the Billboard Albums chart in one week.

1963 Charlie Watts joins The Rolling Stones, replacing Tony Chapman as their drummer.

1963 Eric Erlandson of Hole is born in Los Angeles, California.

1962 Sam Cooke releases "Twistin' the Night Away."

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Steve Jobs Announces The iPhone


John Mayer joins Steve Jobs onstage at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco to introduce Apple's latest invention: the iPhone.

Steve Jobs makes good on his promise that "Apple is going to reinvent the phone." With the introduction of the iPhone, it's clear that clunky smartphones with bulky buttons and keyboards are a thing of the past. The new touchscreen device will allow users to literally have all their media at their fingertips, functioning as a three-in-one iPod, Internet browser, and mobile camera phone (video recording, GPS, and third-party apps would come with future incarnations). For music lovers, who have bought two billion songs on iTunes, the iPod capability is a big draw and allows them easier access to their libraries, including songs, albums and playlists, as well as TV shows, movies, and music videos at the swipe of a finger. Jobs demonstrates by tapping his way into the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album and switching over to Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" with ease. "The iPod in 2001 changed everything about music, and we're gonna do it again with the iPhone in 2007," the Apple chairman tells the crowd. The iPhone will also be a nifty tool for musicians, who can use the Internet feature to keep up with their fans on social media and take advantage of impending software for recording and other effects. You can even use your iPhone to engage in a bit of trickery: Jobs pulls up Google Maps to find the nearest Starbucks and pranks the store by ordering 4,000 lattes. John Mayer, a hardcore Apple devotee who has been present at the expos for the past seven years – ever since he cold-called Jobs to offer his services as a company man - takes the stage to perform a few tunes to closeout the keynote address. (He also nabs one of the first iPhones when an Apple sales associate hand-delivers a prerelease while he's on tour.) Upon its release on June 29, Americans hit Apple Stores throughout the country to scoop up the device at $599 a pop for the 8GB model. Apple estimates selling a million iPhones in the first 74 days.



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