12 July

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2007 Rod Stewart is awarded the CBE Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

2004 Sugarland's debut single, "Baby Girl," is released. It goes to #2 on the Country chart and stays on the tally for a remarkable 46 weeks.

2000 London's Trafalgar Square unveils a sculpture of John Lennon, created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reutersward, which also features a handgun twisted into an unusable shape.

1998 "Battle of New Orleans" songwriter Jimmy Driftwood dies of a heart attack at age 91.

1992 After a European tour, Axl Rose is arrested at JFK airport in New York, charged with inciting a riot at a Guns N' Roses show in St. Louis the previous year. He gets two years' probation and a $50,000 fine.

1983 U2 guitarist The Edge marries his high school girlfriend Aislinn O'Sullivan. They welcome three daughters before separating in 1990.

1983 Chris Wood (flute and sax player for Traffic) dies of pneumonia at age 39.

1979 Soul singer Minnie Riperton, known for her hit "Lovin' You," dies of breast cancer at age 31. Her daughter, Maya Rudolph, is 6 years old.

1976 R&B singer-songwriter Tracie Spencer is born in Waterloo, Iowa. Shortly after signing to Capitol Records in 1988, at age 12, she releases the hit singles "Hide and Seek" and "Symptoms of True Love."

1971 Radio stations start running a Coke commercial called "I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke," sung by The New Seekers. It is later used a TV commercial showing young people from around the world singing on a hillside. The New Seekers later record a full version of the song as "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing," which becomes a huge hit.

1970 The local band Fritz opens for Janis Joplin at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in California. The lead singer in Fritz is Stevie Nicks, who is awestruck watching Joplin perform. Nicks credits Joplin for showing her how to connect with an audience from the stage.

1969 Zager and Evans' "In The Year 2525" hits #1 in the US.

1968 Micky Dolenz of The Monkees marries the model Samantha Juste, who is the "disc girl" on the BBC show Top Of The Pops. Dolenz, who met her on the show, wrote some of The Monkees song "Randy Scouse Git" about her. They divorce in 1975.

1967 John Petrucci, guitarist for the progressive metal band Dream Theater, is born in Long Island, New York.

1964 George Harrison crashes his Jaguar on New Kings Road in London heading to a Beatles concert in Brighton, suffering minor injuries. A few fans gather wreckage as souvenirs.

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George Harrison Trashes Bono, Spice Girls


The French magazine Le Figaro publishes an interview with George Harrison where he blasts modern music, taking aim at U2 and the Spice Girls.

Harrison does the interview to promote the Ravi Shankar album Chants of India, which he produced. When the conversation turns to contemporary music, he has some choice words for the hitmakers of the day. On U2: "Bono and his band are so egocentric. The more you jump around, the bigger your hat is, the more people listen to your music. The only important thing is to sell and make money. It's nothing to do with talent." Spice Girls: "The good thing about them is that you can look at them with the sound turned down." Bono returns fire, telling the crowd at their concert in Leeds, "Good people of Yorkshire, you are making a terrible mistake. George Harrison says you shouldn't be here. He said its all about big hats, lemons, and egos." He raises a middle finger and says, "This one's for you George!" Harrison remains nonplussed, later saying, "Music of today is a pollution and has no value at all."



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