30 July

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2014 Guitarist Dick Wagner dies of respiratory failure at age 71. Wagner is known for his associations with Lou Reed, KISS, David Bowie, and especially Alice Cooper.

2011 U2 wrap up their 360 tour at Moncton, Canada. The final gross for the tour is $735 million, breaking the record set by The Rolling Stones on their A Bigger Bang tour, which ran from 2005-2007. Ed Sheeran sets a new mark in 2019 with $775 million on his ÷ (Divide) tour, but it takes him 255 shows to do it - U2s tour ran for 110 dates.

2010 Rapper T.I. marries Tameka "Tiny" Cottle of the R&B group Xscape in Miami Beach, Florida.

2004 While walking around London, The Isley Brothers' Ronald Isley suffers a minor stroke and is admitted to a local hospital. He recovers in a matter of just a few weeks.

2002 Bruce Springsteen releases The Rising.

2001 Performing at OzzFest in Clarkston, Michigan, a thong-clad Marilyn Manson wraps his legs around the head of a 26-year-old security guard and grinds into him. The guard sues, claiming his head was "completely engulfed" in Manson's groin.More

1995 Biggie Tembo (guitarist/lead vocalist for Bhundu Boys) commits suicide at age 37 in Harare, Zimbabwe.

1993 Don Myrick (saxophonist for Earth, Wind & Fire), age 53, is fatally shot by Santa Monica policemen during a narcotics investigation when the lighter he is holding is mistaken for a weapon.

1991 "Enter Sandman" is released as a single, serving as a preview of what's to come from Metallica's Black Album. With a cover of the early Queen classic "Stone Cold Crazy" on the B-side, it reaches #16 on the Hot 100, their best showing to this point.

1986 RCA releases John Denver from his contract, possibly over his new single, "What Are We Making Weapons For?," which he recorded with the Russian singer Alexandre Gradsky. RCA had recently been acquired by General Electric, which was a top military contractor.

1982 The Ron Howard comedy Night Shift, starring Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton, debuts in theaters. The soundtrack features the song "That's What Friends Are For," performed by Rod Stewart. Written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, it becomes a huge hit four years later when Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder (aka Dionne & Friends) cover it for AIDS awareness, winning Grammys for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Song of the Year.

1977 Andy Gibb's "I Just Want To Be Your Everything," written by his brother, Barry Gibb, hits #1 in America. His next two singles, "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" and "Shadow Dancing," also hit the top spot, making him the first male solo artist with three straight #1 hits on the Hot 100.

1971 Brad Hargreaves (drummer for Third Eye Blind) is born in Marin County, California.

1968 The Beatles' Apple Boutique, a psychedelic clothing store located at 94 Baker Street in London, closes after seven months of bad business practices and rampant theft. With the group and its intimates having had the pick of the remaining inventory the night before, Apple Boutique employees are instructed to simply let people in off the street to take whatever merchandise they like. The store was closed that evening for good.

1966 The Troggs' "Wild Thing" hits #1.

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Kate Bush Is Born


Kate Bush is born in Bexleyheath, Kent, England. At 19, she releases her debut single, "Wuthering Heights," which goes to #1 in the UK.

When "Wuthering Heights" hits radio in 1978, listeners are intrigued by the trilling voice recounting the tragic romance of Emily Bronte's famous lovers Heathcliff and Cathy. The music video reveals the source – a young English girl dancing in the countryside, singing about a ghost. That girl is Kate Bush, EMI's latest acquisition. The label connected with the teen through David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, who helped her put together a professional demo that showed off her distinct vocals and poetic songwriting – skills that come together on her debut album, The Kick Inside. When Bush embarks on her Tour of Life in 1979, her lush collection of art-pop songs, including "The Man With The Child In His Eyes" and "Them Heavy People," are brought to life by the theatricality of her stage performances. Like her unusual voice, her graceful interpretive dancing makes her a unique figure among the rigid punk-rock acts and disco dancers of the '70s. Bush continues to be an innovator in the '80s, unwittingly setting the standard for the sound of the decade. With the release of her first #1 album, Never For Ever (1980), the singer begins her love affair with the new Fairlight sampler, a digital synthesizer that allows her to experiment with different sounds. The album, featuring the politically charged hits "Breathing" and "Army Dreamers," is the first commercial album to utilize the device, which soon becomes ubiquitous with her pop contemporaries. After co-producing Never For Ever Bush is confident in taking the reins as sole producer on her next album, The Dreaming. Not only is it a milestone in her career, but it's a groundbreaking move for a female artist to seize control and produce her own albums in the male-dominated music industry. The Dreaming is a highly experimental release that confounds critics with its eccentric soundscape full of dense textures and howling voices – such as the frenetic single "Sat In Your Lap." It's widely panned as being too bizarre but still manages a #3 entry on the album chart. Her followup, Hounds Of Love, leans more toward commercial pop and brings her back into the critics' good graces. It yields one of her most popular hits: "Running Up That Hill." Bush closes out the '80s with The Sensual World, a #2 hit album that includes "Deeper Understanding," a prescient warning about the power of technology, and "This Woman's Work," a heartwrencher from the film She's Having A Baby. When critics aren't holding court on the popworthiness of Bush's albums, they're noting her aversion to the limelight. A notoriously private person, Bush rarely gives interviews and takes breaks when she needs them. After the release of her 1993 album, The Red Shoes, she goes on a 12-year recording hiatus and is branded a recluse. But, as usual, the singer proves she knows what's best for her career. When she re-emerges in 2005, it's with another Top 5 album: Aerial. In the 21st century, Kate Bush is regarded as a feminist icon whose shrewd career choices changed the shape of pop and paved the way for female powerhouses like Madonna and Beyonce. But for Bush, it was never about gender. She tells The Fader in 2016: "When I'm working creatively, I don't really think of myself of writing as a woman. I just think of writing as me, as a person."



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