13 July

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In Music History

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2011 Songwriter Jerry Ragovoy dies of a stroke at age 80. Under the pseudonym Norman Meade, he co-wrote "Time Is On My Side," made famous by the Rolling Stones.

2004 Arthur Kane of the New York Dolls dies of leukemia at age 55.

2003 Broadway singer Eileen Rodgers dies of lung cancer at age 73.

2000 James Brown is formally charged with assaulting Russell Eubanks, an employee of South Carolina Electric and Gas, with a steak knife after Eubanks visited Brown's Beech Island estate to check on reports that he was without electricity.

1999 In support of their acclaimed synth-infused album The Soft Bulletin, The Flaming Lips embark on a "headphones tour" that combines pre-recorded material, provided to the audience through customized headsets, with the live stage show.More

1992 Jett Williams, illegitimate daughter of country legend Hank Williams, is granted partial royalties of his songs by a New York appeals court, adding to a ruling reached on July 5 that she should receive half of his estate.

1991 INXS play to a crowd of 72,000 at Wembley Stadium in London, six years to the day Live Aid was held there. It is later released as the live album and video Live Baby Live.

1989 Leon Bridges is born Todd Michael Bridges in Atlanta, Georgia, but grows up in Fort Worth, Texas. He releases his debut album, Coming Home, in 2015 and is hailed as "the second coming of Sam Cooke."

1985 Piggybacking on Live Aid, top Australian acts play a benefit concert in Sydney called Oz For Africa. INXS, Little River Band and Men At Work are all on the bill.

1985 Tears for Fears bow out of performing at Live Aid, Bob Geldof's star-studded charity concert for famine relief in Africa, after two members of their band quit. The group donates concert funds to the cause, but feels the weight of Geldof's disapproval. TFF's Roland Orzabal says, "He made us feel very guilty. All those millions of people dying, it was all our fault. I felt terrible. I tell you, I know how Hitler must have felt."

1985 David Bowie and Mick Jagger debut their video for "Dancing in the Street" at Live Aid. Bowie also performs "Heroes" at Wembley Stadium.

1985 Howard Jones performs at London's Wembley Stadium as part of Live Aid. Jones sings his hit single "Hide and Seek" on Freddie Mercury's piano.

1984 Philippé Wynne, who was with The Spinners from 1972 to 1977, has a heart attack while performing at a nightclub in Oakland, California. Wynne, 43, dies the next day.

1974 R&B singer Deborah Cox is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, but grows up in Scarborough. She breaks into the music industry as a backup singer for Celine Dion in the early '90s.

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Jimmy Buffett Releases First #1 Album


Jimmy Buffett releases License To Chill, his 21st studio album. It's mostly a collection of duets with fellow country stars, including Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney, and George Strait. It's also his first album to go to #1 in the US.

The first single is "Hey Good Lookin'," a Hank Williams cover where Buffett is joined by country pals Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, George Strait, and Toby Keith. Buffett tells CMT: "Everybody went just right for it, and with that arrangement, which we borrowed from all those kind of wonderful people we had in there, we just decided to put a little bit of a we call it Buffettizing. We kind of take material that are great songs. We don't change anything. There's no chord changes. There's no modulation. There's nothing. We will set a tempo and a groove that probably is more of a result of playing it live in front of fans and the energy that our shows run at." The song reaches #8 on the Country chart. The guys show up again on other tracks: Black on "Conky Tonkin'," Jackson on "Boats to Build," Chesney on "License to Chill," Strait on "Sea of Heartbreak," and Keith on "Piece of Work." The second single "Trip Around The Sun," is a birthday-themed duet with Martina McBride that hits #20 on the Country chart. Other guests include Bill Withers on "Playin' The Loser Again" and Nanci Griffith on "Someone I Used To Love." License To Chill sells 239,000 copies in its first week, outdoing Usher's Confessions and Lloyd Banks' The Hunger For More. It also tops both the Country chart and Billboard 200 - Buffett's first #1 on either tally.



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