31 July

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2020 The Psychedelic Furs release Made Of Rain, their first album since 1991, the year they disbanded. The group re-formed in 2000 but didn't get around to releasing new music until 20 years later.

2019 Woodstock 50, which at one point had Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, Santana and John Fogerty on board, is officially cancelled because of legal and logistical problems. Santana and Fogerty celebrate the anniversary with shows at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, where the original Woodstock took place.

2016 Justin Timberlake accepts the Decade Award at the Teen Choice Awards, the first time the award is given out. He says, "As a former teen, who's made a few choices along the way, I'm here to tell you that you and your choices matter."

2010 Alicia Keys marries the producer Swizz Beatz (Kasseem Dean) at a ceremony on the island of Corsica. Keys is pregnant with their first child, Egypt.

2010 Switchfoot perform at the 2010 Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree final arena show in Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.

2004 It's "Mac Davis Day" in Lubbock, Texas, home of the songwriter who composed such classics as "In The Ghetto" and "A Little Less Conversation."

1995 Jamaica issues a commemorative series of postage stamps honoring local native and reggae legend Bob Marley.

1992 While performing his song "Don Henley Must Die" at the Austin nightclub Hole In The Wall, the psychobilly singer Mojo Nixon is surprised when Henley, who happened to be in the neighborhood, climbs up on stage and joins him on the song. In doing so, Henley shows he's not as earnestly arrogant as he's depicted in the song (sample lyric: "Poet of despair! Pumped up with hot air!").

1982 Kim Wilde visits injured soldier Michael Barnett at Woolwich Army Hospital in England on his 21st birthday. Barnett, who has Wilde's name tattooed on his arm, lost a hand in the Falklands War.

1980 The Mamas & The Papas founder and vocalist "Papa" John Phillips is arrested for possession of cocaine and running a phony prescription scam with a local pharmacy and eventually sentenced to eight years in prison (though this sentence would later be reduced to 30 days in jail and community service).

1979 Donny Osmond's wife, Debra Glenn, gives birth to their first child, Donny Jr. The couple end up having five children, all boys.

1978 Will Champion (drummer for Coldplay) is born in Southampton, Hampshire, England.

1977 The Starland Vocal Band Show, a variety series hosted by the group famous for the hit "Afternoon Delight," debuts on CBS. It lasts just six episodes.

1976 Orleans release "Still The One."

1976 George Benson's Breezin' album hits #1 in America.

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America Reaches Peak Singer-Songwriter As "You've Got A Friend" Hits #1


The singer-songwriter era reaches its apex as James Taylor's "You've Got A Friend" hits #1 in the US.

The song was written by Carole King and included on her landmark album Tapestry in February 1971. James Taylor played guitar on the track and decided to record his own version, which he released as a single in April. He has a friend in King, who encourages him to cover the song; the pair are touring together with King opening for Taylor, who is the much bigger star. When "You've Got A Friend" hits the top spot, the Tapestry album is the #1 album in America, enjoying its seventh week at the top. The single drops off the top the following week, but Tapestry keeps going, spending a total of 15 weeks at #1 as King becomes a household name and an inspiration to many young women who decide to pick up guitars and write songs. Taylor's version wins a Grammy for Song of the Year, but King gets the trophy because she wrote it. She also wins the award for Album of the Year for Tapestry.



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